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Vintage French Sunburst Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
Mirror made of gilded forged iron that has been gold-leafed. This vintage piece has a circular center mirror surrounded by the intricate sunburst metal work.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Iron, Gold Leaf

  • Vintage French Sunburst Mirror
  • Vintage French Sunburst Mirror
  • Vintage French Sunburst Mirror
  • Vintage French Sunburst Mirror
H 1.25 in. Dm 20 in.
Bamboo Rattan Mid Century Modern Vintage Wall Mirror 1970s France
Located in Vienna, AT
Bamboo Rattan Mid Century Modern vintage wall mirror designed 1970s France. Beautiful shaped rattan frame with mirror glass in good condition approx. measures: Width 35.5 Depth 2...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Rattan, Mirror

Vintage French Blue Glass Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
Large French modernist round mirror with striking blue glass frame surrounding a beveled mirror.
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Rattan Bamboo Riviera Style Organic Modern Vintage Wall Mirror 1970s France
Located in Vienna, AT
Riviera style organic modern vintage wall mirror or trumeau mirror from rattan / bamboo and mirror glass 1970s France. Slightly curved loops between bamboo sticks and mirror glass f...
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Vintage 1970s French Organic Modern Wall Mirrors

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Bamboo, Rattan, Mirror

Modernist Vintage Black Floor Mirror Full Length Mirror, 1970s, France
By Roger Lecal
Located in Vienna, AT
Modernist black vintage floor mirror or full length mirror model lipstick from plastic and mirror glass shaped very similar to Roger Lecal. Not stamped The frame is made of black pla...
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors

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Mirror

Vintage French Rattan Circular Mirror
Located in New York, NY
Vintage French rattan circular mirror circa 1960.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Rattan

French Vintage Giltwood Two-Layer Sunburst Mirror with Small Mirror Plate
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage French giltwood sunburst mirror from the mid-20th century, with layered rays and small mirror plate. Created in France during the midcentury period, this sunburst mirror fe...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

1960s French Vintage Three-Layered Sunburst Mirror with Convex Mirror Plate
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage French 1960s giltwood three-layered sunburst mirror with convex mirror plate. This French sunburst mirror features a central convex mirror plate offering a lovely distortio...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

Vintage Rectangular French Rattan Wall Mirror 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
Rectangular French rattan wall mirror (circa 1960s). This is an Asian-inspired design with inner and outer frames connected by figure-eight shapes of rattan cane. The corners are las...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Rattan, Mirror

Brass Vintage Round Design Sunburst Mirror or Wall Mirror, France, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass Vintage Round Design Sunburst Mirror or Wall Mirror France 1960s. This great solid cast brass vintage design round sunburst mirror or wall mirror shows a heavy and solid brass ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Brass

Vintage French Giltwood Midcentury Sunburst Mirror with Radiating Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage French giltwood sunburst mirror from the mid-20th century, with flat glass. Created in France during the midcentury period, this sunburst features a radiating frame surroun...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

French Vintage Carved Midcentury Giltwood Sunburst with Convex Mirror
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage French giltwood sunburst with convex mirror plate from the mid-20th century. Born in France during the midcentury period, this giltwood sunburst features a central convex m...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

Vintage Rattan Mirror
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Vintage mirror with rattan and brass frame. France, 1980s. Pair available.
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Brass

  • Vintage Rattan Mirror
  • Vintage Rattan Mirror
  • Vintage Rattan Mirror
  • Vintage Rattan Mirror
H 39.38 in. Dm 39.38 in.
Vintage French Midcentury Giltwood Sunburst with Convex Mirror, circa 1950
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French vintage giltwood sunburst mirror from the mid-20th century, with radiating rays and convex mirror. Born in France during the mid-century period, this stylish sunburst mirror...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Giltwood, Mirror

Vintage French Giltwood Sunburst Mirror with Layered Sunrays, circa 1960
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French vintage giltwood sunburst mirror from the mid-20th century, with layered sunrays and scooped molding. Born in France during the mid-century period, this lovely sunburst mirr...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

French Vintage Midcentury Giltwood Convex Sunburst Mirror with Undulating Rays
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French vintage giltwood convex sunburst mirror from the mid-20th century, with alternating rays. Born in France during the midcentury period, this exquisite sunburst mirror feature...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

French Vintage Giltwood Sunburst Mirror with Waterleaves from the Midcentury
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French circular giltwood sunburst mirror with waterleaf motifs from the mid-20th century. This French sunburst wall mirror features a round mirror plate, surrounded by a delicately...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

Large Vintage French Midcentury Sunburst with Small Convex Mirror Plate
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large vintage French sunburst mirror from the mid-20th century, with convex mirror and radiating rays. Born in France during the midcentury period, this elegant sunburst mirror fea...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

