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Set of Eight Carousel Theme Zombie Cocktail Glasses
By Libbey Glass Co.
Located in Ferndale, MI
Set of eight carousel theme zombie cocktail glasses. Manufactured by Libbey in original box.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Danish Teak Ice Bucket Collection by Jens Quistgaard JHQ Individually Priced
By Jens Harald Quistgaard, Dansk
Located in Ferndale, MI
Collection of six Danish teak ice buckets by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk and Nissan. Measures: Tallest 19.25" x 9.75" diameter Square: 8" wide x 8" deep x 9" tall.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Nesting Bowl Set, Matte White Faceted Set of Three Modern Stacking Serving Bowl
By The Bright Angle
Located in Asheville, NC
Nesting bowls are a kitchen staple that find purpose in any home. These delightful oval space-savers can serve as an array of serving bowls that you can neatly store in your cabinet,...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

Materials

Porcelain

Nesting Bowl Set, Black and White Duo Set of Three Modern Stacking Serving Bowl
By The Bright Angle
Located in Asheville, NC
Nesting Bowls are a kitchen staple that find purpose in any home. These delightful oval space-savers can serve as an array of serving bowls that you can neatly store in your cabinet,...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

Materials

Porcelain

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

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Empoli Art Glass Apothecary Jar
Located in Brussels, Brussels
Italian Empoli art glass from the mid-20th century. Excellent condition. Available in larger assortments. Please look at our Storefront page to browse our entire collection.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Opaline Glass

  • Empoli Art Glass Apothecary Jar
  • Empoli Art Glass Apothecary Jar
  • Empoli Art Glass Apothecary Jar
  • Empoli Art Glass Apothecary Jar
H 11.03 in. Dm 5.91 in.
Mid-Century Modern French Faïence Orchies Moulin de Loupes Master Oyster Platter
By Orchies
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid-Century Modern Era Majolica glazed French faïence master Oyster serving platter, Orchies, circa 1950. Hand glazed in an ombre olive green on a bright white ground, showing ten...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern French Faïence Orchies Moulin de Loupes Master Oyster Platter
By Orchies
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid-Century Modern Era Majolica glazed French faïence master oyster serving platter, Orchies, circa 1950. Hand glazed in an ombre olive green on a bright white ground, showing ten...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern French Faïence Orchies Moulin de Loupes Ombre Oyster Plate
By Orchies
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid-Century Modern Era Majolica glazed French faïence Oyster plate, Orchies, circa 1950. Hand glazed in an ombre olive green on a bright white ground, showing six scallop shaped o...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Era Northern Italian Faïence Majolica Fish Service, Set of 7
By Nove, Italy
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From the Barrettoni già Antonibon pottery in Nove, Northern Italy, a Mid-Century Modern Era earthenware fish service consisting of a large serving platter and six individual plates. ...
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Mid-20th Century French International Style Platters and Serveware

Materials

Earthenware

Mid-Century Modern Era French Barbotine Majolica Bundled Asparagus Pitcher
By Onnaing
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid-Century Modern Era French Barbotine style Majolica asparagus pitcher, a bundle of white and green asparagus, with purple spear tips, tied at the center and bottom with a red r...
Category

20th Century French French Provincial Pitchers

Materials

Earthenware

Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg, Figure in Glazed Ceramics, Eagle, Mid-20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg. Figure in glazed ceramics. Eagle, mid-20th century. Measures: 19 x 18 cm. In very good condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Carl Aubock Triangular Walnut Cutting Board with Wickerwork Handle Knife, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful triangular cutting board and knife, designed and executed in the 1950s by Carl Aubock. Made of walnut and leather. The knife is manufactured by Amboss Austria and fully m...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Steel

