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Creme Colored Mid-Century Modern Vase from Rosenthal
By Rosenthal
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Creme Colored Mid-Century Modern vase from Rosenthal. 12.5 x 12 cm (4 59/64" x 4 23/32"). In perfect condition.  
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20th Century Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Small Mid-Century Modern Vase by Livia Gorka, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Small Mid-Century Modern vase by Livia Gorka, 1970s. Lovely hand-made piece, signed on the bottom.
Category

Vintage 1970s Vases

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Ceramic

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

Materials

Ceramic

Small Greyscale Mid-Century Modern Vase by Livia Gorka, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Small greyscale Mid-Century Modern vase by Livia Gorka, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Small Mid-Century Modern vase by Valdemar Petersen for Bing & Grondahl, 1960s
By Valdemar Petersen, Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Berlin, DE
Small Mid-Century Modern vase by Valdemar Petersen for Bing & Grondahl, 1960s - A Bing & Grøndahl vase in harefur glaze - Designed by Valdemar Petersen - Made in Denmark - Marked wi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Vase Cartoccio in Satin Glass by Pietro Chiesa, 1940s
By Pietro Chiesa
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern Vase Cartoccio in satin glass by Pietro Chiesa, 1940s Vase model Cartoccio of irregularly shaped in satin glass. Designed by Pietro Chiesa in 1940s. Ver...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Vase
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Small midcentury vase, signed. Most likely from Japan.
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

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H 7 in. Dm 2.50 in.
Upsala Ekeby Gefle Signed Swedish Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Vase
By Upsala Ekeby
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful Mid-Century Modern vase by Upsala Ekeby Gefle, Sweden featuring a wonderful geometric pattern and penetrating deep blue color (perhaps designed by Hjördis Oldfors who was...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

West Germany Mid-Century Modern Vase
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Petite Mid-Century Modern West Germany vase. Wonderful glaze and motif.
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Red Wing Pottery Mid-Century Modern Vase
By Red Wing Pottery 1
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
A Red Wing Potteries light pink vase, made circa 1950. In the years after World War II, Western makers approached their designs with a spirit of optimism and dynamism. The mid-cen...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pottery, Stoneware

  • Red Wing Pottery Mid-Century Modern Vase
  • Red Wing Pottery Mid-Century Modern Vase
  • Red Wing Pottery Mid-Century Modern Vase
  • Red Wing Pottery Mid-Century Modern Vase
H 12 in. W 11.75 in. D 3.13 in.
Very Large Mid-Century Modern Vase / Piece
Located in Hudson, NY
Very large & vibrant color Mid-Century Modern West Germany glazed ceramic decorative vase / piece with exterior design details. The piece is in great condition. Minor wear consistent...
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Vintage 1960s German Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Paint

Rare French MId-Century Modern Vase by Marc Lalique
By Lalique
Located in New York, NY
A rare piece and a beautiful object: An elegant cut-glass and acid etched vase by Marc Lalique showing the evolution of Lalique's work from the Art Deco period to the Mid-Century wit...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Cut Glass

Orrefors Mid-Century Modern Vase in Thick Cut Crystal
By Orrefors
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful crystal vase signed by Orrefors in excellent condition.
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Late 20th Century Swedish Hollywood Regency Vases

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Crystal

Mid-Century Modern Vase Shape Table Lamp
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern ceramic fired pottery finish table lamp in style of design Technics.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Mid Century Modern Vases Murano Glass by Maestri Muranesi Italy 1970s Set of 2
By Maestri Muranesi
Located in Palermo, IT
Set of 2 vases produced in Murano by the Maestri Muranesi company in the 70s. The pair is in transparent Murano glass and with faux maroon-colored decorations. Oval body with flush m...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Vase in Clear Glass in the Style of Orrefors, circa 1970
By Orrefors
Located in New York, NY
This Mid-Century Modernist crystal vase in clear glass features geometric designs in clear and etched glass. It was realized, circa 1970, in the style of Orrefors of Sweden. Photogr...
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Spherical Green Onyx Vase
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Mid-Century Modern vase carved from a single block of highly figured green onyx marble. Primarily rich green emerald colour with hundreds of alternating veins, some of white and some...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Onyx, Marble

Scandinavian Mid-Century Organic Modern Blown Glass Vase by Timo Sarpaneva
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern vase in clear thick mold blown glass by Timo Sarpaneva. Rare, small production.
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Mid-Century Modern Tall Raymor Yellow Red Ceramic Vase Italy
By Raymor
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern vase made out of ceramic in deep red, yellow and black colors by Raymor, Italy. Marked and dated underneath. A gorgeous vase for your holiday table.     
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Blown Smoked Glass Vase Mid-Century Modern with Mirror Coating & Round Indents
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern vase with mirror coating and six deep round or oval indents, giving a square shape to the side. Looks like a dice without the numbers. Exceptional crafted.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Atelier Revernay Midcentury Biomorphic Vase
By Revernay Sarreguemines Digoin
Located in Sharon, CT
A beautiful and uniquely hand-painted French Mid-Century Modern vase.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Porcelain

  • Atelier Revernay Midcentury Biomorphic Vase
  • Atelier Revernay Midcentury Biomorphic Vase
  • Atelier Revernay Midcentury Biomorphic Vase
  • Atelier Revernay Midcentury Biomorphic Vase
H 9.88 in. W 4.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Large Mid-Century Cylindrical Kingfisher Blue Vase with Molded Wave Pattern
By Empoli
Located in Nantucket, MA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern vase in brilliant kingfisher blue. The vase is of cylindrical form made using a two-part mold with a vertical wave design.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Bleu de Sèvres and Gold Pair of Vases, Mid-Century Modern, France, 1950
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of elegant French Mid-Century Modern vases in gold and Bleu de Sèvres colors, beautiful shapes and nice handles. The inside part are in pale rose and lilac rose colors, signed...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vintage European Mid-Century Modern Light Blue and White Ceramic Vase, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Beautiful and vivid light blue vintage Mid-Century Modern vase from the 1960s. Manufactured in Scandinavia or Germany. Distinct slim and precise white stripes on light blue base with...
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Midcentury Burgundy Glass Vase, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Unique red colored, pipe shaped Mid-Century Modern vase. Comes from Poland, from 1960s. Excellent condition.
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Late 20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Set of Three Op Art German Pottery Vases Geometric Relief Décor, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of three of beautiful Mid-Century Modern vases with a geometric relief décor. Germany, 1960s.  
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Royal Copenhagen Danish white China Vase, 1950s
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic Danish Mid-Century Modern vase from the late 1950s. Made by Royal Copenhagen. Stamped and signed on base. Vase is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, or flea bites.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Porcelain

Swedish Mid-Century Modern Etched & Frosted Translucent Vase with Floral Motif
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern vase was realized in Sweden circa 1960. It features an ovoid mouth and a rounded body in translucent glass with a stylized floral motif etched in fro...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Scalloped Handblown Murano Vase
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern vase was realized in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production- circa 1960. It fe...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Vintage Blenko Vase in Green Glass with Overall Raised Molded Designs
By Blenko Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern vase of pillar form with two flat sides and two convex sides. The molded green glass divided into rectangular areas with various patterns, each flat side with two ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Group of Mid Century Ceramic Studio Vases Off-White Tones
Located in London, GB
Three-cylinder Studio Pottery vases in white tones are very sculptural with a natural rough character created on the turning wheel by highly technical skilled Dutch ceramist in the 1...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Handblown Translucent Murano Sea Foam Vase with Clear Murines
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern vase was realized in Murano, Italy, the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production, circa 1960. It fea...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Spherical Smoked Glass Vase with Curvilinear Gilded Detailing
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated Mid-Century Modern vase was realized in France, circa 1960. It offers a spherical glass body in a rich smoked bronze hue. The exterior of the piece is adorned with...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Gold

Group of Three Mid Century Ceramic Dutch Studio Vases in Earth Tones
Located in London, GB
Three Studio Pottery vases in coral red, mat black and moss green are created on the turning wheel by highly technical skilled Dutch ceramist in the 1960s, made by De Olde Kuyk (DOK)...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vintage Flavio Poli Golden Yellow Faceted Crystal Vase
By Flavio Poli
Located in New York, NY
This Vintage Mid-Century Modern vase was made by Flavio Poli in the 1950s in Italy. The materiality features a crystal yellow glass that is triple frosted and triple faceted in the a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Crystal

