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Patinated Brass and Textured Glass Chandelier by Rupert Nikoll, Austria, 1950s
By Rupert Nikoll, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Austria, AT
A fantastic disc shaped light fixture by Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1950. The lamp is made of a seamless brass belt with holes of varying sizes. The ho...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Textured and Faceted Murano Sommerso Ice Glass Bowl Attributed to Mandruzzato
By Murano Glass Sommerso, Mandruzzato
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Beautiful vintage Mid-Century Italian Murano art glass bowl attributed to Mandruzzato, circa 1980s. The combination of ruby red over ochre yellow over sky blue with the textured clea...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Pair of Very Heavy Textured Glass & Metal Cow Horn Mid-Century Modern Wall Hooks
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Lot of two 1970s wall hooks made of very heavy textured glass, with metal Cow Horn style attachments. Nice addition to your room, entry hall or man cave. Cow horns made of anodised m...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

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Metal

Pair of Very Heavy Textured Glass & Metal Cow Horn Mid-Century Modern Wall Hooks
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Lot of two 1970s wall hooks made of very heavy textured glass, with cow horn style attachments. Nice addition to your room, entry hall or man cave. Cow horns made of anodised metal. ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

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Metal

Pair of Very Heavy Textured Glass & Metal Cow Horn Mid-Century Modern Wall Hooks
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Lot of two 1970s wall hooks made of very heavy textured glass, with Cow Horn style attachments. Nice addition to your room, entry hall or man cave. Cow Horns made of anodized metal. ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

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Metal

Chandelier by Rupert Nikoll, Textured Glass and Nickel, 1960
By Rupert Nikoll, Orrefors, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Austria, AT
A beautiful textured glass and nickel (similar to chrome) light fixture by Rupert Nikoll, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The lamp has be...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Nickel

Two Midcentury J.T. Kalmar Brass & Textured Glass Pendant Lights, 1960s, Austria
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Beautiful high quality midcentury pendant lamp by J.T. Kalmar from 1960s, Vienna. This lamp is a striking appearance in any room. Due to the sublime combination of hand blown texture...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Pair of Kalmar Table Lamps, Brass and Textured Glass, 1960
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Austria, AT
Two nice table lamps by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). They are made of a brass base with a textured glass lamp shade whic...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Textured Ice Glass Bubble Wall Lights Sconces, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful pair of textured Murano glass sconces. Austria, 1960s. Lamp sockets: 2.  
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair of Large Kalmar Textured Glass Sconces Wall Lights, 1960
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Austria, AT
A pair of large box textured glass wall lights by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s-early 1960s). Light bulbs are not included. It is possible...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Kalmar Textured Glass Sconces Wall Lights, circa 1960
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Austria, AT
A pair of textured glass wall lamps by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). Two half round curved glasses are mounted with cone ...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Patinated Brass Textured Glass Pendant Light, Rupert Nikoll, Austria, 1 of 6
By Rupert Nikoll, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Austria, AT
One of six pendant light fixtures by Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The lampshade is made of a seamless brass belt with ho...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Textured Glass Flush Mount Light by Kaiser Leuchten, Germany, 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar, Orrefors, Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Austria, AT
A large textured ice glass flush mount light fixture by Kaiser Leuchten, Germany, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960. A white enameled metal backplate holds a cast glass disk wi...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Nickel, Metal

Pair of Large Kalmar Textured Glass and Brass Sconces Wall Lights, 1960
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Austria, AT
A pair of large textured glass and brass wall lights by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s-early 1960s). A single piece of angled clear glass i...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Metal

1 of 2 Limburg Vintage Wall Light 1970s Textured Amber Toned Glass Flush Mount
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Limburg Glashütte 'new old stock' vintage midcentury organic flush mount light fixture or wall-mounted sconce, circa 1970s. Featuring wonderful German made mouth blown, molded and te...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Huge 24 Inch Hillebrand Textured Murano Glass and Brass Flush Mount Light, 1970s
By Hillebrand
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Stunning, extra large and extremely hard to find (60cm / 24") Mid-Century Modern textured ice glass 24 inch light fixture by German manufacturer Hillebrand, circa 1965. This vint...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Midcentury Textured Glass and Brass Cascading Light, 1960s, Austria
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Beautiful high quality midcentury chandelier. Five heavy textured hand blown Murano glass in tulip form with brass spider. The cables can be adjusted per chandelier to alter the requ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