Italian Ceramic Art Platter by Eugenio Pattarino
By Eugenio Pattarino
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian art pottery charger by Professor Eugenio Pattarino circa 1950s. The platter can services as a large centrepiece and it features a thick and contrasting glaze with mottled ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Large Trumpet Shaped Murano Vase in Mouth Blown Art Glass, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Large trumpet shaped Murano vase in mouth blown art glass, 1960s. In perfect condition. Measures: 33 x 16 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Whimsical Blue Boy and Girl Two Faced Sculpture Master Artisan Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
A whimsical handmade and hand painted glazed pottery boy and girl two faced Janus pottery sculpture. Few of a kind. Designer/Maker: Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017) with stamp i3D, ci...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefor, a Pair of "Stella Polaris" Vases
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors. A pair of "Stella Polaris" vases in mouth blown art glass, mid-1900s. In perfect condition. Signed. The vase measures: 22 x 13 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen, Stoneware Figure, Pekingese, Light Sung Glaze
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen, stoneware figure, Pekingese, Light sung glaze. 1st factory quality. Model number 20131. Measures: 21.5 x 19 cm. Perfect condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Holmegaard Huge Vase or Bottle with Lid in the Shape of Ball, Otto Brauer
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Holmegaard huge vase or bottle with lid in the shape of ball, Otto Brauer. Bottle green. Measures: 51 cm. x 19 cm. In perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Rare Rörstrand Stoneware Figure by Gunnar Nylund, Lying Lama
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rare Rörstrand stoneware figure by Gunnar Nylund. Lying lama. Beautiful glaze in blue / green shades. In perfect condition. 1st factory quality. Stamped. Measures 28.5 cm x 13.5 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Large Arne Ingdam Ceramic Figure, Roaring Deer
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Large Arne Ingdam ceramic figure. Roaring deer. In perfect condition. Stamped. Measures 33 cm x 24.5 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Ceramic Sculpture of a Young Girl by Elie van Damme for Amphora
By Elie van Damme
Located in Antwerp, BE
Black ceramic sculpture of a young girl by Elie van Damme for Amphora, 1970. Moulded, metallic glaze. Signed E.L.
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Surrealist Postmodern Porcelain and Glass Cheese Cover Designed by Borek Sipek
By B. Sipek
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Charming cheese cover designed by Borek Sipek, the Czech designer who passed away in 2016. Made of porcelain and glass this is the ideal object to store your cheeses on the counte...
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Vintage 1980s Czech Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain, Glass

Salvador Teran Mosaic and Brass Pitcher
By Salvador Teran
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Salvador Teran mosaic and brass pitcher. Born in Taxco, Salvador Teran (1920-1974) trained with Spratling at Las Delicias, then from 1939 worked with his cousins Los Castillo at thei...
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Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

Materials

Brass

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Toast Rack and Tray No. 1183
By Georg Jensen, Henning Koppel
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen sterling silver toast rack and tray no. 1183 Measures: Rack H 7cm(2.75 in) L 12.8 cm(5.03 in) W 10.8 cm(4.25 in) Tray L 17 cm(6.69 in) W 13.5 cm(5.31 in) ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Austrian Midcentury Horn Salad Servers by Carl Auböck Vienna
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Pair of Austrian modernist horn salad servers designed and manufactured by Carl Aubo¨ck Vienna.
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Horn

Pair of Amethyst Jars
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sometimes you need that last finishing touch to complete a room. Look no further these jars will dress up any room, whether a living room, bedroom or even a den. The color of glass, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

  • Pair of Amethyst Jars
  • Pair of Amethyst Jars
  • Pair of Amethyst Jars
  • Pair of Amethyst Jars
H 4 in. Dm 5 in.
Funkis III by Ws Sorensen Sterling Silver Danish Flatware Set 12 Service 73 Pcs
By W. & S. Sorensen
Located in Big Bend, WI
Fabulous Funkis III by W.S. Sorensen Danish sterling silver flatware set, 73 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 8", 12 forks, 7 1/4", 12 salad forks, 6 1/2", 12 teaspoons, 5 ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Old Danish Sterling Silver Cake Fork No 043
By Georg Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen old Danish sterling silver cake fork no 043. Measures 14.4 cm / 5 43/64 in.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Rosewood Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Tray
By Jens Harald Quistgaard
Located in New York, NY
Stunning rosewood tray by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, circa 1960, signed and numbered. Solid rosewood sculpted tray with inlaid butterfly detail on tapered footed base. Tray is from t...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Rosewood

  • Rosewood Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Tray
  • Rosewood Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Tray
  • Rosewood Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Tray
  • Rosewood Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Tray
H 1.875 in. W 27.5 in. D 8.5 in.
1950s Modern Rosewood Five-Piece Pedestal Serving Tray
Located in Richmond, VA
Offered is a fabulous, 1950s Mid-Century Modern rosewood pedestal five-piece serving tray. Includes four dishes and one rotating pedestal. Each dish measures: 1" x 8" x 4.5".
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Rosewood

1960s Mexican Modern Salt and Pepper Set by Don Shoemaker
By Don S. Shoemaker
Located in San Diego, CA
A salt and pepper set with tray by Don Shoemaker. Constructed of mixed woods, including cocobolo and oak. Produced is his studio in Senal, Mexico. The tray is stamped Mexico, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern More Dining and Entertaining

