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Mid-Century Vase Germany Fat Lava
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Nice mid-century vase, good condition.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Vase Germany Fat Lava
  • Mid-Century Vase Germany Fat Lava
  • Mid-Century Vase Germany Fat Lava
  • Mid-Century Vase Germany Fat Lava
H 10.24 in. W 3.55 in. D 2.76 in.
Small Mid-Century Vase Robert Picault Vallauris
By Robert Picault
Located in Austin, TX
Small mid-century vase signed Robert Picault Vallauris.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

1980s, Italian Mid-Century Vase by Pozzi
By Pozzi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Italian mid-century vase made by Pozzi.  
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Saint Clement Mid-Century Vase
By Saint-Clément
Located in Miami, FL
Colorful French mid-century vase stamped Saint Clement France. This gorgeous decorative object has a wonderful black background with green overtones. It almost appears to be in motio...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

  • Saint Clement Mid-Century Vase
  • Saint Clement Mid-Century Vase
  • Saint Clement Mid-Century Vase
  • Saint Clement Mid-Century Vase
H 13.78 in. Dm 7.88 in.
Hertha Bengtsson Designed Swedish Mid-Century Vase Produced at Rorstrand, Studio
By Rörstrand, Hertha Bengtson
Located in New York, NY
Hertha Bengtsson designed conical form Swedish mid-century vase produced at Rorstrand, Studio, circa 1960. Bengtsson was a master of pattern and texture and this piece is a fine exam...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Vase Burnt Orange and Iridescent Gold Pulled Feather, Quezal Style
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
Mid-Century vase burnt orange & iridescent gold pulled feather, Quezal style. The vase is in a bulbous form in an Opal white glass, The vase is unmarked. Pontil stem on the bottom, t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Large Phoenix Motif Hand Made Mid-Century Vase by Ceramicist Illes, 1970's
Located in Budapest, HU
Large phoenix motif hand made mid-century vase by ceramicist Illes, 1970's.
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
Located in London, GB
A ceramic vase, likely West German but not stamped. Germany, mid to late 20th century. Good condition, unusual textural finish. Location: Belgium Gallery. Dimensions: ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

  • Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
  • Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
  • Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
  • Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
H 11.82 in. Dm 7.09 in.
Tall Danish Tenera Mid-Century vase by Inge-Lise Koefoed for Royal Copenhagen
By Royal Copenhagen, Inge-Lise Koefoed
Located in Berlin, DE
Tall Danish Tenera mid-century vase by Inge-Lise Koefoed for Royal Copenhagen Tall and eye-catching vase from the Royal Copenhagen Tenera series with gorgeous hand painted decor de...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Vase for Ikebana
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase without ikebana insert. Decorated so-called with converging glaze, which forms irregular streaks of white painting on the matt surface. Unique pattern from the 1960...
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Vintage 1960s Polish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Porcelain

  • Mid-Century Vase for Ikebana
  • Mid-Century Vase for Ikebana
  • Mid-Century Vase for Ikebana
  • Mid-Century Vase for Ikebana
H 5.52 in. Dm 7.49 in.
Marianne Starck Large Ceramic Mid Century Vase
By Marianne Starck
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful handmade Danish modernist ceramic vase from the Tribal series by ceramic artist Marianne Starck (1931-2007. Large green and tan vase with geometric and animal figural decor.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Sterling Mid-century Vase
By Towle Silversmiths
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome, modern and tailored are just some of the adjectives one can use in describing this sterling silver vase. In keeping with the midcentury theme of less is more, this piece ha...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Sterling Mid-century Vase
  • Sterling Mid-century Vase
  • Sterling Mid-century Vase
  • Sterling Mid-century Vase
H 12 in. Dm 6.5 in.
West German Painted Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
Located in London, GB
A West-German stamped ceramic vase. Originally yellow since re-painted white at some point. German, c1980s. Good condition. Location: Belgium Gallery. Dimensions:50...
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Vintage 1980s German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Vase with a Clear Lidded Stopper
Located in Washington, DC
Mid-Century aqua vase with clear stopper.
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1990s Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Glass

