Spectacular Antique Chandeliers From Every Era

by Rhonda Montague. All photos courtesy of FirstDibs.

We’ve gathered a stunning selection of antique and vintage glass chandeliers from the Victorian Era right through Mid Century Modern to share with you! Click on the corresponding link to take you to the online shop where you can see more photos and find out more information about each vintage piece. Happy shopping!

The Victorian Era 1840-1900

The Victorian Age, 1840 – 1900, was when Victoria became queen of England in 1837 and reigned until her death in 1901. The age named after her was a period when England was at the height of power and prestige. In lighting, the Victorian Age included a variety of revival styles and sub styles that typified most nineteenth century lighting. There is no one Victorian style, and despite being named the Victorian Era, French, rather than English influence was actually stronger on American and European Antique lighting design.

Elegant Eight-Light Crystal and Gilt Metal Chandelier

France, circa 1880
Available at FirstDibs Price: $18,500

Blue Glass Chandelier

Sweden, circa 1900
Available at FirstDibs. Price: $1,800

Empire Style Brass and Tole Eight-Light Chandelier

Danish, circa 1910
Available at FirstDibs. Price: $2,450

Pendant Light Spanish Revival

United States, circa 1920
Available at FirstDibs. Price: $1,800

The Spanish Revival Era – 1910-1929

European-trained architects designed high style period houses for the wealthy. Antique lighting of this period had wrought iron, stylized leaves and berries.

Iron and Crystal Six-Light Chandelier

Circa 1920’s – 1930’s
Available at FirstDibs.

The Art Deco Era 1920 – 1930

Art movement involving a mix of modern decorative art styles, whose main characteristics were derived from various avant-garde painting styles of the early twentieth century and incorporated into the antique lighting.

Fabulous Art Deco Glass Chandelier by Ercole Barovier

Italian, circa 1940’s
Available at FirstDibs. Price: $5,500

The Mid Century Modern Era – 1940 – 1970’s

Just as the name implies, it spanned a period of roughly two and a half decades in the middle of the 20th century, from the mid-1940s to 1970. Its uncomplicated, fresh aesthetic arose from a desire to propel postwar America into the modern era and recast design through a bold new lens.

Fabulous Art Deco Glass Chandelier by Ercole Barovier

Italian, circa 1950’s
Available at FirstDibs. Price: $5,200
Lighting era descriptions courtesy of: Houzz and Genuine Antique Lighting
Jewelry designer and vintage jewelry supply seller, Rhonda has had a passion for anything vintage since she bought her first Royal Albert teacup at 16 years old. She’s renovated two mid century homes – a two story, big farmhouse on two acres and tiny blue and white bungalow in the city. Currently, she’s looking for her next vintage home project!

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