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Italian Sterling and Terracotta Wall Art Mid-Century Modern
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a vintage Italian wall art. Signed on the with the inscription "IRAM NATALE 1971-1972. "MARATO" Original patina. Dimensions: 7 3/16" H x 4 1/4" W x 1/2" thick.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Modern Nest of 3 Brass & Glass Tables, Italian, 1970s
Located in Richmond, Surrey
Mid-Century Modern nest of 3 x brass & glass tables, Italian 1970s Stunning quality nest of tables, solid brass with square profile legs, with Glass tops. Great quality and buil...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Zanetti Italian Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Snail
By Licio Zanetti
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern Italian art glass sculpture in shape of a snake, made by Licio Zanetti in partially smoked glass. The sculpture is signed on the bottom by the designer and is in...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Zanetti Italian Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Seal
By Licio Zanetti
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern Italian art glass sculpture in shape of a seal, made by Licio Zanetti in partially smoked glass. The piece is signed on the bottom and is in great vintage condit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Reverse Glass Paintings of Royalty
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of unusual and very intriguing large scale reverse glass paintings of a noble man and woman. She with her long neck and limbs, dressed in an elegant gown metallic copper gown....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Glass

Italian Mid Century Metalvetro Oval Mirror with Smoked Glass Frame
By Metalvetro, Italy 1
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1970s floating mirror by Metalvetro of Siena, Italy. In style of Fontana Arte, Cristal Arte. Clear, smoke colored glass frame with mirror overlay. Original tag affixed to back....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Metal

Mid Century Italian Modern Art Glass Chandelier
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Icy cool mid century Italian light fixture with geometric art glass panels of clear and amber glass attached to a brass frame. Dramatic cubist design. Newly cleaned and wired. Accept...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano Sommerso Art Glass Bookends
Located in Englewood, NJ
A pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano glass "Sommerso" decorated bookends decorated in a purple/plum color cased in a light blue - clear overlay. The bookends are unsigned - ci...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Art Glass Nesting Tables 3
By Gio Ponti
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Amazing set of 3 glass top tables. Glass tops are in excellent condition with no chips. They have a decorative leaf motif etched in the glass with a wavy edge. Tops are securely moun...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Nesting Tables and Stacking Tables

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Glass, Maple

Mid-Century Modern Italian Art Glass Chandelier Lamp
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Unique 1950's Italian 8 candle brass and art glass chandelier. Pictures tell the story of this incredible piece of functional art! Ready to hang in your eclectic designed interior.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano Art Glass Vase
Located in Plainview, NY
A beautiful Mid-Century Modern art glass vase featuring beautiful curvy details in green turquoise and yellow . The heavy weight vase is sturdy and is made of quality Italian Murano ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Art Glass Murano Floral Decorated Bookends
Located in Englewood, NJ
A Mid-Century Modern pair of Italian art glass bookends each decorated with Millefiori decoration of white flora and green leaf & vine cased in heavy clear glass in the form of booke...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Art Glass

Italian Mid-Century Terracotta Hand Decorated Street Scene & Fountain Tile
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
An Italian mid-century hand crafted signed terracotta tile decorated with a street scene with a fountain in colored enamels. The tile of tall rectangular shape has an incised outline...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Terracotta

Large Mid-Century Modern Archimede Seguso White Scavo Italian Art Glass Vase
By Archimede Seguso, Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large, Italian white art-glass vase in the 'scavo' technique. Attributed to Archimede Seguso and Seguso Vetri d’Arte. The white textured finish of the vase offers a perfect ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Italian Mid-Century Mirror with Brass Frame and Decorations by Crystal Art 1950s
By Ultima Crystal Art
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century mirror with brass frame and decorations by Crystal Art 1950s Mirror on rectangular shaped polished brass frame and glass with golden decorations. Made by Crysta...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Brass

