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Midcentury Murano Blue Green Vase
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Weiningen, CH
Midcentury Murano blue green vase.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

  • Midcentury Murano Blue Green Vase
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  • Midcentury Murano Blue Green Vase
H 11.42 in. Dm 5.52 in.
Mid-Century Blue Murano Glass Table Lamp by Carlo Nason - Italy 1960s
By Carlo Nason
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century blue murano glass table lamp by Carlo Nason - Italy 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Italian Mid-Century Blue Murano Glass Vase with Internal Yellow Shades, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Blue Murano glass vase with internal yellow shades, 1970s Blue Murano glass vase with internal yellow shades. From the I Sommersi series. 1970s Good condition...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass, Murano Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Blue Murano Glass Wall Sconces with Chrome Finish, 1970s
Located in Florence, IT
Pair of mid-century blue and clear glass curved Murano glass wall sconces with chrome finish. Each sconce has two light bulb. Perfect vintage condition.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Rare German Mid-Century Blue Bubble 'Efeso' Glass Flush Mount Light, circa 1970
By Limburg, Glashütte Limburg
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Beautiful and very rare mid-century blue bubble glass square / cube flush mount wall light or sconce with minimalist chrome plated metal backplate by Glashütte Limburg, Germany. Made...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal, Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Blue Murano Glass Centerpiece with Golden Decoration, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Elmetto table lamp by Martinelli for Martinelli luce, 1976 Blue centerpiece, 1960s. Blue Murano glass centerpiece with golden decorations. 1960s. Good con...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Pair Vintage Mid Century Blue and Opal Murano Glass Table Lamps
Located in San Francisco, CA
A vibrant pair of hand made Murano glass table lamps. Blue glass mushroom/UFO shade and Opaline cone shaped base. Original labels "VETRO FATTO MANO" and "CRISTALLO VENEZIA C C C" ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Midcentury Murano Blue Yellow Green Blown Glass Globes Lanterns Chandelier
Located in Modena (MO), Modena (Mo)
Housing one-light each. Rare blue, yellow and green Murano blown glass globes. Great detailed brass craftsmanship. Will be re-wired with certified appropriate sockets for country and...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Murano Glass

Cenedese Mid-Century Blue Pair of Italian Murano Glass Apothecary Lidded Jars
By Cenedese
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Cenedese vintage midcentury pair of new old stock Murano solid light blue colored / coloured glass round Apothecary jars or storage containers with lids made circa 1970 with original...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Jars

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Cenedese Mid-Century Blue Pair of Italian Murano Glass Apothecary Lidded Jars
By Cenedese
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Cenedese vintage midcentury pair of new old stock Murano solid light blue colored / coloured glass round Apothecary jars or storage containers with lids made circa 1970 with original...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Jars

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid Century Blue Murano Glass Large Sconces, Seguso style - set of four
By Archimede Seguso
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of large Mid-Century Modern Murano glass wall sconces, attributed to Seguso, circa 1970s. Two pairs of sconces available: priced and sold by pair. The vintage sconces are made o...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Blue Murano Seguso Flavio Poli Glass Vase
Located in Vienna, AT
Hand blown midcentury Murano blue vase from 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass

  • Blue Murano Seguso Flavio Poli Glass Vase
  • Blue Murano Seguso Flavio Poli Glass Vase
  • Blue Murano Seguso Flavio Poli Glass Vase
  • Blue Murano Seguso Flavio Poli Glass Vase
H 9.85 in. W 1.97 in. D 1.97 in.
Mazzega Murano Round Blue Color Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
By Mazzega
Located in Rome, IT
Extraordinary blue color for this "Mazzega" Murano chandelier, a blue color with a unique transparency. Its blue color is really guessed for a different and original chandelier from ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Light Blue & White Cased Ruffled Murano Art Glass Bowl Italy Mid-Century Modern
By Murano 5
Located in Miami, FL
One of a kind ruffled Mid-Century Modern blown Murano Studio Art glass bowl. Light Blue blown Murano glass cased with white Murano glass. Made in Italy in the late 1970s. Simply l...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Blown Murano Glass Plate in Green and Blue, Italy
By Murano 5
Located in Miami, FL
This is a unique blown Murano glass fruit plate in green and blue. No signature found.  
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Murano Blue Glass Sphere Chandelier by Mazzega, circa 1970
By Mazzega
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Beautiful and large pendant light in blue, white and clear handblown Murano glass, attributed to Mazzega, circa 1970 Diameter is 40 cm.      
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Blue Murano Glass from Sommersi Series, 1970s
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern blue murano glass from Sommersi series, 1970s Blue Murano glass vase with various colored shades, from the I Sommersi series. Attributed to Flavio Poli,...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Blue Blown Glass Trefoil Murano Style Bowl Dish
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern blue blown glass trefoil murano style bowl dish/ item features thick blown glass, beautiful blue color. Great for trinkets, keys or change. Circa mid-20th ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Blue and Gold Set of Two Venetian Murano Glass Goblets, 1992s
By Murano 5
Located in Murano, Venezia
Elegant pair of blue Venetian glass goblets with 24-carat gold leaf. The objects made of Murano glass are all handmade by our famous Murano artisans, making our works unique and ini...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Jars

