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Quadriedri Table Lamp, Venini Style, Transparent and Smoked Prism
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 transparent and smoked Quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) height, 10...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Black Office Italian Table Lamp, 1980s
By Stile Neolt
Located in Savona, IT
Table lamp produced circa 1980s by Neolt. Black plastic base. Articulated arm in black corrugated sheath. Black plastic diffuser. Perfect condition, stock fund, never used. Di...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic

  • Black Office Italian Table Lamp, 1980s
  • Black Office Italian Table Lamp, 1980s
  • Black Office Italian Table Lamp, 1980s
  • Black Office Italian Table Lamp, 1980s
H 32.29 in. W 5.91 in. D 8.67 in.
Italian Dining Rosewood Table with Black Steel Legs and Glass Top, 1950s
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This dining table was designed in the 1950s in Italy. It is made of rosewood with black steel legs and an auburn glass top. Feel free to contact us for more detailed pictures.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Steel

Italian Midcentury Black and Brass Sputnik Table Lamp, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This midcentury table lamp was manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It has got an adjustable black lacquered lampshade and a brass goose neck lamp arm. The lamp has been rewired a...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

New Old Stock, Opaline Murano Glass Table Light by Cenedese Vetri, Italy 1960
By Gino Cenedese, Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table light opal Murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s This fantastic vintage table light was designe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Black and Chromed Italian Table Lamps, 1970s
Located in Savona, IT
Italian manufactured table lamp produced in the 1970s. Base in black painted metal with cracked effect. Stem in lacquered metal and plastic corrugated. Good general conditions, so...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Luigi Caccia Dominioni Attributed Black Wood Console Tray Table Italy circa 1970
By Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Vienna, AT
Luigi Caccia Dominioni attributed black wood console tray table, Italy, probably late 1970-early 1980. Elegant 47" x 21" x 32" (H) black lacquered console table from wood (maple) wit...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Aluminum

Italian Modern Table Lamp Black & Brass with Adjustable Lampshade Stilnovo Style
By Arredoluce, Stilnovo
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful Modern 1950s table lamp, made in Italy. Good condition, works in the US and Asia as well, of course in Europe also. Adjustable large lampshade, adjustable small lampshade...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Modern F.A. Porsche Jazz Plastic Italian Table Lamp for PAF Studio, Milano 1988
By PAF Studio, Ferdinand A. Porsche
Located in Roma, IT
Jazz desk lamp designed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche for PAF in 1989. An iconic item from the Star Trek tv series. The lampshade is made of a small circular black plastic lampshad...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic

Alberto Donà, Deco Table Lamps, Rigadin Gold Leaf Spheres, Black Accents, Pair
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Pair of tall table lamps from Alberto Donà in Murano. Glass spheres are in rigadin, with gold leaf applied before blowing. Spacers and base are in pure black, which is a specialty o...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Gold Leaf

1960s Oscar Torlasco Table Lamp for Lumi
By Oscar Torlasco, Lumi
Located in Glendale, CA
1960s Oscar Torlasco table lamp for Lumi. Executed in painted metal, chrome and aluminum. Retains original manufacturers label. Lumi was one of the most innovative lighting design co...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Chrome, Metal

  • 1960s Oscar Torlasco Table Lamp for Lumi
  • 1960s Oscar Torlasco Table Lamp for Lumi
  • 1960s Oscar Torlasco Table Lamp for Lumi
  • 1960s Oscar Torlasco Table Lamp for Lumi
H 19.75 in. W 6.25 in. D 10 in.
Alberto Donà Pair of Cone Star-Shaped Table Lamps, Murano Mercury Glass
By Alberto Donà
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Fashionable pair of tall table lamp from Alberto Donà in Murano. Gray acciaio color layered inside with mirror mercury glass technique. Geometry of shape plays well with light reflec...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Mercury Glass, Murano Glass

Cone Star-Shaped Table Lamps, Murano Amber Glass with Mercury Glass, Gold, Pair
By Alberto Donà
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Glamourous pair of tall table lamp from Alberto Donà in Murano. Glass is amber layered inside with mirror mercury glass technique. Result is a shiny gold color. Geometry of shape pla...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Mercury Glass, Murano Glass

