When I was in college, mood lighting consisted of a candle stuck in the mouth of a wine bottle. (Preferably a chianti bottle, the kind with straw tied around it, and covered in the the drips of many different colored melted candles. Check Pinterest if you can’t picture it, but you have to have a Pinterest account to be able to see this link.)
By the time I got married, one of the classiest gifts you could possibly give someone was a silver candelabra like this one:
Whole aisles in supermarkets and department stores were devoted to tapered candle displays, featuring every imaginable length and color. Today, nary a taper is to be found, except in specialty stores. Today’s candles are pillars, votives, and tea lights.
I visited one of my favorite art sites, Etsy, to see what sort of candelabras are available, and most of them are described as vintage. (For purchasing information about the examples pictured, click on the links below the photographs. Click on small images to enlarge them.)
Left: Antique; Right: Art Nouveau
I love these two Mid-Century Modern ones. Left: Articulated; Right: 1960s
Left: Black filigree; Right: Black Dansk
Left: Wall branch; Right: Driftwood
Left: Wavy brass; Right: Brass trio
Left: Cherub twins; Right: Cherub double holder
Left: Chrome; Right: Glass
This one reminds me of Capodimonte ceramic flowers, so popular in the 70s and 80s.
Left: Weightlifter frog; Right: Tulips
My first impression was that these look like glazed donuts, but they’re actually made of Himalaya salt.
Left: Mercury glass; Right: Steel
Beautiful Mexican tree of life.
Scary Rococo candelabra. Seeing this flashed me back to a super-baroque double vase my mother had. I haven’t thought about it in decades.
Left: Ornate; Right: Twisty
Left: White with onyx; Left: Wooden
Light in the forest. Look at the lovely shadow pictures it throws.
What about you–do you have any pretty (or ugly, or unusual) candleholders at home? Which is your favorite? Share with us in the comments below.