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Blenko

A producer of hand-blown glass since 1893, Blenko Glass is currently headquartered in Milton, West Virginia, where it has operated since 1921. Among its many illustrious projects are the stained-glass windows it produced for St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Washington National Cathedral. Blenko is known today for the brilliant colors of its glass vessels and objects—particularly those produced in the 1950s and ’60s—which range from jewel-like blues and greens to brilliant reds and yellows.

The company was founded by William J. Blenko, an English immigrant who was apprenticed to a glassmaker in his native London as a young man. Blenko developed expertise in the production of rondels, the round panes used in stained glass windows. His interest in the potential of natural gas to fire glass furnaces led him to Milton, where abundant reserves of the fuel had attracted a pool of skilled glassblowers. Under the name Eureka Glass, his company began making window glass in 1923, and in 1925, he was joined in the business by his son, William H. Blenko.

When the Great Depression quelled demand for stained glass, William J. Blenko brought local Milton glassblowers into the company to begin producing stem- and tableware, products for which the company, which changed its name to Blenko in 1930, is now best known. Up until the end of World War II, Blenko’s tableware designs were fairly straightforward, and they sold well at American department such as Gump’s, in San Francisco. The company was also commissioned in 1930 to produce a line of reproductions for Colonial Williamsburg.

In 1947, the company hired as its art director Winslow Anderson, who introduced artful, fanciful and modern vessels and objects in vibrant colors. This began what collectors refer to as Blenko’s “historic period.” A number of Anderson’s designs were honored by the Museum of Modern Art’s Good Design Awards in 1950, and throughout the 1950’s and ‘60s, the company enjoyed robust sales and critical acclaim. The forms Blenko produced during this period followed the contemporary vogue for biomorphism, or organic modernism, which favored rounded and fluid shapes inspired by nature.

One of Blenko’s most influential designers, Wayne Husted, who was active from 1953 to ’63, is credited with aligning Blenko’s products with the prevailing mid-century modern aesthetic by pushing the envelope on both form and color, particularly in his wedge-cut and Spool decanters and his Echoes series. Joel Philip Myers, who designed for Blenko in the 1960s, brought a sense of whimsy and visual excess to the product line, in keeping with the psychedelic look favored during the period.

Blenko Glass still produces many of its classic designs in items ranging from stemware and tableware to decorative objects and ornamental decanters. Among collectors, pieces created under Husted’s creative direction are of special interest. The company has come to the attention of younger audiences through the documentaries Blenko: Hearts of Glass and Blenko Retro: Three Designers of American Glass, both of which aired on PBS. Blenko also designed the glass award trophy for the Country Music Awards.

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Creator: Blenko
Pair of Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 23.25" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vase is about 22.75" high and 2...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Monumental Blenko Decanter with Stopper design 6732-L Artist Joel Philip Myers
By Joel Philip Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Buffalo, NY
Extremely rare Blenko decanter with stopper, design #6732-L.... Designed by Artist Joel Philip Myers, This piece was only produced for 1 year, 1967 -1968, There's only one That i am ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern, Amberina, Blenko Glass, Moonshine Jug
By Blenko Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-20th century Blenko glass moonshine jug in amberina - large size of rounded bell form having a single applied loop handle below the flared mouth and an out-turned rim at the base...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Set of 10 Orange Blenko Bottles
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Fantastic mid-century 10 piece set of Blenko Art Glass in vibrant orange tones. Tallest being 19.75 inches x 5 inch diameter.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass

Set of Three Blenko Cobalt Glass Flared Vases with Applied Orange Decoration
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare set of three Blenko 1980s cobalt glass flared vases with applied orange decoration; these stylish vases were manufactured by Blenko Glassworks as experimental pieces and were ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Blenko

1950s Mid-Century Modern Amber Yellow Blenko Handblown Crackle Art Glass Carafe
By Blenko Glass
Located in Haarlem, NL
Cute little 1950s MCM amber yellow Blenko handblown crackle Art-Glass carafe with stopper and visible pontil. Blenko Glass Company has been a family owned and operated American comp...
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Mid-20th Century Central American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Lidded Glass Jar Designed by John Nickerson for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, John Nickerson
Located in New York, NY
Nice lidded vessel in blue crackle glass designed by John Nickerson, produced by Blenko. This example is in perfect condition, it is an uncommon blue example. Classic American late M...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass

Vintage Glass Elephant Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in San Diego, CA
Midcentury glass elephant pair of bookends designed by Joel Myers for Blenko. Made of dense textured glass with an elephant design. Sculptural, unique and whimsy. Each is handcrafted...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Vintage Blenko Art Glass Vase Pitcher
By Blenko Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
A Vintage Blenko Art Glass vase pitcher. Attributed to Wayne Husted.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Large Blenko Crackle Pitcher by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A large hand blown art glass pitcher in tangerine and ruby with the crackle textured pattern produced under the Blenko Glass company designed by Wayne Husted.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Tall Mid-Century Modern Amber Hand Made Blown Art Glass Vessel, Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
1988 tall Mid-Century Modern hand made art glass vessel, vase, decanter by Blenko. The amber color glass body has a round glass ball stopper.  
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Blenko Ice Block Bookends in Amber Glass Abstract Flower Design 1967 Joel Myers
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in National City, CA
Glass Bookends By Blenko abstract ice glass block sculpture modern bookends in amber glass 1967 By designer Joel Myers for Blenko Glass of West Virginia Heavy pair of square amber co...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

1960s Blenko Blue Glass Owl Bookends by Joel Myers Milton, WV
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in National City, CA
Bookends Pair of Cobalt BLUE Handblown handcrafted Glass OWL Bookends by BLENKO of USA Designed by Joel Myers for Blenko Milton WV Unmarked. 6.75 + .13 x 5.5 W x 1.75 D Original Preo...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Large Turquoise Blown Glass Asymmetrical "Ribbed" Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Asymmetrical Blenko vase with ribbed pattern, large in scale (H: 11" x L: 8" x D: 4") in attractive turquoise palette. The design's first and only appearance was in the 1966 Blenko...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

1970's Mouth blown Glass Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful abstract glass vase by Blenko, circa 1970's no chips or cracks.
Category

Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Three Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Three Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 23.75" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vases are about 21.5" high and 2....
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Pair of Blenko Green Glass Decanters
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 1970s Blenko green glass decanters with elaborate decoration. Hand blown with elaborate stoppers.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Modern Blenko Clear Glass Half Circle Bookends by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in St. Louis, MO
Wayne Husted designed clear half glass bookends for Blenko, circa 1960s. In fine condition, no damage.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Midcentury Blenko Glass Fish Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cathedral City, CA
A pair of midcentury Blenko fish bookends.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Monumental Blenko Smoky Blue Grey Glass Lamp
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Large Blenko glass lamp in a beautiful blue / grey color. The lamp sits on a thick beveled lucite base and has been Newly rewired with adjustable polished brass double cluster tha...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Modern Wayne Husted Glass Decanter for Blenko
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in San Antonio, TX
Mid-century modern glass decanter by Wayne Husted for Blenko. Wayne Husted was the most prolific Blenko designer and is often credited as the most talented and popular of the Blenko ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass

Big Blenko Blown Glass Vase Blue, Circa 1960
By Blenko Glass
Located in Rochester, NY
Large scale Blenko blown glass vase w/ beautiful blue color and great sculptural form. Circa 1960's. Measures - 20 1/4" high x 9" wide x 7 1/2" diameter at top. Look at all pictur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Signed Mid-Century Blenko Amber Art Glass Nude Female Vase by Joel Philip Myers
By Blenko Glass
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This art glass vase was designed by Joel Philip Myers of Blenko Glass of the United States in approximately 1969 in the period Mid-Century Modern style. The vase is done with clear g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Wayne Husted for Blenko Emerald Green Double-Pierced Glass Bowl #5819, 1958
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very rare 1958 Blenko #5819 emerald green double-pierced glass bowl by Wayne Husted. Produced in this rich and luminous shade of emerald green for only one year—1958—it features...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Rare Pair of Blenko Orange Glass Vases with Applied Cobalt Decoration
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Francisco, CA
Manufactured by Blenko glassworks as part of their experimental line, these vases were never placed into production; with flared neck and ovoid body in a vibrant orange glass adorned...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Blenko