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Gold Leaf

Blue Murano Vase, Italy, Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Blue Murano vase is an original design object realized in the half of 20th Century. A beautiful Blue colored Murano glass vase. Don't misss this amazing vintage vase!
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Mid-20th Century Italian Vases

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Murano Glass

Blue and Pale Amber Murano Vide Poche
By Murano 5
Located in New York, NY
Blue and pale amber Murano vide poche. Chunky faceted vintage Murano vide poche/bud vase/ashtray in blue and amber Venetian glass, Italy, mid-20th century. Dimensions: 4" L x 3.25" ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-P...

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Glass

  • Blue and Pale Amber Murano Vide Poche
  • Blue and Pale Amber Murano Vide Poche
  • Blue and Pale Amber Murano Vide Poche
  • Blue and Pale Amber Murano Vide Poche
H 2.63 in. W 4 in. D 3.25 in.
Mid-Century Murano Glass Bowl, Italy, circa 1960/70
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Unique mid century Murano glass bowl out of the world renown workshops in Italy from the period around 1960/70. This very modern looking pentagonal glass bowl reminds of a star or st...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Ashtray Oval Shape Green Blue Color Venini
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in National City, CA
We are pleased to offer for your consideration a vintage Murano ashtray in an oval shape in blue and green color. Made in Italy, circa 1960s. Unmarked. No label present from the ma...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Glass

Mid-Century Murano Blue Glass Vase
Located in London, GB
Beutiful mid century Murano glass vase from the renown glass art workshops in Italy. Artfully made in the period around 1950 this fantastic shaped glass vase shows a lovely coloratio...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

  • Mid-Century Murano Blue Glass Vase
  • Mid-Century Murano Blue Glass Vase
  • Mid-Century Murano Blue Glass Vase
  • Mid-Century Murano Blue Glass Vase
H 12.8 in. Dm 10.63 in.
Murano Glass Hand Blown Blue, White and Clear Bowl / Catchall, Italy
By Murano 5
Located in Miami, FL
Murano glass hand blown light blue, white and clear bowl / catchall from Italy. No markings. Simply beautiful.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Blue Striped Murano Sweet Meat Dish
By Murano 5
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A stunning vintage Italian Murano glass handblown pedestal dish/bowl, with white, blue and yellow ribbon inclusions. Dating from the early to mid-20th century. This finely made round...
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Art Glass

Murano Midcentury Round Blue Color Italian Vase, 1970
By Murano 5
Located in Rome, IT
Fantastic vase from the Murano glassworks, both for its special processing and for its color, in fact the vase is blue. Murano vessel, with a special workmanship all around. Vase of...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Blue Murano Glass Bowl from Cenedese Vetri, 1960s
By Murano 5
Located in Esbjerg, DK
- Decorative bowl or ashtray - Composed of a cased baby blue glass exterior and an interior in opaline glass - Made by Cenedese Vetri - Produced in Murano, Italy during the late 1...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Italian Blown Murano Glass Two-Color Blue Round Shaped Catchall Bowl
By Murano 5
Located in Miami, FL
Italian blown Murano glass two-color blue round shaped catchall bowl. Turquoise blue interior that takes on an organic look, light blue outer casing. Simply beautiful.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Midcentury Set of 6 "Goti De Fornasa" Blue Murano Drinking Glasses Tumbler
By Murano 5
Located in Murano, Venezia
Magnificent series of 6 Murano drinking glasses. This set is called "Goti De Fornasa". Tradition wants that the Murano glass master with his employees did these Murano glasses to dr...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Jars

