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Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Umbrella Stand, Italy, 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern ceramic umbrella stand, Italy, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic by Cima Deruta, 1950s
By Cima
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Beautiful ceramic by Cima (Italy) probably design as pens holder, amazing colours and in very good condition.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, Belgium, 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern ceramic table lamp - Belgium, 1950s European.
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Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Umbrella Stand
By San Marino Pottery
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A modernist hand-painted ceramic umbrella stand made in the small republic of San Marino in the center of Italy, the decor it's very popular in the Fifties, ceramic has signs of use ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic by Knud Kyhn, Denmark 1950s
By Knud Kyhn
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern ceramic by Knud Kyhn - Denmark 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Vase by Fantechi
By Bruno Fantechi
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An hand painted turquoise and brown ceramic by Ceramiche Fantechi of Sesto Fiorentino, it's made in Italy in the 1950s. Labeled on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Red Ceramic Table Lamp, Belgium, 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern red ceramic table lamp - Belgium, 1950s European.
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Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Blue Ceramic Ewer Table Lamp, 1950s
Located in Miami, FL
1950s ceramic table lamp pale teal aqua color with a satin finish and a pale gray base. In the shape of a long necked pitcher or ewer with a handle. Rewired with new UL 3 way socket ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Box by Pucci Umbertide
By Pucci Ceramics 1
Located in Aci Castello, IT
It's a lovely spider ceramic box made by Pucci in the Classic colors of manufacture. It's in excellent vintage conditions. It's signed on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Beautiful Sargeri Ceramic Mid-Century Modern Lamp, 1950s, USA
By Sargeri
Located in Miami, FL
Great Sargeri ceramic lamp from the 1950s. Perfect for any mid-century modern decor.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Ivo Sassi Italian Mid-Century Modern Design Ceramic Vases Set, 1950s
By Ivo Sassi
Located in Modena, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern design ceramic vases set series “Gli Etruschi” designed by italian artist Ivo Sassi, 1950s Dimensions from left: Height 21 cm, width 20 cm, depth 20 cm...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase by Bertoncello, Italy, 1950s
By Bertoncello
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase by Bertoncello, Italy, 1950s
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Vase by Rometti
By Rometti Ceramics 1
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An elegant vase made in Italy in the 1950s by Rometti Ceramiche Umbertide, gilded and ivory painted ceramic it's in very good conditions, it's signed on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Adjustable White Ceramic Pendant, Italy, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Adjustable white ceramic pendant light, Italy 1950s. Diameter 41 cm. Height fixture 23 cm. Minimum height 70 cm. Maximum height 120 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Ceramic

Set of 3 Abstract Ceramic Pottery Vases by EIWA / AKRU Ceramics, Germany, 1950s
By AKRU Ceramic
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Pottery ceramic vase set of 3 Producer: 3 different Germany Ceramic Producers Decade: 1950s Original vintage 1950s pottery ceramic vase set made in Germany. High ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Pottery

Italian Mid-Century Modern Vase Ceramic Red Gold Color, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian Mid-Century Modern vase ceramic red gold color, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, by Tilgmans, Sweden, 1950s
By Tilgmans Keramik
Located in Bochum, NRW
Exceptional earthenware table lamp made by Tilgmans Keramik, Sweden, early 1950s. Foot lamp decorated with an African couple, a boy and a girl, face to face, realized in sgraffito te...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Lovely Mid-Century Modern Ceramic and Brass Watering Can, 1950s, Germany
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare and decorative Mid-Century Modern watering can. Designed and manufactured in 1950s in Germany. The watering can be executed in ceramic and brass. Good original v...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Brass

Two Pair of 1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Door or Cabinet Handles
Located in New York, NY
Available are two pair of Italian 1950s ceramic door or cabinet handles. Each handle set is comprised of a front piece glazed in chocolate brown with cafe' au lait accent for the geo...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Rare Fantoni Raymor Ceramic Horse Table Sculpture Italy 1950s
By Marcello Fantoni, Raymor
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is phenomenal, ceramic horse table sculpture, with a very rare pattern, signed on the base by Marcello Fantoni for Raymor, made in Italy in the 1950s. In excel...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Side Table Attr. to Jacques Adnet, France, 1950s
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Mid-Century Modern side table. Blue lacquered metal and enamelled ceramic tiles. Made in France in the 1950s. Japan inspired decor of Koï fish. Very decorative Tables often a...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic

1950s Stylish Mid-Century Modern Hand Painted Ceramic Italian Vase
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A modernist ceramic vase made in Italy in the 1950s in perfect conditions. It's signed in a side, but is'nt possible find the author.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase "Surrea" Wilhelm Kåge, Gustavsberg Sweden, 1950s
By Wilhelm Kage
Located in Langserud, SE
This abstract matt white stoneware vase was named Surrea (surreal) and designed by Wilhelm Kåge in the 1950s and manufactured at Gustavsberg, Sweden. This vase will work perfectly fo...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase by Marius Bessone-Vallauris, France, 1950s
By Marius Bessone
Located in Brussels, BE
Ceramic vase by Marius Bessone - Vallauris France 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Rörstrand Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Design Ceramic Vase, 1950s
By Rörstrand
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern design ceramic vase designed by Rörstrand with matte glaze, Sweden, 1950s.
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Antique 1650s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Bowl Sculpture Fausto Melotti Insignia, 1950s, Italy
By Fausto Melotti
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an outstanding, small, glossy ceramic bowl, made in Italy, by Fausto Melotti with his insignia, circa 1956. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 5.5" ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Huge Ceramic Vase by Rometti Umbertide
By Rometti Ceramics 1
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An amazing black and red ceramic vase made in Italy in the Fifties by famous manufacturer Rometti. It's marked on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Guido Gambone Italian Mid-Century Modern Design Centerpiece Ceramic Bowl, 1950s
By Guido Gambone
Located in Modena, IT
Mid-Century Modern design big ceramic bowl or centerpiece designed by Italian artist Guido Gambone with “Gambone Italy” printed under the base, 1950s. Please note that the bowl is...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Gilt Bowls Busts of Nubian Princesses, 1950s
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of 1950s ceramic busts of black Nubian Princess figures with gilt bowls on their braided hair heads. With original brass loop earrings, the inside of the gilt bowl glazed in a...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic, Pottery

Ivo Sassi Mid-Century Modern Design Italian Ceramic Vases Bottles Set, 1950s
By Ivo Sassi
Located in Modena, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern design ceramic vases or bottles set serie “Gli Etruschi” designed by Italian artist Ivo Sassi, 1950s Dimensions from left: Height 32 cm, width 6 cm, de...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bottles

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Ceramic

Vallauris Blue Ceramic Coffee Set, Mid-Century Modern, France, 1950
By Vallauris
Located in Paris, FR
Creative French Mid-Century Modern coffee set signed by Vallauris presenting 7 pieces in a very good general condition. Measures: 4 cups diameter 8-8.5cm height 7 cm 4 saucers 11 c...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Ceramic Vase Red Fish Mid-Century Modern Italian Design 1950s Gold Parts
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Ceramic vase red fish Mid-Century Modern Italian design 1950s gold parts.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Gold

Set of 3 Mid-Century Modern "West-Germany" Ceramic Vases, European Design, 1950s
By West German Pottery
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Trio of West German ceramic vases made in Europe in the 1950s. This set of 3 comes with free shipping to certain countries. The term "West Germany" on German pottery is not a b...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

1950s Huge Mid-Century Modern Blue and Gold Ceramic Italian Vase
By Saca
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A blue and gold ceramic vase decorated with flowers made in Italy in the early Fifties by Società Accomandita Ceramiche Artistiche of Sesto Fiorentino. The vase it's in excellent con...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Rare Marcello Fantoni Raymor Ceramic Art Vase, Italy, 1950s
By Marcello Fantoni
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a magnificent and rare, ceramic art vase or vessel, signed on the bottom by Marcello Fantoni for Raymor, made in Italy in the 1950s. In excellent condition....
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Eugene Deutch Signed Mid-Century Modern Studio Pottery Ceramic Vase, 1950
By Eugene Deutch
Located in Studio City, CA
Wonderful work my well-known Hungarian-born, Midwest potter Eugene Deutch. This magnificently glazed vase/ vessel features a dark, rich glaze that drips freely down the inside of ...
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Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mathieu Matégot, Mid-Century Modern, Ceramic Metal, French Ashtray, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ashtray designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured in Netherlands, circa 1950. Brown ceramic, metal. In good condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

1950s Italo Casini Mid-Century Modern Italian Pink and Gold Ceramic Box
By Italo Casini
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Pink and gold ceramic box made in Italy in the 1950s, good conditions overall, signs of the time. It's marked on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Vallauris Coffee Set Yellow Brown Ceramic, Mid-Century Modern, France, 1950
By Vallauris
Located in Paris, FR
Authentic French midcentury creative full coffee set containing 9 pieces: Measures: 6 cups diameter 8-8.5cm H 7 cm 6 saucers 11 cm x 11.5 cm Jar H 26 cm x L 24 cm x 9.5 cm Milk j...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Hand-Painted Ceramic Vide-Poche by Mari & C. Deruta
By Deruta
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An high quality hand-painted ceramic made in Italy in the Fifties by Mari & c. in Deruta, world famous italian small town for hand-crafted ceramics. The decor depicts a woman face.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-P...