Mid Century Butterfly Ceramic Bowl by San Polo, Italy
By San Polo
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Italian ceramic bowl with a curved rim depicting a fantasy butterfly, possible to hang on the wall or for practical use. By San Polo ceramics Venezia made in the 1950s by the renowne...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Mid Century Butterfly Ceramic Bowl by San Polo, Italy
By San Polo
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Italian ceramic bowl with a curved rim depicting a fantasy butterfly, possible to hang on the wall or for practical use. By San Polo ceramics Venezia made in the 1950s by the renowne...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Rare Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighted Sculpture / Table Lamp by James Riviere
By Centro D'art Lissone
Located in New York, NY
A rare, Italian Mid-Century Modern lighted plexi-glass sculpture / table lamp "Cubo di Teo" designed by the James Riviere of the Centro D'art Lissone, Italy.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Mid-Century Modern Italian Art Glass Pedestal Bowl or Centerpiece
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large Mid-Century Modern art glass footed compote is unsigned but presumed to have been made in Italy in circa 1969. The bowl is done in multicolored swirls of red, brown, blue,...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Parchment Sideboard, Italy, 1950
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Italian midcentury modern sideboard, buffet chest of drawers in parchment and maple with two side doors and four drawers, in Paolo Buffa style. It has an elegant movement of the line...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Murano Carmel Art Glass Vase Italy
Located in Montreal, QC
Mid-Century Modern Excentric Murano Art Glass vase, produced in Sommerso (submerged). Beautifully designed Art Glass piece in Caramel, White, Purple and Black Glass, further embellis...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Orientalist Wall Decoration Bamboo Geisha Painting 1950 Mid-Century Italian
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Orientalist wall decoration bamboo Geisha painting 1950 mid-century Italian. Entirely hand-painted bamboo, with elegant and fascinating decorations, period 1940 Italy. Each pane...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Bamboo

Italian Mid-Century Modern White Murano Art Glass Table Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Italian Mid-Century Modern white Murano art glass table lamp on a round thick Lucite base. Lamp has been newly rewired and has a Lucite finial.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Lucite, Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Murano Art Glass Decanter, Hand Blown, Italy, Signed
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Beautiful vibrant hand blown Murano glass decanter with stopper, signed by the artist, Italy.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass

Ceramica D'Amore Vietri Mid-Century Italian Painted Pottery Plaque
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish Italian small rounded wall plaque hand decorated with a geometrical pattern by Ceramica D'Amore Vietri and dating from around 1950. The small heavily potted plaque is of ro...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Pottery

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

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Art Glass

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

Italian Monovolumen Student Art Work
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1980s wood truck by student at the woodworking class in the early eighties in Italy.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Hardwood

  • Italian Monovolumen Student Art Work
  • Italian Monovolumen Student Art Work
  • Italian Monovolumen Student Art Work
  • Italian Monovolumen Student Art Work
H 27.5 in. W 13 in. D 10 in.
Decorative Large Heart-Shaped Straw Wall Decoration Mid-Century Italian Design
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Decorative Large heart-shaped straw wall decoration Mid-century Italian Design.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Straw

Mid-Century Modern Blue Round Ceramic Vase by Troika, England, 1960s
By Troika Art Pottery
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern blue round ceramic vase by Troika, England, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Art Deco Italian Modern Burl Bedside Cabinets, a Pair
Located in Forney, TX
A rare vintage pair of Italian modernist burled walnut bedside cabinets, circa 1940s. Born in Italy in the mid-20th century, fine quality craftsmanship, crafted in Art Deco style,...
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Mid-20th Century European Art Deco Night Stands

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Burl

Mid-Century Modern, Mazzega Italian Murano Art Glass Wall Sconces, Italy 1970
By Mazzega
Located in Catania, IT
These wall sconces were made in the 70s in Italy in Murano glass for the “Mazzega” company of Venice. Each piece is equipped with 2 light sockets (E14). A professional electrician c...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Salviati Murano Italy Pink Gold Bubbles
By Salviati
Located in Munich, DE
Wonderful rich pink art glass vase by Salviati & Co, Italy with the original gold colored paper label, 20th century. The elegant design is enhanced by golden bubbles decreasing in si...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Bottles with Stopper
Located in New York City, NY
1970s modern Italian art-glass bottles with stoppers. Price is for each item. Measures: Yellow bottle height 21'' diameter 4.25'' Pink bottle height 24.5'' diameter 5.5''.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bottles

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Art Glass

  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Bottles with Stopper
  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Bottles with Stopper
  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Bottles with Stopper
  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Bottles with Stopper
H 25.5 in. W 5.75 in. D 5.75 in.
Mid-Century Modern Style Italian Art Glass and Lucite Table Lamps
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a beautiful pair of modern style lamps with Italian blown glass bases. The lamps measure: 27 tall x 7 x 7 inches wide.
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Art Glass, Lucite

Barovier & Toso Murano Blown Glass Art Mid-Century Modern Venice, Italy, 1950s
By Vetreria Artistica Barovier & C.
Located in Lucca, IT
Barovier & Toso Murano ashtray blown glass Art Venice Italy Mid-Century Modern 1950s great ashtray in glass Art of Murano by Barovier & Toso. Barovier &Toso Venice are important wor...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Blown Glass, Art Glass

Italian Nautical Tile Wall Plaque / Art "Fish Tank"
By Vietri
Located in Fulton, CA
Vietri Italian hand painted ceramic tile wall plaque or wall art. Twelve tiles professionally mounted in painted wood frame with wood backing. Under sea or fish tank motif. Features ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Wood, Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Italian Glass Floor Lamp in Art Deco Form
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A sleek, modern and well crafted lamp from Italy circa 1970's. It features a large with center glass column with chrome art deco accents. The shade has some condition issues so will ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Modern Applied and Decorated Murano Large Art Glass Vase
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Englewood, NJ
A highly decorative and vibrant Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano glass vase with decorated with transparent gradient between lime and aqua hues, multicolor vertical bands on body, a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Murano Art Glass Bowl
By Murano 5
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Constructed of multicolored glass cording, this coiled bowl was most likely made by an Italian artisan during the mid-1960s. The bowl is unsigned, so an exact artist or maker cannot ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Art Glass Bowl
  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Art Glass Bowl
  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Art Glass Bowl
  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Art Glass Bowl
H 11.60 in. W 13.5 in. D 4.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Italian Art Glass Penguin by, Livio Seguso for Oggetti
By Livio Seguso, Oggetti
Located in Englewood, NJ
An Italian Mid-Century blown art glass "Penguin" sculpture by, Livio Seguso for Seguso Arte Vetro Murano/Oggetti with clear blown body with applied red and black striping throughout ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Sculpture By Murano, Signed & Dated 1972
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Italian Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Sculpture By Murano. Amazing organic Murano sculpture. Signed & dated C. A. K. 1972. A. Ludi.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Art Glass

1940s Art Deco Mid-Century Modern Italian Walnut Burl Brass Sideboard Credenza
By Ico & Luisa Parisi, Paolo Buffa, Gio Ponti, Guglielmo Ulrich, Vittorio Dassi
Located in Carimate, Como
Very elegant Italian Art Deco Mid-Century Modern sideboard credenza, in beautiful veneer walnut briar burl wood, double side doors with shelves and great brass details, handles and k...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Credenzas

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Brass

Art Deco Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic and Chrome Table Lamp
Located in Carimate, Como
Beautiful Italian Art Deco ceramic and chrome table lamp, ideal on any credenza or sideboard. In typical Art Deco design, being bold, structurally sound and geometric in style, the a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Table Lamps

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Chrome

Cristal Art Mid-Century Modern Italian Ground and Gilded Mirror, 1960s
By Cristal Arte
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Mirror with ground and gilded glass frame, "ears of wheat", Cristal Art production, Italy, 1960s. As shown in the photo, small stain, normal wear over time.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass

Italian Art Deco Mid-Century Modern Walnut Burl Brass Thin Sideboard Credenza
By Ico & Luisa Parisi, Paolo Buffa, Gio Ponti, Guglielmo Ulrich, Vittorio Dassi
Located in Carimate, Como
Very elegant Italian Art Deco Mid-Century Modern thin sideboard credenza or console, in beautiful veneer walnut briar burl wood, four central drawers and two side doors with shelves ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Credenzas

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Heavy Italian Murano Art Glass Multi-Colored Vase
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This midcentury art glass vase is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Murano Italy in circa 1970 in the period midcentury style. The vase incorporates very thick and heavy cl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern, Murano 'Sommerso' Blue Art Glass Vase, Italy, 1960
Located in Catania, IT
This Murano glass vase has the same workmanship as a "sommerso". The "sommerso" is an art form of Murano glass that has layers of contrasting colors (usually two), the technique invo...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Sommerso, Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Cristal Art Italian Mid Century Mirror
By Cristal Arte
Located in bari, IT
1950s mirror, circumference ground glass and colored in sea water green Italian production Cristal Art.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Mirror

