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Dorothy Thorpe Barware

Dorothy Thorpe glassware was a chic staple of every mid-century modern wet bar, paricularly her festive Roly Poly silver-banded tumblers. Although not as widely known as such contemporaries as Eva Zeisel and Edith Heath, Thorpe was one of a group of creative and entrepreneurial women whose designs captured the imagination of the postwar homeowner with her modern and festive designs.

Thorpe was born in Salt Lake City in 1901 and settled in Los Angeles as a young woman. She began creating her signature glassware using the trade name Dorothy Thorpe Originals in the 1930s. Thorpe was a designer, not a glassblower. To create her shimmering wares, she purchased glass blanks from a variety of manufacturers and subjected them to various techniques, including sandblasting, etching and silver overlay. Initially Art Deco in style, the pieces were signed with a large T and smaller D. Thorpe also worked in ceramics and, in the 1940s, with Lucite, producing a line of household items, such as magazine racks, sculptural lamps, candlesticks and umbrella stands.

After World War II, Thorpe was inspired by the new interest in the flowers and animals of the South Pacific to begin incorporating tropical floral motifs into her work. She traveled to Hawaii and studied local irises, roses, azaleas, narcissus and eucalyptus. The decorative patterns based on these studies were created primarily by sandblasting, which makes a glass surface appear frosted. From the 1930s through the ’50s, Thorpe’s designs won her many fans among the members of café society, including Princess Grace of Monaco and the Shah of Iran. They were also widely imitated. Vintage tumblers that bear a silver stripe around the rim but lack the “DT” signature on the bottom are not Thorpe originals.

In the 1950s, Thorpe created the glassware line Atomic Splash, which featured the energetic geometric patterns that were so popular at the time. Atomic Splash patterned drinking glasses and serving dishes bore a silver overlay that evoked an explosion. She also designed a line of ceramic tableware decorated with a wreath of spring flowers in collaboration with Crown Lynn Pottery, in New Zealand, and, in the mid-’60s, created coffee sets for the Santa Barbara and Monterey companies. Among her own ceramics products were lines glazed iin the eye-catching shades Orange Persimmon and Blue Periwinkle.

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Creator: Dorothy Thorpe
Set of Six Vintage Barware Glasses with Silver Fade by Dorothy Thorpe, c. 1960's
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Set of six Mid-Century Modern whiskey rock glasses with silver overlay. The silver ombre covers the top portion of the glasses which fades into the tapered clear glass bases. These i...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Silver Leaf

Set of Four Whiskey Glasses with Silver Overlay by Dorothy Thorpe, circa 1960s
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Iconic Mid-Century Modern barware glasses with silver fade overlay design. Great looking rock glasses with tapered forms and gradient rims with in ombre gunmetal. Makes a smart and h...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Silver Leaf

Set of Dorothy Thorpe Water Goblets with Silver Rim Design, c. 1970's
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Set of four vintage water or wine goblet glasses by Dorothy Thorpe. The blown glasses feature short stems with glass ball fittings and the iconic silver rim synonymous with Thorpe d...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Crystal, Silver Leaf

Dorothy Thorpe Punch Bowl Set Mid Century 1960s Glassware Barware Set of 12
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
1960s Mid century dorothy thorpe glassware barware. Punch bowl set. 14 pieces. Includes punch bowl. 12 glasses. Ladle and holder / carrier. *Please see photos. Set is in Excellen...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe 1960s Mid Century Glassware Barware Roly Poly
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Mid century 1960s Dorothy Thorpe glassware barware. Silver fade design. Often referred to as Roly Poly glasses due to their round modern shape. Set of 8.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

6 Dorothy Thorpe Rolly Poly Glasses with Sterling Band
By Dorothy Thorpe
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Set of 6 glasses by Dorothy Thorpe - the glasses are the popular Rolly Polly glass made popular again by the television show Mad Men. They have a sterling band that must be polished....
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Dorothy Thorpe Glassware Barware 1960s Mid Century
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Mid. Century 1960s Dorothy Thorpe silver fade glassware barware. Set includes 6 glasses and 1 ice bucket. Measurements: Ice Bucket Height: 4.63 inches Ice Bucket Diameter: 5.75...
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Mid-20th Century Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Mid Century 1960s Glassware Barware Set of 8
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Mid Century 1960s Dorothy Thorpe Silver Fade Glassware Barware. Set of 8.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Style Mid-Century Silver Fade Barware Shot Glasses
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in North Hollywood, CA
1960s Dorothy Thorpe style midcentury barware set of 6 shot glasses. Elegant exquisite vintage 1950s Designer Dorothy Thorpe pure silver overlay band barware glasses. This set Doroth...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Mid-Century Silver Cocktail Barware Glasses and Pitcher
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in North Hollywood, CA
1960s Dorothy Thorpe midcentury barware set of 5 glasses and pitcher. Elegant exquisite vintage 1950s Designer Dorothy Thorpe pure silver overlay band barware glasses and pitcher T...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Silver Plate, Silver Leaf

