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Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ceramic Pottery Tile Libra Gold White 1960s Germany
By Villeroy & Boch
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage ceramic tile motif Libra in golden and white color tones 1960s Germany. A stunning ceramic tile in rectangular shape with motif Libra ( 24. September - 2...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ceramic Tile Multicolored Sail Ship with Flowers 1960
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage ceramic tile motif multicolored sail ship framed with flowers 1960s, Spain. A stunning ceramic tile with a multicolored motif sail ship framed with flower...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Vintage Danish Midcentury Knabstrup Floor Vase
By Knabstrup
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Danish midcentury Knabstrup floor vase in a beautiful green glaze. In great condition with no cracks or chips and still with the original label on the base. Knabstrup is a ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Vintage West German Striped Pottery Vase
Located in East Hampton, NY
The ribbed texture to this wonderful West German pottery vase has brown and beige tones. Oversized handle and in great condition.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Vintage Robert Picault Vallauris Art Pottery Handled Bowl, 1950s
By Robert Picault
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A rare and important stunning French art pottery handled serving bowl by Robert Picault and made in Vallauris in the South of France. Working closely to Picasso each piece is hand de...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Vintage Robert Picault Vallauris Art Pottery Serving Bowl, 1950s
By Robert Picault
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A rare and important stunning French art pottery twin handled serving bowl by Robert Picault and made in Vallauris in the South of France. Working closely to Picasso each piece is ha...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Artistic Vintage Danish Pottery Bowl from the 1950s
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage artistic Danish pottery bowl with a beautiful abstract design Signed on the base but artist unknown No cracks or chips.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Vintage Clary Von Ruckteschell-Trueb Studio Art Pottery Vase 20th Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Clary Von Ruckteschell-Trueb Studio Art Pottery Vase. Has a beautiful textured hi-gloss glaze. Hand thrown studio ceramic vase from the 20th century. 4 inches high with a 5 ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Clay

Vallauris Colorful Vintage Pottery Ceramic Bowl
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vallauris ceramic bowl.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

  • Vallauris Colorful Vintage Pottery Ceramic Bowl
  • Vallauris Colorful Vintage Pottery Ceramic Bowl
  • Vallauris Colorful Vintage Pottery Ceramic Bowl
  • Vallauris Colorful Vintage Pottery Ceramic Bowl
H 2.37 in. W 11.82 in. D 7.09 in.
1960s Vintage Hanging Pottery Decorative Jug Styled Canteen on Rope
Located in National City, CA
Decorative Jug On rope hanging pottery Decorative jug with lid. Measures: 12.5 H x 11.75 x 9 D, 20H including ropes Features nylon ropes unsure if they are original. Jug can stand...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery, Rope

Vintage Pottery Bowl And Ice Bucket by Inge-Lise Koefoed For Aluminia of Denmark
By Inge-Lise Koefoed
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage pottery bowl and ice bucket from the series Tenera by Inge-Lise Koefoed for Aluminia of Denmark. In great vintage condition with no cracks or chips. Deep colors of blue a...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

French Provincial Vintage Stoneware Pottery Oil Jug, Jar, Vessel or Vase
Located in New York, NY
French Provincial large vintage stoneware pottery oil jug, jar, vessel or vase France, circa 1960 Size: 19" high x 12" diameter x 7" base diameter.  
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Stoneware

Vintage 1960s Raku Studio Pottery Matte Blue & Black Vase Vessel Signed Ram
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Vintage 1960s Mid Century Raku Studio Pottery vase / vessel. Bulbous body with small mouth like a weed pot, rough lip. Body is matte blue color with black glaze. Signed at base, R...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Clay

Bitossi Aldo Londi Vintage Car Cylinder Vase, Italy, c1968
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Sydney, NSW
A bright blue cylinder vase decorated with 3 different vintage cars. The cars outlines are deeply incised and coloured with various coloured glazes. It retains part of its Rosenthal ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Vintage Copper Lustre Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand Vase, circa 1950
By Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very fine and stylish midcentury Swedish art pottery vase designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane (1920-1990) for Rörstrand. The simple oval shaped vase is richly decorated in a chocolate ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Ceramic, Pottery

Knabstrup Ceramic Moon Frog Bud Vase Vintage Mid-Century Modern Studio Pottery
By Knabstrup
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Rare and monumental 1950s Danish modern cobalt and brown Knabstrup Studio sculptural flower vase, limited run, 800 piece series. Excellent vintage condition, original paper label...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Pottery

