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Mid-Century Modern Brass And Glass Corner Curio Display Cabinet
Located in North York, ON
Mid-Century Modern brass and glass corner curio display cabinet. All original from USA, 1970’s
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Metal

Vintage Modern Burl Style Curio Display Cabinet
By Lane Furniture
Located in Trenton, NJ
and character. The sleek modern lines showcase the iconic mid-century design aesthetic. Designed with
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Late 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Glass, Plastic

3 Bay Mid-Mentury Modern Walnut Glass Doors Bookcase Wall Unit Curio Cabinet
By Dux of Sweden, Durland
Located in Rockaway, NJ
3 Bay Mid-Century Modern walnut glass doors bookcase wall shelves unit Curio cabinet MINT!. Each
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Walnut, Glass

Pair Modern Black Lacquered & Brass Curio Display Cabinets by Mastercraft
By Mastercraft
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of modern Mastercraft black lacquered, brass and glass display cabinets or vitrines. These
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Unusual Metal Sculptural Hand Curio
Located in London, GB
A well made sculptural hand cast. France, c1950s. Perhaps artist made, unsure of provenance. Heavy and good quality. Location: Belgium Gallery. Dimensions: 33 H x...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Unusual Metal Sculptural Hand Curio
Unusual Metal Sculptural Hand Curio
H 13 in W 6.3 in D 2.76 in
Mastercraft Burl Wood Curio Display Cabinet Vitrine
By Mastercraft
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A Dramatic and striking Mastercraft burl wood and glass curio display cabinet with gold veined
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Shadow Box Vanity Wall Shelf Curio Display Mirror 28"
Located in Dayton, OH
smaller offset shelves and framed with square mirror tiles and floral medallions at the corners. circa mid
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

Materials

Mirror, Hardwood

Midcentury Edward Wormley Dunbar Walnut Showcase Curio Display Cabinet Bookcase
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
and was included in the Good Design shows of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Characteristic of his
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Walnut

1960s Heritage Furniture Lighted Curio Cabinet
By Heritage Furniture
Located in West Chester, PA
Vintage china cabinet by Heritage Furniture with unique full length doors and two interior light fixtures. Five adjustable glass shelves measuring approximately 31.75” x 10.5” Int...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Pair Campaign Style Curio Display Cabinets by Henredon
By Henredon
Located in Dallas, TX
We are very pleased to offer a great pair of gorgeous, sleek and minimalist display cabinets made by the famous Henredon furniture makers, made in the USA. Part of Henredon’s early 1...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Vintage Murano Art Glass Black Bird Mid-Century Modern, 1960's
By Barovier
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Beautiful mid-century modern Murano glass black bird in wonderful vintage condition. Mid-Century
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Square Glass-Top Hardwood End Table, Brazil, 1960s
Located in Deerfield Beach, FL
Mid-Century Modern Square Glass-Top Hardwood End Table, Brazil, 1960s Structured in molded plywood
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Glass, Hardwood, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Murano Art Glass Blue and Clear Apple Sculpture Paperweight
By Barbini, Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid Century Modern Murano art glass in turquoise and clear apple fruit glass sculpture or
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

Materials

Art Glass

Vintage Illuminated Chrome and Brass Light Up Display Shelf Curio Etagere
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Illuminated Chrome and Brass Light Up Display Shelf Curio Etagere. Item features a polished
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Chrome

Mastercraft Burl Wood and Glass Curio Display Cabinet Vitrine Étagère Breakfront
By Mastercraft
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern tall tower shape breakfront by Mastercraft. Brass trim, burl wood, beveled
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cupboards

Materials

Brass

Pair of Burl Wood, Brass and Glass Showcase Curio Cabinets
By Tomlinson
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of china vitrine cabinets by Tomlinson are an excellent example of their timeless quality and design. This rectangular top cabinet features two doors with glass panels and brass...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

Materials

Brass

Grand Mastercraft Designed Three Part Brass & Glass Vitrines or Curio Cabinets
By Mastercraft
Located in Dallas, TX
Rapids, MI and is synonymous with high style and High Society living from mid to late 20th century
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Pair Mastercraft Dome Shape Burl Wood Curio Display Cabinets w Shelves Lights
By Mastercraft
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair Mastercraft dome shape burl wood curio display cabinets w shelves lights.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Oriental Asian Style Bamboo Rattan Hutch Buffet Display Cabinet Curio Sideboard
By Paul Frankl
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Two part nice craftsmanship decorative asian style rattan and bamboo hutch cabinet with lights from c. 1970s. Perfect Paul Frankl decor match.
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Rattan