Mid Century Vase Enameled Black Ceramic Italian Design 1950s
Located in Palermo, IT
Vase in black enameled ceramic by an unknown designer with three small semicircular handles in polychrome glaze. It has a spherical body and a small neck with a flat edge where insid...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Swedish Mid-Century Vase by Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand
By Carl-Harry Stålhane
Located in Lidköping, SE
Carl-Harry Stålhane is one of Scandinavia’s most characteristic ceramic designers of all time. Stålhane was the Artistic Leader of Rörstrand (Lidköping) starting in the mid 50s. At ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Mid-Century Vase in Ceramic by Marianne Westman, Sweden, 1960s
By Marianne Westman, Rörstrand
Located in Lejre, DK
Decorative ceramic vase designed by Marianne Westman and made by Rörstrand, Made in Sweden. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Midcentury Modern Vases Murano Glass Maestri Muranesi Italy 1970s Set of 2
By Maestri Muranesi
Located in Palermo, IT
Set of 2 vases produced in Murano by the Maestri Muranesi company in the 70s. The pair is in transparent Murano glass and with faux maroon-colored decorations. Oval body with flush m...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Vase Murano Glass Sommerso Green Purple Seguso Italian Design 1970s
By Seguso
Located in Palermo, IT
Vase produced by the famous and ancient Italian glassmaker Seguso in the 70s. The vase was made of submerged and bullicant Murano glass, which is a particular decorative effect used ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Murano "Sommerso" with Silver Plating Mid-Century Vase, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Superb "submerged" vase with internal silvering, in Murano glass with a round shape, as if it were a big eye. The vase has a particular process called "sommerso". The "sommerso" is ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Ubelacker Brutalist Vase
By Ü-Keramik
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
A bit of a Brutalist mid-century vase from the Ubelacker pottery.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Vase Rörstrand by Carl Harry Stålhane, Sweden, 1950s
By Rörstrand, Carl-Harry Stålhane
Located in Langserud, SE
This vase from Rörstrand and maker or designer Carl Harry Stålhane, was made in Sweden in the midcentury. Its beautiful glazed combined with its incredible forms makes this an except...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century Glass Lined Wood Vases
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Elegant pair of mid-century vases crafted in stained and unstained mahogany in a sleek modern form with glass inserts on classic turned bases.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass, Mahogany

Mid-Century Scandinavia Tilgmans Vase Sweden
By Tilgmans Keramik
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Beautiful Tilgmans mid century vase, bit 'Brutalist'. Rough decor with blue glaze in different shades. At the front there are the initials of the maker engraved and on the bottom the...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Bitossi, Raymor Burnt Orange Vase, Signed
By Bitossi, Raymor
Located in New York, NY
Italian mid century vase featuring an abstract geometric pattern in tones of orange-burnt orange. Signed.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund Mid Century Vase Pitcher Jar Ceramics by Rörstrand in Sweden 1950s
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare pitcher / jar designed by Gunnar Nylund and produced for Rörstrand in Sweden in the 1950s. In good vintage condition with small signs from age and use. Signed. Dimensions: He...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund Mid Century Vase and Bowl Ceramics by Rörstrand in Sweden 1950s
By Rörstrand, Gunnar Nylund
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare pair of ceramics designed by Gunnar Nylund and produced for Rörstrand in Sweden in the 1950s. Both the pitcher and bowl are in good vintage condition and are matching well toget...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Black Vase with White Interior, Incised Circle & Line Decoration, France, c. 195
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Matte black mid century vase with white interior, incised circle & line decoration, France, c. 1950 Measures: Measure: H: 7.75.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Large German Floor Vase by Scheurich Keramik, W-Germany Pottery, 1960s-1970s
By Scheurich Keramik
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful large Mid-Century vase by Scheurich. West Germany, 1960s-1970s Shape number 546-40 (Model-height in centimeters).
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund Mid Century Vase and Bowls Ceramics by Rörstrand in Sweden 1950s
By Rörstrand, Gunnar Nylund
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and beautiful trio ceramics designed by Gunnar Nylund and produced for Rörstrand in Sweden in the 1950s. All are in good vintage condition and matching well together. All signed...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Large Mid Century Grey and Red Glazed Dutch Pottery Vase
Located in Tilburg, NL
Large sized mid-century vase, The Netherlands, 1950s. This elegant cone shaped vase is timeless in design and decor. Thick glazed in beautiful tones of grey and stone red. The lar...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Pottery

Mid Century Set of Pink Conical Vase and Beige Pottery Vase
Located in Tilburg, NL
This is a great whimsical set of two mid century vases, which combine like they have always belonged together. Although that is not the case, they surely make a beautiful pair due to...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pottery

Aqua Blue Swirl Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Aqua blue swirl glass vase. American vintage mid-century vase of hand blown swirling glass form in aqua blue clear glass. United States, Mid 20th century Dimensions: 6” diameter x ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

  • Aqua Blue Swirl Glass Vase
  • Aqua Blue Swirl Glass Vase
  • Aqua Blue Swirl Glass Vase
  • Aqua Blue Swirl Glass Vase
H 9.75 in. Dm 6 in.
Accolay Baluster Vase, 1950s
By Accolay Pottery
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French mid-century vase by Accolay, France, 1950s. Blue, yellow (that make green in some parts) and brown vase. Measures: height : 28.3 cm (11.15"), diameter : 16.5 cm (6.5"). Mark...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