J.T. Kalmar Midcentury Textured Glass and Brass Pendant, 1950s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This beautiful midcentury pendant was designed and manufactured in Austria in the 1950s by JT Kalmar. It features a brass body and a textured glass lamp shade. The brass pieces have ...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Cobalt & Azure Blue Murano Sommerso Textured Glass Vase
By Alessandro Mandruzzato
Located in Soquel, CA
Striking Mid-Century Modern Murano Sommerso glass vase, in brilliant cobalt and azure blue, with a textured surface contrasting from a smooth polished front panel by Venetian glasswo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Murano Sommerso Aqua Green Corroso Texture Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte, Flavio Poli, Archimede Seguso
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso aqua green Italian art glass flower vase, with Corroso texture. Created in the manner of designer Flavio Poli for the Seguso Vetri ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Glass

Mid-Century 22-Karat Gold Textured Drinks, Set of 7
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-Century 22-karat gold band and textured green glass drinks set of seven pieces. This drinks set features green textured glass with 22-karat gold scroll detail banding pattern. Se...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold

Stolle-Nieman 'Attributed' Hexagonal Vase with Bubbled Texture, 1970s
By Stolle Nieman
Located in Verviers, BE
A molded hexagonal vase in sea blue with an eye-catching pattern of bubbles concave indentations. Attributed to the Stolle-Nieman factory (Huty Szklane Niemen, Poland) and made in th...
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Vintage 1970s Polish Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Textured Lucite Ice Bucket in the Style of Wilardy
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-Century Modern textured Lucite ice bucket in the style of Wilardy, circa 1970s. This piece is in great vintage condition and measures 8" D x 8.5" H; a glamorous addition to your ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Lucite

Trio of American Midcentury Textured Amber Glass Ashtrays
By Anchor Hocking
Located in San Diego, CA
A beautiful trio of textured glass amber color ashtrays, excellent condition no chips or cracks. by Anchor Hocking.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Glass

Vintage Silver Decorated Rocks Glasses with Smooth and Textured Graduated Bands
By Culver Ltd.
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern rocks glasses having a smooth silver band at the rim and 5 graduated, textured silver bands on the lower half.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Six Vintage Rocks Glasses in Silver with Patterns of Raised Textured Lines
Located in Nantucket, MA
Six silver decorated glasses with a smooth surface above triangular panels of raised textured lines.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Mid-Century Textured Glass Flush Mount Fixture
Located in Troy, MI
Round heavy textured glass ceiling mount light fixture, circa 1970s. Believed to be German origin. Unknown maker. Has been rewired for US electrical standards.                      ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Glass

Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
By Venini
Located in Weesp, NL
Textured Italian glass mid century modern chandelier Beautiful 1960s chandelier in the style of Venini, Murano, Italy. There are 27 glass cylinders of 18 x 4.5 cm and 14 of 13 x 4.5c...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
H 25.99 in. W 14.97 in. D 14.97 in.
Vallauris Serving Platter or Centerpiece Textured Patterns Midcentury
Located in Labrit, Landes
Midcentury serving platter Vallauris patterns in relief, circa 1960 Picasso lived and worked in the town of Vallauris, France between 1948 and 1955. He contributed to the Renaissanc...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Japanese Handmade Ceramic Pottery Textured Tea Ceremony Cup
Located in Studio City, CA
Wonderfully made and designed Japanese tea cup. Great texture and color. Likely midcentury Showa period but could be older. Fine craftsmanship. Very attractive. Please note ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Pottery

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Stoneware, Ceramic

1960s Mid-Century Modern Iittala Textured Glass Vase
Located in Amherst, NH
1960s Mid-Century Modern Iittala Finland textured glass vase. Great design and form! Marked underneath.
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Glass

Beautiful Murano Textured Glass Flushmount, Midcentury, 1970s
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A stunning glass flushmount. Very heavy Murano wave pattern glass. The flush mount requires three European E27 Edison bulbs, each up to 60 watts.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Elegant German Mid-Century Doria Textured Glass Chandelier
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Vienna, AT
Spectacular pendant fixture by Doria Leuchten Germany from the 1970s composed of 27 individually handblown textured glass cylinders with "ice glass" design. A suspended textured glas...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Chrome

KH Würtz Textured Large Baluster Shaped Urn in Granite Glaze
By Kasper Würtz
Located in London, GB
This piece is part of 'pots', an exhibition of 164 one-off pieces by the father and son team behind KH Wurtz. The workshop is known for exceptional handmade ceramics, mainly for the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