50's Vintage Libbey Bar Glasses, Curio Line Designed by Freda Diamond
By Libbey Glass Co.
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Libbey bar glasses, (23 pieces) Curio Line designed by Freda Diamond, Early 1950s. The
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Wooden 'Root' Bowl
Located in London, GB
A curious natural wooden 'root' bowl. France, c1970s. Unusual desk top or shelf curio
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Wooden 'Root' Bowl
Mid-Century Wooden 'Root' Bowl
H 3.94 in Dm 3.94 in
Mastercraft Amboyna Burl Wood French Hollywood Regency Curio Display Cabinet
By Mastercraft
Located in Philadelphia, PA
this item suitable for many different decors including Mid-Century Modern, Modernist, Hollywood Regency
Category

Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Small Ceramic Artist Vase
Located in London, GB
A small artist made ceramic vase or object. Belgium, c1960s. Unusual desk top or shelf curio
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Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Set six mid-century silver & gilt Champagne flutes
By Stuart Devlin
Located in London, GB
Set stylish mid-century Champagne flutes with tapering cone-shaped stems and circular bases
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver

European Mid-Century Display Cabinet, Europe ca 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Curio or display cabinets are versatile pieces of furniture that offer a creative way to showcase
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Wood

Pair John Stuart White Wash Beveled Glass MidCentury Modern Tall Display Cabinet
By John Stuart, Drexel
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of nice mid-century modern bleached or cerused chestnut wall units curio cabinets for John
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

Materials

Brass

Vintage Hand-Painted Porcelain Teapot Trinket with Black Reader
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Curios novelty trinket in the shape of a porcelain teapot trinket hand-painted with pink flowers, a
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Ceramic Bird Sculptures Blue Colored Animal Sculptures
Located in Miami, FL
then glazed, these birds would make a fantastic addition to bookcases, wall shelves, or curio cabinets
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Chiseled Edge Green Glass Etagere' Vitrine Table after Max Ingrand
By Fontana Arte
Located in Las Vegas, NV
perfect dry bar or curio display. Bottom glass measures 30 inch wide, center is 24in, top 14in. This will
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

Materials

Brass

Pair of Burl Walnut Wall Unit Pieces w/ Interior Lights
By John Widdicomb, Pace Collection
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice two part Mid-Century Modern wall unit display or curio cabinets.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cupboards

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Luxurious Illuminated Étagères by Henredon
By Henredon
Located in Dallas, TX
with modern design elements. Good design, meticulous tailoring and superior construction have
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

Materials

Brass

Solid Oak Art Deco Era Cube Shape Adjustable Shelves Show Case Vitrine
By Knoll
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern solid oak frame adjustable glass shelves box shape curio display cabinet
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass, Oak

Murano Green Clear Italian Art Glass Terrier Scotty Puppy Dog Paperweight Figure
By Fratelli Toso
Located in Kissimmee, FL
curio cabinet. Mid-century era. Measures 4 1/4" long x 3 7/8" tall x 2 3/4" wide.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Fratelli Toso Murano Rainbow Filigrana Ribbons Italian Art Glass Swan Figurine
By Fratelli Toso
Located in Kissimmee, FL
eyes. Would make a great display piece on any desk, vanity or curio cabinet. Mid-century era. Measures
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Murano Millefiori Flowers Italian Art Glass Mushroom Toadstool Paperweight
By Arte Vetraria Muranese (AVEM), Fornasa De Murano A L'Insegna Del Moreto
Located in Kissimmee, FL
as a sculpture. Mid-century era. Measurements: 4" tall x 3 3/4" wide on the top mushroom cap.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Midcentury Live Edge Coffee Table
By George Nakashima
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
A fabulous are rare piece from the 50s Made in Honolulu, Hawaii at Harry’s Cabinet and Curio Shop
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Midcentury Live Edge Coffee Table
Midcentury Live Edge Coffee Table
H 16 in W 40 in D 21 in
Murano Venini Bianconi Red Coral Flame Italian Art Glass Vintage Paperweight
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Kissimmee, FL
. Would make a great display piece on any desk, coffee table or curio cabinet. Late Mid-century era
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Blown Glass