  • Accolay Baluster Vase, 1950s
  • Accolay Baluster Vase, 1950s
  • Accolay Baluster Vase, 1950s
  • Accolay Baluster Vase, 1950s
H 11.15 in. Dm 6.5 in.
Vase in Oxblood Glaze
By Carl Haller
Located in Milan, IT
Carl Hallier for Royal Copenhagen Danish mid-century vase in oxblood glaze 1940s. Please note : the "free shipping option" and/or "subsidised shipping option" if stated in the shi...
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Vintage 1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Stoneware

  • Vase in Oxblood Glaze
  • Vase in Oxblood Glaze
  • Vase in Oxblood Glaze
  • Vase in Oxblood Glaze
H 7.56 in. Dm 5.52 in.
Gunver Bilde Sørensen Art Object Rustic Stoneware Vase, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Rustic Art Object stoneware vase by Gunver Bilde Sørensen (1931-2018) from her own ceramic work-shop in Denmark The typical mid-century vase is glazed in shades of brown and blue. ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand Vase Haresfur Glaze Bottle Shape, Scandinavian 1960s
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Scandinavian Mid-century vase by Swedish designer Gunnar Nylund (1904-97) for Rörstrand, Sweden. Made ca 1950s to 1960s. The bottle shaped vase has a haresfur glaze in light olive...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Set of 3 Mid Century Pottery Vases by Mobach
By Mobach
Located in Tilburg, NL
Playful and interesting set of 3 Dutch Mobach pottery vases. The Netherlands, mid 20th century. Great and decorative set of 3 mid-century vases. Great as a set on your sideboard o...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pottery

  • Set of 3 Mid Century Pottery Vases by Mobach
  • Set of 3 Mid Century Pottery Vases by Mobach
  • Set of 3 Mid Century Pottery Vases by Mobach
  • Set of 3 Mid Century Pottery Vases by Mobach
H 5.71 in. W 3.35 in. D 3.35 in.
Pair of Mid-Century "Jack In The Pulpit" Cameo Glass Vases, CZ, circa 1950
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Elegant pair of Mid-Century "Jack In The Pulpit" cameo glass vases from the Czech Republic around 1950. This luxury, ornated form of glass art is made through fused layers of differe...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Striped Terracotta Pottery Vases
By Marcello Fantoni, Gio Ponti, Guido Gambone
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian terracotta vases. Both vases have primarily yellow glazes, with stripes of brownish-red and spots of white. In the style of Guido Gamb...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Terracotta

Large Signed 'Battuto' Glass Vase by Salviati
By Salviati
Located in Tilburg, NL
Fantastic and large mid-century vase by renowned Murano and London glass house Salviati. As one of the oldest Murano glass houses in Venice Salviati has proved to be one of the most ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

  • Large Signed 'Battuto' Glass Vase by Salviati
  • Large Signed 'Battuto' Glass Vase by Salviati
  • Large Signed 'Battuto' Glass Vase by Salviati
  • Large Signed 'Battuto' Glass Vase by Salviati
H 11.03 in. W 6.7 in. D 6.7 in.
Mid-Century Handblown Murano Glass Vase in Ombre Tones of Rose and Chambord
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated Mid-Century vase features six translucent fins protruding from the gently tapered and elongated body. The vase was handblown, circa 1950, in Murano- the legendary ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass, Milk Glass

Mid-Century Set of 3 Vases Rörstrand Carl Harry Stålhane, Sweden, 1950s
By Rörstrand, Carl-Harry Stålhane
Located in Langserud, SE
Collection of 3 mid-century vases manufactured at Rörstrand and maker/designer Carl Harry Stålhane. Made in Sweden in the 1950s. Beautiful glazed vases with nice lines. That typical ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Vase
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Small midcentury vase, signed. Most likely from Japan.
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Vase
H 7 in. Dm 2.50 in.
Mid-Century Modern Floor Vase
Located in Minneapolis, MN
A lovely accent for just about any room-- use this to display greenery/ tall floral or just as a conversation piece all on it's own. Olive green-- pineapple, diamond or grenade motif...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Murano Vase
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Murano multi-color vase.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vases

  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Vase
H 13.5 in. W 6 in. D 3.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Lily Vases
By Nelson McCoy Pottery Company
Located in Milton, DE
I believe these to be McCoy. They are unmarked, but they have all the ear marks of the styling from this company in the 50's MCM at its finest. If you are looking for the flavor of M...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pottery