Coffee Table “Zodiac” Iron Glass, 1950, Italy
By Mid Century Antiques
Located in Milano, IT
Coffee table “Zodiac” iron glass, 1950, Italy.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Other Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

  • Coffee Table “Zodiac” Iron Glass, 1950, Italy
  • Coffee Table “Zodiac” Iron Glass, 1950, Italy
  • Coffee Table “Zodiac” Iron Glass, 1950, Italy
  • Coffee Table “Zodiac” Iron Glass, 1950, Italy
H 16.15 in. W 43.31 in. D 17.72 in.
Italian Mid-Century Black Painted Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Italian mid-century black painted coffee table with tapered legs and carved edges supporting a rectangular glass top.   
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Italian Mid-Century Black Painted Coffee Table
  • Italian Mid-Century Black Painted Coffee Table
  • Italian Mid-Century Black Painted Coffee Table
  • Italian Mid-Century Black Painted Coffee Table
H 19.75 in. W 35 in. D 17.25 in.
Mid-Century Modern Italian Adjustable Black Lacquered Wood Dining Table, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian adjustable black lacquered wood dining table. When closed the table measures cm 118 x 118 x H 74. When opened the table measures cm 118 x 158 x H 74.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Black Metal Side Table, 1950, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
This Mid-Century Modern vintage side table shows a round black lacquered sheet metal top with multicolored motifs. The black lacquered wire steel base is foldable and features rubber...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Black Lacquer Chrome Extending Console Table 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
With a beautiful black lacquered top, sharply geometric chrome metal legs and a foldable body to fit your particular spatial needs, this mid-century italian console table by Artelano...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Italian Black Painted Cubist or Origami Side Table
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern sculptural metal cubist side table with removable top, made in Italy. Currently being repainted black. Pair available.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Black Iron Base Table with Wood Top, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian black iron base table with wood veneered top and brass feet, 1970s The wooden top of the table shows some wear due to age and use but the table is in very...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Iron, Brass

Mid-Century Italian Occasional Tables 1970s
Located in Encinitas, CA
Italian Design contemporary occasional tables, 1970s. One rectangle table and one square table available. Ideal for sectional or modular-seating tables. Chocolate color lacquered pl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Italian Occasional Tables 1970s
  • Mid-Century Italian Occasional Tables 1970s
  • Mid-Century Italian Occasional Tables 1970s
  • Mid-Century Italian Occasional Tables 1970s
H 14 in. W 27.5 in. D 39.5 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass Console Table
By Maison Ramsay, Romeo Rega, Maison Baguès, Maison Jansen, Maison Raphael
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Italian modern brass two-tiered console table with glass tops. This fabulous Italian midcentury Romeo Rega style free standing Italian made geometric modernist console table...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Brass

  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass Console Table
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass Console Table
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass Console Table
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass Console Table
H 37.75 in. W 48.5 in. D 17.25 in.
Italian Mid-Century Artemide Black Counterweight Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Italian mid-century black aluminum counterweight table lamp with articulated arm resting on a cylindrical round base (Artemide).    
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Midcentury Round Brass and Glass of Italian School Side Table, 1950
By Midcentury Italian school
Located in Rome, IT
Precious pair of side tables in brass molded with crystal top, unique shape and very accurate design all Italian. Note the wonderful shape and the folding of the brass leaves. The s...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Italian Black Marble & Brass Console Tables Neoclassical Style
Located in Dallas, TX
Large Mid-Century Modern console table, Italy, Carrara area in Italy, circa 1980s. Two available: priced & sold individually. Made of two black sculpted marble legs and brass rectang...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Marble, Brass

Italian Mid-Century "Jacks" Side Table by Allegri
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Italian mid-century "Jacks" side table by Allegri of rectangular form with inset smoked glass raised on a "Jacks" base, with inset castors and easy to move.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

  • Italian Mid-Century "Jacks" Side Table by Allegri
  • Italian Mid-Century "Jacks" Side Table by Allegri
  • Italian Mid-Century "Jacks" Side Table by Allegri
  • Italian Mid-Century "Jacks" Side Table by Allegri
H 22.25 in. W 27.5 in. D 16.5 in.
Mid-Century Black Iron Console Table with Glass Top, Italy, 1950s-1960s
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century black iron console table with glass top, Italy, 1950s-1960s Unusual console table with iron legs Mid-Century, Italian. Top is glass Size: 28 inches wide 13 inche...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Iron