French Vintage Brass Mirror and Console, 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
20th century vintage wall mirror and console set in hollywood regency style. The 16 beveled mirrors are joined by solid varnished brass to form beautiful curves and arches. The polis...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors

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Brass

  • French Vintage Brass Mirror and Console, 1970s
  • French Vintage Brass Mirror and Console, 1970s
  • French Vintage Brass Mirror and Console, 1970s
  • French Vintage Brass Mirror and Console, 1970s
H 33.47 in. W 39.38 in. D 10.44 in.
Vintage French Bleached Wood Midcentury Sunburst Mirror with Radiating Rays
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French vintage bleached wood sunburst convex mirror from the mid-20th century, with rays of varying heights. Born in France during the mid-century period, this exquisite mirror cha...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Riviera Style Vintage Rattan Organic Oval Sunburst Wall Mirror 1950s France
Located in Vienna, AT
Riviera style Mid-Century Modern vintage wall mirror in oval shape from rattan and mirror glass with curved sunbursts 1950s France. With the organic rattan sunbursts in different br...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Rattan, Mirror

Riviera Style Organic Vintage Rattan Bamboo Oval Wall Mirror France, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Riviera style vintage organic oval like wall mirror from rattan bamboo France 1950s. The stunning oval wall mirror glass is framed with rattan bamboo wickerwork. Very good conditio...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Rattan, Mirror

Vintage French Gilt Sunburst with Convex Mirror and Twisted Motifs, circa 1960
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French vintage gilt sunburst from the mid-20th century, with rays of varying sizes and convex mirror. Born in France during the 1960s-1970s, this sunburst features a convex mirror ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Mirror

Vintage European Wrought Iron Mirror
Located in Chicago, IL
A large scale European wrought iron mirror sourced in Northern France. This features a heavy metal scrollwork frame with gold accents and beveled edge mirror. Ready to hang. 1950s, F...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Iron

  • Vintage European Wrought Iron Mirror
  • Vintage European Wrought Iron Mirror
  • Vintage European Wrought Iron Mirror
  • Vintage European Wrought Iron Mirror
H 38 in. W 23.25 in. D 1.25 in.
Vintage Mirror in Gilded Metal with Mulberry Leaves, France
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Mirro...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Metal

Vintage Mirror in Gilded Metal with Vine Leaves France
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Mirro...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Metal

French Vintage Giltwood Midcentury Convex Sunburst Mirror with Wavy Rays
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French vintage giltwood sunburst convex mirror from the mid-20th century, with rays of varying heights. Created in France during the midcentury period, this sunburst mirror charms ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Giltwood

Beautiful Vintage Oval Bamboo Mirror, 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
This beautiful oval bamboo vintage mirror is framed with bamboo. The mirror is nice and large in size and gives a nice natural touch to your interior. Perfect for bohemian lovers! Y...
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Antique 1660s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Bamboo, Mirror

  • Beautiful Vintage Oval Bamboo Mirror, 1960s
  • Beautiful Vintage Oval Bamboo Mirror, 1960s
  • Beautiful Vintage Oval Bamboo Mirror, 1960s
  • Beautiful Vintage Oval Bamboo Mirror, 1960s
H 27.56 in. W 33.47 in. D 1.19 in.
Vintage Gold and Silver Leaf-Plated French Mirror over Solid Wood Heavy Framed
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage gold and silver leaf framed rectangle mirror This mirror is part of a suite of nine wall mirrors I purchased from an estate ...
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20th Century French Modern Wall Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Vintage Lipstick Mirror by Roger Lecal, 1970s
By Roger Lecal
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Original 'lipstick' floor mirror designed by Roger Lecal for Chabrieres & Co The mirror has the original paint and a patinated mirror. Visbible screws show authenticity Con...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mi...

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Mirror

Vintage French 1970s Gilt Composition Sunburst Mirror with Rays of Varying Sizes
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French vintage gilt composition sunburst from the late 20th century, with rays of varying sizes and flat mirror. Born in France during the 1970s, this sunburst features a clear mir...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Composition

Vintage Wall Mirror with Glass Shelf Made in the 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Vintage wall mirror with glass shelf made in the 1960s This is a nice separate wall mirror with glass shelf. Very nice in a bedroom or bathroom and of course in the hallway. ...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Rattan, Glass, Mirror

Vintage Cartier Classic Oval Table Mirror Gold-Plated, 1970
By Cartier
Located in Vis, NL
For your consideration a beautiful table mirror by Cartier with gold details. 1970s made in France. This piece is in good vintage condition with light rust and sign of wear. P...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Mirrors