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Ceramic

Rose Cabat Signed Large Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Studio Pottery Bowl, 1950s
By Rose Cabat
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic, quite unique, and rare early work by famed American studio potter Rose Cabat who became well known for her ceramic "feelies" and use of innovative glazes. These formativ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Earthenware

Mid-Century Italian Lidded Ceramic Pot by Marcello Fantoni, 1950s
By Marcello Fantoni
Located in Zwijndrecht, Antwerp
A very unusual asymmetric shaped pottery box glazed in a vibrant blue colour and decorated with graphic patterns in orange and yellow. Attributed to Italian artist Marcello Fantoni. ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

White Blue Ceramic Sconce Wall Light Mid-Century Modern Wilhelm Wagenfeld 1950s
By Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Lindner
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern sconce or wall light by Wilhelm Wagenfeld for Lindner Keramik 1950s Germany. Sconce or wall light from white milky glass and pastel blue ceramic with two E 14 soc...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Ceramic, Glass

Pair of Mid Century Modern Sculptural 1950s Ceramic Table Lamps & Shades
By Majestic Lamp Company
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of Sculptural organic styled ceramic lamps with original shades in excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Wire bases with matching wire atop the lamp shades. Ra...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Iron

1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic and Brass Italian Ice Bucket by Robert Piguet
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An Ice bucket made in Italy in the '50s by 'Ceramiche del Levante' - Genoa, for couturier Robert Piguet famous perfume-house, as advertising items of his perfumes: Bandit (1942), Bag...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Mid-Century Floor Lamp in Pink Ceramic, Italy, 1950s
Located in London, GB
A rare floor lamp in pink ceramic with hand painted gold flowers. Italy 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass, Gold

Italian Mid Century Pinguin Ceramic by Cima, 1950
By Cima
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Beautiful penguin ceramic from Italy made by Cima, 1950.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern abstract ceramic sculpture, signed.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Vessel and Bowls Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
By Wilhelm Kage, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Langserud, SE
Collection of 2 vessels from the "Veckla" series designed by Stig Lindberg and one "Surrea" Wilhelm Kåge. Made from Carrara ware with matte white glaze. The pieces are in good vi...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1950s Ceramic Rare Beige Panther Cat T.V. Mid Century Modern Lamp
Located in Van Nuys, CA
A great-looking early 1950s Black Panther TV Lamp. This long table or tv lamp has the best high gloss finish and is large enough to be the focal point wherever it is placed. It is in...
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Vintage 1960s American Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Signed Ceramic Vessel Sculpture
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing signed but not legible Italian Mid-Century Modern ceramic sculpture and or vessel tells a story. It looks like it may be signed Gianni. We have tried to do the research ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Large Abstract Ceramic Pottery Vase by Sawa Franz Schwaderlapp, Germany, 1950s
By Franz Schwaderlapp, Sawa Ceramic
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Pottery ceramic vase Producer: Sawa Ceramic, Germany Design: Franz Schwaderlapp Decade: 1950s Description: Original vintage 1960s pott...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Black and White Ceramic Table Lamp, Large Scale, 1950's
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Super cool black and white spotted ceramic table lamp, mat finish, 33 inches to top of socket, professionally rewired.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Colorful Abstract Ceramic Pottery Vase by Sawa Franz Schwaderlapp, Germany 1950s
By Franz Schwaderlapp, Sawa Ceramic
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Pottery ceramic vase Producer: Sawa Ceramic, Germany Design: Franz Schwaderlapp Decade: 1950s Description: Original vintage 1950s pott...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pottery, Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Boots Umbrella Stand
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern glazed ceramic umbrella stand or cane stand in shape of a pair of red military boots with spurs, marked 'made in Italy' on the bottom. 18" H x 13" W x 12" D.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands

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Ceramic

Mid Century Vase Enameled Black Ceramic Italian Design 1950s
Located in Palermo, IT
Vase in black enameled ceramic by an unknown designer with three small semicircular handles in polychrome glaze. It has a spherical body and a small neck with a flat edge where insid...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century French Ceramic Vase by Jacques Blin 'circa 1950s'
By Jacques Blin
Located in London, GB
Vintage French ceramic decorative pitcher / decanter / vase (circa 1950s) by Jacques Blin. The vase is in a subtle hue covered in Blin's trademark misty glaze. It is decorated with a...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Sculptural Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp
Located in Norwalk, CT
Very Palm Springs! Super glam. A sculptural Mid-Century Modern ceramic lamp, circa 1950s. Black and white chic with new wiring and a new black shade with gold liner. Lamp measures 10...
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Vintage 1950s Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Life-Size 'Poodle' Sculpture, Austria, 1950s
By Ceramano, Scheurich & Carstens
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern life-size 'Poodle' sculpture, Austria, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Luigi Carron for Alcyone Mid-Century Ceramic Vase, Italy 1950s
By Carron
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase designed by Luigi Carron, for Alcyone of Marostica, Italy circa 1950s. Chunky amphora shape with hand-painted geometric and stylized animal d...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Faience

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1950s Mid Century Modern Ceramic For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic 1950s mid century modern ceramic available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of ceramic, metal and wood, every 1950s mid century modern ceramic was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer 1950s mid century modern ceramic, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. Each 1950s mid century modern ceramic bearing Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular. Gordon & Jane Martz, Rörstrand and Gunnar Nylund each produced at least one beautiful 1950s mid century modern ceramic that is worth considering.

How Much is a 1950s Mid Century Modern Ceramic?

A 1950s mid century modern ceramic can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $1,401, while the lowest priced sells for $6 and the highest can go for as much as $75,201.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.