Signed Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Vase by Strombergshyttan
By Strombergshyttan
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated and striking Mid-Century Modern vase was handblown by esteemed Swedish glass studio Strombergshyttan, previously known as Lindfors. Created by Edward Stromberg- th...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Graphic Danish Modern Tribal Vase by Marianne Starck for Michael Andersen, 1950s
By Marianne Starck, Michael Andersen & Son
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern vase with strong graphic decor from the Tribal / Harlekin series by Marianne Starck (1931-2007) in the 1950s. Shiny bone white glaze with hand-carv...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Group of Six Whimsical Mid Century Ceramic Studio Vases in Earth Tones
By Mobach
Located in London, GB
Rare group of six whimsical jugs / vases with long downward ears in various heights with earth tone glazes in muted colours. They are like sculptures with almost human character crea...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Three Oat White Ceramic Studio Pottery Vases
Located in London, GB
Set of studio pottery vases created on the turning wheel by sophisticated and advanced skilled Dutch ceramist in the 1970s. The warm lustrous oat white glazes and natural spherical f...
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Vintage 1980s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Large Spheral 27lbs Onyx Marble Vase
Located in Germantown, MD
Mid-Century Modern vase carved from a single block of highly figured onyx marble. Primarily rich gray emerald colour with hundreds of alternating veins, some of white and some of red...
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Mid-20th Century Pakistani Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Onyx

  • Large Spheral 27lbs Onyx Marble Vase
  • Large Spheral 27lbs Onyx Marble Vase
  • Large Spheral 27lbs Onyx Marble Vase
  • Large Spheral 27lbs Onyx Marble Vase
H 10 in. W 10 in. D 10 in.
Mid Century Modern Hanblown Murano Scalloped Top Vase w/ 24kt Gold Helix Pattern
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid Century Modern vase was handblown in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production- circa 1960. It f...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase Signed by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern vase was realized by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand in Sweden circa 1960. It features an hourglass form tapered body in glazed ceramic in a sophisticated...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Faceted Acid Etched Mermaid Vase Sven Palmquist for Orrefors
By Sven Palmquist, Orrefors
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern vase was realized by the esteemed designer Sven Palmquist for Orrefors in Sweden, 1948. It features a faceted oval form in translucent glass with a st...
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Vase / Urn / Amphora by Marcello Fantoni
By Marcello Fantoni
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern vase by Marcello Fantoni in glazed stoneware in a modern neoclassical amphora form. Signed en verso.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Danish Mid-Century Modern Handblown Glass Vase by Otto Brauer for Holmegaard
By Holmegaard, Otto Brauer
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern vase was designed by the esteemed Otto Brauer and handblown by Holmegaard in Denmark, circa 1960. The piece features a cylindrical body ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Swedish Midcentury Modern Pale Blue Translucent Curvilinear Vase
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern vase was realized in Sweden circa 1960. It features a curved cylindrical volumetric body with a circular mouth in thick translucent pale blue hand blo...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Translucent Glass Vase by Orrefors
By Orrefors
Located in New York, NY
This elegant and understated Mid-Century Modern vase was realized by the renowned maker, Orrefors, in Sweden, circa 1960. It features to intersecting demilune forms that meet to crea...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Mid Century Translucent Crystal & Violet Tourmaline Vase by Val St. Lambert
By Val Saint Lambert
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern vase was realized by the esteemed maker Val St. Lambert in Belgium circa 1950. It features a subtly tapered cylindrical form with a jagged scalloped ...
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Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Crystal

Large Clear Murano Art Glass Vase, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Freeform Murano tall vase in clear glass, Italy, 1960s. This Mid-Century Modern vase is made of hand blown glass and it's stunning from every angle. It has a amazing organic desing ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

  • Large Clear Murano Art Glass Vase, 1960s
  • Large Clear Murano Art Glass Vase, 1960s
  • Large Clear Murano Art Glass Vase, 1960s
  • Large Clear Murano Art Glass Vase, 1960s
H 15.36 in. W 7.49 in. D 5.52 in.
Three Ivory White 1980's Studio Pottery Vases
Located in London, GB
Set of studio pottery vases turned by hand on the wheel into a urn shape with protruding lip border. They are crafted by a Dutch ceramist who required both art and skill in the 1980'...
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Vintage 1980s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Sculptural Studio Pottery Vase with Red Earth Tones, Dutch 1960's
Located in London, GB
Large sculptural studio pottery vase created on the turning wheel by advanced technical skilled Dutch ceramist in the 1960's. It's form is inspired by in nature shaped like a squash....
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Tall Studio Pottery 1960's Earth Tone Vase
By Mobach
Located in London, GB
Hand turned studio pottery (floor) tall vase in elongated form has a natural finish. This all sculptural studio pottery vase created on the turning wheel by highly technical skilled ...
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Pair of Vase Shape Glazed Ceramic Pottery Walnut Table Lamps
By Gordon Martz
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern vase shape glazed table lamps.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Porcelain

