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Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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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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 Glass

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Sterling Silver

Dorothy Thorpe 1960s Silver Barware Glassware with Holder Mid Century Set of 8
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
1960s mid century Dorothy Thorpe silver barware glassware with chrome rack. Cocktail set of rocks glasses. Complete set of 8. Perfect addition to any home bar or bar cart. Measur...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Glass

Set of 8 Dorothy Thorpe Clear w/ Silver Overlay Band High Ball Cocktail Glasses
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Houston, TX
Offered are a set of 8 Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe silver overlay "Tom Collins"/ high ball cocktail glasses. The set is in pristine condition and were either never used or were...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Silver Glassware Barware Mid Century, 1960s
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Mid century 1960s Dorothy Thorpe silver fade glassware barware. Wonderful addition to any table, home bar or bar cart.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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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 Glass

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Glass

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

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Silver Rimmed Mid Century 1960s Glassware Barware
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Mid century 1960s Dorothy Thorpe petite rolly polly glasses. Silver rimmed. Set of 12.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Silver Rimmed Glassware Barware Set of 6 Midcentury
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury 1960s set of 6 Dorothy Thorpe silver rimmed glasses. Often referred to as roly poly glasses due to their round modern shape. These are the petite version. Perfect for smal...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Glass

Mid-20th Century Sterling Silver and Glass Drinks Set of 11 by Dorothy Thorpe
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-20th Century sterling silver and glass drinks set of eleven pieces by, Dorothy Thorpe. Set includes 1 round glass tray with sterling silver edge, 8 high ball drink glasses with s...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Sterling Silver, Chrome

Floral Thorpe Hand Painted Copper, Gold and Frosted White Glass Plate / Charger
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed D T Mid-Century Modern beautifully hand painted floral decorative glass charger / plate / tray in gold, copper and frosted platinum/ white signed by renowned Mid-...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Glass, Paint

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 Glass

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Silver Leaf

Dorothy Thorpe 1960s Mid Century Glassware Barware Set of 10
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Mid Century 1960s Glassware Barware Set. Silver Fade Design. Glasses often referred as Roly Poly glasses due to their round modern shape. 1 Bowl and 10 glasses and 1 large serving sp...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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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 Glass

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Sterling Silver

S/8 Dorothy Thorpe Clear with Silver Overlay Band High Ball Cocktail Glasses
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Houston, TX
Offered are a set of 8 Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe clear with silver overlay band "Tom Collins" / high ball cocktail glasses. The set is in pristine condition and were either n...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Midcentury 1960s Silver Rimmed Glassware Barware with Ice Bucket
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Dorothy Thorpe glassware barware set with ice bucket. Midcentury, 1960s. Silver rimmed design. Excellent addition to any home bar or bar cart. Measurements: Glasses Height 3.38 ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Glass

1940s, Dorothy Thorpe Signed Glass Tray
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dorothy Thorpe carved and etched signed glass tray or dish.
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Glass

Dorothy Thorpe Etched Mirrored Glass Tray with Lucite Handles
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
A vintage serving tray, produced sometime between the 1940s and 1950s by designer Dorothy Thorpe, with glass mirror tray, beautifully decorated with layered etchings of floral design...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Lucite, Mirror

Dorothy Thorpe Glass and Lucite Tray, Signed
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Dorothy Thorpe layered etched glass tray with olives and leaves, with swirled and pretzel form Lucite handles. Made somewhere in the 1940s-1950s. There is a 1" scratch in the center ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Glass, Lucite

Dorothy Thorpe Glass Tray with Antiqued Silver Decoration
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dorothy Thorpe tray in excellent condition, circa 1960.
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1960s Vintage Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Silver

Dorothy Thorpe 1960s Midcentury Silver Rimmed Glassware Barware Set of 6
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury 1960s Dorothy Thorpe silver rimmed glassware barware. Set of 6. Excellent addition to any home bar or bar cart.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dorothy Thorpe Glass

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Glass

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Dorothy Thorpe Glass for sale on 1stDibs.

Dorothy Thorpe Glass is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Dorothy Thorpe Glass collection, although silver editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 20 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Dorothy Thorpe's original glass was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider Glass by Georges Briard Glass, Culver Ltd. Glass and Libbey Glass Co. Glass... Prices for Dorothy Thorpe Glass can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $250 and tops out at $1,660, while pieces like these can sell for $475 on average.

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