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Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, 50 Glass Rondini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Rare Italian vintage Murano chandelier. The fixture is made up of 41 individual hand blown glass elements hanging (transparent and white “lattimo”) from a chrome frame. Each piece cl...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Clear Glass Globe Vintage European Brass Top Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Clear texture glass pendant. Brass top 2 meter / 80" black cotton wire Weight: 1.80 kg / 4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international s...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Opaline Glass Gold Striped Vintage European Globe Brass Top Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline glass, 3 gold stripes globe glass pendant. Weight: 2.00 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incande...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large German Vintage Blown Glass Globe Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar, Mazzega, Carlo Nason
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful hand blown textured bubble glass globe and brass pendant. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Glass D 13.8 in, H 10 in Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).   
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Set of Four Austrian Vintage Blown Glass Globes Ceiling Hanging Lights, 1960s
By Mazzega, Carlo Nason
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful set of four hand blown textured glass globes and brass pendant lights. Austria, 1960s. Glass globes: 3 x D: 6.3 in; 1 x D: 7.9 in.   
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Vintage Murano Chandelier – 107 Transparent Prism Triedri, Arianna Model
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Fantastic vintage Murano chandelier made by 107 Murano crystal prism "triedri" in a nickel metal frame. The glasses are two different size. Period: late XX century Dimensions: 47,25 ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Good Vintage Condition and Fully Working, Slight Signs of Aging in the Structure
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 transparent and clear blue prism quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

1960s Vintage Italian Oval Barilla Metal Enamel Advertising Sign
Located in Milan, IT
Vintage metal enamel advertising oval sign Barilla produced in Italy, in the 1960s. The sign in blue, white and red was used on top of Barilla mono-brand display unit. It shows...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal, Enamel

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 1810a' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame'
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 1810a" Measures: 18 x 9.5 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and ta...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 186a' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame'
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 186a" Measures: 17.5 x 6 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and tai...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 206b' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame'
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 206b" Measures: 20 x 6 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and tailo...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 177d' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame'
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 177d" Measures: 17 x 6.5 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and tai...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 207b' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame'
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 207b" Measures: 20 x 7 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and tailo...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 177e' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame'
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 177e" Measures: 17 x 6.5 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and tai...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 217a' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame'
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 217a" Measures: 21 x 7 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and tailo...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 177c' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame'
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: Different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 177c" Measures: 16.5 x 7 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and tai...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Vintage Tall White Cased Glass Vase by Kastrup
By Jacob Eiler Bang, Kastrup
Located in New York, NY
A vintage and tall art glass vase made by Jacob Bang for Kastrup. Denmark, circa 1950. White. Made of cased glass with a beautiful iridescent quality. Retains partial original lab...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass, Art Glass

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 189bb' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame'
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 189bb" Measures: 17.5 x 8.5 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 155a' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame' Blue
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 155a" blue Measures: 15 x 5 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Wall Mirror 'Saturn 155a' Vintage Style 'Glass Frame' Pink
By Andreas Berlin
Located in Paris, FR
Small wall mirror (many models available: different shapes, sizes and colors). "Saturn 155a" Pink Measures: 15 x 5 cm. Made from vintage glass bowls. Specially developed and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror

Set of 2 Vintage 1960s Ice Glass Metal Wall Light by Kaiser Leuchten, Germany
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Set of two Wall light sconces Origin: Germany Producer: Kaiser Leuchten Age: 1960s This set of two modernist lights was produced in Ge...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

1960s Vintage Italian Campari L'aperitico Advertising Glass
Located in Milan, IT
Vintage Campari advertising glass made in Italy in the 1960s. This specific advertising glass is rare due to its Campari L'aperitivo logo in marine green. Collector's note: Ca...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

1950s Vintage Glass Soda Syphon Advertising Seltzer Galleria Campari, Milano
Located in Milan, IT
Syphons, commonly known as "seltzers", are glass bottles with the function of dispensing soda water. These items were widely used in the most fashionable Italian bars in the 1950s to...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal

1950s Rare Vintage Glass Italian Soda Syphon Seltzer Campari Milano Soda
Located in Milan, IT
Syphons, commonly known as "seltzers", are glass bottles with the function of dispensing soda water. These items were widely used in the most fashionable Italian bars in the 1950s to...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal

1950s Vintage Glass Italian Advertising Syphon Seltzer Cinzano Soda Bar Bottle
Located in Milan, IT
Syphons, commonly known as "seltzers", are glass bottles with the function of dispensing soda water. These items were widely used in the most fashionable Italian bars in the 1950s to...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal

1950s Rare Vintage Cobalt Blue Glass Soda Syphon Seltzer Antica Farmacia Rimini
Located in Milan, IT
Syphons, commonly known as "seltzers", are glass bottles with the function of dispensing soda water. These items were widely used in the most fashionable Italian bars in the 1950s to...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal

1950s Glass Italian Vintage Soda Syphon Seltzer Bitter Campari Milano Bar Bottle
Located in Milan, IT
Syphons, commonly known as "seltzers", are glass bottles with the function of dispensing soda water. These items were widely used in the most fashionable Italian bars in the 1950s to...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal

1950s Rare Vintage Red Glass Italian Soda Syphon Seltzer Galleria Campari Milano
Located in Milan, IT
Syphons, commonly known as "seltzers", are glass bottles with the function of dispensing soda water. These items were widely used in the most fashionable Italian bars in the 1950s to...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal

1960s Vintage Advertising Italian Copper Campari Reverse Mould
Located in Milan, IT
Vintage advertising "Un Campari" (a Campari) reverse mould made in Italy in the 1960s in metal and copper. Collector's note: Campari is an Italian alcoholic liqueur, considered...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Copper, Metal

1960s Vintage White Plastic Italian Bitter Campari Rectangular Bar Tray
Located in Milan, IT
Vintage white plastic rectangular bar tray made in Italy by KEAN Milano for Campari. Mark on bottom: Viale Maino 25 KEAN Milano Made in Italy Collector's note: Campari ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Plastic

1970s Vintage Italian Campari Soda Metal Design Red Bottle Opener
Located in Milan, IT
Iconic vintage Italian Campari Soda ultra slim metal red bottle opener.   Collector's note: Campari is an Italian alcoholic liqueur, considered an apéritif obtained from the inf...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal

1970s Vintage Advertising Campari Soda Milano Ashtray in White and Red Ceramic
Located in Milan, IT
Vintage Campari Soda Milano advertising ashtray in white and red and dark blue ceramic made in Italy by Ceramica E Piola in Carpignano Sesia, Novara in the 1960. The ashtray is de...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

1970s Vintage Italian Advertising Cordial Campari Glacette
Located in Milan, IT
Vintage advertising glacette in blue made in the 1970s for Cordial Campari. A glacette is a simple, double-walled or otherwise insulated container that keeps a chilled bottle of s...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wine Coolers

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Metal

Nine Vintage German Mercury Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments
Located in Antwerp, BE
Nine vintage 1 German blown mercury glass Christmas tree ornaments. Fantastic reflections in silver, gold, blue and red, and some with snow glitter, circa 1960-1970 some of the top ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Historical Memorabilia

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Mercury Glass

Opal Glass Pendant by Lyfa, 1940s, Vintage Teardrop Opal Glass Lamp with Brass
By Bent Karlby, Lyfa
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
Opal Glass pendant by Bent Karlby (presumed) in the 1940s, and produced by Lyfa - rare and super attractive tear drop hanging light with opal glass and polished brass in very good vi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Seven Vintage German Mercury Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments
Located in Antwerp, BE
Seven vintage mercury German glass Christmas tree ornaments, circa 1970 ( the top caps are marked "GDR" (German Democratic Republic =former East Germany.)     
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Historical Memorabilia

Vintage Murano Bottle Vase
Located in Princeton, NJ
Outstanding blown glass vase in turquoise and white. Identical vase shown in William Diamond and Anthony Baratta's interior featured in Metropolitan Home's Design 100 book.  
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Pair of Radiohus Pendant, Vilhelm Lauritzen 1945, Louis Poulsen, Vintage Edition
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
Radiohus pendant pair of (large) by Vilhelm Lauritzen in 1945, and produced by Louis Poulsen - extremely attractive pair of blown glossy white opal glass lamps, the vintage edition! ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Vintage Imperial Glass Golden Shoji Long Glasses Set Regency Hollywood, 1960s
Located in Vis, NL
Rare bar set consisting in 6 marked in the bottom IG glasses in the series "Golden Shoji". The gold is in overall good condition with minor sign of wear and loose gold. No damage ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold Plate

Vintage Horseshoe Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for your collection of Austrian midcentury items. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Vintage Brutalist Mid-Century Modern Napkin Rings Set of Six, German, 1970s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A set of six napkin rings, circa 1970s, from an unknown maker. A nice addition to any midcentury table.
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20th Century German Tableware

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Nickel

Cologne Cathedral Church Souvenir Building Ashtray Vintage, German, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A 1950s souvenir building architectural model Ashtray. Some wear with a nice patina, but this is old-age. Made of metal. A beautiful nice desktop item or just a display item in your ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Metal

Vintage Handcrafted Aztec Green and Gray Pottery Bowls or Vessel, Set of 3
Located in Miami, FL
Set of 3 vintage handcrafted Aztec green, gray and brown group of pottery bowls, vessel. Makers mark underneath, NG. Dimensions: Flat bowl diameter 6 inches, height 2.25 inches; ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Murano Art Glass Sommerso Bowl Blue, Clear, Red and Green Vintage, Italy, 1980s
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Gorgeous hand blown Murano art glass piece with Sommerso and bullicante techniques. A beautiful organic shaped bowl or catchall in clear glass with blue, red and green colors, Italy,...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Formia 1980 Italian Vintage Purple Blue White Murano Glass Modern Design Vases
By Formia Murano
Located in New York, NY
Two vases in blown Murano Art glass signed Formia, created exclusively for Roche Bobois Paris. The very modern minimalist design and execution are striking in the luxurious quality o...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Art Glass

