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Mid-Century Modernist Fireplace Tools, 1950s
Mid-Century Modernist Fireplace Tools, 1950s
Unknown
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Iron
Set of iron fireplace tools hung on a sculptural iron stand. USA, 1950s.
Italian Leather Log Holder or Magazine Rack by Alessandro Albrizzi, 1960s
Italian Leather Log Holder or Magazine Rack by ...
Alessandro Albrizzi
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Steel, Leather
Leather and chrome log or magazine holder by Alessandro Albrizzi. Thick chromed steel base with worn leather sling with great patina. Italy, 1960s
Kinetic Sculpture by Donald Max Engelman, 1960s
Kinetic Sculpture by Donald Max Engelman, 1960s
Donald Max Engelman
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
Metal
"Tork" kinetic sculpture by Donald Max Engelman. The weighted resin ball bounces in all directions when deployed. The sculpture was created by physician/artist, Donald Max Engelm...
Pair of Design Line Vases by Bill Curry, 1960s
Pair of Design Line Vases by Bill Curry, 1960s
Design Line, Bill Curry
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vases
Metal
A pair of metal vases designed by Bill Curry for his Company, Design Line. Designed and manufactured in El Segundo, CA in the 1960s. The vases can be used on a table or can be hu...
Modernist Iron and Wood Fire Tools
Modernist Iron and Wood Fire Tools
Unknown
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Iron, Wood
A set of iron fireplace tools with a nice wood detail. Solid construction. It includes the stand, broom poker and shovel, 1960s.
Pair of Italian Ceramic Lamps by Bitossi, 1960s
Pair of Italian Ceramic Lamps by Bitossi, 1960s
Bitossi
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Ceramic
A pair of ceramic lamps by Bitossi. The glaze has an incredible rich patina look. There is an incised symbols repeated around the circumference of two sections. Wood bases. Shades ar...
Pocket Watch Paperweight by Carl Auböck
Pocket Watch Paperweight by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights
Brass
Brass pocket watch paperweight by Carl Auböck. Unsigned.
Werkstätte Hagenauer Bronze Cigar Ashtray
Werkstätte Hagenauer Bronze Cigar Ashtray
Hagenauer Werkstätte
Vintage 1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories
Bronze
Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien Vienna Austria bronze cigar ashtray. Handmade bronze. Stamped on the bottom.
Martz Bookends for Marshall Studios Walnut and Ceramic
Martz Bookends for Marshall Studios Walnut and ...
Marshall Studios, Gordon & Jane Martz
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends
Ceramic, Walnut
Bookends with ceramic tile by Jane and Gordon Martz for their company, Marshall Studios. Includes a Marshall Studios tag.
Sculptural Brass Bookends by Sarreid Ltd.
Sculptural Brass Bookends by Sarreid Ltd.
Sarreid Ltd.
Vintage 1970s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Bookends
Brass
A pair of sculptural brass bookends by Sarreid Ltd. Stamped made in Spain.
Jacob Jensen Scandinavian Teak and Rosewood, Vikings, 1950s
Jacob Jensen Scandinavian Teak and Rosewood, Vi...
Jacob Jensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Toys
Wood
A set of three teak, rosewood and maple Vikings designed by Danish designer Jacob Jensen. They were produced in the 1950s. Made in Denmark They are from the estate of the owners o...
Kay Bojesen Royal Danish Guard Drummer Swordsman Postman Toys
Kay Bojesen Royal Danish Guard Drummer Swordsma...
Kay Bojesen
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Toys
Wood
Set of three wooden royal Danish guardsmen by Kay Bojesen. This is an early set with an impressive provenance. They are from the estate of the owners of the Frank Bros, the revolutio...
1950s Bill Lam Iron Tripod Table Lamp for Lam W...
Bill Lam
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Iron
Early 1950s table lamp designed by Bill Lam for his company, Lam Workshop. A simple modern form constructed of solid iron rods. Original paint and new shade. The floor version of thi...