  • Mid-Century Modern Lily Vases
  • Mid-Century Modern Lily Vases
  • Mid-Century Modern Lily Vases
  • Mid-Century Modern Lily Vases
H 7 in. W 7 in. D 3 in.
Mid-Century Modern Studio Pottery Vase
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century modern studio pottery vase in blue with burgundy red lip, marked on the bottom, possibly Japanese.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Studio Ceramic Vase
Located in Dallas, TX
Great detail in this signed ceramic vase with a glazed white ceramic and detailed with cut and formed ceramic ornamentation around upper portion. Well executed.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Fluted Brass Vase
Located in New York, NY
This elegant brass vase was crafted in Italy, circa 1970. It features a fluted cylindrical body and a scalloped top all in lustrous polished brass. With its austere form and bold mat...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Pottery Vase
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern heavy stoneware pottery vase, signed illegibly.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Stoneware Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Stoneware vase.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Glazed Pottery Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Mid-Century Modern West German tomato red glazed pottery vase with great stylized geometric design.    
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Pottery

Louis Raynor Mid-Century Modern Studio Vase
By Louis Raynor
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Abstract Sgraffito design Studio Pottery Vase by Louis Raynor (1917-1999). Monogram signature on the Bottom. Measures: 5 3/4" H x 3 1/2" D. Mint condition. Louis Benjamin Rayno...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Clay

Mid-Century Modern Teak Weedpot Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designer J. Bateman Manufacturer J. Bateman.  
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Teak, Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Teak Weedpot Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Teak Weedpot Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Teak Weedpot Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Teak Weedpot Vase
H 4.50 in. W 5.50 in. D 2.50 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass Vase
Located in Copenhagen, K
Smoked rifled brown tinted glass vase.
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Vintage 1920s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass

West Germany Mid-Century Modern Vase
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Petite Mid-Century Modern West Germany vase. Wonderful glaze and motif.
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Hand Turned Vase
Located in High Point, NC
Mid-Century Modern hand-turned vase with a rim around the neck, gracefully shaped into a ribbed central portion which then again flows into a wonderfully hand-turned rimmed bulbous p...
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Vintage 1950s English Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Mahogany

  • Mid-Century Modern Hand Turned Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Hand Turned Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Hand Turned Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Hand Turned Vase
H 21.13 in. W 8 in. D 8 in.
Mid-Century Modern Baccarat Glass Vase
By Baccarat
Located in New York City, NY
1970s Mid-Century Modern Baccarat France glass vase.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

  • Mid-Century Modern Baccarat Glass Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Baccarat Glass Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Baccarat Glass Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Baccarat Glass Vase
H 11.25 in. W 3.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Decorative Vase
Located in Plainview, NY
An elegant Mid-Century Modern Murano glass decorative vase in beige tone with brown and orange stripe design. Very stylish and featuring earthy tones, this vase will add a touch of s...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

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Midcentury Modern Vase For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the midcentury modern vase you’re looking for. Each midcentury modern vase for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using ceramic, glass and murano glass. There are 1076 variations of the antique or vintage midcentury modern vase you’re looking for, while we also have 6 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a midcentury modern vase — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Each midcentury modern vase bearing Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one midcentury modern vase that is appealing in its simplicity, but Rörstrand, Gunnar Nylund and Carl-Harry Stålhane produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern Vase?

Prices for a midcentury modern vase start at $80 and top out at $25,000 with the average selling for $800.

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 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence 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.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Vases for You

Whether it’s a Chinese Han dynasty glazed ceramic wine vessel, a work of Murano glass or a hand-painted Scandinavian modern stoneware piece, a fine vase brings a piece of history into your space as much as it adds a sophisticated dynamic.

Like sculptures or paintings, vases are considered works of fine art. Once offered as tributes to ancient rulers, vases continue to be gifted to heads of state today. Over time, decorative porcelain vases have become family heirlooms to be displayed prominently in our homes — loved pieces treasured from generation to generation.

The functional value of vases is well known. They were traditionally utilized as vessels for carrying dry goods or liquids, so some have handles and feature an opening at the top (where they flare back out). While artists have explored wildly sculptural alternatives over time, the most conventional vase shape is characterized by a bulbous base and a body with shoulders where the form curves inward.

Owing to their intrinsic functionality, vases are quite possibly versatile in ways few other art forms can match. They’re typically taller than they are wide. Some have a neck that offers height and is ideal for the stems of cut flowers. To pair with your mid-century modern decor, the right vase will be an elegant receptacle for leafy snake plants on your teak dining table, or, in the case of welcoming guests on your doorstep, a large ceramic floor vase for long tree branches or sticks — perhaps one crafted in the Art Nouveau style — works wonders.

Interior designers include vases of every type, size and style in their projects — be the canvas indoors or outdoors — often introducing a splash of color and a range of textures to an entryway or merely calling attention to nature’s asymmetries by bringing more organically shaped decorative objects into a home.

On 1stDibs, you can browse our collection of vases by material, including ceramic, glass, porcelain and more. Sizes range from tiny bud vases to massive statement pieces and every size in between.