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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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Rare 1889 Sandwich Glass Copper Candle Lantern
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Rare 1889 Sandwich Glass Copper Candle Lantern
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$602 Bids
VINTAGE GLASS CRUCIFIX CANDLESTICKS
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
VINTAGE GLASS CRUCIFIX CANDLESTICKS
by Jackson's International
Est: $20- $30
$502 Bids
Pair Of Etched Glass Candle Sticks
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair Of Etched Glass Candle Sticks
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$52 Bids
Pair Of Etched Glass Candle Sticks
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair Of Etched Glass Candle Sticks
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$42 Bids
Pair Of Etched Glass 3 Light Candle Sticks
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair Of Etched Glass 3 Light Candle Sticks
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$62 Bids
Candelabrum Glass And Nickel Steel By Van Style Specialties
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Candelabrum Glass And Nickel Steel By Van Style Specialties
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
HOME INTERIOR CANDLE HOLDERS W/GLASS SHADES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
HOME INTERIOR CANDLE HOLDERS W/GLASS SHADES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$51 Bid
(2 Pc) Val St. Lambert "Danse de Flore-Blue" Candlesticks
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) Val St. Lambert "Danse de Flore-Blue" Candlesticks
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Crystal Candle Holder
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Crystal Candle Holder
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
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A pair of Baroque style gilt metal mounted rock crystal candlesticks, modern
Oct 09, 10:00 AM PDT
A pair of Baroque style gilt metal mounted rock crystal candlesticks, modern
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
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TWO FLINT GLASS CANDLE HOLDERS 19th Century Heights 8.5".
Oct 06, 9:30 AM EDT
TWO FLINT GLASS CANDLE HOLDERS 19th Century Heights 8.5".
by Eldred's
Est: $80- $125
$301 Bid
Val St. Lambert Belgian Crystal Candlesticks
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Val St. Lambert Belgian Crystal Candlesticks
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
5 GLASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
5 GLASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS
by Converse Auctions
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
PRESSED GLASS PAIR GREEN CANDLESTICKS, CLEAR CANDLE HOLDER
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
PRESSED GLASS PAIR GREEN CANDLESTICKS, CLEAR CANDLE HOLDER
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$100 Bids
Pair of English Regency-Style Glass Photophores
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of English Regency-Style Glass Photophores
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Vintage Alma Brass & Aqua Glass Candle Holder Vase
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Alma Brass & Aqua Glass Candle Holder Vase
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$250 Bids
Telephone Dial Candlestick Glass Candy Container
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Telephone Dial Candlestick Glass Candy Container
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$50 Bids
Pair of Yellow Vaseline Glass Candlesticks 6 3/4", 19th century
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Pair of Yellow Vaseline Glass Candlesticks 6 3/4", 19th century
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $200- $250
$1500 Bids
Val St. Lambert Crystal Candle Sticks
Oct 10, 6:00 PM EDT
Val St. Lambert Crystal Candle Sticks
by Antiques & Art International
Est: $75- $100
$500 Bids
Pair of glass figural swan and turtle candle holders
Oct 06, 11:30 PM EDT
Pair of glass figural swan and turtle candle holders
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $35
$100 Bids
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A pair of Austro-Hungarian silver-mounted rock crystal candlesticks, circa 1860
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CEST
A pair of Austro-Hungarian silver-mounted rock crystal candlesticks, circa 1860
by Sotheby's
Est: €7,000- €10,000
€7,0000 Bids
Lot 2 Vintage Amber Glass Candle Holders
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot 2 Vintage Amber Glass Candle Holders
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $60
$10 Bids
PAIR MID CENTURY BLUE CANDLE HOLDERS
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
PAIR MID CENTURY BLUE CANDLE HOLDERS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$50 Bids
PAIR MID CENTURY BLUE CANDLE HOLDERS
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
PAIR MID CENTURY BLUE CANDLE HOLDERS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Candelsticks & Candelabra


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Roland Auctions NY

Roland Auctions NY

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery