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Set of 12 "Thai Princess" Mid-Century Cocktail Glasses
By Culver Ltd.
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A set of 12 Thai Princess cocktail "tumblers" in excellent original condition. The princess is done in a beige color on Chinese red ground. Top has light gold gilt rim. Perfect for v...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Mid-Century Modern Neon Green Fostoria Cocktail Glasses, Set of 7
By Fostoria Glass Company
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A set of seven lime green cocktail or ice cream glasses by Fostoria. Measures: 2.75" Tall 4" Diameter.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Three-Piece Cocktail Set with Black & Gold Doves
By Federal Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Three-piece Mid-Century Modern cocktail set with a stylized dove in black enamel and 22 karat gold above another in black dots and dashes flying in the opposite direction all on clea...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Spider Leg Glass Top Cocktail Table
By Carlo De Carli
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern spider leg coffee or cocktail table In the manner of Carlo di Carli Mid-20th Century Mahogany, with glass top. Measures: 36"W x 36"D x 14.75...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Brass With Glass Square Cocktail Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant square brass cocktail table by Harvey Probber. X stretcher giving an architectural element to the piece and providing strength to the frame. In very good vintage c...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Set of Two Vintage Cocktail Glasses by Libbey
By Libbey Glass Co.
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of two vintage cocktail glasses. Manufactured by Libbey. 1950s Hollywood Regency. Decorated with a classical gold lief pattern on frosted glass. In good condition, perfect for...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Mid Century Modern Aluminum & Glass Round Cocktail Coffee Table
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Polished aluminum cocktail table with cross X-form base, which is well executed. Dimensional round glass top is original to the table.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Stylish Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Glass Cocktail Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage chrome coffee table features uniquely designed metal frame with rounded corners and stylish double leg design. Glass top compliments the simplistic modern desig...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Glass Pedestal Cocktail Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Large Mid-Century Modern heavy Lucite and glass pedestal coffee table in the style of Charles Hollis Jones. Thick Lucite centre column base supports a removable round 3/4 inch thick ...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Blendo Cocktail Pitchers One White One Lavender West Virginia Glass, Mid-Century
By West Virginian Glass Company, Blendo Glass 1
Located in Topeka, KS
Fun Blendo pitchers by West Virginia Glass Specialty Co. for your cocktails or summer beverages. One white frosted glass with gold trim and one lavender frosted glass with gold trim....
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Blown Glass

Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Brass, Black Leather & Glass Cocktail Table
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern cocktail table was realized in Denmark during the latter half of the 20th century. It features a rectangular body with rectilinear black leather suppo...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Polished Chrome & Glass Cocktail with Spherical Detailing
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern cocktail table was realized in the United States circa 1970. It features three rectangular legs capped on each end with a sphere, connected by concav...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Cocktail or Martini Glasses, Set of 4
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful set of four (4) Mid-Century Modern cocktail or martini glasses with silver detail, circa mid-20th century, Europe. A beautiful set for entertaining, a bar, bar cart, etc....
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dux Sweden Glass & Chrome Coffee Cocktail Table
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is this simple and sleek chrome and glass Dux Sweden Coffee Cocktail Table Dimensions: 47.25 W x 31.5 D x 12.5 H.  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Swirl and Glass Top Cocktail Coffee Table
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning midcentury cocktail table with heavy, thick glass top and sculptural Lucite base. Great scale and better lines. Now more than ever, home is where the heart is.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Sculpted Lucite and Glass Cocktail Table
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency sculptural Lucite and glass coffee or cocktail table In the manner of Leon Frost USA, circa 1970s Sculpted Lucite and beveled...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Milo Baughman Mid-Century Modern Octagonal Glass & Chrome Cocktail Coffee Table
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent Milo Baughman octagonal glass top with chrome base cocktail table. Sculptural base opening at front and back - makes this piece look like a sculpture. Nothing short of g...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Rattan & Glass Square Cocktail Table After Paul Frankl
By Paul Frankl
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A smaller scale coffee table circa 1970's in the style of Paul Frankl. It features a curved rattan frame with a clear glass inlayed top. Clean ready to use condition.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rattan, Glass

Mid-Century Modern Brazilian Mahogany & Glass Cocktail Table by Percival Lafer
By Percival Lafer
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern mosaic cocktail table was realized by the esteemed Brazilian designer Percival Lafer circa 1970. It features an austere waterfall form- like a volume...
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Round Glass and Chrome Barcelona Cocktail Coffee Table
Located in West Hartford, CT
Round glass and chrome table epitomizes the Mid-Century Modern design period. Polished chrome base is single piece construction and the glass is very heavy given its .75" thick densi...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Burled Driftwood Cocktail Table with Amorphic Glass Top
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern cocktail table was realized in the United States circa 1960. It features a sculptural burled base consisting of interlocking boughs of driftwood whos...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Driftwood

Mid-Century 1960's Turquoise and 22K Gold Culver / Bar Set of 6 Cocktail Glasses
By Culver Ltd.
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 culver 1960's round cocktail glasses with turquoise, white, and 22K gold decoration. Signed culver on each glass.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Minimalist Geometric Lucite and Glass Cocktail Table
Located in New York, NY
This refined Minimalist Mid-Century Modern cocktail table was realized in the United States circa 1970. It offers a trapezoidal central form in translucent Lucite with angled sides t...
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

1950s, Mid-Century Modern Silver and Polychrome Glass Italian Cocktail Set
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Amazing cocktail set made in Italy in the Fifties, it's composed by a shaker, an ice bowl and six glasses of different colors. All items are in perfect conditions. Measure: glass hei...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Sterling Silver

Mid Century Italian Post Modern Rectangular Cocktail Table in Glass & Marble
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large and substantial coffee table from Italy circa 1970's. It features a thick clear glass top with chunky solid marble marble legs in white with grey veining.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Two-Tier Brass and Glass Boomerang Cocktail Table, Pace
By Pace Collection
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Sculptural Mid-Century Modern two-tier tubular brass-plated and glass coffee table. This boomerang shaped cocktail table is the style of Pace Collection. The two stationary glass to...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Cocktail Table Glass Sofa Tables Italian Design 1980s
Located in Palermo, IT
Large coffee table with rectangular cut transparent glass top that rests on 2 cubes of a particular frosted glass that gives water green reflections. The characteristic of this piece...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Brass, Spiraled Wood and Glass Top Coffee Cocktail Table
Located in West Hartford, CT
Iconic Mid-Century Modern brass, glass and barley twist wood cocktail table with scalloped edges. The top is removable for ease of movement. Great scale and better lines. Now, more t...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century-Modern Italian Blown Glass Barware Cocktail Martini Pitcher
Located in Atlanta, GA
A lovely Mid-Century-Modern Italian barware set. Sleek and modernist design with tall blown glass Martini pitcher or mixer jug, and long stirrer. The pitcher and the stirrer glass ha...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Barware

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Glass, Blown Glass, Plastic

Mid-Century Italian Modern Faux Brass and Glass Cocktail Table After Mastercraft
By Mastercraft
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A chic and stately coffee table, circa early 1970s. The table features a faux distressed brass base with heavy 3/4 inch glass top. In the style of Mastercraft.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Square Mid-Century Modern Italian Glass Top Chromed Steel Cocktail Table
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Square Mid-Century Modern Italian glass top chromed steel cocktail table Glass top measures 30 x 36 x 1/2 inches. Glass top has light scratches and can be replace and delivered (con...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Mid Century Modern Burl Wood & Glass Square Cocktail Table After Milo Baughman
By Milo Baughman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stunning coffee table from the 1970's. It features beautiful figurative burl wood, with clear glass inlayed top.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood, Burl

Mid-Century Modern Lucite, Chrome and Glass Cocktail Table after Pace
By Alessandro Albrizzi, Pace Collection, Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A great three leg coffee table design from the early 1970s. It features thick Lucite legs attached to a chrome center column with a floating glass top. In the style: Charles Hollis J...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Cocktail Table in Chrome and Brass with Smoked Glass
Located in New York, NY
This handsome Mid-Century Modern cocktail table was engineered and crafted in America, circa 1970. It boasts the strong bold lines and Industrial materials that collectors of the per...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome, Brass

Mid Century Modern Smoked Glass Cocktail Table by Kho Liang for Artifort
By Kho Liang Ie
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous cast aluminum cocktail table with a smoked glass top inset. Tube legs with flat bars connecting the sides. Well constructed piece as fittings are tight and precise. Some min...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Faux Bamboo Silver Gilt Iron Glass Coffee Cocktail Table
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern faux bamboo, silver gilt over double iron and X-base form rectangular coffee or cocktail table with thick glass inset top. In the manner of Baguès.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

J Wade Beam Chrome and Glass Cocktail Table for Brueton Mid-Century Modern
By Brueton, J. Wade Beam
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A super classy looking coffee table designed by J. Wade Beam for Brueton furniture company. It consists of an extremely heavy chrome triangular base that holds a thick piece of float...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome, Steel

Mid Century Modern Lucite Chrome & Round Glass Tripod Base Coffee Cocktail Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lucite chrome and round glass tripod base coffee table in the manner of Charles Hollis Jones. Item features a thick round glass top which rests on a tripod...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Style Chrome and Glass Square Cocktail Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stunning cityscape design coffee table in the manner of Paul Evans. It features a chrome-plated wood constructed base, topped with thick clear glass top.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Cocktail Glasses with Gold Overlay, Set of Six
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern gold banded cocktail glasses, set of six. This set of six rocks glasses is exceptionally elegant with the striking gold overlay Greek key design wide band at the l...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold

Mid-Century Modern Biomorphic Walnut Coffee Cocktail Table
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A sensuous sculptural cocktail table featuring a biomorphic kidney shaped glass top, as well as walnut and Lucite base highlighted by brass accents.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Willy Rizzo Mid-Century Modern Black Mirror Glass Cocktail Table Dry Bar Italy
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Miami, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern Willy Rizzo expandable cocktail table in chrome with 2 black glass tops. The table expands outward from each side from 47 inches to a maximum of 62 inches...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Dorothy Thorpe Mid-Century Modern Silver Overlay Glass Cocktail Pitcher Set
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This four piece cocktail pitcher and glass set was done by the well known Dorothy Thorpe of the United States in approximately 1965 in the period Mid-Century style. The set is compos...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Silver

Vintage Glass Cocktail Shaker by Cambridge Glass Company
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very modern looking early heavy glass cocktail shaker with round ball top , frosted edge to the collar with two pour spout areas . The top has cut grooves to each end for shots or ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Mid Century Italian Post Modern Glass & Gunmetal Tear Drop Form Cocktail Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stunning S Form coffee table from Italy circa 1990's. It features a gunmetal steel finish base with brass colored trim and a clear glass top.
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Mid Century Modern Lucite Cylinder Leg Brass Glass Coffee Cocktail Table by Pace
By Pace Collection
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Large vintage 1970s coffee table by Pace collection. Item features a large square .75" thick glass top with rounded edges, polished brass caps, and thick Lucite cylindrical legs.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Metal & Glass Coffee Table
By Design Institute America
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Interesting glass-top mid-century coffee table. Designed by Design Institute of America (DIA). (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Cocktail Martini Glass with Two Stirrers
By Bimini Glass
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1920-1930s Bimini cocktail glass with two stirrers. The bowl of the glass features a blue swirl. The stem is further decorated with a capsule containing a dog figurine. One sti...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Cocktail Table by Kristiansen Thomassen
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Architecturally designed with spacing and large ship lap dovetail joints. Smoked glass top in excellent vintage condition with almost no wear. Signed on the underside. Square 29.5 in...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Teak, Glass

Mid-Century Modern Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful vintage modern propeller shaped metal base and a thick round glass top is sure to make an impression in any modern interior. An elegant design that boasts a tripod base w...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid Century Modern Faux Bamboo Gilt Iron Cocktail Table
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Modernist interpretation of a faux bamboo table with cross form gilt iron base. Rectangular in form, supports an elegant and simple dimensional glass top.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Brutalist Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Cocktail Table
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous hand carved wooden frame cocktail table. Carved florets and acanthus leaves surround the frame. Recessed is a flat Gilt top with a sheet of glass for protection. Base consi...
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Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron, Gold Leaf

Mid-Century Modern Organic Tree Root Base Cocktail Table
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant, tree root base slab which supports an oval piece of glass. Base is very tight and secure, no issues. Glass is perfect.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Hardwood