Huge Vintage Murano Glass Tiered Chandelier, 78 Glasses, Light Amber
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Italian vintage chandelier in Murano glass and nickel plated metal structure on 4 levels. The armor polished nickel supports 78 large light amber glass tubes in a star shape. Period:...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Talian Vintage Murano Glass Chandelier, 38 Glasses, Blue and Trasparent
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Beautiful and huge Italian Murano chandelier composed of 38 splendid transparent and blue glasses that give a very elegant look. The glasses of this chandelier are real works of art....
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Cenedese Vintage Midcentury Clear Murano Glass Bowl with Colorful Spiral
By Cenedese
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Vintage midcentury Murano glass serving bowl or dish by Cenedese, circa 1970-1990. Wonderful clear glass with a colorful spiral inclusion. Simplistic yet elegant. Would look fantasti...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Vintage Coffee Table by Pierre Vandel Brass and Glass
By Pierre Vandel
Located in FR
Midcentury coffee table by Pierre Vandel, Paris, France Makers label Black lacquered metal frame with brass trim Beveled glass top Overall good vintage condition minor scattered ...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, 26 Pink Glass Petals
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Italian vintage Murano chandelier made by 26 glass petals (pink and white “lattimo”) in a chrome frame. Period: 1980s Dimensions: 47.250 inches (120 cm) height with chain, 23.62 in...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, Frosted Carved Glass Leaves
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Huge Italian vintage Murano chandelier made by 41 hand blown transparent frosted carved glass leaves in a chrome frame. Period: 1970s-1980s Dimensions: 49.20 inches (125 cm) heigh...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Heavy Grid Pattern Glass Flush Mount, Vintage, Austria, 1960s
By Austroluxe
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Midcentury flush mount, thick textured glass. Made by Austrolux, Austria. The fixture requires one E27 Edison bulb up to 60 watt.
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Italian Vintage Sculptural Murano Glass Wall Flush Mount Sconce, 1960s
By Poliarte
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful large blown glass sconce by Poliarte. Italy, 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Vintage Cut Glass Pendant Chandelier for Kamenický Šenov, 1970s
By Kamenicky Senov
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Czechoslovak cut glass and chrome-plated ceiling light, made in the former Czechoslovakia for Kamenický Šenov in the 1970s. It features chrome steel structure and seven cut glass lam...
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Vintage Doria Leuchten 1960s Pink Murano Glass Globe Pendant Lights / Lamps
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Exceptional and large pair (sold individually) vintage rose pink tinted midcentury Murano glass ceiling pendant light fixtures by Doria Leuchten, Germany. Made in the later half of t...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Square Bubble Glass Flush Mount Helena Tynell Style, Vintage, 1970s
By Helena Tynell
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A beautiful German glass flush mount with metal fixture. The fixture requires one European E27 / 110 Volt Edison bulbs, up to 75 watt.
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

German Vintage Glass Flower Flush Mount, Massive Leuchten, Germany, 1960s
By Massive Lighting
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A beautiful German glass flush mount with metal fixture, made by Massive Leuchten in the 1960s. The fixture requires one European E27 / 110 Volt Edison bulb, up to 60 watts.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Rare German Vintage Glass Flower Flush Mount, Limburg, Germany, 1960s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A beautiful German glass flush mount with metal fixture, made by Glashütte Limburg in the 1960s. The Fixture requires one European E27 / 110 Volt Edison bulb, up to 100 watts.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Gorgeous Midcentury Sputnik Brass Chandelier Glass Shades Vintage German, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Very decorative and beautiful chandelier made of brass, fitted with six E27 sockets with cone-shaped glass shades of striped etched glass. Made in Germany in the 1950s. The Fixture r...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

German Vintage Glass Flower Flush Mount, Glashütte Limburg, Germany, 1960s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A beautiful German glass flush mount with metal fixture, made by Limburg Leuchten in the 1960s. The fixture requires one European E27 / 110 Volt Edison bulb, up to 60 watts.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

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Midcentury Modern Glass Vintage For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury modern glass vintage available at 1stDibs. A midcentury modern glass vintage — often made from glass, metal and blown glass — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer midcentury modern glass vintage, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A midcentury modern glass vintage made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one midcentury modern glass vintage that is appealing in its simplicity, but Cenedese, Vintage Murano Gallery and Culver Ltd. produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern Glass Vintage?

The average selling price for a midcentury modern glass vintage at 1stDibs is $927, while they’re typically $75 on the low end and $21,463 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.