Set of Six Dorothy Thorpe Champagne Flutes with Sterling Silver Overlay, 1950's
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Set of Mid-Century Modern stemware glasses designed by Dorothy Thorpe. The rare blown champagne glasses feature short stems with the iconic sterling silver rims for which Thorpe is r...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Crystal, Sterling Silver

Dorothy Thorpe Mid-Century Modern Silver Overlay Glass Cocktail Pitcher Set
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This four piece cocktail pitcher and glass set was done by the well known Dorothy Thorpe of the United States in approximately 1965 in the period Mid-Century style. The set is compos...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Silver

Dorothy Thorpe Style Midcentury Silver Fade Cocktail Glasses Barware Set of 8
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in North Hollywood, CA
1960s Dorothy Thorpe style midcentury cocktail bar set of 8 pieces Elegant exquisite vintage 1950s Dorothy Thorpe style pure silver overlay band barware glasses. This vintage midcent...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Mid-Century Silver Band Roly Poly Glasses and Cocktail Punch Bowl
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Midcentury Dorothy Thorpe silver rimmed punch bowl and roly poly glasses, set of twelve Vintage 1960s Dorothy Thorpe midcentury barware set of 11 glasses and one punch bowl. Elegan...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Mid-Century Silver Fade Cocktail Barware Glasses and Ice Bucket
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in North Hollywood, CA
1960s Dorothy Thorpe midcentury barware set of 8 glasses and ice bucket. Elegant exquisite vintage 1950s Designer Dorothy Thorpe pure silver overlay band barware glasses and ice buc...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

1950s Dorothy Thorpe Mint Green Champagne Flutes or Wine Glasses, Set of 8
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Farmington Hills, MI
We are very pleased to offer an elegant set of champagne flutes or wine glasses by Dorothy Thorpe, circa the 1950s. The trumpet bowl showcases a very subtle frosted mint green that c...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

1950's Champagne Flutes with Sterling Silver Overlay by Dorothy Thorpe, Set of 6
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Set of six elegant Mid-Century Modern stemware glasses designed by Dorothy Thorpe. The rare champagne glasses feature short stems with the iconic sterling silver rims for which Thorp...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Sterling Silver

Four Midcentury Low Ball Glass with Sterling Silver Overlay by Dorothy Thorpe
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
This refined set of four lowball glasses were designed in California by the esteemed Mid-Century Modern designer Dorothy Thorpe, circa 1950. Composed of simple cylindrical forms, the...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Sterling Silver

Midcentury Dorothy Thorpe Silver Band Barware 20 Piece Set
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Vintage set of authentic Dorothy Thorpe silver band bar glasses and ice bowl. Included are: 8ea 3" roly poly glasses 7ea. 3" rocks glasses 4ea. 4-1/2" rocks glasses 1ea. 11" ice...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Etched Glass and Lucite Tray
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco serving tray by Dorothy Thorpe. The tray has signature etched floral motif, with rope twist Lucite handles. Excellent original condition, marked with the Thorpe cartouche.
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass, Lucite

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Dorothy Thorpe barware for sale on 1stDibs

Dorothy Thorpe's barware 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 Dorothy Thorpe collection of barware, although silver editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 25 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Dorothy Thorpe's original barware was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the mid-20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider barware by Arthur Umanoff, Culver Ltd. and Georges Briard. Prices for Dorothy Thorpe barware can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $245 and tops out at $2,900, while pieces like these can sell for $475 on average.
Questions About Dorothy Thorpe Barware
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To identify Dorothy Thorpe glassware, look for her signature. It appears on all sandblasted glassware, as well as some other pieces. The signature should consist of a small D and a larger T. Shop a collection of expertly vetted Dorothy Thorpe on 1stDibs.

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