  • Cristal Art Italian Mid Century Mirror
  • Cristal Art Italian Mid Century Mirror
  • Cristal Art Italian Mid Century Mirror
  • Cristal Art Italian Mid Century Mirror
H 29.53 in. W 25.6 in. D 0.6 in.
1950s Italian Art Deco Mid-Century Modern Bed Frame with Floating Nightstands
By Ico & Luisa Parisi, Paolo Buffa, Guglielmo Ulrich, Melchiorre Bega, Vittorio Dassi
Located in Carimate, Como
Beautiful Italian 1950s bed head with 2 floating nightstands on the sides. The nightstands have one drawers and onix lacquered glass top. The piece has a great design and is amazingl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames

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Glass, Walnut

Beautiful & Large Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano Glass Art Pendant Light
By Murano 5
Located in Lisse, NL
A one-of-a-kind and mouthblown, glass light fixture. This elegant Murano glass pendant from the 1950s is a truly exquisite lighting statement and she is in good original condition. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Italian Murano Hand Blown Art Glass Birds C1965
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous set of three hand blown art glass birds. Chickens, are amazing in the various color schemes. Each one is a little bit different than the other due to being hand made. In exc...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

1950s Italian Art Deco Mid-Century Modern Wood Glass Brass Credenza Sideboard
By Ico & Luisa Parisi, Paolo Buffa, Vittorio Dassi, Melchiorre Bega, Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in Carimate, Como
Beautiful Italian 1950s sideboard, credenza, buffet or chest of drawers with elegant and classic wood worked according its natural graining on the 4 drawers frontal drawers with the ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Chrome Lumi Floor Lamp
By Lumi
Located in Weesp, NL
Chrome Lumi Mid-Century Modern Italian floor lamp Gorgeous 1970s floor lamp produced by Lumi, Milano. This beauty is in great condition. The chrome has some tiny spots, hardly notice...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome

  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Chrome Lumi Floor Lamp
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Chrome Lumi Floor Lamp
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Chrome Lumi Floor Lamp
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Chrome Lumi Floor Lamp
H 47.25 in. W 17.72 in. D 11.82 in.
Large Mid-Century Modern Murano Art Glass Vase
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This very well executed Italian art glass vase is unsigned, but presumed to have originated from Italy and dating to approximately the early 1960's, and done in the period Mid-Centur...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Art Deco Mid-Century Modern Italian Two-Tier Gilt Brass Bar Cart
Located in Carimate, Como
Beautiful and stylish vintage 1950s Italian two-tier brass bar cart with glass top. Very good condition and attention of details such as the decors of the handles and the wheel ends....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Carts and Bar Carts

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern 1930s Art Deco Dolphin Statue in Gilded Brass
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Italian age Art Deco dolphin statue in gilded brass.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Brass

1980's Mid-Century Modern Tavolo Con Ruote by Gae Aulenti for Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte, Gae Aulenti
Located in Nijlen, VAN
Very elegant coffee table by 1 of most famous and iconic Italian designers Gae Aulenti. Gae Aulenti designed this table for Fontana Arte in the 80s. The design behind this piece of i...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Furniture

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Sommerso Murano Art Glass Vase
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This very well executed art glass vase is unsigned, but presumed to have originated from Italy and dating to approximately 1967, and done in the period Mid-Century Modern style. The ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Art Deco Tiger Maple Polished Nickel Console Table
Located in Roslyn, NY
A vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian Art Deco tiger maple and polished nickel console table. Dimensions: 28" H x 60" W x 20" D.
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20th Century Italian Art Deco Console Tables

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Nickel

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Modern Art Italy Mid Century For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the modern art Italy mid century you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of glass, art glass and murano glass, every modern art Italy mid century was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a modern art Italy mid century, we have 7938 options in-stock, while there are 135 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect modern art Italy mid century — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right modern art Italy mid century, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Art Deco styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made modern art Italy mid century over the years, but those crafted by Venini, Alfredo Barbini and Barovier&Toso are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Modern Art Italy Mid Century?

A modern art Italy mid century can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $1,293, while the lowest priced sells for $10 and the highest can go for as much as $193,813.

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.