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Peter Shire Mugs

Peter Shire Splatter Mug
By Peter Shire
Located in Richmond, VA
One-of-a-kind Splatter Mugs designed by Peter Shire. These functional and sculptural mugs are
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2010s Ceramics

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Ceramic

Peter Shire Espresso Splatter Mug
By Peter Shire
Located in Richmond, VA
One-of-a-kind Espresso Splatter Mugs designed by Peter Shire. These functional and sculptural mugs
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2010s Ceramics

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Ceramic

Tall Peter Shire Splatter Mug
By Peter Shire
Located in Richmond, VA
One-of-a-kind Tall Splatter Mugs designed by Peter Shire. These functional and sculptural mugs are
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2010s Ceramics

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Ceramic

'Belmont' Ceramic Mug Sculpture by Peter Shire, 2016
By Peter Shire
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Glazed Whiteware ceramic mug sculpture by Peter Shire, 2016. Approx: 8 3/4" high x 13" wide x 23
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2010s American Post-Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

'Nob Hill' Ceramic Mug Sculpture by Peter Shire, 2015
By Peter Shire
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Glazed whiteware ceramic mug sculpture by Peter Shire, 2015. Approximate measures: 11 3/4" high x
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Peter Shire Exp Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Tall Mug Sculpture, Dated 1981
By Peter Shire
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful work by famed Los Angeles (Echo Park), California-based artist Peter Shire who was a
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Peter Shire Post Modernist Memphis Design Ceramic Teapot
By Peter Shire
Located in Pasadena, CA
Spouted teapot created by Los Angeles artist and designer of the Memphis Group, Peter Shire. Teapot
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1990s American Post-Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

1978 Peter Shire Earthenware Post Modern Memphis Group Teapot
By Peter Shire
Located in Pasadena, CA
Group, Peter Shire, circa 1978. Teapot measures 10.5" in height by 15" wide by 5.75" and is signed Shire
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Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Pottery

Materials

Earthenware

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Peter Shire Exp Signed Ceramic California Studio Pottery Glazed Cup, 1979
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Peter Shire Exp Signed Ceramic California Studio Pottery Glazed Cup, 1979
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Rock Handmade Ceramic Coffee Mug - Black & White Splatterware
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Located in Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, AR
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Wedgwood black basalt mug, silver mounted, 1808.
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Handmade Black and White Terracotta Dot Pattern Bowl, in Stock
Located in West Hollywood, CA
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1980s Sculptural Dark Brown Mug Coffee Cup Pottery Art by Melching
Located in Chula Vista, CA
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Postmodern Art Pottery Mug by Barry and Rosalind Hage
Located in Vallejo, CA
A vintage postmodern art pottery mug made by Barry and Rosalind Hage of Long Beach, CA. Features a wonderfully whimsical hand painted design in black and blue on a white base glaze. ...
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Mexican Ceramic Pottery Mugs, Set of 4
Located in Clermont, FL
Handmade ceramic pottery mugs by Rodolfo Padilla, Mexico. Mugs are a work of art in themselves. In excellent condition.
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Vintage 1970s Mexican Post-Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Nefertiti Teapot Matteo Thun for Memphis-Milano Original, 1980s
By Matteo Thun, Memphis Group
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Vintage original 1980s Nefertiti tea pot. Red is vintage color which is no longer production now. There is signature on bottom. Designed by Matteo Thun for Memphis Milano.
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Antique Japanese Sumida Gawa Pottery Figural Red Mugs
By Sumida Gawa
Located in New Orleans, LA
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President William McKinley as Napoleon ' Small' Toby Mug, by Morris & Willmore
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
President William McKinley as Napoleon ' Small' Toby Mug, by Morris & Willmore Made by Columbian Art Pottery / Morris and Willmore of Trenton, New Jersey This model was made in size...
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Sponge Ware Shaving Mug
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century sponge ware shaving mug. This is the piece that is so hard to find in the wash bowl set.
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Peter Shire Exp Signed Hand Painted Modern Large Ceramic Pottery Bowl
By Peter Shire
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic work by famed Los Angeles (Echo Park), California based artist Peter Shire who was a founding member (along with Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and others) of The Memph...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Ceramics

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Ancient Greek Black Glaze Ribbed Mug
Located in London, GB
Greek black-glaze ribbed mug Athens, circa 475-425 B.C. terracotta. The mug is of a straight-sided, cylindrical form with seven horizontal ribs and an applied ring handle just b...
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Postmodern Peter Shire Ceramic Splatter Lidded Box, 1978
By Peter Shire
Located in San Diego, CA
Splatter lidded box by Peter Shire, a Los Angeles-based artist and founding member of The Memphis Group. This series was created in 1978.
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Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Black Forest Hand-Painted Pottery Mug Sofina Boutique Kitzbühel Austria
By Sofina Boutique Kitzbühel
Located in Kitzbuhel, AT
Hands-free painted pottery mug from Austria in Black Forest style. Decorated with a hand-painted decor in green all around. Showing trees in the front and a handpainted fox in green ...
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Peter Shire Postmodern Memphis Ceramic Teapot
By Peter Shire
Located in Pasadena, CA
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1990s American Post-Modern Ceramics

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PC Consolidated Listing, 9 Peter Shire Mugs
Located in Studio City, CA
Including: Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Dated 1979
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Peter Shire Pair of Memphis Milano Ceramic Splatter Mugs, 2012
By Peter Shire
Located in View Park, CA
2 ceramic handmade mugs with multicolored paint splatter by veteran Memphis artist Peter Shire
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2010s American Modern Tea Sets

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Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Dated 1983
By Peter Shire
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic work by famed Los Angeles (Echo Park), California based artist Peter Shire who was a
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Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Early 1980s
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Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Early 1980s
By Peter Shire
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic work by famed Los Angeles (Echo Park), California based artist Peter Shire who was a
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Ceramic

Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Early 1980s
By Peter Shire
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic work by famed Los Angeles (Echo Park), California based artist Peter Shire who was a
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Peter Shire Postmodern Memphis Ceramic Double Spouted Teapot
By Peter Shire
Located in Pasadena, CA
Group, Peter Shire. Teapot measures 16" high by 14.5" wide and 5.5" deep. It is signed EXP, W.B.B., 02
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Early 2000s American Post-Modern Ceramics

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Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Dated 1984
By Peter Shire
Located in Studio City, CA
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Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Dated 1979
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Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Mid-1980s
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Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Dated 1979
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Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful work by famed Los Angeles (Echo Park), California based artist Peter Shire who was a
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Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Ceramics

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Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Early 1980s
By Peter Shire
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic work by famed Los Angeles (Echo Park), California based artist Peter Shire who was a
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Peter Shire EXP Signed Ceramic Pottery Splatter Mug Cup Sculpture, Early 1980s
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Peter Shire Mugs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of peter shire mugs available for sale. Frequently made of ceramic, all peter shire mugs available were constructed with great care. Peter shire mugs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century.

How Much are Peter Shire Mugs?

Prices for peter shire mugs start at $299 and top out at $8,000 with the average selling for $299.

A Close Look at post-modern Furniture

Postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of vintage postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects and decor for the home included loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions, vibrant colors and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

ORIGINS OF POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Emerges during the 1960s; popularity explodes during the ’80s
  • A reaction to prevailing conventions of modernism by mainly American architects
  • Architect Robert Venturi critiques modern architecture in his Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966)
  • Theorist Charles Jencks, who championed architecture filled with allusions and cultural references, writes The Language of Post-Modern Architecture (1977)
  • Italian design collective the Memphis Group, also known as Memphis Milano, meets for the first time (1980) 
  • Memphis collective debuts more than 50 objects and furnishings at Salone del Milano (1981)
  • Interest in style declines, minimalism gains steam

CHARACTERISTICS OF POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Dizzying graphic patterns and an emphasis on loud, off-the-wall colors
  • Use of plastic and laminates, glass, metal and marble; lacquered and painted wood 
  • Unconventional proportions and abundant ornamentation
  • Playful nods to Art Deco and Pop art

POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE POSTMODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. Decades later, the fact that postmodernism still has the power to provoke thoughts, along with other reactions, proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodern design began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. Later, in Milan, a cohort of creators led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendinia onetime mentor to Sottsass and a key figure in the Italian Radical movement — brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass, an industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, gathered a core group of young designers into a collective in 1980 they called Memphis. Members of the Memphis Group,  which would come to include Martine Bedin, Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata, Michele de Lucchi and Matteo Thun, saw design as a means of communication, and they wanted it to shout. That it did: The first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 in Milan and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power-cord leash. Even though it preceded the Memphis Group’s formal launch, Sottsass’s iconic Ultrafragola mirror — in its conspicuously curved plastic shell with radical pops of pink neon — proves striking in any space and embodies many of the collective’s postmodern ideals. 

After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, the postmodern movement within furniture and interior design quickly took off in America. (Memphis fell out of fashion when the Reagan era gave way to cool 1990’s minimalism.) The architect Robert Venturi had by then already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc., with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the vintage postmodern furniture collection includes chairs, coffee tables, sofas, decorative objects, table lamps and more.

Finding the Right Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass for You

Your dining room table is a place where stories are shared and personalities shine — why not treat yourself and your guests to the finest antique and vintage glass, silver, ceramics and serveware for your meals?

Just like the people who sit around your table, your serveware has its own stories and will help you create new memories with your friends and loved ones. From ceramic pottery to glass vases, set your table with serving pieces that add even more personality, color and texture to your dining experience.

Invite serveware from around the world to join your table settings. For special occasions, dress up your plates with a striking Imari charger from 19th-century Japan or incorporate Richard Ginori’s Italian porcelain plates into your dining experience. Celebrate the English ritual of afternoon tea with a Japanese tea set and an antique Victorian kettle. No matter how big or small your dining area is, there is room for the stories of many cultures and varied histories, and there are plenty of ways to add pizzazz to your meals.

Add different textures and colors to your table with dinner plates and pitchers of ceramic and silver or a porcelain lidded tureen, a serving dish with side handles that is often used for soups. Although porcelain and ceramic are both made in a kiln, porcelain is made with more refined clay and is more durable than ceramic because it is denser. The latter is ideal for statement pieces — your tall mid-century modern ceramic vase is a guaranteed conversation starter. And while your earthenware or stoneware is maybe better suited to everyday lunches as opposed to the fine bone china you’ve reserved for a holiday meal, handcrafted studio pottery coffee mugs can still be a rich expression of your personal style.

“My motto is ‘Have fun with it,’” says author and celebrated hostess Stephanie Booth Shafran. “It’s yin and yang, high and low, Crate & Barrel with Christofle silver. I like to mix it up — sometimes in the dining room, sometimes on the kitchen banquette, sometimes in the loggia. It transports your guests and makes them feel more comfortable and relaxed.”

Introduce elegance at supper with silver, such as a platter from celebrated Massachusetts silversmith manufacturer Reed and Barton or a regal copper-finish flatware set designed by International Silver Company, another New England company that was incorporated in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1898. By then, Meriden had already earned the nickname “Silver City” for its position as a major hub of silver manufacturing.

At the bar, try a vintage wine cooler to keep bottles cool before serving or an Art Deco decanter and whiskey set for after-dinner drinks — there are many possibilities and no wrong answers for tableware, barware and serveware. Explore an expansive collection of antique and vintage glass, ceramics, silver and serveware today on 1stDibs.