Vintage Italian Ceramic Vase
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautiful yellow textured vase with a blue interior. In great vintage condition overall. Made in Italy. 8" diameter is measured at the widest part of the vase.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Vintage Tall Ceramic Pitcher with Teardrop Spout
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Nice and tall vintage ceramic pitcher with brown tones, It has a really nice shape however there are two nicks to the edge of the spout and a mark at the bottom from when it was made...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

  • Vintage Tall Ceramic Pitcher with Teardrop Spout
  • Vintage Tall Ceramic Pitcher with Teardrop Spout
  • Vintage Tall Ceramic Pitcher with Teardrop Spout
  • Vintage Tall Ceramic Pitcher with Teardrop Spout
H 15.50 in. W 4.50 in. D 6.50 in.
Vintage Studio Crafted Ceramic and Glass Decorative Plate
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage ceramic and glass decorative plate. Beautiful crackled pattern and matte glazing.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Vintage Gainey White Glaze California Pottery Planter
By Gainey Pottery
Located in Media, PA
A large cylindrical cream-colored Gainey planter. Perfect for a small tree or another large plant. Great condition, with a few minor scuffs from age and use. Purchased from a Califor...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jar...

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Pottery

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Signed Studio Pottery Vase 1970s
By Bernard Rooke Studio
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Signed Studio Pottery vase 1970s. Very unique brutalist stoneware vase, textured, rectangular form with relief carved design detailed with raise...
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Late 20th Century American Brutalist Vases

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Pottery

Huge Vintage Italian Pottery Atomic Yellow Glaze Horse Figure Pugi Raymor
By Mancioli Pottery
Located in Wilton, CT
Large and heavy Italian pottery horse by the Mancioli Pottery, circa 1960s. The muscular figure standing proud with elaborate design painted in a curious fugitive green glaze over br...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Pottery

Vintage Set of '2' Mid-Century Modern Blue and Orange Art Pottery
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage Set of (2) Mid-Century Modern blue and orange art pottery. Sizes: Large: 10" D x 8" H Smaller: 6.75" H x 4" D.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vintage Japanese 3 Tea Cups from Mid-Century Studio Pottery
Located in Norton, MA
Vintage Japanese 3 tea cups from mid-century studio pottery. In good original new condition and just found in the warehouse, never used before.
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Vintage Red Wing Pottery Carafe Pitcher
By Red Wing Pottery 1
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful midcentury pottery piece decorated with Quail figure. The glaze on this piece is uniform and reminescent of nostalgia. From the Bob White line, this piece will be a great a...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

  • Vintage Red Wing Pottery Carafe Pitcher
  • Vintage Red Wing Pottery Carafe Pitcher
  • Vintage Red Wing Pottery Carafe Pitcher
  • Vintage Red Wing Pottery Carafe Pitcher
H 11.75 in. W 4 in. D 4 in.
Vintage MCM Lamp Pottery Mid Century Incised Tree Organic Green
Located in Wilton, CT
Vintage mid century pottery lamp with great incised tree design. Clean and organic MCM design. 3-way switch. Measures: 33" high overall, 20" to top of pottery, 6 1/2" diameter. Excel...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pottery

Vintage Mid-Century Otto Gertrud Natzler Studio Pottery Ceramic Vessel Planter
By Gertrud and Otto Natzler
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is this iconic Otto & Gertrud Natzler studio pottery ceramic vessel. Dimensions: 5.5 diameter x 5.5height.  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

Vintage West German Pottery Brown Ceramic Light Base, 1960s
By West German Pottery
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Vintage West German pottery brown ceramic light base, 1960s Measures: Height 47cm, depth 26cm, width 26cm.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Mid-Century Glazed Stoneware Pottery, Jar/ Jug/ Vase/ Vessel, Wabi Sabi
Located in Zagreb, HR
Stunning large and heavy vintage Mid-century stoneware jug with handles Beautiful greyish-blue glaze marked '10L' Unknown manufacturer weights 4.80 kg The item remains...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Jars

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Stoneware

Vintage Edith Heath Mid-Century Modern Large Ashtray
By Heath Ceramics, Edith Heath
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern ceramic ashtray by Edith Heath Mid-Century Modern large vintage pottery ashtray by Edith Heath for Heath Ceramics. Glazed white sand color ironstone wit...
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Mid-20th Century American Organic Modern Ashtrays

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Pottery, Ironstone, Stoneware, Ceramic

Vintage German Pottery Mid Century Bay Ceramic Vase ‚Contura‘, 1960s
By Bay Keramik
Located in Zagreb, HR
Beautiful German XL vase produced by Bay Keramik in the 1960s Model 'Contura', signed at the bottom with number 550/45 The vase measures 45 cm in height The vase is in very ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glazed Ceramic Tile Multicolored Motif 1960s Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage multicolored naive art motif donkey cart ceramic tile Italy 1960s. A stunning hand painted and multicolored glazed ceramic tile made in Italy. It comes f...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Pottery

West German Pottery Vintage Orange Ceramic Light Base with Lampshade, 1960s
By West German Pottery
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
West German pottery vintage orange ceramic light base with original lampshade, 1960s. Measures: Measures: Height 80cm, depth 45cm, width 45cm.  
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Fabric

1950s Maximalist Italian Pottery Watercolor Rainbow Lamp Vintage Mid-Century
By Guido Gambone
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A few flecks to the glaze, but that is it this lamp is incredible, you will love it, so colorful and whimsical. A fully functional lamp. Shade not included, soiled. Lamp Body Only...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware

Vintage Mid-Century Studio Pottery Candelabra Unknown Artist Voulkos Soldner
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Large stoneware piece. Unknown artist, procured years ago from an older 1950s estate. Damage to one neck, but threads onto steel rod, so does not effect any function.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Clay

Mid-Century Vintage West German Pottery Amber Vase by Bay Keramik, circa 1970
By Bay Keramik
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Tall, large vintage midcentury vase by West German Pottery producer - 'Bay Keramik' Germany, circa 1970s. The embossed relief pattern on the tall Bay Keramik vase is classic, 1970s w...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Clay, Pottery

Monumental Brent Bennett Studio Pottery Lamp Walnut Vintage Mid-Century
By Brent Bennett
Located in Hyattsville, MD
There is no signature on lamp that I can find. Lamp Body is in Excellent Condition without any damage. Walnut base and cap. Please Note: The shade shown in the images is in poor c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Walnut

Vintage 1970s Heibi Keramik West Germany Pottery Large Wall Plaque with Fish
By West German Pottery
Located in Antwerp, BE
1970s West Germany wall piece by Heibi Keramik. Features a bright glossy multi-color glazes design of three fish and algae on a tile in a wrought iron frame. Still bears the original...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Wrought Iron

Vintage Architectural Pottery Lagardo Tackett White Hourglass Planter Model T-12
By Architectural Pottery, Lagardo Tackett
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Vintage model T-120 hourglass shaped planter by Lagardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery. The double planter features the factory label. The ceramic planter can be used indoors or o...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardin...

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Ceramic

Vintage Mid-Century French Provincial Stoneware Pottery, Jar/Jug/Vase/Vessel
Located in Stamford, CT
Vintage mid-century French provincial stoneware pottery, jar/jug/vase/vessel.
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Vintage Mid-Century French Provincial Stoneware Pottery, Jar/Jug/Vase/Vessel
Located in Stamford, CT
Vintage mid-century French provincial stoneware pottery, jar/jug/vase/vessel.
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Vintage Mid-Century French Provincial Stoneware Pottery, Jar/Jug/Vase/Vessel
Located in Stamford, CT
Vintage mid-century French provincial stoneware pottery, jar/jug/vase/vessel.
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Vintage Mid-Century French Provincial Stoneware Pottery, Jar/Jug/Vase/Vessel
Located in Stamford, CT
Vintage Mid-Century French Provincial stoneware pottery, jar/ jug/ vase/ vessel.
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Vintage Mid-Century French Provincial Stoneware Pottery, Jar/Jug/Vase/Vessel
Located in Stamford, CT
Vintage Mid-Century French provincial stoneware pottery, jar/jug/vase/vessel.
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Vintage Mid-Century French Provincial Stoneware Pottery, Jar/Jug/Vase/Vessel
Located in Stamford, CT
Vintage mid-century French provincial stoneware pottery, jar / jug / vase / vessel.
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Shiny Red Mid Century Vintage Ceramic Plate by Gerard Hofmann Vallauris Pottery
By Vallauris
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Gerard Hofmann Realised in vallauris circa 1950 Original and large shiny red ceramic plate Original perfect condition Signed under the base Measures: Height 3 cm Large...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Grandjean Jourdan Faux Bois Ceramic Pitcher & Cup Set
By Grandjean Jourdan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Complete set of Grandjean-Jourdan’s faux bois tableware. This father and son team of post-WWII regional artists created their hand-painted pottery in the famed town of Vallauris, the...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Pottery

Vintage Large John Follis "Tire" White Glaze Planter for Architectural Pottery
By Architectural Pottery, John Follis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Large John Follis "Tire" White Glaze Planter for Architectural Pottery.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardin...

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Ceramic

Vintage Studio Pottery Bowl
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful large vintage American salt-glaze studio pottery bowl with a orange tone-on-tone tiger stripe pattern on the interior and a dark brown drip glazed pattern on the exterior.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

  • Vintage Studio Pottery Bowl
  • Vintage Studio Pottery Bowl
  • Vintage Studio Pottery Bowl
  • Vintage Studio Pottery Bowl
H 3.75 in. Dm 11.5 in.
Vintage 1970s Studio Pottery Pitcher
Located in Vallejo, CA
A vintage studio pottery pitcher. Beautiful floral design to the sides. Signed on the base "Major" and dated 1972. Perfect for serving drink or watering plants.  
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Mid-20th Century Organic Modern Pitchers

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Pottery

  • Vintage 1970s Studio Pottery Pitcher
  • Vintage 1970s Studio Pottery Pitcher
  • Vintage 1970s Studio Pottery Pitcher
  • Vintage 1970s Studio Pottery Pitcher
H 6.75 in. W 6.5 in. D 4.5 in.
Bagni Raymor Italian Pottery Vintage Lamp Large MCM Modern Ceramic 34"
By Alvino Bagni
Located in Wilton, CT
Large vintage Bagni for Raymor Italian pottery lamp with rich colored bubble theme on a crackle glaze ground, circa 1960's. 34" high overall, 18" to top of pottery, 9 1/2" diameter. ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pottery

Italian Pottery Bowl Raymor Bitossi Turquoise Circle Design Vintage 1960s Modern
By Raymor
Located in National City, CA
For your delight: Italian Pottery attributed to Bitossi Raymor blue bowl Mid-Century Modern 1960s Decorative bowl catch all centerpiece Turquoise circle design vintage 1960s modern...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic, Pottery

Vintage Midcentury Stoneware Pottery Studio Candleholder
By Otto Heino
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage midcentury stoneware pottery candleholder. Unique and uncommon Studio Pottery candleholder in the style of Otto Heino. Circular shaped form with four trumpet shaped candle...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery, Stoneware

Vintage Studio Pottery Abstract Figural Sculpture
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Abstract stoneware figural pottery sculpture from an estate in Western Pennsylvania. Resting on lucite base which measures 8"W x 7.75"D x 1.75"H. Height measurements are included wit...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Pottery

Set of 4 Vintage 1970s Studio Pottery Goblets
Located in Vallejo, CA
A set of 4 vintage studio pottery goblets. Each with a unique organic shape, standing on pedestal bases. Lovely dark purple and blue tinted glazes. Signed by the maker on the bases a...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Pottery

Vintage British Studio Pottery Vase
Located in London, London
Studio Pottery vase Glazed British.
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Late 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pottery

  • Vintage British Studio Pottery Vase
  • Vintage British Studio Pottery Vase
  • Vintage British Studio Pottery Vase
  • Vintage British Studio Pottery Vase
H 6.89 in. W 6.89 in. D 6.89 in.
Vintage Royal Copenhagen Studio Pottery Ceramic
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in London, GB
Royal Copenhagen Pottery ceramic vase with beautiful and intricate textural pattern detailing. The pot boasts a range of earthy tones, from deep browns to light creams, which are acc...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pottery

Vintage Circular Studio Pottery Tray with Purple Wheat
Located in Vallejo, CA
A vintage circular studio pottery tray. Nice large size, perfect for using as a serving dish or centerpiece. Features an offset handpainted wheat design in earthy muted purple and br...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Vintage Modern Studio Ceramic Art Pottery Large Table Lamp on Lucite Base
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is this vintage studio ceramic table lamp on thick lucite base. Dimensions: 25" diameter x 31" height.   
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Japanese Toyo Ikebana Brown Mid Century Planter
By Toyo
Located in Media, PA
A beautiful vintage ikebana planter attributed to Toyo. The piece has a great modern design with and earthy glaze, great texture, and pretty curves.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jar...

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Pottery

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Vintage Mid Century Modern Pottery For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the piece of vintage mid century modern pottery you’re looking for. Frequently made of ceramic, pottery and stoneware, every item from our selection of vintage mid century modern pottery was constructed with great care. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect choice in our collection of vintage mid century modern pottery — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. Each object in our assortment of vintage mid century modern pottery bearing Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one option in this array of vintage mid century modern pottery that is appealing in its simplicity, but Scheurich Keramik, West German Pottery and Architectural Pottery produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Vintage Mid Century Modern Pottery?

The average selling price for a piece of vintage mid century modern pottery at 1stDibs is $650, while they’re typically $25 on the low end and $16,000 for the highest priced.

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.