Danish Einar Johansen Brown Olive, Green Sculptural Vase for Søholm, 1960s
By Søholm Stentøj, Einar Johansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Stunning rectangular Danish Mid-Century Modern vase by Einar Johansen for Søholm Keramik. Italian inspired vase with soft geometric relief pattern manufactured on the Danish island o...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Barbini Midcentury Craqueleur Powder Blue Murano Glass Vase with Organic Detail
By Barbini
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern vase was realized by the fabled Italian glass atelier, Barbini, circa 1960. Hand blown in Murano, Italy, the island off the coast of Venice renowned f...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

Danish Modern Green, Black Family Vase by Holm Sorensen for Soholm, 1950s
By Holm Sørensen, Soholm Pottery
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rectangular shaped relief decorated Danish Mid Century Modern vase from the series Du og Jeg (You and I) designed by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen in 1958 for Danish Søholm Stentøj. Black...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Midcentury Handblown Murano Glass Vase with 24k Yellow and Rose Gold by Vistosi
By Vistosi
Located in New York, NY
This gorgeous Mid Century Modern vase was realized by the fabled atelier, Vistosi, in Murano Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glas...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Gold

Midcentury Hand Blown Murano Striated Glass Vase with 24kt Gold Flecks by Seguso
By Seguso Viro
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern vase was realized by Seguso- one of the most renowned glass ateliers of the period- in Murano, Italy, circa 1960. It features an hourglass form with ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Gold

Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Vase / Decorative Pitcher in Aubergine Hues
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern vase or decorative pitcher was realized in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass product...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

Materials

Murano Glass

Pair of Carl-Harry Stålhane Rapsodi 'Rhapsody' Series Vases for Rorstrand
By Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand
Located in Frome, GB
This pair of iconically Swedish mid-century modern vases was designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane (b. 1920 - d. 1990), one of the most renowned ceramic artists of quintessential Swedish c...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

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Mid Century Modern Vases For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of mid century modern vases is available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of ceramic, glass and murano glass, all mid century modern vases available were constructed with great care. We have 10161 antique and vintage mid century modern vases in-stock, while there are 214 modern editions to choose from as well. Mid century modern vases have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of mid century modern vases to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern mid century modern vases are of considerable interest. There have been many well-made mid century modern vases over the years, but those made by Bitossi, Scheurich Keramik and Venini are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Mid Century Modern Vases?

Prices for mid century modern vases can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, mid century modern vases begin at $1 and can go as high as $196,949, while the average can fetch as much as $891.

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.

Finding the Right Vases for You

Whether it’s a Chinese Han dynasty glazed ceramic wine vessel, a work of Murano glass or a hand-painted Scandinavian modern stoneware piece, a fine vase brings a piece of history into your space as much as it adds a sophisticated dynamic.

Like sculptures or paintings, vases are considered works of fine art. Once offered as tributes to ancient rulers, vases continue to be gifted to heads of state today. Over time, decorative porcelain vases have become family heirlooms to be displayed prominently in our homes — loved pieces treasured from generation to generation.

The functional value of vases is well known. They were traditionally utilized as vessels for carrying dry goods or liquids, so some have handles and feature an opening at the top (where they flare back out). While artists have explored wildly sculptural alternatives over time, the most conventional vase shape is characterized by a bulbous base and a body with shoulders where the form curves inward.

Owing to their intrinsic functionality, vases are quite possibly versatile in ways few other art forms can match. They’re typically taller than they are wide. Some have a neck that offers height and is ideal for the stems of cut flowers. To pair with your mid-century modern decor, the right vase will be an elegant receptacle for leafy snake plants on your teak dining table, or, in the case of welcoming guests on your doorstep, a large ceramic floor vase for long tree branches or sticks — perhaps one crafted in the Art Nouveau style — works wonders.

Interior designers include vases of every type, size and style in their projects — be the canvas indoors or outdoors — often introducing a splash of color and a range of textures to an entryway or merely calling attention to nature’s asymmetries by bringing more organically shaped decorative objects into a home.

On 1stDibs, you can browse our collection of vases by material, including ceramic, glass, porcelain and more. Sizes range from tiny bud vases to massive statement pieces and every size in between.