Postmodern Peter Shire Ceramic Plate 1980 Memphis
Peter Shire
Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Decorative Bowls
Ceramic
Peter Shire ceramic plate from 1980. This is an early work by the Los Angeles-based artist and founding member of The Memphis Group. Signed "EXP" for Echo Park Pottery, his studio wh...
Abstract Wood Sculpture, 1960s
Unknown
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures
Mahogany, Walnut
Walnut abstract sculpture with a chip carved design. Mahogany base. Unsigned. 1960s.
Handcrafted Wood and Carnelian Jewelry Box, 1960s
Unknown
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Jewelry Boxes
Carnelian, Walnut
Handcrafted walnut jewelry box with a inlaid wood and carnelian element. The sliding top reveals a maroon velvet lining. The wood divider is removable. 1960s
Kinetic Abstract Sculpture by Jere, 1966
Curtis Jere
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
Metal
Kinetic abstract sculpture on a solid wood base. Colorful translucent elements mixed with torch cut metal pieces. Signed and dated; Jere, 1966.
Set of Six 1950s Japanese Dining Chairs in Ash
Isamu Kenmochi
Vintage 1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Ash
Set of six dining chairs in ashwood. Great lines and construction. Made in Japan, 1950s.
Gerald Thurston Wall or Desk Cricket Lamp, 1950s
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Plastic
White "Cricket" lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. It can be used on a desk or hung on a wall. It includes the original diffuser, which is usually missing, and all the correct h...
Up & Up Atelier Massa Carrara Bowl by Sergio As...
Sergio Asti, Steve Chase, Up & Up
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls
Carrara Marble
Up & Up Atelier International Italian deep red low shine Massa Carrara marble vide poche bowl by Sergio Asti. In addition to the Up & Up foil sticker, it retains an inventory label f...
Bronze Wind Chime by Paolo Soleri Cosanti
Paolo Soleri
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures
Bronze
Bronze sculptural wind chime or bell by Italian-born visionary architect and artist, Paolo Soleri. This piece was made by the artists at the Cosanti studio in Arizona, with the arch ...
Pacific Iron Products Bench, 1950s
Pacific Iron
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Iron
Bench by pacific iron products from their Mandarin Group line. Metal base with upholstered seat. This is part of Pacific Iron's early production when they were based in Pasadena Cali...
California Modern Clock by Garry Carthew for Pe...
Peter Pepper Products
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks
Wood
Wall clock by California designer Garry Carthew for Peter Pepper Products. Solid wood with a new battery operated movement. LACMA has this clock in their collection, circa 1952.
Jane and Gordon Martz Lidded Ceramic Box, 1960s
Gordon & Jane Martz
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Ceramic
Lidded ceramic box by Jane and Gordon Martz for their company, Marshall Studios. Stoneware with glazed interior. Incised decoration on the lid. Signed "Martz" on the bottom. This is ...
1950s Stool by Raymond Loewy for Mengel Furnitu...
Raymond Loewy, Mengel Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Iron, Wood
Stool or ottoman by Raymond Loewy for Mengel Furniture Company. Solid iron legs with limed wood frame, 1950s.
Cane Wrapped Wood Tray or Catch All
Unknown
Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls
Cane, Mahogany
Wood tray or catch all with cane-wrapped handles. Thick carved Philippine mahogany.
Carved Wood Serving Board by Dean Santner 1970s
Dean Santner
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Wood
Beautiful carved wood cutting or serving board by Dean Santner. Dean Santner – East Bay designer-craftsmen know for his finely crafted line of wood products from the late 1970s a...
Arne Norell Sirocco Safari Chair Cognac Leather...
Arne Norell
Vintage 1960s Colombian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Wenge
Sirocco Safari Chair by Swedish designer Arne Norell. Beautifully worn Cognac leather on an African Wenge frame. Tufted leather seat cushion and brass hardware. Unmarked, but presuma...
