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Ward Bennett Decorative Objects

American, 1917-2003

Ward Bennett created everything from interiors and furniture to textiles and flatware. The unsung New York City-born modernist designer drew on the work of Le Corbusier and Auguste Rodin, studied art with the likes of Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann and counted legendary American luxury house Tiffany & Co. among his clients. For decades, Bennett created and filled spaces that were elegant, minimalist and deeply appealed to everyone who laid eyes on them.

Bennett left home and school at the young age of 13. He found work in Manhattan’s Garment District, and within a few years, Bennett traveled to Europe on behalf of a clothing manufacturer to gather ideas for modern garments. He lived abroad as a young man, and when he returned to New York, during the early 1940s, he assisted fashion entrepreneur Hattie Carnegie as a window dresser.

Bennett would also go on to share a sculpture studio with artist Louise Nevelson. He ventured into the world of jewelry design, creating necklaces, bracelets and other pieces with Richard Pousette-Dart. The Whitney Museum of American Art exhibited his sculptures, and it wouldn’t be long before the Museum of Modern Art included Bennett’s personal adornments with accessories by the likes of Alexander Calder, Harry Bertoia and Anni Albers in its 1946 “Modern Handmade Jewelry” show.

Bennett didn’t take the plunge into interior design work until he was 30 years old — his inaugural project was an apartment in Manhattan and his clients were family members. He had no formal training in architecture or decorating — and would ultimately design a mere handful of houses in his life — so for his inviting leather office chairs, marble-topped tables and sleek storage cabinets, Bennett relied only on what he learned in the fashion world. Soon, every time he redecorated his own home — an elaborate apartment comprising former maids’ quarters in New York City’s magnificent Dakota building — it earned splashy coverage in the newspapers.

Bennett’s client list eventually included David Rockefeller and Chase Manhattan Bank, Tiffany & Co., Sasaki, Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli, and others, and during the 1970s he became in-house designer for Brickel Associates, a role that would endure for more than two decades. His work is on permanent view at the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.

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Creator: Ward Bennett
Ward Bennett vide-poche polished green tone glass dish
By Brickel Associates, Ward Bennett
Located in Ferndale, MI
Simple and elegant concave dish designed by Ward Bennett . Highly polished top and underside glass with a green tint . No nicks in glass . Minor scuffs on underside . Born in 1917, W...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Decorative Objects

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Glass

Ward Bennett bowl/ Vide - Poche clear glass for Tiffany Co .Signed
By Tiffany & Co., Ward Bennett
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Vide-poche , Bowl by the well known designer Ward Bennett .
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Ward Bennett Designs Silver Plated Bowl
By Ward Bennett
Located in San Mateo, CA
Small bowl designed by Ward Bennett. This bowl was originally silver plated. The silver has mostly worn off and the brass has developed a nice patina.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Ward Bennett for Brickel Vide-Poche, Clear Glass, Concave, Signed
By Brickel Associates, Ward Bennett
Located in New York, NY
Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates Vide-Poche, Clear Glass, Concave, Signed. Small scale clear glass vide-poche with a slight concave surface. Signed with an etched signature on the edge of the underside: Brickel Assoc Ward Bennett design...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Decorative Objects

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Glass

Ward Bennett for Brickel Vide-Poche, Clear Glass, Concave, Signed
By Brickel Associates, Ward Bennett
Located in New York, NY
Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates Vide-Poche, clear glass, Concave, Signed. Small scale clear glass vide-poche or minimalist table sculpture. Signed with an etched signature on the edge of the underside: Brickel Assoc Ward Bennett design...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Decorative Objects

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Glass

Sasaki Sengai Japan Clear Lead Crystal Vase Ward Bennett Mid-Century Modern 75
By Ward Bennett
Located in Miami, FL
Signed Sasaki Sengai round lead crystal flower vase, etched to-clear, made in Japan and designed by Ward Bennett. 24% Lead Crystal. Marked with Label and...
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1970s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Decorative Objects

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Crystal, Lead

Large Silver Plate Bowl by Ward Bennett
By Ward Bennett
Located in Dallas, TX
A large silver plate bowl designed by Ward Bennett.
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1970s Vintage Ward Bennett Decorative Objects

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Silver Plate

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Ward Bennett decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Ward Bennett decorative objects 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 Ward Bennett decorative objects, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original decorative objects by Ward Bennett were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Russel Wright, Polia Pillin, and Otto and Vivika Heino. Prices for Ward Bennett decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $215 and can go as high as $4,200, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,250.

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