Massive Yellow Glass "Leo the Lion" Zodiac Ashtray by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Massive and very heavy yellow glass "Leo the Lion" zodiac sign ashtray by Blenko, circa 1960s. Very impressive piece in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Blenko Art Glass Table Lamps with Original Glass Finials
By Blenko Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of Art Glass Table Lamps by Blenko American Art Glass, 1950s. Burnt orange / Amber blown glass with blonde wood base and brass harp and fixture. Complete the the original blown ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Linen, Art Glass

1980s Blenko Purple Paper Bag Blown Art Glass Vase American Mid-Century Modern
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Purple Blenko sculptural Paper Bag blown art glass vase, vessel, geometric shape made in America 1980. The sculptural purple transparent glass body looks stunning with every turn. ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Vintage Blenko Vase in Green Glass with Overall Raised Molded Designs
By Blenko Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern vase of pillar form with two flat sides and two convex sides. The molded green glass divided into rectangular areas with various patterns, each flat side with two ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Huge 1960s Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Litchfield, CT
Blenko Glass Co., Milton, West Virginia, USA, circa 1960s. A brilliant example of the mod aesthetic in American decorative arts, this massive vase from Blenko is perfect for mid-cent...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Wayne Husted Large Blenko Bottle
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Wayne Husted for Blenko Glass large bottles with stoppers. Roughly 36" tall with stoppers in place, or 30" when stopper is out. The large pieces of Blenko are always a challenge to f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Pair of Clear Glass Half Moon Glass Bookends by Wayne Husted for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous clear glass half moon bookends designed by Wayne Husted for Blenko, circa 1960s. They are in very good vintage condition with no chips or scratches. The pair are 5"W x 2.5...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Blenko Cobalt Blue Water Bottle
By Blenko Glass
Located in Buchanan, NY
Fabulous cobalt blue Blenko iconic water bottle with sandblasted etching on base with the maker, Blenko, and the year 2002. Would be great as a vase with white peonies or in a window...
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Small Table Lamp by Blenko in Teal
By Blenko Glass
Located in South Charleston, WV
This shape of Blenko has been in the catalog for some time and was reproduced at various times. This however is an uncommon lamp size, diminutive and petite in nature and ideal for a...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Collection of Large Blenko Glass Pieces
By Blenko Glass
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A collection of large, red-orange Blenko pieces, largest measuring 33.25" H.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Pair of Vintage Blenko Glass Vases, circa 1960's
By Blenko Glass
Located in Chappaqua, NY
Pair of vintage Blenko glass vases, circa 1960's. Hand-blown aquamarine glass. Distinctive shape that mimics a paper bag. Original label. Blenko glass manufacturer started in 1893, l...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Set of 8 Vintage Blenko Clear Petal Lotus Bowls Original Labels by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage set of eight Blenko Petal or Lotus shaped bowls in crystal clear. Wayne Husted is the designer of this bowl. He was a designer for Blenko from about 1952 to 1963. Most reta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Blenko Clear Glass Half Circle Bookends, Pair
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pair of vintage handmade half circle bookends in solid glass by Blenko. Both with original foil label.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Vintage Blue Bulbous Blenko Blown Glass Vase with Sticker
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage blue Bulbous Blenko blown glass vase with sticker Offered for sale is a blue bulbous Blenko glass vase with a long neck and a flared lip. The glass vase retains the original...
Category

Late 20th Century American Blenko

Materials

Glass

Vintage Geometric Amberina Pillar Vase Designed by Joel Myers for Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Impressive, striking Joel Myers for Blenko pillar vase model 6949 first seen on the cover of the 1969 Blenko catalog. Scarcely seen amberina / tangerine example in bandings of red,...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Large Turquoise Blue Hand Blown Glass Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage hand blown turquoise blue vase by Joel Meyers for Blenko. Textured square body graduates into to a saucer shaped rim. Artist: Joel Meyers Manufacturer: Blenko Origin: USA ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Hand Blown Tall Art Glass Vase by Matt Carter for Blenko Glass #9730
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool hand blown art glass vase by Matt Carter for Blenko Glass, circa 2002. The vases are in very good vintage condition with no chips or cracks and measure 6.5"D x 19.5"H. Th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Blenko Glass Half Circle Bookends by Wayne Husted, 1960s
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Blenko glass Half Circle bookends by Wayne Husted, 1960s. In great condition, no damage.
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1960s American Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Massive Bottle Shaped Glass Lamp by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A massive glass lamp by Blenko. Bottle shaped blue glass, measuring 23.75" H, excluding shade.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Original Blenko Mid-Century Modern Mint Green Art Glass Bowl, Centerpiece 1980
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Marked Blenko Mid-Century Modern handmade Art Glass Bowl made in America 1980. Can be used as serving bowl or centerpiece. Foil label at the bowl.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Large Blenko "Wheat" Blown Glass Decanter / Bottle Desgined by Joel Myers
By Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Blenko blown glass bottle designed in the 1960s by Joel Myers retaining its original stopper. Sculptural form and impressive size in Blenko's "wheat" color. Glass has been cleaned, ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Vases by Blenko Blue and Amber
By Blenko Glass
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Pair of fish bowl vases by American glass blowing company Blenko. Amber colored case is a little taller than the blue vase 10 inch to 9.5 inch. Amber vase retains 90% of it's origina...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Vase by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Joel Myers colored glass vase with stopper, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. Vessel measures 25" high (with stopper), 21.5" (without stopper) and 2.75" diameter.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Mid-Century Blenko Amberina Blown Glass "Bubble" Vase by Wayne Husted
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Blown glass vase designed in 1961 by Wayne Husted for Blenko (model number 6041). Attractive 'bubble' pattern throughout and brilliant amberina / tangerine palette with red and yello...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Blenko Clear Glass Candleholders, a Pair
By Blenko Glass
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage pair of puck shaped glass candleholders by Blenko. Handmade from solid glass, slightly different in size. Manufacurer: Blenko Origin: USA Year: 1960s Syle: Mid-Ce...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Vintage Blenko Hand Blown Glass Green Pear with Gold Stem
By Blenko Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hand blown green and amber glass shape like a pear with an opening in the middle and also at the end of the stem. Unique and delicate sophisticated sculpture. It will add some co...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Three Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Three Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 23.5" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vases are 22" and 21.75" high, 2.7...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Pair, Swirl Mid-Century Modern Transparent Blown Art Glass Table Lamps by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of Mid-Century Modern hand-blown art glass table lamp by Blenko. The swirled transparent glass body is mounted on an acrylic base and has a nickel top with neck. In perfect wo...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Nickel

Blenko 1960's Blue Smoke Glass Lamps
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful blue smoke glass Blenko lamps, with original glass finials. Mounted on wood bases. Solid brass hardware, double sockets and brass pulls. Made in USA c. 1960's.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Brass

American Mid-Century Modern Rare Amoeba Blenko Glass Bowl
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and rare color amoeba shape textured glass bowl dish , by Blenko circa 1960's excellent condition no chips or cracks.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Six Blenko Glass Zodiac Box
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Set of Blenko art glass zodiac plaques. Being sold individually. There are: 2 Taurus 1 Aries 2 Cancer 1 Libra.  
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

1960s Blenko Tangerine Mid-Century Modern Footed Bowl
By Blenko Glass
Located in Pasadena, CA
Blenko tangerine footed bowl. Measures 10.5" by 8.5". In very good vintage condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Architectural Glass Blenko Tangerine Vessel by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Architectural Blenko tangerine floor vessel/bottle by Wayne Husted. Bottle is 26.25" high and 9.5" diameter (bottom), 7" diameter (top). Manufactured by Blenko, USA.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Blenko furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Blenko furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Blenko collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 131 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Blenko were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Dorothy Thorpe, Steuben Glass and Ben Seibel. Blenko furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$75 and tops out at US$5,500, while pieces like these can sell for US$488 on average.

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