Jane and Gordon Martz Ceramic Planter, 1950s
Marshall Studios, Gordon & Jane Martz
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres
Ceramic
Ceramic planter by Jane and Gordon Martz for their company, Marshall Studios. Natural tan clay, brushed white glaze and an incised decoration around the entire planter. Hand formed, ...
Luther Conover Iron Fire Tools, 1950s
Luther Conover
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Iron
Fire tool set designed by Bay Area designer, Luther Conover. This is the only documented fire tool design by Conover. Conover was based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His furnitu...
Tripod Cylinder Lamp with Ball Feet, 1950s
Unknown
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Tripod cylinder table lamp with wood ball feet. New linen shade, 1950s.
Modernist Metal and Onyx Bookends by William Ma...
William Macowski
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends
Metal
A pair of modernist metal and onyx bookends by William Macowski. Dated 1971. Great form with original felt and label.
Iron Tripod Table with Marble Top, 1950s
Unknown
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Iron
1950s iron tripod occasional table with a Carrara marble top.
Cane and Iron Magazine Holder, 1950s
Unknown
Vintage 1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands
Cane, Iron
Cane wrapped over iron magazine holder from the 1950s.
Robert McKeown Handcrafted Clock California Design
Robert McKeown
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks
Silver, Rosewood
Robert McKeown handcrafted clock constructed of rosewood and Bobinga, with inlays of resin cast around wood inserts, and silver hour markers. Stamped with the Mckeown cypher and inci...
Pair of Iron and Walnut Tables or Stools, 1950s
Unknown
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Iron, Walnut
A pair of tripod iron and walnut stackable tables or stools. Floating walnut top and clever rubber rings to prevent damage while stacking, American, 1950s.
Alvar Aalto Chair 69 Artek Finsven, Sweden, 1940s
Alvar Aalto, Finsven
Vintage 1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Chair 69 designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Artek Finsven. All original with nice age appropriate patina. Stamped under the seat, Sweden, 1940s.
Salvador Teran Brass and Mosaic Mexican Moderni...
Salvador Teran
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware
Brass, Glass
Mexican Modernist Salvador Teran brass and mosaic tray with a great abstract design. Early in his career Teran worked with his cousins, the Los Castillo brothers. He then opened his ...
Felix Tissot Ceramic Charger Mexican Modern
Felix Tissot
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
Felix Tissot (1909-1989) ceramic platter from his time in California. The French-born artist moved to California in the early 1950s and then moved to Taxco, Mexico. This piece was ma...
Arthur Umanoff Magazine Rack for Washington Woo...
Arthur Umanoff
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands
Walnut
Arthur Umanoff magazine rack for Washington Woodcraft Products. A rarely seen design by the designer. Solid Walnut, 1950s.
Bitossi for Raymor Black and White Geometric It...
Bitossi, Raymor
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Ceramic
Bitossi for Raymor black, white and brown geometric vase. Glazed ceramic design is on the front and back. Signed Italy and includes the original Raymor tag with "BIT", for Bitossi.
Cerused Oak Stool, 1940s
Unknown
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Oak
Cerused oak stool from the 1940s. Solid oak construction. A substantially built piece that could be used as is or with a cushion.
Pair of 1960s Handcrafted Jewelry Boxes
Unknown
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Jewelry Boxes
Walnut, Wenge
A pair of handcrafted jewelry boxes from the 1960s. Constructed of various wood types, including walnut and wenge. Excellent craftsmanship. Both are lined in suede. Measures: Box ...
Charles and Ray Eames LTR Low Table for Herman ...
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Metal
Low table by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. It's the perfect table that can be used almost anywhere. White laminate top and zinc base. Originally designed in 1950, this tab...
Rowac Stool Designed by Robert Wagner Chemnitz ...