Murano Red White Spot Italian Art Glass Mushroom Toadstool Paperweight Sculpture
By Arte Vetraria Muranese (AVEM), Fornasa De Murano A L'Insegna Del Moreto
Located in Kissimmee, FL
cabinet. Use it as a paperweight, or display it as a sculpture. Mid-century era. Measurements: 3 1/2" tall
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Seguso Murano Sommerso Green Italian Art Glass Horse Head Figurine Sculpture
By Archimede Seguso
Located in Kissimmee, FL
cabinet. It is heavy enough to be used as a paperweight. Mid-century era. Of interest to Seguso collectors
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Sommerso, Art Glass, Murano Glass, Blown Glass

Barovier Toso Murano Yellow Blue Gold Fleck Italian Art Glass Love Bird Figurine
By Barovier&Toso, Ercole Barovier
Located in Kissimmee, FL
any desk, curio cabinet or vanity. Could also be used as a paperweight. Mid-century era. Measures: 4 1
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Venini Bianconi Murano Blue White Zanfirico Italian Art Glass Fazzoletto Vase
By Paolo Venini, Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Kissimmee, FL
great display piece on any desk, vanity or curio cabinet. Mid-century era. Collectors item. Mid-century
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Barbini Murano White Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bird Figurine Paperweight
By Alfredo Barbini
Located in Kissimmee, FL
any desk, vanity or curio cabinet. Mid-century era. Measures: 5" tall x 5 1/2" across the wings x 3 3
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Murano Red Orange Italian Art Glass Mushroom Toadstool Figurine Paperweight
By Fornasa De Murano A L'Insegna Del Moreto, Galliano Ferro
Located in Kissimmee, FL
curio cabinet. Mid-century era. Measurements: 3" tall x 3 1/4" wide.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Uranium Glass, Glass

Murano Blue Green Italian Art Glass Mushroom Toadstool Paperweight Sculpture
By Galliano Ferro, Fornasa De Murano A L'Insegna Del Moreto
Located in Kissimmee, FL
lights. Late Mid-century era. Measurements: 3 3/4" tall x 4" wide
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Uranium Glass, Sommerso, Murano Glass, Blown Glass, Art Glass

Barbini Murano White Gold Flecks Pink Italian Art Glass Bird Figure Paperweight
By Alfredo Barbini
Located in Kissimmee, FL
, vanity or curio cabinet. Mid-century era. Measures: 5 1/4" tall x 5" across the wings x 3 3/4" long
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Carved Teak Center Cabinet Room Divider Console Bookcase Shelves Lights Mint!
Located in Rockaway, NJ
, room divider with a purpose - display curio lighted cabinet shelves unlimited possibilities.
Category

20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Seguso Vetri d'Arte Murano White Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Baby Duck Figure
By Alfredo Barbini, Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Kissimmee, FL
great companion piece on any desk. Display it on your curio cabinet or vanity. Mid-century era. A must
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Seguso Vetri d'Arte Murano White Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Dog Figurine
By Alfredo Barbini, Seguso Vetri d'Arte, Salviati
Located in Kissimmee, FL
documentation for it. Mid-century era. A must for dog lovers! Measures 4 3/4" tall x 2 1/8" long x 1 7/8" wide
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Murano Sommerso Glowing Uranium Green Italian Art Glass Owl Bird Figurine
By Alfredo Barbini, Cenedese
Located in Kissimmee, FL
desk, vanity or curio cabinet. Mid-century era. Measures 4 3/8” tall x 3 3/8" wide x 3" long
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Murrine, Uranium ...

Murano Glowing Uranium Italian Art Glass Frog Paperweight Figurine Sculpture
By Salviati, Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Kissimmee, FL
with red dots. Would make a great display piece on any desk, side table or curio cabinet. Mid-century
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Uranium Glass, Sommerso, Murano Glass, Blown Glass, Art Glass

Murano Sommerso Orange Blue Italian Art Glass Australia Kangaroo Sculpture
By Alfredo Barbini
Located in Kissimmee, FL
. Mid-century era It measures 9" tall.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Sommerso, Murano Glass, Blown Glass, Art Glass

Murano Red Orange Italian Art Glass Mushroom Toadstool Paperweight Sculpture
By Galliano Ferro, Fornasa De Murano A L'Insegna Del Moreto
Located in Kissimmee, FL
make a great display piece on any desk, coffee table or curio cabinet. Mid-century era. Measurements: 3
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

Materials

Uranium Glass, Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Barovier Toso Murano Teal Pink Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bird Figurine
By Barovier&Toso, Ercole Barovier
Located in Kissimmee, FL
. Would make a great companion piece at any desk, vanity or display it in a curio cabinet. Mid-century era
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Archimede Seguso Murano Sommerso Blue Italian Art Glass Swan Bird Sculpture
By Archimede Seguso
Located in Kissimmee, FL
elegant shape. Would make a great display piece on any shelf, desk or curio cabinet. Mid-century era
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass, Sommerso

Murano Red White Spot Italian Art Glass Mushroom Toadstool Paperweight Sculpture
By Fornasa De Murano A L'Insegna Del Moreto, Arte Vetraria Muranese (AVEM)
Located in Kissimmee, FL
display piece on any desk, coffee table or curio cabinet. Mid-century era. Measurements: 4" tall x 4" long
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Sommerso, Murano Glass, Blown Glass, Art Glass

Murano Blue Octopus Swimming Fish Italian Art Glass Aquarium Block Sculpture
By Arte Vetraria Muranese (AVEM), Cenedese
Located in Kissimmee, FL
accordingly for the restored areas. Mid-century era. Measures 6" long x 4 3/4" tall x 1 1/2" wide.   
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Sommerso, Murano Glass, Blown Glass, Art Glass

Vamsa Barbini Murano Blue Gold Sun Hat Woman Italian Art Glass Figure Sculpture
By Vetri Artistici Muranesi Societá Anonima, Alfredo Barbini
Located in Kissimmee, FL
vanity, dresser or curio cabinet. Art Deco, Mid-century era. Measurements: 8 3/8" tall x 4" long x 3
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Sommerso, Murano Glass, Blown Glass, Art Glass

Seguso Murano Teal Blue White Opal Alabastro Italian Art Glass Fish Sculpture
By Archimede Seguso
Located in Kissimmee, FL
piece on any desk, curio cabinet or side table. Cute puffer fish shape. Late Mid-century era. Measures
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Opaline Glass, Glass

Murano Emerald Green Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Swan Bird Sculpture Figurine
By Salviati, Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Kissimmee, FL
curio cabinet. Could also be used as a paperweight. Mid-century era. Measures: 5 1/2" tall x 3 3/4" long
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Cenedese Murano Sommerso Red Orange Italian Art Glass Bunny Rabbit Figurine
By Cenedese
Located in Kissimmee, FL
desk, curio cabinet or coffee table. Mid-century era. Measurements: 6" tall x 2 3/4" long x 2 1/4" wide.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Glass

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Mid Century Modern Curio For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the mid century modern curio you’re looking for. Each mid century modern curio for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, glass and wood. There are many kinds of the mid century modern curio you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. A mid century modern curio, designed in the Mid-Century Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made mid century modern curio has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Henredon, Mastercraft and Bernhard Rohne are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Curio?

The average selling price for a mid century modern curio at 1stDibs is $3,500, while they’re typically $184 on the low end and $15,000 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s 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 pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture 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, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

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

Questions About Mid Century Modern Curio
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    The difference between mid-century and mid-century modern comes down to specificity. When it comes to furniture and architecture, for example, mid-century refers to works that emerged during the middle of the 20th century, usually between 1950 and 1970. The more specific descriptor, mid-century modern, is used to refer to a particular style of design that emphasizes simplicity, organic forms and clean lines. Mid-century modern furniture designers generally drew on the architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bauhaus design, Scandinavian modernism and more. Any piece of furniture produced during the 1950s and ’60s can be referred to as mid-century, but only those with specific characteristics are mid-century modern. That said, when enthusiasts of furniture and architecture use the shorter of the two phrases, they may indeed be referring to modernist works created during that period in history. On 1stDibs, find a wide variety of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The years that encompass the mid-century modern period are roughly 1933 until 1965, but most experts argue, however, that the mid-century modern period correlates specifically to the years following World War II. The mid-century modern period in America saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history. Shop a wide and beautiful range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs now.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern refers to the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 22, 2019

    Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality. Mid-century modern furniture is distinguishable by its lack of decoration or extravagance and its use of clean lines, organic curves and variety of natural materials.