Italian Table Lamp in Black Marble and Steel
By Italian school XX ct.
Located in Milano, IT
Contemporary table lamp of Italian production 2019. The table lamp through its sculptural forms creates a geometric game to the object. Made with a central body in black marquina mar...
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Steel

  • Italian Table Lamp in Black Marble and Steel
  • Italian Table Lamp in Black Marble and Steel
  • Italian Table Lamp in Black Marble and Steel
  • Italian Table Lamp in Black Marble and Steel
H 19.3 in. W 11.42 in. D 5.91 in.
Neoclassical Italian Mid-Century Black and White Urn End Tables, circa 1940
By Gio Ponti
Located in Camden, ME
A Neoclassical pair of mid century Italian black and white painted wooden urn based side tables with aquamarine glass tops. The 1940's end tables with hand-painted white gladiators o...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical End Tables

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Glass, Fruitwood

Mid-Century Modern Italian Gilt Metal Console Table with Black Glass Top, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian gilt metal console table with black glass top.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Metal

Mid Century Italian Black Serving / Side Table with a Red Glass Top, Around 1950
Located in Berlin, DE
This beautiful mid century Italian black serving / side table with a red glass top was made around 1950. It is a very elegant piece of furniture and remains its original wheels on t...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Glass, Hardwood

Italian Mid-Century Dining Table Rosewood Brass Black Legs by Silvio Cavatorta
By Gaetano Borsani
Located in Weiningen, CH
Very elegant rosewood dining table with black legs and brass ornaments.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Palisander

Italian Mid-Century Modern Smoked Glass Trio of Coffee Tables, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern smoked glass trio of coffee tables, 1980s Smoked glass trio of coffee tables with two curved legs in black metal with smoked glass top. Interlocking overl...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Umberto Mascagni Green and Black Round Table, 1960s
By Umberto Mascagni
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian six legs green and black round table by Umberto Mascagni. The top of the table is in faux leather covered with glass and comes with its protective green c...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Brass

Mid Century Art Deco Black Walnut Side Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Handsome mid century Art Deco style black walnut side table. Very fine finish and craftsmanship. A stunning addition to your home!
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Side Tables

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Walnut

Italian Mid-Century Modern Chromed Dining Table with Smoked Top, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern chromed dining table with smoked top, 1970s Dining table with chromed tubular steel leg and smoked glass top with rounded corners. Excellent condition,...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Chrome

Paolo Piva Mid-Century Modern Square Black Metal Glass, Italy, 1970
By Paolo Piva
Located in Madrid, ES
Square coffee table designed by Paolo Piva for B&B, Italy, 1970s. Made of black lacquered metal structure geometric base and glass top.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

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Metal

Mid Century Dining Table Mahogany Black Wood Golden Aluminum Italian Design 1970
Located in Palermo, IT
Dining table with foot in black lacquered wood, accessories in golden aluminum that support an extendable top in square mahogany wood with rounded corners. Italian production of the ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Italian Mid-Century Pair of Round Coffee Tables in Glass N Black Marble,1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Pair of round coffee tables in glass and black marble, 1980s. Pair of round coffee tables with glass top, iron structure and marble base. Transparent and black. ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Italian Mid-Century Round Ebonized Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century (1940s) ebonized round coffee table with a smaller round shelf supported by a stretcher and four tapered legs.  
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Early 20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Italian Mid-Century Round Ebonized Coffee Table
H 21.25 in. W 23.5 in. D 23.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Blue Coffee Table, Italy, 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern blue metal lacquered coffee table, Italy, 1970.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Italian Two Shelves Coffee Table Black Legs Wooden Tops
Located in IT
Mid-Century Italian two shelves coffee table black legs wooden tops Restored in conservative way Size: 101 cm x 52 cm, H 57 cm A video of the item Is available upon request To h...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Italian Mid-Century Black Wood Orseolo Dining Table by Scarpa for Gavina, 1970s
By Simon Gavina Editions, Carlo Scarpa
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century black wood Orseolo dining table by Scarpa for Gavina, 1970s Orseolo dining table with rectangular piano in black lacquered wood, like the entire structure. The s...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Alessandro Mendini, Mid-Century Unique Large Black Table for Nanda Vigo, 1985
By Alessandro Mendini
Located in Milan, IT
Alessandro Mendini , Unique mid-century "Buon Compleanno" large black table with colored Lacquered Motifs Personally gifted from Alessandro Mendini to Nanda Vigo for her birthday, 19...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Lacquer