Rowac, Robert Wagner
Vintage 1930s German Bauhaus Stools
Steel, Wood
Rowac industrial stool designed by Robert Wagner Chemnitz. They were used extensively in the classrooms and workshops at the Bauhaus. Beautiful original patina. Stamped Rowac in the ...
George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller Stee...
Howard Miller, Irving Harper, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks
Brass
Howard Miller "Steering Wheel" clock (Model 4756), designed by Irving Harper, an associate at George Nelson's office. Original vintage clock with quiet Syncron motor. Remnants of How...
French Midcentury Iron and Wicker Wall Shelf, 1...
Raymond Glemeau
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves
Wicker, Iron, Wood
Wall hung shelf constructed of a wood back with wicker woven around a metal frame. The designer's name, Raymond Glemeau, is stamped on the back, along with copyright warnings. Made i...
Charles and Ray Eames Time Life Stool or Table ...
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Walnut
Time Life stool or table by Charles and Ray Eames. This is shape C in solid walnut. The design was originally created for the lobby and executive suites of the Time-Life Building at ...
Mexican Bauhaus Chair by Michael van Beuren for...
Michael Van Buren, Domus
Vintage 1940s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Wood, Rush
Chair by Michael van Beuren for his company, Domus of Mexico City. Curved wood slat seat and back. The top of the chair is wrapped in rush. Beautiful wear and patina. In 1937, Va...
Jens Risom Floating Round Top Occasional Table
Jens Risom
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Laminate, Walnut
Jens Risom floating white laminate top side table. Three walnut tapered legs. Model T 720, 1958.
Hand-Forged Iron Fire Tools
Unknown
Vintage 1930s American Adirondack Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Iron
Hand-forged solid iron fire tools on a stand. Solid metal ball handles. Horse hair brush. Great wear and patina.
Swedish Folding Tray Table
Arne Jacobsen
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Tray Tables
Teak
Removable top teak tray table with folding base. Made in Sweden, 1950s.
Magazine Rack or Log Holder by Tony Paul for Wo...
Woodlin-Hall
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Iron
Magazine or log holder by Tony Paul for Woodlin-Hall. Iron frame, mesh body and rush-wrapped handle, 1950s.
Lampe Gras Architectural Wall Lamp, 1930s
Bernard-Albin Gras
Vintage 1930s French Industrial Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Lampe Gras wall lamp. Attaches to the wall with a single screw. Fully adjustable, with a ball joint at the base and two pivot points. Bakelite rotating on and off switch on the top o...
Carved Wood Abstract Sculpture Signed
Unknown
Vintage 1940s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures
Burl
Hand-carved burl wood sculpture. A well-executed organic form. Signed DP.
Three Iron and Glass Triangular Tables, 1950s
Margaret Bruton
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Iron
Three 1950s triangular outdoor tables with iron frame and removable puddle glass tops. Hand-hammered metal feet. Original finish with a nice patina, 1950s. The last photo shows a se...
Jane and Gordon Martz Ceramic Lamp
Marshall Studios, Gordon & Jane Martz
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Ceramic
Ceramic table lamp by Jane and Gordon Martz for their company, Marshall Studios. Glazed white segmented design with incised decoration. Signed in the clay and includes a Marshall Stu...
Midcentury Wall Mount Coat or Hat Rack, France,...
Unknown
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands
Iron, Wood
Wall-mounted coat rack. Iron and wood. Made in France, 1950s.
Iron and Wood Shelf, 1950s
Unknown
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves
Iron, Wood
1950s iron and wood shelf. Solid wood shelves and iron frame. Well-built and extremely sturdy. The design includes tabs on the back so that it can be attached to a wall, if desired.
Walnut and Brass Gerald Thurston Adjustable Hei...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Walnut
Pair of 1950s walnut and solid brass table lamps designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Solid brass balls unscrew to allow for sliding height adjustment. New custom American mad...
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