    1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern furniture refers to pieces designed during the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Yes, Eames is mid-century modern. In many ways, Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and they have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century. Some of the couple's most famous mid-century modern designs include the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman, the Eames Molded Plywood chair and the Eames Fiberglass chair. Shop a wide range of Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Mondrian’s art is believed to be one of the great inspirations for the mid-century modern approach to minimalism. His artworks were not just a departure from figurative works, but a new look at abstract art as well. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Most experts agree that mid-century modern correlates specifically to the years following World War II. It has grown in popularity in the decades since, particularly due to the media and cultural institutions that have promoted the truly innovative era of design. Not only did the MoMA promote modern furniture, but pieces are prominently visible on the set of very popular television shows such as Mad Men. Shop a wide and beautiful range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    Yes, mid-century modern is timeless, in the opinion of many experts. Many characteristics of furniture and decorative accents produced in this style remain popular today. Among them are silhouettes marked by organic forms and clean lines, the promotion of functionality and the use of natural materials like teak, rosewood and oak and synthetic materials such as steel, fiberglass and molded plywood. On 1stDibs, shop a large collection of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Yes, some rattan is mid-century modern. Designers of the mid-century modern movement often preferred to use natural materials, including rattan, in their designs. However, not all rattan furniture was made during this period. Rattan was also a popular material for furniture produced during the Victorian era and continues to be used to produce furniture today. Shop a wide range of rattan furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, the tulip table is considered a mid-century modern design. This table shape has become an iconic statement of the era with a simple sculptural attitude and a practical nature. The first tulip table was created by Eero Saarinen, a noted Finnish designer who was a leader in mid-century modern home decor. Shop a collection of Saarinen furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 15, 2019

    Art Deco is not mid-century modern. Art Deco began just before World War I and was inspired by cubism. Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality.

  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Mid-century modern furniture combines sleek lines with organic shapes.

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Wassily chairs are indeed considered mid-century modern. Although the chair was initially designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925, it was re-released in the 1960s. Shop a collection of mid-century modern goods from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    There is no single color wood that is mid-century modern. Designers working in the style employed a variety of finishes, though purplish reds, mid-yellows, light browns and medium dark browns were among the most commonly used. Teak wood was an especially popular material, not only due to its warm medium hue but also due to its strength and the beauty of its natural grain. Shop a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Mid-century modern furniture is so popular largely because its characteristics align well with the trends and tastes that are dominant today. Many people love its simple look defined by clean lines, and the use of natural materials also adds to its popularity. In addition, designers created mid-century modern furniture to be as functional as it is visually appealing, making pieces executed in the style simple, convenient and comfortable to use. Find a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    There is not a single year that is mid-century modern. The style emerged during the 1940s and 1950s and remained dominant through the 1960s and into the early 1970s. Some notable designers who contributed to the development of the mid-century modern style include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Isamu Noguchi and George Nelson. Shop a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Mid-century home decor is characterized by clean lines, geometric shapes and materials like wood and tweed.

  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    Some iconic chairs from the mid-century modern era include the Egg chair by Arne Jacobson, the La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames and the Womb chair by Eero Saarinen. With their clean lines, organic shapes and simple details, these chairs reflect some of the key features of the style. Shop a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Some of the most famous mid-century modern furniture designers were Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Paul Evans, Poul Kjærholm, Florence Knoll, George Nakashima, Giò Ponti, Hans Wegner, Charlotte Perriand, Sergio Rodrigues and Eero Saarinen.

  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019
    The defining characteristics of mid-century modern furniture design include simplicity, an emphasis on organic forms, clean lines and a mix of both natural and man-made materials. The mid-century modern style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is used to describe the work of furniture designers who believed that good design was an essential part of good living. Both neutral tones and bold Pop art colors can typically be found in mid-century modern interiors, which usually include light-filled spaces. An integration of floor-to-ceiling windows and abundant access to the outdoors renders prominent a connection with nature, which owes in part to the ideas of celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright, an inspiration for mid-century furniture designers. Popular mid-century modern designers include Ray and Charles Eames, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and others. Find vintage mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.

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