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Gold Leaf

Blue and Gold Murano Dish or Bowl, 1960s, Italy
By Murano 5
Located in Miami, FL
Gorgeous blue and gold glass bowl by Murano, 1960s, Italy.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Stylish Blue Somerso Glass Bowl / Centerpiece by Murano Glass
By Murano 5
Located in San Diego, CA
Stylish blue somerso glass bowl / centerpiece by Murano Glass, circa 1970s. The beautiful freeform piece measures 14.5" W x 10.25" D x 4" H and is in very good condition no chips or ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Murano Venetian Blue Gold Fleck Cockatoo Birds
By Ars Murano
Located in London, GB
Stunning Murano Venetian Blue Gold Fleck Bird figurine sculpture depicting two birds sitting on a tree branch. Commonly known as the "Love Birds" they are poised elegantly with heads...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Gold

Mid Century Modern, Seguso Murano Sommerso Blue Murano Glass Ashtray, Italy 1970
By Archimede Seguso
Located in Catania, IT
Sommerso Murano ashtray in shades of dark blue, it's made in Italy in the 1970s and in perfect conditions.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

Single Large Mid-Century Modern Blue Murano Vase
Located in Madrid, ES
Large Murano glass from the 1970s-1980s in blue and silver powder base, signed at the base by Maurizio Artoni.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Hand-Painted & Gilded Blue Murano Glass Box
Located in New York, NY
An Italian vintage decorative box with hinged top and beveled corners, entirely in bright blue Murano glass, the exterior intricately hand-painted and gilded in 24-karat gold. Signed...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Decorative Boxes

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Gold

Vintage Murano Venetian Handblown Art Glass Cobalt Blue Ashtray
By Andromeda Murano
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Gorgeous Vintage Murano Venetian handblown art glass flower shaped bowl or ashtray. Sculptural organic open flower form in cobalt blue art glass ashtray bowl. Use it as an ashtray...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Ashtrays

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mazzega Murano Blue Art Glass Midcentury Wall Lights, 1970
By Mazzega
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing wall lights blue of Mazzega, these very special curved tiles that make up the sconces. Its blue color is really guessed for a different and original wall lights from others. ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Gorgeous Vintage Murano Venetian Handblown Art Glass Blue Ashtray
By Andromeda Murano
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Gorgeous Vintage Murano Venetian handblown art glass with bubbles flower shaped bowl or ashtray. Sculptural organic open flower form in cobalt blue art glass ashtray bowl. Use it as...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Ashtrays

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Opalescent Blue White Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Farmer Sculpture
By Murano 5
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown opalescent blue and white, with gold flecks Italian art glass farmer woman figure. Attributed to the A.Ve.M. (Arte Vetraria Muranese) company. The...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Venetian Murano Glass Bowl in Orange and Blue Sprinkles, Italy, 1970
By Murano 5
Located in Miami, FL
Handmade Venetian murano glass bowl in the color of orange and blue. Mid-Century Modern centerpiece from Italy.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Mid Century Vecchia Blue Scavo Style Murano Glass Vase
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1980s scavo style Murano glass ball vase in cobalt blue by Vecchia. Accented with flared lip and applied medallions. Original manufacturers document included. No flaws found.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Murano Cobalt Blue Silver Flecks Vintage Italian Art Glass Decorative Bowl
By Murano 5
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown cobalt blue and silver flecks Italian art glass biomorphic bowl. The piece is cased over with clear glass, and pulled from underneath to create th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Silver Leaf

Mid-Century Modern Handblown Murano Sky Blue & White Murano Bowl w/ Gold Flecks
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern bowl was realized in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production. It features a cir...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Mid Century Electric Blue Hand Blown Murano Glass Flower Sculpture
Located in Toronto, ON
A stunning electric blue Murano glass flower sculpture, with gold leaf incorporated into the glass and rich blue tone. Beautifully crafted by hand in Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Natural Specimens

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Murano Glass

1970s Barovier Mid-Century Modern Light Blue Murano Glass Ashtray
By Barovier
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A Bullicante light blue murano glass ashtray made in Venice in the Seventies, it's in perfect conditions and it can be used also as a decorative bowl. The totally hand-crafted proces...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

