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Mid Century Gold Brass Bar Cart Drinks Trolley Étagère, France, C1960
Located in London, GB
A Mid Century Gold Brass Bar Cart Drinks Trolley Étagère, France, C1960. In excellent vintage condition commensurate of age.  
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Vintage 1960s French Hollywood Regency Carts and Bar Carts

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Brass

Pair of French Mid Century Etageres Shelving
Located in Leek, Staffordshire
Pair of French mid century etageres shelving Circa 1960's. Pair of French mid century etageres shelving in the Maison Jansen’s style. Gunmetal and brass joints with original bron...
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Mid-20th Century French Shelves

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Brass, Iron

  • Pair of French Mid Century Etageres Shelving
  • Pair of French Mid Century Etageres Shelving
  • Pair of French Mid Century Etageres Shelving
  • Pair of French Mid Century Etageres Shelving
H 75.99 in. W 30.71 in. D 14.97 in.
Midcentury Brass Etagere or Vitrine
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning mid-century brass-framed étagère /vitrine/shelf unit by Bassett Mirror Co. An unsual find, the piece's large circular frame offers a distinctive look. Four large glass shelv...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

  • Midcentury Brass Etagere or Vitrine
  • Midcentury Brass Etagere or Vitrine
  • Midcentury Brass Etagere or Vitrine
  • Midcentury Brass Etagere or Vitrine
H 68.5 in. W 71 in. D 17 in.
Mid-Century Modern Polished Brass Etagere
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Better quality and generously proportioned 1.5" square tube brass plated etagere with three clear glass shelves and beveled mirror base shelf. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ)...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Metal

  • Mid-Century Modern Polished Brass Etagere
  • Mid-Century Modern Polished Brass Etagere
  • Mid-Century Modern Polished Brass Etagere
  • Mid-Century Modern Polished Brass Etagere
H 73.75 in. W 30 in. D 15 in.
Mid-Century Brass Etagere by DIA
By Design Institute America
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern bookcase with sliding base. Brass frame and glass shelving. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Glass

  • Mid-Century Brass Etagere by DIA
  • Mid-Century Brass Etagere by DIA
  • Mid-Century Brass Etagere by DIA
  • Mid-Century Brass Etagere by DIA
H 72 in. W 85 in. D 18 in.
Mid-Century Modern Brass Etagere Painted White
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern brass etagere shelving fixture painted white. Tall and sturdy this shelving unit is as functional as it is bright and cheerful. Perfect for an office, kitchen or l...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Mid-Century Brass and Chrome Étagère
Located in New York, NY
A sleek and stylish étagère, attributed to Maison Jansen, with a brass and chrome frame and five glass shelves.
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Vintage 1960s French Shelves

  • Mid-Century Brass and Chrome Étagère
  • Mid-Century Brass and Chrome Étagère
  • Mid-Century Brass and Chrome Étagère
  • Mid-Century Brass and Chrome Étagère
H 77 in. W 43 in. D 14.5 in.
Mid Century Walnut Etagere
Located in Port Chester, NY
A Mid-Century modern style walnut etagere. Constructed of American walnut with a transparent, lacquer finish. The doors feature quartered walnut veneer in a box pattern. The brass fr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

  • Mid Century Walnut Etagere
  • Mid Century Walnut Etagere
  • Mid Century Walnut Etagere
  • Mid Century Walnut Etagere
H 78 in. W 40 in. D 18 in.
Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Pagoda Etagere
By Milo Baughman
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Mid-Century Modern e´tage`re bookcase in the style of Milo Baughman. Brass plated frame supports five removable clear glass shelves.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Solid Brass Neoclassical Patinated Étagère
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant patinated brass étagère with five glass shelves. Beautiful gold and green patina on the brass frame. X-stretcher design on the bottom shelf with brass balls at the...
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Vintage 1980s American Neoclassical Shelves

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Brass

Mid-Century Multi Tiered Brass Etagere or Display Case
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Stunning Mid-Century Modern brass display case. Milo Baughman DIA Style. having plenty of space for displaying. Can be used as a room divider.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

French Mid-century Birdcage Étagère Hanging Shelf, Brass, Steel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
French Mid-century Birdcage Étagère Hanging Shelf, Brass, Steel. Can hang from the ceiling or sit on the floor. Gorgeous, substantial piece. Shelf frame only. If interested in g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass, Iron

Exceptional Quality Mid Century Brass Etagere Thick Glass Shelves
By Mastercraft
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Slim narrow and tall brass etagere all beautifully braised with heavy 3/4" thick glass shelves.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Chrome Brass Glass Mid-Century Modern Bakers Rack Étagère
By Maison Jansen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern chrome glass brass bakers rack or étagère storage shelves display.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Chrome

Charles Hollis Jones Style Mid Century Brass and Lucite Etagere
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in La Grange, IL
Charles Hollis Jones style mid century brass and lucite etagere Etagere measures: 32 wide x 16 deep x 70 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored v...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Mid-20th Century Brass Étagère with White Marble Shelves
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid-20th century brass étagère with white marble shelves on wheels.
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Mid-20th Century Shelves

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Marble, Brass

Milo Baughman Style Mid Century Brass and Glass Diamond Etagere
By Milo Baughman
Located in La Grange, IL
Milo Baughman style mid century brass and glass diamond étagère Etagere measures: 52 wide x 12 deep x 64.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Pair of Chrome Brass and Glass Mid-Century Modern Étagères
By Romeo Rega, Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very sharp looking high quality craftsmanship étagères with glass shelves in style of Romea Riga.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Mastercraft Brass Glass Shelving Unit Vitrine Étagère, 1960s
By Mastercraft
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a lavish and large, light up, brass and glass shelving unit vitrine, with eight shelves, by Mastercraft, circa 1960s. In good vintage condition, with some s...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Maison Jansen Chrome Brass Etagere Glass Shelves, 1960s
By Maison Jansen
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a marvelous, chrome and brass shelving unit etagere, with five glass shelves, by Maison Jansen, circa the 1960s. In very good vintage condition. The dimensi...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Brass Tubular Steel Étagère / Flower Stand, 1950s/60s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Mid-Century Modern brass tubular steel étagère / flower stand, 1950s/60s. Very good condition, light wear of usage.
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Pedestals and Columns

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Brass

Sculptural Italian Mid-Century Modern Ètagére in Handrubbed Walnut and Brass
Located in New York, NY
This stunning ètagére represents the timeless elegance of Mid-Century Modern Italian at its finest. It features a pair of lustrous brass cylindrical legs that taper at its base to ba...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Bernard Rohne Mastercraft Acid Etched Brass Glass Étagère 60s
By Mastercraft
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a lux looking, light up, acid etched brass and glass shelving unit vitrine, with glass shelves, by Bernard Rohne for Mastercraft, circa the 1960s. In very g...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Brass

Shelving Bookcase, Etagere by Romeo Rega, Italy, 1970 brass mid century regency
By Romeo Rega
Located in L'Isle sur la Sorgue, FR
Bookcase, Etagere by Romeo Rega. Geometric shelving system. Can be partially dismantled for shipping. Very good condition.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Multi Tiered Étagère Bookshelves
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Pair of very stylish Mid-Century Modern brass and glass 3-tiered étagères having shelves with inset glass flanked by barley twist supports. They are quite heavy as the brass is thick...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Fine Pair of Mid 20th Century Two-Tier Brass Etageres by Mallett
By Mallett
Located in Benington, Herts
Fine pair of mid 20th century two tier lacquered and parcel gilt green craquele etageres with inset lacquered panels by Mallett London. England circa Mid 20th Century ...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Brass

Mid Century Hollywood Regency Brass & Glass Etagere, Shelving Unit or Wall Unit
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautifully designed etagere from the late 1970's. It features brass flat bar framing in a fan form with heavy clear glass shelving.
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Shelves

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Display Etagere in the Style of Pace
By Pace Collection
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning large-scale display shelf is constructed entirely from Mid-Century brass fixtures and thick green glass. A beautiful etagere for home or shop display, this pace collect...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Brass and Leather Étagère in the Manner of Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian Maison Jansen style four-shelf étagère from the mid-20th century. This Italian étagère / trolley from the 1970s features four leather covered shelves secured by a brass fr...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Brass Étagère-Servings Display Stand
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
Beautiful and high quality brass stand /shelving, with a sleek elegant look. On a handsome round wooden base. Each of the round disc shelves are white porcelain plates. Wonderful pie...
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Mid-20th Century French More Dining and Entertaining

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Brass

Unique Midcentury Freestanding Brass Étagère
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An elegant Hollywood Regency style design with a mirrored back, brass frame, and four large glass shelves. This beautiful vintage modern bookcase makes the perfect eye-catching addit...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

  • Unique Midcentury Freestanding Brass Étagère
  • Unique Midcentury Freestanding Brass Étagère
  • Unique Midcentury Freestanding Brass Étagère
  • Unique Midcentury Freestanding Brass Étagère
H 78.25 in. W 29.75 in. D 16.5 in.
Midcentury Chrome and Brass Etagere
Located in Norwalk, CT
A very substantial chrome and brass etagere with half-inch thick glass shelves.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass, Chrome