Materials

Cocobolo

Ettore Sottsass Geometrical Ceramic Vase
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Vase by Ettore Sottsass, part of the "geometrical" cast. Triple square form made in glazed dark green ceramics.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Contemporary Studio Ceramic Vase by Peter Beard British, PFB Seal / Mark, 1980s
By Peter Beard
Located in Nürnberg, Bavaria
Contemporary Studio ceramic vase by Peter Beard (British, b.1951), 1980s. Base with an impressed PFB Seal and Mark.        
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Vintage 1980s English Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

‘Sahara’ Colere Enameled Ceramic Ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Savona, IT
Ashtray produced in the 1960s by Bitossi based on a design by Aldo Londi. Colored and enameled ceramic from the Sahara series. Good general condition. Dimensions: Diameter 12.5 ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

‘Sahara’ Colere Enameled Ceramic Pitcher by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Savona, IT
Pitcher produced in the 1950s by Bitossi based on a design by Aldo Londi. Colored and enameled ceramic from the Sahara series. Good general condition, two small chips in the upper ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Fantastic Roger Capron and Jean Derval Ceramic Table Lamp, circa 1970
By Roger Capron
Located in Megeve, FR
Fantastic Roger Capron and Jean Derval ceramic table lamp, circa 1970, in excellent condition. Measure: H 46cm without lampshade. Price without lampshade: 4000 euros.
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Fantastic Roger Capron and Jean Derval Pair of Ceramic Table Lamps, circa 1970
By Roger Capron
Located in Megeve, FR
Fantastic Roger Capron and Jean Derval pair of ceramic table lamps, circa 1970, in excellent condition. Measures: H 46cm without lampshade. (Price without lampshades: 8000 euros).
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Two Extraordinary Hans Theo Baumann Majolica Vases for Karlsruhe
By Hans Theo Baumann
Located in New York, NY
These two rarely seen Hans Theo Baumann vases are hand built and glazed by Baumann. One of the most prominent midcentury industrial designers, his work was produced by prominent manu...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Majolica

1980s Italian Blue Original Campari Soda Ashtray in Ceramic by Thun Design
By Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez
Located in Milan, IT
Original Campari soda advertising ashtray in blue ceramic designed by Thun design in 1985-1986. Bottom mark: Original Campari Thun design Made in Italy Milano Collector'...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

1970s Italian Advertising Cordinal Campari Liquor Little Plastic Tray
Located in Milan, IT
Advertising Cordial Campari Liquor little plastic tray made in Milan, Italy in the 1970s. The tray reproduces a copy of the original adverting image for Cordial Campari Liquor "L...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Plastic

1980s Italian Blue Original Campari Soda Ashtray in Ceramic by Thun Design
By Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez
Located in Milan, IT
Original Campari soda advertising ashtray in blue ceramic designed by Thun design in 1985-1986. Bottom mark: Original Campari Thun design Made in Italy Milano Collector'...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

1980s Large Italian Yellow Ceramic Ferrari Ashtray by Bitossi with Original Box
Located in Milan, IT
Ferrari advertising ashtray in yellow ceramic made in Italy by Bitossi in the 1980s. This large circular ashtray has a black Ferrari horse symbol in the centre and one Ferrari logo o...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

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

Materials

Plastic

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

Materials

Ceramic

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

Materials

Glass

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

Materials

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

Materials

Metal

1950s Glass Italian Soda Syphon Seltzer Large Logo Campari 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

Materials

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

Materials

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

Materials

Metal

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

Materials

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

Materials

Copper, 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...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

1950s Glass Italian Soda Syphon Seltzer Logo Campari Soda 1/2 Liter 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...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

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...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

1950s Glass American Advertising Soda Syphon Seltzer Coca-Cola 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 American bars in the 1950s t...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

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...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wine Coolers

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks
By Baldwin & Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A great example of Mid-Century Modernism. These candlesticks have an unusual design, there are two oval pieces interspersed between three disc-shaped pieces. There is a sandwich look...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

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

Materials

Brass

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Midcentury Modern Serveware For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury modern serveware available at 1stDibs. Each midcentury modern serveware for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, ceramic and glass. There are 15574 variations of the antique or vintage midcentury modern serveware you’re looking for, while we also have 196 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect midcentury modern serveware — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. Each midcentury modern serveware bearing Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular. Fornasetti, Carl Auböck and Bitossi each produced at least one beautiful midcentury modern serveware that is worth considering.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern Serveware?

Prices for a midcentury modern serveware start at $10 and top out at $78,000 with the average selling for $705.

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 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.