Glass Candelsticks & Candelabra

The fleeting flicker of a candle's flame as it is nestled into a candlestick or candelabra is a timeless and tantalizing feature of an evening dinner table. When those candelabra are honed from crystal or cut glass, the allure is amplified as the glass reflects the flickering flame to create a dazzling play of light.

While such elegant candlesticks might seem commonplace today on the well-set table, they were considered a dining table innovation in centuries past. The candle as we know it today first appeared in ancient Rome in the 6th century B.C. During these early days, candles were relegated to ceremonial functions, but as time progressed, the potential of the candle was realized. By the peak of the Middle Ages, candles had become popular, if not essential, across much of Europe. Thus, the necessity of the candlestick was born, and over subsequent generations, so too did the demand for increasingly elaborate and elegant candelabra options for the aristocratic and regal classes.

In addition to elegant porcelain options, crystal and cut glass candlesticks and candelabra became the favorites of Europe's royal houses. Some makers, such as Belgian company Val Saint Lambert, continue to create designs for royalty today. Others, such as Tiffany, have expanded into elegant yet more affordable crystal candlesticks, which make for ideal wedding or housewarming gifts. Regardless of price point, antique and vintage crystal and cut glass candelabra are a brilliant complement to any refined table.


Quick Facts

  • Though the Romans gave us the first of what we call a candle, evidence tells us that the Chinese were experimenting with a type of candle made from whale fat as early as the 3rd century A.D.
  • The name "candelabra" originates from the old French word "chaundelabre," which roughly translates as "candle tree"
  • A pair of rock crystal and gilt-copper candlesticks sold for a record price at Christie's London in 2002. Created by an Italian craftsman in the 18th century, the pair sold for $203,677

Recommended Items at Auction

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CANDLE ON GLASS BASE
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
CANDLE ON GLASS BASE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
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LOT OF HOME DECOR
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF HOME DECOR
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Coppia di girandoles a cinque fiamme. Legno intagliato, laccato e cristalli molati
Oct 20, 10:30 AM CEST
Coppia di girandoles a cinque fiamme. Legno intagliato, laccato e cristalli molati
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,0001 Bid
Leon Applebaum Twisted Glass Candlesticks (3) - 12"-15" Clear twisted crystal; signed Leon Applebaum
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
Leon Applebaum Twisted Glass Candlesticks (3) - 12"-15" Clear twisted crystal; signed Leon Applebaum
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
4 Victorian etching glass candle holders
Oct 18, 2:00 PM PDT
4 Victorian etching glass candle holders
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$201 Bid
Candle Making Supplies
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Candle Making Supplies
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Pair Clear Glass Candlesticks
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Pair Clear Glass Candlesticks
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
Two pair of ABCG Hawkes candlesticks
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Two pair of ABCG Hawkes candlesticks
by Jaremos
Est: $150- $450
$800 Bids
Venetian Amber Art Glass Enamel Tall Candlesticks
Oct 17, 10:00 AM PDT
Venetian Amber Art Glass Enamel Tall Candlesticks
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $350- $400
$3000 Bids
Lot of Ruby and Amberina Glass
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of Ruby and Amberina Glass
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Murano Italian Art Glass Gold Flecks Candlesticks
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Murano Italian Art Glass Gold Flecks Candlesticks
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Pair of Opalescent Blue Glass Lustres
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Pair of Opalescent Blue Glass Lustres
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
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PAIR CARTIER CLEAR CRYSTAL CANDLESTICKS
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
PAIR CARTIER CLEAR CRYSTAL CANDLESTICKS
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $300- $350
$1500 Bids
A pair of Venetian Murano candlesticks
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A pair of Venetian Murano candlesticks
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Murano Art Glass Candle Holder/ Vessel
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Murano Art Glass Candle Holder/ Vessel
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $200
$10 Bids
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Six "Festivo" glass candlesticks by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala of Finland
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
Six "Festivo" glass candlesticks by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala of Finland
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
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Pair of French Parcel-Giltwood, Glass and Gilt-Metal Candelabra
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Pair of French Parcel-Giltwood, Glass and Gilt-Metal Candelabra
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8000 Bids
French Dolphin Clear Art Glass Gilt Candlesticks
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
French Dolphin Clear Art Glass Gilt Candlesticks
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$400 Bids
French Dolphin Clear Art Glass Candlesticks
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
French Dolphin Clear Art Glass Candlesticks
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$400 Bids
(2 Pc) Murano Art Glass Winged Angel Candle Holders
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) Murano Art Glass Winged Angel Candle Holders
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $500
$400 Bids
Murano Glass Candle Holder Figurine
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Murano Glass Candle Holder Figurine
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$400 Bids
Pair Venetian Cranberry Red Art Glass Candle Sticks
Oct 17, 10:00 AM PDT
Pair Venetian Cranberry Red Art Glass Candle Sticks
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $350- $400
$3000 Bids
A set of six brass and glass candlesticks,
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A set of six brass and glass candlesticks,
by Sworders
Est: £100- £150
£800 Bids
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Crystal Candlestick Holders
Oct 24, 11:30 AM EDT
Crystal Candlestick Holders
by Oakwood Auctions
Est: $15- $20
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Candelsticks & Candelabra


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Akiba Antiques

Akiba Antiques

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC