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Italian Midcentury Ceramic White Elephant Planter
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Italian midcentury ceramic elephant planter. Beautiful lines and stark white. Would be a good choice for white on white rooms where you're looking to add a bit of texture and soften ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

Great Italian Midcentury Ceramic White, with Blue Borders Pitcher and Basin
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Great Italian midcentury ceramic white, with blue borders pitcher and basin The piece is intact and free from breakage, chipping and restoration. Measures in cm. Basin diameter...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Revival Pitchers

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Ceramic

Italian Midcentury Ceramic Vase
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Huge Italian midcentury painted ceramic vase.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

  • Italian Midcentury Ceramic Vase
  • Italian Midcentury Ceramic Vase
  • Italian Midcentury Ceramic Vase
  • Italian Midcentury Ceramic Vase
H 22.45 in. W 11.82 in. D 6.89 in.
Pair of Italian Mid Century Ceramic Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A pair of white circa 1950's Italian ceramic lamps with mottled surface and silver-plated bases. Measurements: Height of body: 19" Height to shade rest: 28" (adjustable) Diameter: 8...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Italian Midcentury Ceramic Plate Conzi, 1970s
Located in bari, IT
A centerpiece plate from the 1970s by Conzi ceramic signed in the 1973.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Ceramic

  • Italian Midcentury Ceramic Plate Conzi, 1970s
  • Italian Midcentury Ceramic Plate Conzi, 1970s
  • Italian Midcentury Ceramic Plate Conzi, 1970s
  • Italian Midcentury Ceramic Plate Conzi, 1970s
H 0.6 in. W 25.01 in. D 25.01 in.
Italian Midcentury Ceramic Topped Tray Table
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A signed Guerrieri Murano Italia ceramic tray topped table with wood base signed Guerrieri. A few flakes to the glaze on the edge. In 1930 Giulio Guerrieri, who came from Castelli a...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic, Hardwood

Pair of Italian Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of circa 1960's Italian two-tone ceramic table lamps. Measurements: Height of body: 16.75" Diameter: 6".
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Vintage 1960s Italian Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Italian Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A pair of circa 1950's Italian table lamps with wooden bases and stem. Measurements: Height of body: 25.5" Height to shade rest: Diameter: 9".
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Vintage 1950s Italian Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Italian Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A pair of circa 1950's Italian blue table lamps with wood stems. Measurements: Height of body: 22.5" Diameter (at widest): 8".
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Vintage 1950s Italian Table Lamps

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Porcelain, Wood

Italian Midcentury Ceramic Vase by Marcello Fantoni, 1960s
By Marcello Fantoni
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous big ceramic vase in beautiful colors and glaze made by Italian Marcello Fantoni, Florence, Italy, during the 1960s. The vase is signed with his typical signature "Fantoni"....
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Italian Midcentury Ceramic Vase by Gualdo Dolci, 1950s
By Gualdo Dolci
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Beautiful vase by Gualdo Dolci also signed Rappallo a place in Italy famous for their beautiful ceramics in 1950s.    
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Midcentury Ceramic Lamps in the Manner of Fantoni
By Marcello Fantoni
Located in Philadelphia, PA
These beautiful lamps have gorgeous tones of yellow, brown, and ochre in a Classic lava glaze.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Italian Midcentury Ceramic Vases from Valceresio, 1950s, Set of Two
Located in Clivio, Varese
Beautiful set of two colorful pieces ceramic vases or vessels with typical pattern from the midcentury, approximate 1950-1960. Made in Northern Italy by Valceresio Ceramic near Cere...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1950s by Paolo Loddo Dorgali Sardinia Italian Midcentury Ceramic Figure
By Paolo Loddo
Located in Brescia, IT
Traditional figure, Dorgali, Sardinia _ Italy 1950s Perfect condition.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

Fratelli Fanciullacci Large Bowl Bird Motif, Italian Midcentury Ceramic, 1960s
By Fratelli Fanciullacci
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Decorative large circular bowl or wall decor by Italian ceramic workshop Fratelli Fanciullacci, made ca 1950s or 1960s. The bowl is decorated with stylized birds and has a structu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Italian Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamps in Platinum Silver White Glaze, 1970s
By Aldo Londi
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous pair of big Italian table lamps made of strong ceramic parts and painted with platinum silver and white glaze. They remind to the style of Aldo Londi for Bitossi. The lamps ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Zaccagnini Signed Firenze Italy Midcentury Ceramic Big Vase or Umbrella Stand
By Figli E Zaccagnini, Urbano Zaccagnini
Located in Firenze, IT
Large vase or umbrella stand with ceramic rope decoration, graffiti drawn body surface all in ceramic, invented by Urbano Zaccagnini and produced in Florence Italy, circa 1940 by the...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Midcentury Ceramic Modernist Collectors Vase by Art Rumi Orobico, 1950s
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous and rare, unique ceramic vase hand painted and signed with N.D.R. by artist from Italian ceramic studio Orobico Arte Artigianato (ART RUMI) in the 1950s. The vase is made o...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Midcentury Ceramic Modernist Collectors Vase by Art Rumi Orobico, 1950s
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous and rare, unique ceramic vase hand painted and signed with G.R. by artist from Italian ceramic studio Orobico Arte Artigianato (ART RUMI) in the 1950s. The vase is made of ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp in Metallic Gold by Aldo Londi, 1960
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Clivio, Varese
Beautiful and shiny ceramic table lamp designed and made under the artistic guidance from Aldo Londi in the 1970s for Bitossi. This heavy, organic ceramic body is made in gold metall...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamp by Aldo Londi with Cork Lampshade, 1960
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous tall table lamp handmade of big and heavy ceramic base in dark anthracite - brown color. Designed by Aldo Londi and produced by Bitossi of Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy, in t...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Pottery, Cork

Italian Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp in Platinum Glaze by Aldo Londi, 1970s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Clivio, Varese
Beautiful ceramic lamp with silver-platinum colored glaze designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Made in Italy in the 1970s. The ceramic part sits on a metal chromed base, so as the t...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Italian Mid Century Ceramic and Brass Table Lamp by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, 1960
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous tall table lamp handmade of ceramic base in dark brown color with golden and white painted stripes and shiny brass details. Made in Italy in the 1970s by Aldo Londi for Bito...
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Pottery

Italian Coat Stands Ceramic San Polo Venezia
By San Polo
Located in bari, IT
A set of coat stands Italian midcentury ceramic by San Polo Venezia.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

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Ceramic, Wood

  • Italian Coat Stands Ceramic San Polo Venezia
  • Italian Coat Stands Ceramic San Polo Venezia
  • Italian Coat Stands Ceramic San Polo Venezia
  • Italian Coat Stands Ceramic San Polo Venezia
H 11.82 in. W 10.24 in. D 0.99 in.
Mid-Century Italian Modern Blue Ceramic Cake Plate
Located in Malibu, CA
Italian mid century ceramic cake stand on a pedestal base, atop sits a cake plate in vibrant tropical shades of turquoise & marine blue. Patterned impressions with raised relief leaf...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Elio Schiavon Italian Midcentury Pottery Ceramic Vase 1950s
By Elio Schiavon
Located in Modena, IT
Italian midcentury ceramic vase designed by Elio Schiavon with signature under the base, Padova 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Bloodstone Glazed Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Mid-Century ceramic lamps with a mottled bloodstone gloss glaze, sitting on matte grey lacquer wood bases. Rewired for use in the USA with brass double pull chain soc...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Italian Ceramic Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 1960s Italian Mid Century ceramic lamps with a textured glazed finish. The lamps have been newly rewired for the US with polished Brass double clusters that take standard lig...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Pair of Italian Ceramic Lamps
  • Pair of Italian Ceramic Lamps
  • Pair of Italian Ceramic Lamps
  • Pair of Italian Ceramic Lamps
H 34.5 in. Dm 10 in.
Italian Mid Century Hand Painted Chimpanzee Planter
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Who doesn't love a chimpanzee? Hand painted Italian Mid Century ceramic planter. Festive. Fun. Lots of hand painted detail - a work of ceramic art. Perfect accessory for adding a fun...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Egyptian Motif Marchi Brescia Ceramic Vase, Italy, 1960s
By Midcentury Italian school
Located in Nuernberg, DE
An amazing midcentury studio art pottery vase, made in Italy, circa 1960s. Vase is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, or flea bites. Signed with at the base. Hole on top i...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mid century Italian ceramic box Crab design on its lid Circa 1950 Origin Italy Mid-Century Color Green and red no visible signature.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
H 2.76 in. W 7.09 in. D 6.7 in.
Mid Century Italian Ceramic Cat
Located in New York, NY
Italian ceramic cat Raymor Pottery. Vintage Italian art cat figure hand painted Giorgio Gubbio for Raymor. In very good condition. No repairs, cracks or chips.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Cat
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Cat
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Cat
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Cat
H 7.5 in. W 8.5 in. D 6 in.
Mid-Century Italian Ceramic Dog Sculpture
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Italian terracotta glazed ceramic dog sculpture made in the Hollywood Regency style. Signed, numbered and marked Italy on base.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Terracotta

1950s Italian Sunburst Ceramic Wall Sculpture
By HOC
Located in Cathedral City, CA
1950s sunburst terracotta and ceramic Mosaic wall sconce sculpture.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Gold Leaf

Mid-Century Italian Design Ceramic Lamp
Located in Roma, IT
Important Italian table lamp from the 1950s. The beautiful, original design is reminiscent of the lamps produced during the same period in Italy by important designers such as Gio P...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Italian Design Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Italian Design Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Italian Design Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Italian Design Ceramic Lamp
H 15.75 in. W 9.06 in. D 9.06 in.
1970s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Vase
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A ceramic vase hand-crafted in italy in the Fifties, good conditions overall.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Deruta Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase
By Deruta
Located in New York, NY
Deruta Italian Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase with musical notes and stylized musicians, marked 'Deruta Italy' on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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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

Italian Mid-Century Orange Ceramic Vase, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century orange ceramic vase, 1960s Vase with round base in orange ceramic. The structure takes the shape of an hourglass, in fact it narrows to three quarters and widens...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Italian Ceramic Military Parrot Bust
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Whimsical glazed ceramic classical bust depicting a parrot with a humorous expression wearing a military uniform with aplomb. Marked Italy on the bottom.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Busts

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Ceramic

Italian Sideboard in Precious Woods and Ceramic Handles
By Midcentury Italian school
Located in Milano, IT
Large and beautiful Italian sideboard from the 50's. The sideboard has multiple functions. As a support surface we find a beautiful yellow glass original of the time. In the two side...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Brass

Mid Century Italian Glazed Ceramic Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A single circa 1950's Italian glazed ceramic table lamp. Measurements: Height of body: 21" Height to shade rest: 30" Diameter: 7".
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Vintage 1950s Italian Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Ceramic Cheetah Leopard Sculpture, Italy, 1960s
Located in L'Escala, ES
Beautiful and rare large midcentury ceramic cheetah leopard sculpture manufactured in Italy in 1960s. In very good vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

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

Ceramic Lamp Base, Probably Italy Mid-20th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Conical lamp base of polychrome glazed ceramic with shell decorations and underwater motifs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Ceramic

Monumental Italian Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Lamp
Located in Houston, TX
Monumental Italian mid-century glazed ceramic lamp. This stunning huge table lamp has been newly wired with a new socket ready for the shade of your choice.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Italian Glazed Ceramic Leopard Sculpture, Italy, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern Italian glazed ceramic leopard sculpture, Italy 1970s. This extraordinary Italian ceramic Leopard sculpture from the 70s is one of the most fierce statement pie...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Ceramic Wall Lights Sconces, Italy, Mid-Century
Located in Vienna, AT
Glazed pair of ceramic wall lights, Italy circa 1960 Nice original mid-century sconces from glazed ceramics in very good condition, no chips or cracks. Gently cleaned and fully wo...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Ceramic

  • Ceramic Wall Lights Sconces, Italy, Mid-Century
  • Ceramic Wall Lights Sconces, Italy, Mid-Century
  • Ceramic Wall Lights Sconces, Italy, Mid-Century
  • Ceramic Wall Lights Sconces, Italy, Mid-Century
H 7.08 in. W 7.08 in. D 3.14 in.
Mid-century pair Italian ceramic lamp bases.
Located in Sydney, NSW
A highly original pair of Italian ceramic lamp bases depicting an Ancient Egyptian couple, a Pharaoh and his consort, both kneeling on brown detailed bases and holding large oil vase...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Mid-century pair Italian ceramic lamp bases.
  • Mid-century pair Italian ceramic lamp bases.
  • Mid-century pair Italian ceramic lamp bases.
  • Mid-century pair Italian ceramic lamp bases.
H 19.69 in. W 6.89 in. D 6.3 in.
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

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 Italian Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern hand-thrown ceramic table lamp glazed in orange / green / grey with masterful diagonally-biased overlays. Produced in Italy, circa 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Italian 1940s Neoclassic Ceramic Wall Lights with Silver Leaf Applied
By Nove, Italy
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Pair of charming sconces of 1950s neoclassic style ceramic wall lights with silver leaf applied. All pieces are original. The wiring has been professionally checked.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Baroque Revival Wall Lights and Sconces

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Ceramic

Pair of Black Ceramic Italian Vases, Bucaros, Centerpieces
By Italian school XX ct.
Located in Valladolid, ES
Amazing pair of Italian vases or Bucaros with lid ,in black ceramic , large in size and of great decorative strength in their shapes. The pieces are made by hand, so each piece has a...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vintage Mid Century Italian Ceramic Bowl by Guido Gambone
By Guido Gambone
Located in Oxnard, CA
Here is a beautiful piece of Italian pottery by Guido Gambone. Features a stunning blue glaze with green undertones and black/brown accents. Approximately 4.75" diameter and 2.5" tall.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Mendini Style 80s Ceramic Vase
Located in bari, IT
Vase sculpture made of single flower ceramic in the Mendini style, Italian production in the late 70s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid Century Butterfly Ceramic Bowl by San Polo, Italy
By San Polo
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Italian ceramic bowl with a curved rim depicting a fantasy butterfly, possible to hang on the wall or for practical use. By San Polo ceramics Venezia made in the 1950s by the renowne...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Mid Century Butterfly Ceramic Bowl by San Polo, Italy
By San Polo
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Italian ceramic bowl with a curved rim depicting a fantasy butterfly, possible to hang on the wall or for practical use. By San Polo ceramics Venezia made in the 1950s by the renowne...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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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 Italian Ceramic Vessel by Franco Bucci
By Franco Bucci
Located in DELRAY BEACH, FL
A beautiful deep black studio ceramic lidded vessel made in Italy by Franco Bucci. Has an elegant simple spherical form with a tasteful textured base. A smaller sphere creating the l...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Ceramic

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Italy Mid Century Ceramic For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the Italy mid century ceramic you’re looking for. Frequently made of ceramic, metal and brass, every Italy mid century ceramic was constructed with great care. There are 3531 variations of the antique or vintage Italy mid century ceramic you’re looking for, while we also have 16 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a Italy mid century ceramic — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right Italy mid century ceramic, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Art Deco styles are of considerable interest. A well-made Italy mid century ceramic has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Bitossi, Aldo Londi and Raymor are consistently popular.

How Much is a Italy Mid Century Ceramic?

Prices for a Italy mid century ceramic start at $37 and top out at $92,986 with the average selling for $1,500.

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.