  • Midcentury Chrome and Brass Etagere
  • Midcentury Chrome and Brass Etagere
  • Midcentury Chrome and Brass Etagere
  • Midcentury Chrome and Brass Etagere
H 82 in. W 61 in. D 15 in.
Mid-Century Modern Étagères by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A well scaled Mid-Century Modern étagère in bleached walnut designed by Paul McCobb. The cabinet or shelf set is constructed in solid walnut wood and brass and features two separate ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Secretaires

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Brass

Brass Chrome Glass Tall Etagere
By Maison Jansen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mixed metals Mid-Century Modern etagere.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass, Chrome

  • Brass Chrome Glass Tall Etagere
  • Brass Chrome Glass Tall Etagere
  • Brass Chrome Glass Tall Etagere
  • Brass Chrome Glass Tall Etagere
H 75 in. W 14 in. D 31 in.
Midcentury Brass and Black Lacquered Wood Étagère/Sideboard by Kim Moltzer
By Kim Moltzer
Located in Vilnius, LT
Midcentury brass étagère/sideboard/shelves by Kim Moltzer from 1970s. This furniture consists of two parts: top structure in square brass and black lacquered wood with doors and she...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Brass

Large Midcentury Brass and Glass Étagères
Located in Norwalk, CT
Large midcentury vintage brass and glass étagères, sold individually.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Brass Etagere with Glass Shelves, 1970s
Located in Norwalk, CT
Newly restored brass etagere in satin finish. New clear glass shelves. The center shelf is half of full length, allowing for placement of taller objects. Interesting and useful size.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

  • Brass Etagere with Glass Shelves, 1970s
  • Brass Etagere with Glass Shelves, 1970s
  • Brass Etagere with Glass Shelves, 1970s
  • Brass Etagere with Glass Shelves, 1970s
H 48 in. W 48 in. D 14 in.
Mid-Century Modern Architectural X-Form Bookcases or Étagères, Pair Available
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern architectural X-form bookcases or étagères., priced individually. These bookcases are architectural or Industrial style, with Classic midcentury lines, circa 1970s...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Iron

Romeo Rega Brass Étagère, circa 1970
By Romeo Rega
Located in London, GB
Geometric shelving system designed by Romeo Rega in 1970s, Italy. Lovely patina to brass. Can be partially dismantled for shipping.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

  • Romeo Rega Brass Étagère, circa 1970
  • Romeo Rega Brass Étagère, circa 1970
  • Romeo Rega Brass Étagère, circa 1970
  • Romeo Rega Brass Étagère, circa 1970
H 75.6 in. W 75.6 in. D 14.18 in.
Neoclassic Modern Lucite and Brass Etagere
Located in New York, NY
Lucite and brass column étagère with three glass shelves, lucite base and feet. From a Palm Beach , Florida estate.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

  • Neoclassic Modern Lucite and Brass Etagere
  • Neoclassic Modern Lucite and Brass Etagere
  • Neoclassic Modern Lucite and Brass Etagere
  • Neoclassic Modern Lucite and Brass Etagere
H 80 in. W 35.5 in. D 15.5 in.
Italian Brass Etagere or Showcase Vitrine
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Brass base, fume glass shelves excellent vintage condition but it may show slight traces of use. First glass shelf height is 28 and the second is 34.5 inches.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

  • Italian Brass Etagere or Showcase Vitrine
  • Italian Brass Etagere or Showcase Vitrine
  • Italian Brass Etagere or Showcase Vitrine
  • Italian Brass Etagere or Showcase Vitrine
H 79 in. W 60 in. D 16.5 in.
Brass and Glass Lighted Étagère Vitrine
By Mastercraft
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid century modern lighted étagère possibly designed by Mastercraft (unmarked). High quality craftsmanship metal protective finish in excellent original condition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Pair of Brass and Smoked Glass Etageres
By Milo Baughman
Located in Redding, CT
Pair of brass and smoked glass etageres. Post Modern 1980's Hollywood Regency style. Missing some smoked glass shelves which we are having cut now. Art deco curved shapes make up thi...
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

  • Pair of Brass and Smoked Glass Etageres
  • Pair of Brass and Smoked Glass Etageres
  • Pair of Brass and Smoked Glass Etageres
  • Pair of Brass and Smoked Glass Etageres
H 70 in. W 34.25 in. D 16.25 in.
Midcentury Pair of Brass Lucite and Glass Étagère, Pair of Five Shelves Étagère
Located in Miami, FL
Midcentury pair of brass Lucite and glass corner étagères. Five shelves We have three corner étagères available and one more little. One of the matching étagères has an acrylic doo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Maison Jansen Style Chrome and Brass Etagere
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York City, NY
1970s Mid-Century Modern chrome and brass Etagere in the style of Maison Jansen.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Maison Jansen Style Brass and Chrome Étagère
Located in New York, NY
Brass and chrome étagère. Has glass shelves with brass Greek key pattern.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Chrome and Brass Canopied Four-Shelf Ètagerè
Located in Chicago, IL
Chrome and brass four shelf ètagerè with excellent understated details. Each shelf is supported by 12 chromed bars with brass ferrules. The open chromed canopy is attached to the bra...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass, Chrome, Steel

