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Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Collection U.S.A. (ca. 1933 - 1965)

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.

     Post-war 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 pieces shown here demonstrate, the Mid-century Modern American period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Taliesin Dresser by Frank Lloyd Wright
By Frank Lloyd Wright
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An eleven (11) drawer mahogany dresser with carved 'Taliesin' frame.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley Armchairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Wormley for Dunbar, pair of rare model 4869 open armchairs. Sapwood walnut, with tilting back. Reupholstered, smooth pumpkin color leather by Spinneybeck.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Brass

Drop-Leaf Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An architectural drop-leaf desk with a trapezoidal walnut top floating above a bank of drawers (with open shelving on the back) suspended within a painted metal frame and brass feet....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Steel, Brass

Floral Print Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A sofa of English inspiration, retaining the original dark olive, coral, brown and beige mock-Asian floral print linen upholstery, on straight dark walnut legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Harry Bertoia Monumental Brass Sculpture Screen for Florence Knoll, USA 1959
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Sculpture screen from a set of ten commissioned by architect and interior designer Florence Knoll for the First National Bank of Miami. The screens were amongst the earliest of appro...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Floating Back Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A wonderfully long, low and deep upholstered sofa having a floating back and an organic sculptural walnut sled base with a floating frontal stretcher. Reupholstery is recommended.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Arthur Umanoff Desk Clock, George Nelson & Associates, 1950s
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Houston, TX
George Nelson & Associates table clock. Howard Miller Clock Company, USA. Rosewood, steel. Measures: 4.25 W x 3 D x 5.5 H inches. Signed with decal manufacturer's lab...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Steel

Sofa by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A three (3) seat sofa on a teak frame base retaining the original yellow upholstery.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Teak, Upholstery

1950s Teardrop-Shaped Swiveling Rotaflex Wall Lamp by Yasha Heifetz
By Yasha Heifetz
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Rotaflex spun plastic teardrop-shaped wall fixture designed by Yasha Heifetz. The lamp emits a soft diffused light and features brass counterweight to adjust shade drop. The lamp a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Steel

Low Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A low slipper chair with the original faux alligator texture yellow upholstery.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Upholstery

Writing Desk by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A single pedestal writing desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller with a built-in pivoting lamp. Lamp is 18" H.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Steel

Pair of Three-Drawer Orange Lacquered Chests by George Nelson
By George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern three-drawer chests with black enameled metal frames, orange lacquered sides and back, white laminate tops, and walnut veneered drawer fronts with ellipt...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Metal

Storage Bench by Dunbar
By Roger Sprunger
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A powder blue bench with hinged seat cushion in original stripped upholstery. Interior storage. Includes matching petite pillow.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Walnut, Upholstery

Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern dining chair designed by Eero Saarinen. This chair features an upholstered seat on a white enameled cast iron pedestal base. Upholstery varies. Manufactured by K...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Acrylic, Upholstery

Wood Frame Machine Age Lounge Chair by Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Ferndale, MI
Wood frame Machine Age lounge chair by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Bentwood, Upholstery

Floating Server by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
By Milo Baughman
Located in New York, NY
A four door server with white Carrara marble stone top, book matched olive ash burl veneer, "floating" on a thin chromed square tube frame with white lacquered interior and two drawe...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

George Nelson Prototype Domino Clock
By George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Nelson office, designed by Irving Harper for Howard Miller. This is the only clock and was never produced. Purchased from Howard Miller Executive.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Wood

X-Chair by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An "X" base slat chair with upholstered leather seat and back pillow.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Brass

Drop Tambour Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An innovative and uncommon drop tambour front cabinet of bleached walnut having recessed finger pulls, the cabinet with drawers, shelves and vertical storage slats.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Walnut

Eames Office radio for Emerson
By Charles Eames
Located in Brooklyn/Toronto, Ontario
A nice radio design by the Eames office. Model 578A. Mahogany veneer case with plastic face and dials.
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Metal

Frank Lloyd Wright Chair from Price Tower, 1956
By Frank Lloyd Wright
Located in Houston, TX
Frank Lloyd Wright. Chair from Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA , 1956. Aluminum, upholstery, plywood, rubber. 24 D x 35 H inches. Early form, complete. The Price ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Aluminum

Walnut Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
A walnut cabinet with adjustable shelves and brass hardware. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

IN-50 Low Table by Isamu Noguchi
By Isamu Noguchi, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An early Noguchi low table (IN-50) with original glass top resting on interconnected pivoting walnut supports.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Wood

Pair of Brass and Vitrolite Side Tables after Harvey Probber
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
A pair of side tables in a square form with white inset Vitrolite glass tops on polished solid brass frames. After Harvey Probber. American, circa 1950.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Brass

Mod "Lotus" Armchair by Erwine and Estelle Laverne
By Laverne International, Erwine & Estelle Laverne
Located in New York, NY
A hip Lotus armchair mod. no. 115-LF from the "Fiberglas Group" consisting of a molded free-form cut-out fiberglas shell seat (seat height 18", arm height 28") in white on a white en...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

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Steel

A Set of Six 1960s X-Base Dining Chairs by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in West Hollywood, CA
A Set of Six X-Base Dining Chairs by Harvey Probber. USA, 1960s. A rare set of X- base dining chairs with a deep brown lacquered finish and brass hardware. Upholstered in the origina...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Wrought Iron Frame Nightstands by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
A rare pair of single drawer nightstands with round wrought iron open form frames, solid maple tops and slat bamboo splits lower shelf by Paul McCobb from the Planner Group for Winch...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A dining chair with an upholstered seat and white enameled cast iron pedestal base.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Iron

Square Raffia Mirror by Edward Womley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A square mahogany wall mirror with a woven raffia boarder.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Mahogany, Glass, Raffia

Pair of Cane Back Armchairs in the Style of Robsjohn--Gibbings
A beautiful and warm pair of cane back armchairs. While the chairs are unmarked, they are reminiscent of Robsjohn - Gibbings for Widdicomb production of the 1950's. Excellent Restore...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Armchairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Pasadena, TX
A pair of Mid-Century Modern arm chairs designed by Roger Sprunger and made by Dunbar. Ebonized wooden frames with red Jack Lenor Larsen upholstery.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Early and Rare Harvey Probber Cocktail Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hudson, NY
Sculptural coffee table base in black lacquered solid oak with 1" plate glass top. An important design from Probber's experimental early period, after his return from Paris in the la...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

A Walnut Sideboard by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A walnut server with central compartment having a removable glass-bottom serving tray & one adjustable shelf, flanked by two banks of four drawers over one long drawer all with brass...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Brass

Isamu Noguchi Table
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Chicago, IL
Table by Noguchi for Knoll, early production, possibly first year Cyclone table. With rare custom 47.5" top.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Steel, Steel, Chrome

American Modern Two-Door Credenza, by Nakashima
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Miami, FL
The American walnut case with circassian elm doors, branded George Nakashima for Widdicomb, Nakashima
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Wood

Widdicomb Dresser Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Dallas, TX
Dresser by Robsjohn-Gibbings is in beautiful original condition, very well preserved, circa 1950. Matching nightstands also available.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Silver

George Nelson Primavera Headboard for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
Part of the Herman Miller Collection, early 1950s, this headboard by George Nelson is in the sought after Primavera wood. A storage headboard, it's padded back slides down to reveal ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Set of 4 Vintage Eames Chairs by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 4 Vintage Eames Chairs by Herman Miller. All original, not a recent edition. Stamped under.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

James Mont Cabinet
By James Mont
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Oriental Carved bamboo two door cabinet with a light up top. Original silver leaf on the bamboo,original open grain ceruse finish over oak. With Four adjustable shelves
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Wood

Oceana Series Bowl by Russel Wright
By Russel Wright
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A long rare hand-carved wood bowl with an indented rim, from the "Oceana" series.
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1930s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Maple

George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa
By George Nelson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
George Nelson Marshmallow sofa, model 5670 Manufactured by Herman Miller A great example of an iconic form.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Stainless Steel, Steel

Warren Platner Custom Wall Sconce
By Warren Platner
Located in Chicago, IL
Warren Platner Associates architects: Wall sconce. Custom for important commission. Features lift-up. Mirrored polished brass shield with four steel louvers.             
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

Soft Pad Lounge Chair by Eames
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An armless soft pad swivelling lounge chair in original red wool channeled upholstery by Charles Eames for Herman Miller.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Steel, Aluminum

Arthur Espenet Carpenter 'Wishbone' Armchair
By Arthur Espenet Carpenter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
wood armchair w/original leather webbing, signed
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

1950s Coconut Lounge Chair by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An excellent example of Nelson's iconic coconut lounge chair, with its original brick-red leather upholstery on splayed, chromed steel legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Steel

Pair of Polished Chrome Cocktail Tables by Laverne International
By Douglas Kelly, Ross Littell and William Katavolos, Laverne International
Located in New York, NY
A Minimalist pair of cocktail tables or end tables with polished chromium plated steel X-frame bases supporting thick rectangular glass tops. By Katavolos, Littell & Kelley for Laver...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Glass

Lacquered Decorator Noguchi Coffee Table
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Miami, FL
This is a graceful organic Noguchi coffee table lacquered in black and white. Beautiful element in home or office.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Glass

"untitled" by Claudia Carrel
By Claudia Carrel
Located in Hillsborough, CA
Claudia Carrel American, b. 1921 "Untitled" Polymer and acrylic on canvas Signed 'Cl. Clarrel' lower right 30 by 30 in. w/frame 30 ¾ by 30 ¾ in. Claudia Carrel, born in...
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20th Century American Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Club Chair with Bronze Base & Cutouts
A unique club chair with bronze base and inserts in dark charcoal nubuck leather. Dated 1938 and labeled "Mandel Bros Chicago" it is rumored to have been used on a luxury railcar.
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1930s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Dining Set for Six by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A drop-leaf console table opens to seat, six (6) for dining. Set complete with two banquette chairs and four side chairs.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Drop-Leaf Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A mahogany drop-leaf table with ebonized gate-leg base. Measures: Console table depth of 16.5" deep when closed.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Rare Beverly Pepper Offset Lithograph
By Beverly Pepper
Located in Miami, FL
Work on paper, edition of ten, numbered five of ten, signed lower right.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Cork Top Dining Table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co.
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful dining table comprising a rectangular cork top with curved ends supported by opposingly curved mahogany frame bases with overlapping zigzag slats. Measure: Has two leaves...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Mahogany, Cork

a Harry Bertoia Monotype
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Brooklyn/Toronto, Ontario
A nice example of a Harry Bertoia monotype . Gently draping rods from a central point and upright . A one of a kind piece of art from the American Master Sculptor. Numbered 3503B ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Paper, Ink

1930's CHARACTER,CULTURE and CITIZENSHIP POSTERS
A Large Collection of Educational Posters Created in the 1930's for Use in Classrooms.<br /> Designed by Various Instructors of Art in the Midwest, these wonderfully Graphic Images...
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1930s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Coffee Table Mid-Century Modern Noguchi Style
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a Mid-Century Modern coffee table base, constructed with solid wood. Restored in black. Glass for display only. Glass not for sale. Attributed in style to Nogu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Lacquer, Wood

Ash Aniline Red DCM by Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rare aniline dyed red ash DCM chair with satin chrome frame. By Herman Miller with original foil tag.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Steel

Tambour Door Console by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rare curved front console in rich grained rosewood with a single drawer and slatted tambour storage.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

A-Frame Armchair by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A horseshoe back armchair with white leather upholstery and ebonized mahogany frame.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Eero Saarinen Grasshopper Chair with Vintage Knoll Fabric
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Turners Falls, MA
Eero Saarinen for Knoll Grasshopper with rare new vintage Knoll fabric.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century American Collection Furniture

Materials

Maple

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