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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
Glamorous Dorothy Thorpe 10 Piece set Gold Fleck Wine Glasses - Stemware Barware
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

1950s Designer Dorothy Thorpe Pure Silver Band Barware Pair of Wine Glasses
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Silver

Glamorous Dorothy Thorpe 11 Piece Gold Fleck Martini Glasses - Desert Stemware
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Located in St. Louis, MO
Glamourous Hollywood Regency 11 piece barware martini glassware set with gold fleck by Dorothy Thorpe. The eleven martinis are in fine vintage condi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage 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 o...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Glassware Barware Double Old Fashioned Mid Century 1960s
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Mid Century 1960s Dorothy Thorpe Silver Rimmed Glassware Barware. Double Old Fashioned Glasses. Wonderful addition to any home bar, bar cart or...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Silver Fade Banded Lusterware Barware Cocktail Glasses Set of 15
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
An eye-catching set of 15 Dorothy Thorpe Silver Banded cocktail glasses. A fabulous set to add to your barware, this set will be perfect for family gatherings and holiday entertaining. It includes 8 lowball glasses and 7 highball glasses. Each piece is transparent and features an ombre silver band around the top. Display this set on your bar cart or credenza to add a pop of Hollywood Regency to your space. The lowballs would be great for an Old Fashioned. Our favorite recipe is: 2 teaspoons simple syrup 1 teaspoon water 2 dashes bitters 1 cup ice cubes 1 (1.5 fluid ounces) jigger bourbon whiskey...
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20th Century Hollywood Regency Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

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. ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Glassware Barware 1960s Mid Century
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Located in New York, NY
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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 Dorothy Thorpe midcentury cocktail glasses barware has the pure silver faded band around top edge of each piece. Set includes 6 shot glasses. 1960s Mid-Century Modern cocktail barware set. Silver fade. Measurements: Hot glasses height 3.5 inches, diameter 2.5 inches. The glasses looks like it was used very little and stored well. This vintage 1950s midcentury glassware or barware set will create a dramatic display for a back bar or table setting. These are from the 1950s and must be hand washed. They are not dishwasher safe.  Dorothy Thorpe glassware was a chic staple of every Mid-Century Modern wet bar...
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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 ...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage 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 bucket. This rare set Dorothy Thorpe midcentury cocktail glasses barware has the pure silver faded band around top edge of each piece. Set includes 8 cocktails glasses. and ice bucket 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe cocktail barware set. Silver fade. Measurements: Eight tall cocktail glasses height 5.5 inches, diameter 2.75 inches. Ice bucket: 5 inches height, diameter 5.75 inches The glasses looks like it was used very little and stored well. The Ice bucket sows some wear on the silver band. Dorothy Thorpe 1950s midcentury glassware or barware set They will create a dramatic display for a back bar or table setting. These are from the 1950s and must be hand washed. They are not dishwasher safe.  Dorothy Thorpe glassware was a chic staple of every Mid-Century Modern wet bar...
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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 This rare set Dorothy Thorpe midcentury cocktail glasses barware has the pure silver faded band around top edge of each piece. Set of 5 Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe clear with silver overlay band "Tom Collins" / high ball cocktail glasses. Set includes 5 cocktails glasses. and pitcher. 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe cocktail barware set. Measurements: Five tall cocktail glasses height 5.75 inches, diameter 3 inches. Pitcher: 10.5 inches height, 6 inches diameter, 8.5 inches with handle The glasses looks like it was used very little and stored well. Dorothy Thorpe 1950s midcentury glassware or barware set They will create a dramatic display for a back bar or table setting. These are from the 1950s and must be hand washed. They are not dishwasher safe.  The set is in pristine condition and were either never used or were hand washed and well taken care of considering their age. Dorothy Thorpe glassware was a chic staple of every Mid-Century Modern wet bar...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Barware

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Silver Plate, Silver Leaf

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

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Glass

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 midcentury cocktail glasses barware has the pure silver faded band around top edge of each piece. Set includes 8 glasses. 1960s Mid-Century Modern cocktail barware set. Measurements: Eight tall cocktail glasses height 5.5 inches, diameter 3 inches. The set looks like it was used very little and stored well. 1950s midcentury glassware or barware set They will create a dramatic display for a back bar or table setting. These are from the 1950s and must be hand washed. They are not dishwasher safe.  Dorothy Thorpe glassware was a chic staple of every Mid-Century Modern wet bar...
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Mid-20th Century American 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 barware are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Dorothy Thorpe barware, although silver editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original barware by Dorothy Thorpe were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider barware by The Couroc Company, Federal Glass, and Fred Press. Prices for Dorothy Thorpe barware can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $145 and can go as high as $2,900, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $650.
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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    How you clean Dorothy Thorpe glassware varies. For most pieces, experts recommend using a gentle dish soap, warm water and a soft sponge. After washing, be sure to dry the glassware thoroughly with a soft microfiber dishcloth. For pieces trimmed in silver, you can typically utilize silver polish to remove tarnishing. However, check the labels of all cleaning products to ensure that they are safe for use on glassware. Find a selection of Dorothy Thorpe serveware and glass on 1stDibs.

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