KH Würtz Textured Large Baluster Shaped Urn in Granite Glaze
By Kasper Würtz
Located in London, GB
This piece is part of 'pots', an exhibition of 164 one-off pieces by the father and son team behind KH Wurtz. The workshop is known for exceptional handmade ceramics, mainly for the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1970s Vintage German Textured 'Lemon Segment' Glass Vase by Walther Glas
By Walther Glass
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Vintage midcentury round textured moulded glass vase by Walther Glas of Germany. Quite a rare form and design. This would work beautifully in a kitchen with the 'Lemon Press' pendant...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Vintage MCM Pair Kromex Ice Buckets 1 Light 1 Dark Woodgrain Textured Metal
Located in Topeka, KS
Lovely pair of vintage mid-century modern Kromex ice buckets. Both woodgrain textured metal buckets 1 lighter with a bail handle and 1 darker with side knob handles. Both with one-pi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal, Chrome

Londi for Bitossi Green Hallmarked Glazed and Textural Ceramic Vintage Italian
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in North Miami, FL
This unusual and rare Italian Aldo Londi for bitossi ceramic is of a woman. We have called it there lady in the car. The glazed green has incised textural raised designs and perforat...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Kalmar Brass Textured Glass Chandelier, Austria, 1950s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Viennese Mid-Century brass chandelier by Kalmar Vienna from the 1950s. Has lovely curved clear and frosted glasses. 12 sockets. In very good condition with nice patina on...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Textured Bubble Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
This refined flush mount chandelier was realized in Germany, circa 1960. It features a shallow cylindrical form (intended to be inset into the ceiling) with an abundance of bubbles- ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Enamel

Mid-20th Century Swedish Orrefors Textured Glass Chandelier
By Orrefors
Located in New York, NY
Swedish (Orrefors) Mid-20th Century chandelier with square concave glass panels in a circle over a textured round bottom panel supported with a brass finial.
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Two French Mid-Century Textured Glass Flush Mount Fixtures
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of French Mid-Century textured glass ceiling fixtures embracing a modern traditional aesthetic. Nickeled frames. Sold individually.  
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Vintage 1930s French Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Nickel

Set of Three Sculptural Leaf Ashtrays in Textured Bronze Midcentury Modern 1960s
By Arthur Court
Located in National City, CA
Set of three textured bronze ashtrays leaf design Mid-Century Modern 1960s Lovely sculptural presentation. Measures: 2.75 L x 2.13 W x .5 tall inches Preowned original vintage con...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Bronze

Big and Beautiful Textured Glaze Bear Sculpture by Rudi Stahl, Germany, Signed
By Rudi Stahl
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Gorgeous textured glaze bear sculpture. Hand built pottery by Kunsttöpferei Rudi Stahl, German Studio Pottery founded in 1938. An extremely rare piece an really eyecatcher for your m...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Large Ice Glass Pattern Textured Murano Flushmount, Midcentury, 1970s
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A stunning glass flushmount by Massive Leuchten. Very heavy Murano ice pattern glass. The flushmount requires three European E27 Edison bulbs, each up to 60 watts.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Impressive Kalmar Nickel & Textured Glass Mid-Century Chandelier, Austria, 1950s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful and huge four-tiered modernist chandelier, executed by Kalmar Austria in the 1950s. This elegant chandelier has a diameter of 25" and offers fifteen-light sources and is ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Mid-Century Modern Textured Translucent Glass Chandelier with Chrome Fittings
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern chandelier was realized in Italy, circa 1970. It features a cylindrical body with a subtly flared center composed of panels of highly textural transl...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Organic Textural Semi Translucent Murano Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
This unusual and stunning Mid-Century Modern Murano vase was realized in Italy, circa 1960. It features a highly textural volumetric ellipsoid form with a channeled organic exterior ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Gold

1990s Mid-Century Modern Globe Brass Pendant Light Textured Glass
Located in New York, NY
1990s Mid-Century Modern style textured cast glass globe configured on a new brass pole fitter. This can be seen at our 400 Gilligan St location in Scranton. PA.
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1990s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Textured Glass Chandelier by Kinkeldey
By Kinkeldey
Located in New York, NY
This stunning and sophisticated Mid-Century Modern chandelier was realized by Kinkeldey- one of Germany's most illustrious lighting studios of the 20th century, circa 1960. It featur...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Textured Milk Murano Glass Mushroom Table Lamp
By Laurel Studios, Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern mushroom shape table lamp.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modernist Textured Murano Glass and Nickel Flush Mount
Located in New York, NY
This tasteful Mid-Century Modernist flush mount was handblown on the fabled Venetian island of Murano, Italy, circa 1960. Fabricated in clear glass infused with a multitude of fine b...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Nickel