Mid Century Danish Modern Cocktail Table Kristiansen Thomassen
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant 3 panel smoked glass cocktail table with architectural spacing and large ship lap dovetail joints. Rounded legs that square off. In excellent vintage condition wit...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Smoked Glass, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Smoked Glass Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This large vintage coffee table features sturdy chrome frame with unique Mid-Century Modern style. Stylish tinted glass top adds to the charm of this oversized coffee table, making i...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Cocktail Table by Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous sculptural cocktail table by in walnut by Adrian Pearsall. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. New glass top which is perfect.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Design Insitute DIA Cocktail Coffee Table
By Design Institute America
Located in West Hartford, CT
True midcentury period cocktail table made of chrome and glass. Note that there are two chips on the glass as shown and the piece has been priced commensurately with flaws. Chrome sh...
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Chrome

Mid Century Modern Brutalist Cocktail Table by Daniel Gluck
By Daniel Gluck
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Beautiful abstract torch cut steel base with original 3/4 inch beveled glass top. All inquiries please call or just press "Contact Dealer" button.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Tobia Scarpa Cassina Soriana Chrome Cocktail Table Mid-Century Modern
By Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
Up for sale is this stunning Tobia Scarpa for Cassina cocktail or coffee table in good vintage condition with some wear on the chrome base. The Soriana Collection is a beautif...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Larger Than Life Mid-Century Modern Cocktail Glass Made of Plexiglass
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Never thirsty again! With this enormous cocktail glass (98 cm / 38.59 inch high) in your buffet you will immediately catch all cheerful looks of the guests you are entertaining. It ...
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Plexiglass

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Midcentury Modern Cocktail Glasses For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of midcentury modern cocktail glasses for sale on 1stDibs. Each of these unique midcentury modern cocktail glasses was constructed with extraordinary care, often using glass, metal and brass. There are 8405 antique and vintage midcentury modern cocktail glasses for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 66 modern editions to choose from as well. There are all kinds of midcentury modern cocktail glasses available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Midcentury modern cocktail glasses bearing Mid-Century Modern or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates and Pace Collection each produced beautiful midcentury modern cocktail glasses that are worth considering.

How Much are Midcentury Modern Cocktail Glasses?

Prices for midcentury modern cocktail glasses can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, midcentury modern cocktail glasses begin at $1 and can go as high as $120,000, while the average can fetch as much as $2,400.

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 Coffee and Cocktail Tables for You

As a practical centerpiece to your living area, antique and vintage coffee and cocktail tables are an invaluable addition to any interior.

Low tables that were initially used as tea or coffee tables have been around since at least the mid- to late-1800s. Early coffee tables surfaced in Victorian-era England, likely influenced by the use of tea tables in Japanese tea gardens. In the United States, furniture makers worked to introduce low, long tables into their offerings as the popularity of coffee and “coffee breaks” took hold during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

It didn’t take long for coffee and cocktail tables to become a design staple and for consumers to recognize their role in entertaining no matter what beverages were being served. Originally, these tables were as simple as they are practical — as high as your sofa and made primarily of wood. In recent years, however, metal, glass and plastics have become popular in coffee and cocktail tables, and design hasn’t been restricted to the conventional low profile, either.

Visionary craftspeople such as Paul Evans introduced bold, geometric designs that challenge the traditional idea of what a coffee table can be. The elongated rectangles and wide boxy forms of Evans’s desirable Cityscape coffee table, for example, will meet your needs but undoubtedly prove imposing in your living space.

If you’re shopping for an older coffee table to bring into your home — be it an antique Georgian-style coffee table made of mahogany or walnut with decorative inlays or a classic square mid-century modern piece comprised of rosewood designed by the likes of Ettore Sottsass — there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Both the table itself and what you put on it should align with the overall design of the room, not just by what you think looks fashionable in isolation. According to interior designer Tamara Eaton, the material of your vintage coffee table is something you need to consider. “With a glass coffee table, you also have to think about the surface underneath, like the rug or floor,” she says. “With wood and stone tables, you think about what’s on top.”

Find the perfect centerpiece for any room, no matter what your personal style on 1stDibs. Browse a vast selection of antique, new and vintage coffee and cocktail tables today.