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Gold Plate

Vintage Polished Chrome and Brass Mirror for Lorin Marsh
By Lorin Marsh
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish vintage modern wall mirror features high quality, heavy construction and includes polished chrome finish with inner brass trim detail. The unique midcentury appeal of th...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

Vintage TURA Pivotal Oversized Table Mirror Burgundy Enamel Gold-Plated, 1950
By Cartier
Located in Vis, NL
For your consideration a beautiful 1950's pivotal table mirror made for the sunglasses company Tura. One of the sides is a magnifying mirror, the nomal sized one has " Tura " signed ...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Mirrors

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Gold Plate

Vintage Cartier "Trinity" Table Mirror Silver Gold and Rose Plated, 1970
By Cartier
Located in Vis, NL
For your consideration a beautiful table mirror by Cartier with white, rose and yellow gold details. 1970s made in France. This piece is in near excellent condition with minim...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Mirrors

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Gold Plate

Vintage Cartier Classic Tank Pivotal Axis Table Mirror Gold-Plated, 1970
By Cartier
Located in Vis, NL
For your consideration a beautiful tank inspired shaped table mirror by Cartier with back hinged axis. 1970s made in France. This piece is in good vintage condition with ligh...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Mirrors

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Gold Plate

Vintage Silver Giltwood Frame with Antique Glass Plate
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A match made in heaven. Newly-gilt, chic frame meets antique mercury glass. The thin silver frame brings a new look to the world of antique mirrors. The silver gilt has been applied ...
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20th Century French Modern Wall Mirrors

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Silver Leaf

French Vintage Mirrored Jewelry Box
Located in Cathedral City, CA
1960s French mirrored jewelry box with one draw,   
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Jewelry Boxes

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Mirror

  • French Vintage Mirrored Jewelry Box
  • French Vintage Mirrored Jewelry Box
  • French Vintage Mirrored Jewelry Box
  • French Vintage Mirrored Jewelry Box
H 3.25 in. W 5.25 in. D 5 in.
Vintage French Oak Mirrored Vitrine Buffet Diamond Patterns, Mid-Century
Located in Labrit, Landes
Vitrine oak buffet, French, circa 1950 Display cabinet with sliding glass doors Solid Oad with carved diamonds patterns Good condition with superb patina Shipping: L 106/ P 44...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Oak, Glass, Mirror

Vintage French Midcentury Steel Round Table with Swan Motifs and Mirrored Top
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French vintage steel round center table from the mid-20th century, with new mirrored top, swan motifs and duck feet. This French midcentury table features a circular top presenting...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

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Steel

Vintage French Midcentury Metal Side Table with Reed Motifs and Mirrored Top
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage French metal side table from the mid-20th century, with reed motifs and mirrored top. Created in France during the midcentury period, this metal side table features a circu...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

Vintage Antique Mirrored Jewelry Box
Located in Cathedral City, CA
French 1970s mirrored decorative box.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Chrome

  • Vintage Antique Mirrored Jewelry Box
  • Vintage Antique Mirrored Jewelry Box
  • Vintage Antique Mirrored Jewelry Box
  • Vintage Antique Mirrored Jewelry Box
H 3.5 in. W 8.5 in. D 9.75 in.
Pair of French Vintage Oak side Tables with Mirrored Tops and Turned Legs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of French vintage oak side tables from the mid 20th century, with mirrored tops and turned legs. Created in France during the second half of the 20th century, each of this pai...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Mirror, Oak

Chrome and Glass French Vintage Coffee Table
Located in Austin, TX
A French vintage chrome and glass coffee table featuring a tight chromed steel base topped with an antiqued mirrored top. This piece is elegant in its simplicity and strong in its co...
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Vintage 1980s French Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

  • Chrome and Glass French Vintage Coffee Table
  • Chrome and Glass French Vintage Coffee Table
  • Chrome and Glass French Vintage Coffee Table
  • Chrome and Glass French Vintage Coffee Table
H 14.75 in. W 59 in. D 29.5 in.
Vintage French Country Arch Top Mirrored Walnut and Glass Wall Cabinet
Located in Germantown, MD
Vintage walnut wood arch top wood and glass wall cabinet. French door. Crackle paint antique white paint. Back mirror and 3 glass shelves. Glass shelves are 14" w x 6"d and 6" 1/2 ap...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

