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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

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Par de candelabros em cristal alemão "Nachtmann" (2)
Jun 20, 7:00 PM WEST
Par de candelabros em cristal alemão "Nachtmann" (2)
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €50- €100
€703 Bids
Large 5-Light Heisey Glass Candelabra with Prisms
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Large 5-Light Heisey Glass Candelabra with Prisms
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$303 Bids
Cambridge Crown Tuscan Nude Female Glass Candlesticks
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Cambridge Crown Tuscan Nude Female Glass Candlesticks
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$252 Bids
Pair of Glass Candlesticks with Prisms
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Pair of Glass Candlesticks with Prisms
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
PRESSED PETAL AND COLUMNAR PAIR OF CANDLESTICKS
Jun 19, 9:00 AM EDT
PRESSED PETAL AND COLUMNAR PAIR OF CANDLESTICKS
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Moderner Kerzenhalter,
Jun 20, 1:00 PM CEST
Moderner Kerzenhalter,
by Dannenberg
Est: €100- €120
€1001 Bid
Pr. MMA Vaseline Glass Dolphin Candlesticks
Jun 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Pr. MMA Vaseline Glass Dolphin Candlesticks
by Ivy Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Pair Of Glass Candle Sticks
Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair Of Glass Candle Sticks
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
PAIR OF CRYSTAL GLASS CANDLESTICKS 12"
Jun 17, 4:00 PM EDT
PAIR OF CRYSTAL GLASS CANDLESTICKS 12"
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $40- $50
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5pc Brass & Glass Candlesticks- tallest 8.5"
Jun 20, 12:00 PM PDT
5pc Brass & Glass Candlesticks- tallest 8.5"
by District Auction
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Jay Strongwater Classic Tealight Holder
Jun 19, 2:00 PM EDT
Jay Strongwater Classic Tealight Holder
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Jay Strongwater Classic Tealight, Oliver
Jun 19, 2:00 PM EDT
Jay Strongwater Classic Tealight, Oliver
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Large 20th C. French Art Glass Chalice Candlestick
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Large 20th C. French Art Glass Chalice Candlestick
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$200 Bids
PR BLOWN GLASS TEARDROP CANDLESTICKS
Jun 28, 11:00 AM EDT
PR BLOWN GLASS TEARDROP CANDLESTICKS
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
MIXED LOT OF OLD GLASS, 19TH/20TH CEN
Jun 22, 10:00 AM CEST
MIXED LOT OF OLD GLASS, 19TH/20TH CEN
by Historia Auctionata
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
PAIR OF CANDLESTICKS, 19TH CENTURY, B
Jun 22, 10:00 AM CEST
PAIR OF CANDLESTICKS, 19TH CENTURY, B
by Historia Auctionata
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
EIGHT CANDLESTICKS, 2ND HALF 20TH C
Jun 19, 10:00 AM CEST
EIGHT CANDLESTICKS, 2ND HALF 20TH C
by Historia Auctionata
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Luminaire
Jun 18, 6:30 PM CEST
Luminaire
by Vanderkindere
Est: €400- €600
€3200 Bids
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2pc Czechoslovakian Butterfly Candlesticks
Jun 20, 2:00 PM EDT
2pc Czechoslovakian Butterfly Candlesticks
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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2pc Black Glass Candlesticks
Jun 19, 2:00 PM EDT
2pc Black Glass Candlesticks
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Pair of Nambe by Igor Pollick Crystal Candlestick, Fountain
Jun 19, 2:00 PM EDT
Pair of Nambe by Igor Pollick Crystal Candlestick, Fountain
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Pair of Crystal Candlestick Holders
Jun 19, 2:00 PM EDT
Pair of Crystal Candlestick Holders
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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2pc Nambe Crystal Votive Candle Holders
Jun 19, 2:00 PM EDT
2pc Nambe Crystal Votive Candle Holders
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Candelsticks & Candelabra


Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Potomack Company

Potomack Company

Historia Auctionata

Historia Auctionata