Brass Chrome Glass Large Étagère Shelving Display
By Milo Baughman, Maison Jansen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern large, staggered configuration brass chrome and glass étagère.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Vintage Modern Brass and Glass Etagere by DIA
By Design Institute America
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning Mid-Century Modern brass and glass etagere by DIA. Sleek design with a base piece that slides to fit any office/home/bedroom. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ ...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Charles Hollis Jones "Treillage" Brass and Glass Etagere
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Brass and Lucite etagere designed in 1965 by Charles Hollis Jones as a compliment to the "Treillage" coffee table. There was only a handful of these made so in a way this w...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

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Brass

Italian Brass Etagère with Smoked Glass Shelves, 1970s
Located in Florence, IT
Italian brass etagère with 11 smoked glass shelves. Perfect vintage condition.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Brass and Acid Washed Étagère, by Mastercraft
By Mastercraft
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Midcentury brass and acid washed étagère, Mastercraft, of rectangular form with top inset 9" x 25" glass panel, creating an upper 14"x 30" shelf, fitted with three (option to add mor...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass

Maison Jansen Black Glass and Gilt-Brass Étagère
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
With two long rectangular black glass brass-bound shelves raised on turned uprights surmounted by pine cone finials; on brass casters. Provenance: From the Collection of Mario Bua...
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Brass

Vintage Brass and Black Étagère with Smoked Glass
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stylish Mid-Century Modern brass and black étagère, with 4 smoked glass shelves within and one on top. It's an open vitrine - showcase - rack - bookcase - open cabinet, so can be ...
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass, Metal

  • Vintage Brass and Black Étagère with Smoked Glass
  • Vintage Brass and Black Étagère with Smoked Glass
  • Vintage Brass and Black Étagère with Smoked Glass
  • Vintage Brass and Black Étagère with Smoked Glass
H 64.38 in. W 35.44 in. D 13.39 in.
Midcentury Pair of Brass Shelves O Étagères with Smoked Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Midcentury pair of brass shelves o étagères with smoked glass You can remove one metal joint and it disassembled in two shelves. The piece has a mark on one shelve but is innapre...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Unique Milo Baughman Style Brass Finish Etagere
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique brass finish etagere offers plenty of stylish storage or display space, complete with staggered size shelves for added variety. Unique smoked mirror background and bottom...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Shelves

  • Unique Milo Baughman Style Brass Finish Etagere
  • Unique Milo Baughman Style Brass Finish Etagere
  • Unique Milo Baughman Style Brass Finish Etagere
  • Unique Milo Baughman Style Brass Finish Etagere
H 79.5 in. W 42.25 in. D 16.25 in.
Midcentury Brass, Lucite and Glass Étagère with Five Shelves
Located in Miami, FL
Midcentury brass, Lucite and glass corner étagère. Five shelves We have four corner étagères available (Three with measurements 31.61in x 31.61in and one 39.37 x 39.37). One of the...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Brass, Bamboo and Mirror Console Etagere, 1960s, Italy
Located in Rome, IT
Splendid console etagere, made of bamboo with brass details. It features a mirrored bamboo shelf with two openable drawers in bamboo and a long mirror that covers the height of the c...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

Materials

Brass

Pair of Charles Hollis Jones Brass 5-Tier Etageres Signed
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Pair of brass plated and lucite custom shelving display design and signed by Charles Hollis Jones Each shelf is made of lucite. Provenance directly from CHJ. About Charles Hollis J...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Fine Polished Brass Three-Tiered Etagere Side/Cocktail Table
Located in London, by appointment only
An early 20th century polished brass three-tiered etagere.
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Early 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

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Midcentury Brass Etagere For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury brass etagere available at 1stDibs. Each midcentury brass etagere for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using brass, metal and glass. Your living room may not be complete without a midcentury brass etagere — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. A midcentury brass etagere is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Georgian and Neoclassical styles are sought with frequency. Many designers have produced at least one well-made midcentury brass etagere over the years, but those crafted by Kim Moltzer, Maison Jansen and Paul M. Jones are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Midcentury Brass Etagere?

The average selling price for a midcentury brass etagere at 1stDibs is $3,114, while they’re typically $800 on the low end and $12,500 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 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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets for You

Of all the antique and vintage case pieces and storage cabinets that have become popular in modern interiors over the years, dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.