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Glass, Hardwood, Paint

Vintage Classic Steel & Brass Cocktail Table with Bronze Mirror Top
Located in Hingham, MA
Elegant Maison Jansen style rectangular coffee table with urn form turned brass legs, feet, supports and mounts with forged polished steel frame and serpentine stretchers. New bronz...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Vintage French Gilt Metal Sunburst Flush Mount Light Fixture from the 1950s
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French vintage gilt metal sunburst light fixture from the mid-20th century, with central mirror and new wiring. We currently have two available, priced and sold separately. This ex...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Vintage French Mirror
Located in Brambleton, VA
Uniquely shaped brass like frame Mirror from the 1950s, France Mirror is vintage and shows some antiquing around the edges Measures 15.25" W x 0.7" D x 30.25" H
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Vintage 1950s French Modern Wall Mirrors

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Brass

  • Vintage French Mirror
  • Vintage French Mirror
  • Vintage French Mirror
  • Vintage French Mirror
H 30.25 in. W 15.25 in. D 0.7 in.
Vintage French Octagonal Lacquer Mirror
Located in New York, NY
Vintage French Reddish Brown Octagonal Lacquer Mirror with Two Brass Inlaid Stripe Motif
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Lacquer

Vintage French Verre Églomisé Mirror, Celestial Motifs circa 1940
Located in Houston, TX
Receive our new selections direct from 1stdibs by email each week. Please click follow dealer below and see them first! This vintage French verre églomisé mirror circa 1940 is q...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Mirror

French Vintage Double Mirror Egg Armchairs Designed by Pierre Guariche
By André Steiner
Located in Gyermely, Komárom-Esztergom
French double mirror eggs armchairs designed by Pierre Guariche and Steiner Factory made in Paris .The armchairs are restored in restored white paint and new leatherette. Very large ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Plastic

French Bamboo Vintage Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
Vintage French bamboo mirror with an unusual bamboo frame featuring compartments. It is reminiscent of Madeleine Castaing interiors.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Bamboo, Mirror

  • French Bamboo Vintage Mirror
  • French Bamboo Vintage Mirror
  • French Bamboo Vintage Mirror
  • French Bamboo Vintage Mirror
H 54.75 in. W 36.25 in. D 1.625 in.
French Vintage Brass Sunburst Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
Vintage sunburst mirror with brass rays and a braided ring surrounding an antiqued round mirror. From the city of Vallauris on the French Riviera.
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Brass

Vintage French Rattan Sunburst Mirror
Located in High Point, NC
A retro throwback, this French 1970s mirror has a prominent circular shape, rendered in pleasant warm rattan. Surviving the unforgettable epoch of 70s fashion, this woven beauty is r...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Rattan, Mirror

  • Vintage French Rattan Sunburst Mirror
  • Vintage French Rattan Sunburst Mirror
  • Vintage French Rattan Sunburst Mirror
  • Vintage French Rattan Sunburst Mirror
H 17.3 in. W 17.3 in. D .6 in.
French Vintage Chrome Framed Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
French vintage mirror with chrome frame and original glass. Flat bottom makes it perfect for over a console, mantel, chest, or credenza. Clean, modernist design.
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Vintage 1950s French Modern Wall Mirrors

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Chrome

  • French Vintage Chrome Framed Mirror
  • French Vintage Chrome Framed Mirror
  • French Vintage Chrome Framed Mirror
  • French Vintage Chrome Framed Mirror
H 23.5 in. W 40.5 in. D 1.625 in.
French Vintage Round Brass Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
French vintage round wall mirror with deep molded brass frame. The diameter of the mirror is 15.25 in.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Brass

  • French Vintage Round Brass Mirror
  • French Vintage Round Brass Mirror
  • French Vintage Round Brass Mirror
  • French Vintage Round Brass Mirror
H 3.25 in. Dm 22.75 in.
Petit French Vintage Brass Sunburst Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
French vintage sunburst mirror in brass with a braided ring around the original mirror.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Brass

French Gilt Metal Vintage Sunburst Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
Sunburst shape mirror made of gilded metal and featuring an antiqued mirror as the center. This delightful French piece in the Mid-Century Modern style is the perfect size for a bedr...
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Metal

French Vintage Line Vautrin Style Mirror
By Line Vautrin
Located in Austin, TX
French vintage Line Vautrin style mirror with a circular wood center gold leafed and stuccoed, combined with antiqued mirrored components. We love the stylized look of this superb ac...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Sunburst Mirrors

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Gold Leaf

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French Modern Vintage Mirrors For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of French modern vintage mirrors is available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of glass, mirror and metal, all French modern vintage mirrors available were constructed with great care. French modern vintage mirrors have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. There are many kinds of French modern vintage mirrors to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Hollywood Regency French modern vintage mirrors are of considerable interest. There have been many well-made French modern vintage mirrors over the years, but those made by Cartier, Roger Lecal and Brendan Bass are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are French Modern Vintage Mirrors?

Prices for French modern vintage mirrors start at $282 and top out at $15,476 with the average selling for $2,625.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.