Mid-Century Modern Chrome, Mirror and Textured Glass Vanity Light
Located in New York, NY
This elegant vanity light was realized in the United States, circa 1970. It features a rectangular chrome body with a bevelled mirror front. The bottom of the fixture is composed of ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Round Kalmar Mid-Century Flush Mount in Textured Glass, Austria 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful flush mount from the 1960s, made by Kalmar Austria. A charming light, made of solid textured glass on a metal base, with a nice brass knob in the center. Has three socket...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal, Brass

Brass & Textured Clear Murano Glass Mid-Century Modern Sconces Kalmar Attributed
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of rectangular shaped, Mid-Century Modern brass and clear translucent Murano glass sconces, 1970. Attributed to Kalmar, Austria, 1970s Made of curved, polished brass mount, an...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Five Arm Brass & Smoked Textured Murano Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid Century Modern chandelier was realized in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production, circa 1960....
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modernist Chandelier by Kinkeldey in Chrome and Textured Glass
By Kinkeldey
Located in New York, NY
This gorgeous Mid-Century Modernist chandelier by Kinkeldey has a chrome five-arm design emanating from a center point, each arm has a band that wraps around and supports the cylindr...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Textured Glass Pendant by Kaiser Leuchten
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in New York, NY
This refined Mid-Century Modern pendant was realized by the esteemed glass studio Kaiser Leuchten in Germany, circa 1960. It features a rectangular body with a shade on each side eac...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

A Pair Kalmar Brass & Textured Glass Mid-Century Table Lamps, Austria, 1950s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful pair of Viennese lamps from the 1950s, to use as side- or desk-lamps, produced by Kalmar Austria. They have charming 4-leg brass bases and lampshade made of 2 pieces of...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Textured Glass Pendant by Kaiser Leuchten
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in New York, NY
This refined Mid-Century Modern pendant was realized by the esteemed glass studio Kaiser Leuchten in Germany, circa 1960. It features a rectangular body with a shade on each side eac...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

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Midcentury Textured Glasses For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of midcentury textured glasses is available at 1stDibs. Each of these unique midcentury textured glasses was constructed with extraordinary care, often using glass, metal and brass. There are all kinds of midcentury textured glasses available, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of midcentury textured glasses to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Modern midcentury textured glasses are of considerable interest. Kaiser Leuchten, J.T. Kalmar and Hillebrand each produced beautiful midcentury textured glasses that are worth considering.

How Much are Midcentury Textured Glasses?

Prices for midcentury textured glasses can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, midcentury textured glasses begin at $110 and can go as high as $12,475, while the average can fetch as much as $1,600.

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 Lighting for You

The right table lamp, outwardly sculptural chandelier or understated wall pendant can work wonders for your home. While we’re indebted to thinkers like Thomas Edison for critically important advancements in lighting and electricity, we’re still finding new ways to customize illumination to fit our personal spaces all these years later. 

Today, lighting designers like the self-taught Bec Brittain have used the flexible structure of LEDs to craft glamorous solutions by working with what is typically considered a harsh lighting source. By integrating glass and mirrors, reflection can be used to soften the glow from LEDs and warmly welcome light into any space.

Although contemporary innovators continue to impress, some of the classics can’t be beat. 

Just as gazing at the stars allows you to glimpse the universe’s past, vintage chandeliers like those designed by Gino Sarfatti and J. & L. Lobmeyr, for example, put on a similarly stunning show, each with a rich story to tell. As dazzling as it is, the Arco lamp, on the other hand, prioritizes functionality — it’s wholly mobile, no drilling required. Designed in 1962 by architect-product designers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the piece takes the traditional form of a streetlamp and creates an elegant, arching floor fixture for at-home use. There is no shortage of modernist lighting similarly prized by collectors and casual enthusiasts alike — the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson-Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of postwar experimental lighting that emerged from Italian artisans at Arredoluce, FLOS and many more are hallmarks in illumination innovation. 

With decades of design evolution behind it, home lighting is no longer just practical. Crystalline shaping by designers like Gabriel Scott turns every lighting apparatus into a luxury accessory. A new installation doesn’t merely showcase a space; carefully chosen ceiling lights, table lamps and floor lamps can create a mood, spotlight a favorite piece or highlight your unique personality.

The sparkle that your space has been missing is waiting for you amid the growing collection of antique, vintage and contemporary lighting on 1stDibs.