Murano White Blue Aventurine Twist Ribbons Italian Art Glass Round Dish Bowl
By Murano 5
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown white Zanfirico, cobalt blue and aventurine Latticino ribbons Italian art glass bowl. Would make a great candy or trinket dish for any table. The ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Set of Royal Blue Glass Table Lamps
By Formia Murano
Located in Veyrier du Lac, FR
Unique set of Murano glass table lamps with brass fittings.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

  • Murano Set of Royal Blue Glass Table Lamps
  • Murano Set of Royal Blue Glass Table Lamps
  • Murano Set of Royal Blue Glass Table Lamps
  • Murano Set of Royal Blue Glass Table Lamps
H 23.63 in. W 7.88 in. D 7.88 in.
Mid-Century Modern Italian Blue Murano Glass Ashtray, 1960s
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Italian 1960s Murano ashtray, beautiful blue and also in perfect condition.  In style mid century modern.
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Late 20th Century Italian Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

Vintage Murano Sommerso Orb Blue Art Glass Ashtray
By Andromeda Murano
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Gorgeous vintage Murano Venetian handblown art glass bowl or ashtray. Italian Murano Sommerso Cenedese orb blue art glass ashtray. Heavyweight glass ashtray in a gorgeous minimal ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Ashtrays

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Blown Glass

Pair of Blue Murano Glass Arrow Sconces by Mazzega. Itay, 1970s
By Mazzega
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of curve wall lights lamps sconces design arrow in Murano glass, white lacquered metal and brass by the manufacture Mazzega. Famous design like Aldo Carlo Nason, Venini, Vistosi...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Marked Italian Blown Murano Decorative Vase Swirls of Red, White and Blue Color
By Murano 5
Located in Miami, FL
Labeled Italian blown Murano vase in a candy swirl design motif of red, white, blue and clear coloring. Marked with silver foil label.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Handblown Large Aqua Blue Murano Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
This graphic and refined Mid-Century Modern vase was realized in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production- circa ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Murano Glass Conch Shell With Blue Accent
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A conch shell of Murano Glass. The Italian hand crafted shell has a lovely color pattern with a dynamic interior blue accent. A wonderful decorative piece for any cocktail table, she...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Mid Century Vintage White and Blue Big Murano Glass Vase, Italy, 2000s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Beautiful vase made from Murano glass in perfect condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. Really amazing shape of this vase. Only o...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Sommerso Orb Blue Art Glass Vintage Ashtray Italy
By Andromeda Murano
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Gorgeous vintage Murano Venetian handblown art glass bowl or ashtray. Italian Murano Sommerso orb blue and clear art glass ashtray Extremely hard to find a heavyweight glass ashtr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Ashtrays

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Blown Glass

Pauly & Co Mid-Century Modern Blue & White Murano / Venetian Glass Portland Vase
By Pauly & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A blue and white Venetian glass vase with enamel decoration by Pauly and Co. Inspired by the important Roman cameo glass 'Portland Vase' at the British Museum. Bears a retaped ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Enamel

Dino Martens for Toso Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Vase in Blue
By Dino Martens, Toso Vetri D'arte
Located in New York, NY
Dino Martens for Toso Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano art glass vase in blue glass with metallic powder inclusions. Made in Italy during the 1950's-1960's, unmarked. In great vinta...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Blue Italian Ceiling Light, Murano Glass, 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern blue Italian ceiling light, Murano Glass, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

1970 Italy Mazzega Tulip Table Lamp & Flush Mount Blue Murano Glass & Chrome
By Mazzega
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant tulip table and ceiling light with a cornflower blue and white Murano glass globe on a chromed frame. Designed by A.V. Mazzega. Manufactured by Mazzega, Italy in the 1970s. ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

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Midcentury Murano Blue For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal midcentury murano blue for your home. A midcentury murano blue — often made from glass, murano glass and blown glass — can elevate any home. Find 2102 options for an antique or vintage midcentury murano blue now, or shop our selection of 65 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a midcentury murano blue — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Each midcentury murano blue bearing Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Art Deco hallmarks is very popular. Venini, Alfredo Barbini and Archimede Seguso each produced at least one beautiful midcentury murano blue that is worth considering.

How Much is a Midcentury Murano Blue?

Prices for a midcentury murano blue can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $98 and can go as high as $28,817, while the average can fetch as much as $1,200.

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.