Italian Mid-Century Modern Gold Coffee Table
Located in North Bergen, NJ
An Italian Mid Century Modern Laqured coffee table having gold gilt foil and ebonize lacquer decorated top supported on metal legs, circa 1960.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Italian Mid-19th Century Micromosaic and Pietre Dure Circular Table Top
Located in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
An Italian mid-19th century micromosaic and pietre dure circular tabletop The central micromosaic panel depicting a mother hen and her chicks within a grassy landscape with rocks an...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Modern Hand-Painted Italian Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique Mid-Century Modern Italian coffee table features a sleek and stylish metal base with multi-color painted top. Perfect cocktail height and petite size make this an ideal t...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid Century Italian Toleware Side Tray Table, circa 1960
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Collapsing toleware side table with decoration on the tray. Made in Italy. This table can be parcel posted.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Neoclassical Tray Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Chromed Black Round Italian Table Lamp, 1970
Located in Madrid, ES
Desk lamp with round chrome base and round black lacquered lampshade.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Oval Black Glass Brass French Center Table, 1950
Located in Madrid, ES
Coffee table with oval glass top and black lacquered metal base with pivoting brass pad supports.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

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Iron, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Stainless Steel Dining or Center Table with Glass Top
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian dining or center table with stainless steel chrome round basement and glass top. 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Artedi Black Marble Glass and Brass Side Tables, a Pair
By Artedi
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-century Artedi black marble glass and brass side tables - a pair.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Marble

Round Mid Century Black Laquered Three Legs Side Table
Located in Firenze, IT
Italian side table or coffee table, three slender leggs support a round top with encased glass. Mid-Century Modern 1950's.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Mid-Century Artedi Black Marble Coffee Table Base only
By Artedi
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-Century Artedi black marble glass and brass coffee table
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Modern Italian "Blok" Table by Nanda Vigo for Acerbis, 1970s
By Nanda Vigo, Acerbis
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian "Blok" table by Nanda Vigo for Acerbis. It comes with a square glass top and stands on a square base with mirrored sides. At the bottom is the label of the...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

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Glass, Mirror

Mid Century Asian Style Black Metal Tray Table or Serving Table, Around 1960
Located in Berlin, DE
This mid century Asian style black tray table or serving table was made around 1960 in Italy. It is made out of lacquered metal and the tray has some asian decor. A unique piece whi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Metal

1950s Wicker Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining or Garden Table
Located in Modena, IT
1950s, Italian Mid-Century modern wicker table, dining table and perfect for outdoor garden or patio.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass Console Table with Greek Key Design
By Maison Ramsay, Romeo Rega, Maison Baguès, Maison Jansen, Maison Raphael
Located in Houston, TX
Italian Mid-Century Modern brass console or sofa table with Greek key feet and brass spheres supporting beveled glass top. This vintage brass console is free standing and inspired by...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Brass

Large Italian Mid Century metal table lamp with black shrink varnish
Located in München, DE
Very rare Italian Mid Century Modern table lamp, coloured with black shrink varnish. Exceptional minimalist design from the 1950s. Large round shade with a rare cast metal beak sha...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Chrome

Mid Century Italian Little Writing Desk Black Laquered Tapered Slender Leggs
By Fagioli Firenze
Located in Firenze, IT
Italian 1950's desk with two drawers, a smaller one on the left that protrudes from the top and a larger one on the right, in the front an additional shelf for documents and papers. ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

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Mid Century Italian Black Table For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal mid century Italian black table for your home. Each mid century Italian black table for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, glass and brass. If you’re shopping for a mid century Italian black table, we have 2331 options in-stock, while there are 97 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century Italian black table, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century Italian black table made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Hollywood Regency — is very popular. A well-made mid century Italian black table has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Angelo Mangiarotti, Stilnovo and Oluce are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Italian Black Table?

A mid century Italian black table can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,753, while the lowest priced sells for $1 and the highest can go for as much as $66,600.

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.