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Torviscosa Bottle
By Ceramica Artistica Torviscosa
Located in New York, NY
glazes in mottled reds and blues create a beautiful effect. Really fine example of Mid-Century Italian
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Torviscosa Bottle
Torviscosa Bottle
H 16.75 in W 7 in D 6 in
Torviscosa Bottle/ vase .Classic Italian Modernist Design
By Ceramica Artistica Torviscosa
Located in Buffalo, NY
glazes in mottled greens and blues create a beautiful effect. Really fine example of Mid-Century Italian
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Magnificent Pair of Ceramic Heads by Diego Visonà, Valdagno, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brescia , Brescia
Discover the allure of mid-century Italian ceramics with this magnificent and rare pair of ceramic
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Tommaso Barbi XL Blue Pineapple Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
By Tommaso Barbi
Located in Paris, IDF
table lamp boasts the exquisite craftsmanship characteristic of mid-century Italian ceramics by Barbi
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Massive Handled Jug / Vase by Aldo Londo for Bitossi Raymor
By Raymor, Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in San Diego, CA
make a fantastic addition and center piece to any mid-century Italian ceramics collection. The piece
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Vintage Ceramiche / Pottery Lion Sculpture by Aldo Londo for Bitossi Raymor
By Raymor, Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in San Diego, CA
fantastic addition and center piece to any mid-century Italian ceramics collection. The piece measures 8"W x
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Vintage Ceramiche / Pottery Lion Sculpture by Aldo Londo for Bitossi Raymor
By Bitossi, Raymor, Aldo Londi
Located in San Diego, CA
any mid-century Italian ceramics collection. The piece measures 8"W x 13"D x 13"H. Super rare and
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Rometti Umbertide Ceramics Liqueur set 1930s Italy
By Rometti Ceramics 1
Located in Palermo, IT
bottle, "Ceramica Rometti Umbertide", Italian manufacture from the 1930s. Wear consistent with age and
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Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Modern Porcelain Breadstick Holster Server Platter Rometti Ceramics 1950s, Italy
By Rometti Ceramics 1
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rometti Italy midcentury porcelain breadstick holster server platter. Hand painted figurative scene
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Wrought Iron

Large Italian ceramics signed Clizia from the 1960s mid century
Located in Ternay, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Large Italian ceramic from the 1960s signed by the artist Clizia. The ceramic rests on three small
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1960s Mid-Century Modern Red and Gold Painted Metal Rectangular Italian Tray
By MB Italy
Located in Aci Castello, IT
and sharp angles that epitomize mid-century modern design. The tray's surface is painted in a vibrant
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Metal

Exceptional Giovan Battista Mitri Ceramic Cat, Incredible Patina, 1950s
Located in Brescia , Brescia
remarkable piece. Discover the magic of mid-century Italian ceramics with this exceptional piece by Giovan
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

1970s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Round Italian Vase
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Italian vase exhibits the iconic design elements of that era. Mid-Century Modern design during the 1970s
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1951 Mid-Century Modern Italian Green Ceramic Italian Aviation Rally Trophy
Located in Aci Castello, IT
It's a green ceramic figure dated 8-9-1951, especially made for an aviation rally of Aeroclub Vicenza. It's in perfect condition and depicts a stylized man holding a Wing. The figur...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1970s Rare Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Jug by Bertoncello
By Bertoncello
Located in Aci Castello, IT
artistic approach to ceramics during the mid-20th century. Bertoncello's ceramics were known for their
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic by Cima Deruta, 1950s
By Cima
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Beautiful ceramic by Cima (Italy) probably design as pens holder, amazing colours and in very good
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Italian Serving Tray Made by MB
By MB Italy
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Stylish serving tray made in Italy by MB, aluminium and formica. The sides have been metal worked
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Italian Serving Tray Made by MB
Mid-Century Italian Serving Tray Made by MB
H 1.19 in W 21.26 in D 11.82 in
1950s Set of Three Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic Desk Accessories
By Italo Casini
Located in Aci Castello, IT
collection of mid-century modern decor.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Blue Rimini Ceramics by Flavia Montelupo
By Flavia Montelupo
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Blue Rimini Italian Flavia Montelutpo ceramic animals 1960s. Cat and elephant in ceramic blue
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1950s, Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Smoking Set by Alfa Ceramiche
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A lovely Mid-Century Modern ceramic smoking set designed and manufactured with love in Italy by
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Gray Glazed Ceramic Ashtray by Bucci, 1960s
By Franco Bucci
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern gray glazed ceramic ashtray by Bucci, 1960s Gray glazed ceramic ashtray
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ivo Sassi Italian Mid-Century Modern Design Ceramic Vases Set, 1950s
By Ivo Sassi
Located in Reggio Emilia, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern design ceramic vases set series “Gli Etruschi” designed by italian
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Fantoni Style Salt Glaze Blue, Purple Ceramic Bowl Mid-Century Modern, Italian
Located in North Miami, FL
is an early work of Italian ceramics from the 1950s that is signed but hard to read. We have
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Ceramics of the 60s Ernestine Salerno, G877
Located in Ternay, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Vase from the 50's by the Italian ceramist Ernestine Salerno. Round ceramic glazed with brown and
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Green and Brown Glazed Ceramic Amphora, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Beautiful Italian vase mid-century, modern green and brown Glazed ceramic amphora, 1960s. Brown and
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic by Alessio Tasca, Italy, 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic by Alessio Tasca, Italy, 1970s
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Vintage 1970s Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase
By Bitossi
Located in Boynton Beach, FL
Mid-Century Modern Italian made vase. In the style and likely made by Bitossi or Alvino Bagni
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Mid Century Modern Italian Ceramic Ashtray
Located in San Diego, CA
A really nice mid-century modern Italian ceramic ashtray circa 1960s. The piece is in very good
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Mid Century Old Brass Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Very old and unique brass vase. Produced in Italy. Only one piece.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Brass

Mid Century Old Brass Vase, Italy, 1960s
Mid Century Old Brass Vase, Italy, 1960s
No Reserve
H 8.27 in W 6.7 in D 6.7 in
Mid-century modern Italian Porcelain Siamese cat (31x18x14cm) Cool retro decor!
Located in Firenze, FI
Hand made 1960's original modernist mid-century modern ceramic Siamese cat Technique: colored
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Vintage 1960s Italian Ceramics

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Ceramic, Porcelain, Pottery

Mid Century Light Blue Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Blue vase in amazing shape. Produced in 1960s. Glass in perfect condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. The outer relief surface,...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Mid Century Light Blue Vase, Italy, 1960s
Mid Century Light Blue Vase, Italy, 1960s
No Reserve
H 11.82 in Dm 3.94 in
Mid-Century Barware Cocktail Glass Pitcher with Leather Handle, Italy 1960s
By Design Editions Italy
Located in Atlanta, GA
This is a stunning Italian mouth-blown glass cocktail pitcher crafted in the 1960s. This lovely
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Leather, Glass, Blown Glass

Sardinian polychrome ceramics by Claudio Pulli for Isola. Italy 1970s
By Claudio Pulli
Located in Roma, IT
Sardinian polychrome ceramics by Claudio Pulli for Isola. CLAUDIO PULLI one of the greatest
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-century Modern Bitossi Ceramic and Mosaic Bowl
By Bitossi
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
bowl with mosaic glass. Signed on the bottom with numbers and Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Volcanic Lava Glaze Mid-Century Modern Dual Spout Large Italian Pottery Vase
Located in Ann Arbor, MI
Volcanic Lava Glaze Mid-Century Modern Dual spout LARGE Italian Pottery Vase With spiral decoration
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Vintage 1950s Italian Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Set of 10 Ceramic Boxes by Pino Spagnolo for Sicart, Italy
By Pino Spagnolo, Sicart
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Set of 10 ceramic boxes designed by Pino Spagnolo for Sicart. The set exists of three different colors: 4x black, 2x white and 4x orange. There are also three different volum...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Green Glass Amphora, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italia Mid-Century Modern Green glass Amphora, 1960s Small green glass Amphora finished with
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Mid-Century Vintage Orange Crystal Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vintage glass in good original condition. Very nice color. Some sketches - all on pictures. Only one unique piece. Crystal glass.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Crystal

Mid-Century Vintage Orange Crystal Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vintage glass in good original condition. One defect on the bottom of the vase. Some sketches - all on pictures. Only one unique piece. Crystal glass. Very heavy item.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Crystal

Mid Century Vintage Ice Transparent Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vintage glass in very good condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. Only one unique piece. Murano glass.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Mid Century Lidded Bowl by Ceramiche Batignani, Italy
By Ceramiche Batignani
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A beautiful pumpkin shaped bowl with lid crowned by a brass handle by Ceramiche Batignani from the 1950's. This handmade bowl is in perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid Century Rare Davide Sculpture, Gypsum, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
. Davide sculpture was produced in Italy. Only one item available.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid Century Rare Davide Sculpture, Gypsum, Italy, 1960s
Mid Century Rare Davide Sculpture, Gypsum, Italy, 1960s
No Reserve
H 17.33 in W 3.94 in D 5.12 in
1970s Mid-Century Modern Blue Ceramic Jug Vase by Bertoncello
By Bertoncello
Located in Aci Castello, IT
renaissance of the mid-20th century, showcasing the exemplary craftsmanship and innovative design ethos
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Drink glasses with carafe
Located in Palermo, PA
Enhance your beverage experience with this exquisite collection of six drink glasses with carrafe. Crafted in the stylish and elegant fashion of the 1970s. These glasses showcase a c...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Crystal

Italian Mid Century Pinguin Ceramic by Cima, 1950
By Cima
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Beautiful penguin ceramic from Italy made by Cima, 1950.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Espresso Set by Franco Pozzi
Located in Weesp, NL
New Old Stock Mid-Century Modern dark brown 9 pcs Espresso set produced by Ceramica Franco Pozzi
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid Century Vintage Rainbow colors Murano Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Glass in very good condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. Only one unique piece. Murano glass.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Mid Century White Poodle Dog Sculpture, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
decorative sculpture. White Poodle Dog Sculpture was produced in Italy. Only one dog available.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Small White Dog Sculpture, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
decorative sculpture. Small dog sculpture was produced in Italy. Only one dog available.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Crystal Transparent Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Transparent vase in amazing shape. Produced in 1960s. Glass in perfect condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. The outer relie...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Glass Bowl by Venini, Italy
By Venini
Located in London, GB
Beautiful vintage well sized Murano hand blown glass bowl. The bowl is fashioned using the famous Sommerso technique, creating clear bubbles in champagne or caramel colour with gold ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Mid Century Vintage Shoe Small Murano Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Glass in very good condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. Only one unique piece. Murano glass.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Mid Century Vintage Shoe Small Murano Vase, Italy, 1960s
Mid Century Vintage Shoe Small Murano Vase, Italy, 1960s
No Reserve
H 6.7 in W 3.15 in D 3.94 in
Mid Century Vintage Rainbow Dots Murano Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vintage glass in very good condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. Only one unique piece. Murano glass.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Mid Century Crystal Transparent Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Transparent vase in amazing shape. Produced in 1960s. Glass in perfect condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. The outer relie...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Set of Two Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramics Pieces, Italy
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Helsinki, FI
A beautiful set of two blue Bitossi pieces. A bowl of 22cm diameter and 5.5cm high and a candleholder with a diameter or 10cm and 4 high. Both pieces are in beautiful condition.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Big Mid-Century Transparent Vase for Candy, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
unique piece. Produced in 1960s in Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Mid Century Vintage Transparent Art Glass Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vintage glass in good original condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. Only one unique piece.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Crystal

Mid Century Big Vintage Purple Ombre Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Purple vase in amazing shape. Produced in 1960s in Italy. Glass in perfect condition. The vase
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Green Murano Bowl
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Copenhagen, K
Green Mid-Century Sommerso Murano bowl or centerpiece.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Art Glass

Mid Century Vintage Blue Small Ceramic Candlestick, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vintage glass in good condition. Only one unique piece. Another items from the collection are available in our store. Blue massive glass.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Porcelain, Glass

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Midcentury Modern Italian Ceramics For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of midcentury modern Italian ceramics is available at 1stDibs. Each of these unique midcentury modern Italian ceramics was constructed with extraordinary care, often using glass, ceramic and metal. Find 6744 antique and vintage midcentury modern Italian ceramics at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 32 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Midcentury modern Italian ceramics have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Midcentury modern Italian ceramics made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — are very popular at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made midcentury modern Italian ceramics over the years, but those made by Fornasetti, Bitossi and Aldo Tura are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Midcentury Modern Italian Ceramics?

Prices for midcentury modern Italian ceramics can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, midcentury modern Italian ceramics begin at $20 and can go as high as $68,000, while the average can fetch as much as $835.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

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

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

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

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

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

Finding the Right Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass for You

Your dining room table is a place where stories are shared and personalities shine — why not treat yourself and your guests to the finest antique and vintage glass, silver, ceramics and serveware for your meals?

Just like the people who sit around your table, your serveware has its own stories and will help you create new memories with your friends and loved ones. From ceramic pottery to glass vases, set your table with serving pieces that add even more personality, color and texture to your dining experience.

Invite serveware from around the world to join your table settings. For special occasions, dress up your plates with a striking Imari charger from 19th-century Japan or incorporate Richard Ginori’s Italian porcelain plates into your dining experience. Celebrate the English ritual of afternoon tea with a Japanese tea set and an antique Victorian kettle. No matter how big or small your dining area is, there is room for the stories of many cultures and varied histories, and there are plenty of ways to add pizzazz to your meals.

Add different textures and colors to your table with dinner plates and pitchers of ceramic and silver or a porcelain lidded tureen, a serving dish with side handles that is often used for soups. Although porcelain and ceramic are both made in a kiln, porcelain is made with more refined clay and is more durable than ceramic because it is denser. The latter is ideal for statement pieces — your tall mid-century modern ceramic vase is a guaranteed conversation starter. And while your earthenware or stoneware is maybe better suited to everyday lunches as opposed to the fine bone china you’ve reserved for a holiday meal, handcrafted studio pottery coffee mugs can still be a rich expression of your personal style.

“My motto is ‘Have fun with it,’” says author and celebrated hostess Stephanie Booth Shafran. “It’s yin and yang, high and low, Crate & Barrel with Christofle silver. I like to mix it up — sometimes in the dining room, sometimes on the kitchen banquette, sometimes in the loggia. It transports your guests and makes them feel more comfortable and relaxed.”

Introduce elegance at supper with silver, such as a platter from celebrated Massachusetts silversmith manufacturer Reed and Barton or a regal copper-finish flatware set designed by International Silver Company, another New England company that was incorporated in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1898. By then, Meriden had already earned the nickname “Silver City” for its position as a major hub of silver manufacturing.

At the bar, try a vintage wine cooler to keep bottles cool before serving or an Art Deco decanter and whiskey set for after-dinner drinks — there are many possibilities and no wrong answers for tableware, barware and serveware. Explore an expansive collection of antique and vintage glass, ceramics, silver and serveware today on 1stDibs.