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Whimsical Blue Boy and Girl Two Faced Sculpture Master Artisan Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
A whimsical handmade and hand painted glazed pottery boy and girl two faced Janus pottery sculpture. Few of a kind. Designer/Maker: Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017) with stamp i3D, ci...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Pottery

1950s Rare Vintage Cobalt Blue Glass Soda Syphon Seltzer Antica Farmacia Rimini
Located in Milan, IT
Syphons, commonly known as "seltzers", are glass bottles with the function of dispensing soda water. These items were widely used in the most fashionable Italian bars in the 1950s to...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal

1980s Italian Blue Original Campari Soda Ashtray in Ceramic by Thun Design
By Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez
Located in Milan, IT
Original Campari soda advertising ashtray in blue ceramic designed by Thun design in 1985-1986. Bottom mark: Original Campari Thun design Made in Italy Milano Collector'...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

1980s Italian Blue Original Campari Soda Ashtray in Ceramic by Thun Design
By Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez
Located in Milan, IT
Original Campari soda advertising ashtray in blue ceramic designed by Thun design in 1985-1986. Bottom mark: Original Campari Thun design Made in Italy Milano Collector'...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

1970s Vintage Advertising Campari Soda Milano Ashtray in White and Red Ceramic
Located in Milan, IT
Vintage Campari Soda Milano advertising ashtray in white and red and dark blue ceramic made in Italy by Ceramica E Piola in Carpignano Sesia, Novara in the 1960. The ashtray is de...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi Blue Ceramic Ashtray Handcrafted in Italy
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Round "Rimini Blu" enameled terra cotta cigar ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Handcrafted in Italy with hand carved geometric designs. Round ash receiver with nice midcentury de...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Stoneware

Ceramic Glazed Cobalt Blue Vase or Vessel Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
The vibrant color of this deep rich unpredictable cobalt blue vintage German Mid-Century Modern ceramic glazed vase, vessel or object has great geometric design on the front and back...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1960s Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi for Bitossi Blue Rimini Pitcher
By Bitossi
Located in Charleston, SC
Awesome classic blue Rimini Bitossi pitcher. Marked Italy. This pitcher is in excellent condition.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic by Pol Chambost
By Pol Chambost
Located in London, GB
Glazed ceramic pigeon with a crackle glazed finish by the celebrated French ceramicist Pol Chambost. Signed to base. There are openings in the back for sprigs of flowers making it id...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic by Pol Chambost
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic by Pol Chambost
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic by Pol Chambost
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic by Pol Chambost
H 5.12 in. W 11.82 in. D 4.73 in.
Fantoni Style Salt Glaze Blue, Purple Ceramic Bowl Mid-Century Modern, Italian
Located in North Miami, FL
The beautiful pattern and intricacies of this geometric textural Italian salt glaze ceramic bowl has great influence and style of the work of the great Fantoni. The colors are exquis...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Ram in Rimini-Blue Glazed Ceramics, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Ram in Rimini-blue glazed ceramics with geometric patterns. 1960s. Measures: 18 x 11.5 cm. In excellent condition.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Bowl by Accolay
By Accolay Pottery
Located in London, GB
Mid-Century Modern French glazed ceramic bowl with face design, by Accolay. Signed to base.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Blenko Mid-Century Modern Blue Glass Pitcher
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Blenko Mid-Century Modern blue hand-blown glass pitcher, unmarked. Measures: 13" height x 8" diameter.
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Pair of Vases Ceramics Light Blue Knud Basse for Michael Andersen, Denmark 1950s
By Michael Andersen & Son, Knud Basse
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of vases in ceramics designed by the danish designer Knud Basse at Michael Andersen in Denmark in the 1950s. The larger vase is 26 cm high and the smaller one is 17.5 cm high.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vintage Ü-Keramik, Übelacker Vase, West Germany Ceramics, Pale Blue Vase
By Ü-Keramik
Located in Achterveld, NL
Elegant, long-necked vase in a flowing glaze going from brown and gold lava like designs to pale blue. There is some cracking in the blue. Bottom mark: 1410/30 Measures: Height...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Skoby Joe Small Blue Vessel /Ceramic Vase Wabi Sabi/ Mid-Century Modern
By Skoby Joe
Located in La Jolla, CA
Joseph Skoby is a Southern Californian whose work is inspired by the nature of his native state. His ceramics, created in his own lush garden, recall his intimate dance with the ocea...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Clay, Stoneware

Jean de Lespinasse Vase in Ceramics, France, 1950s
By Jean De Lespinasse
Located in Dubai, AE
Jean de Lespinasse vase in ceramics, France, 1950s Signed on the bottom Measures: H 15 in. H 38 cm.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Collection of Gustavsberg "Argenta" Ceramics, Wilhelm Kage Designed
By Gustavsberg
Located in Hollywood, FL
Collection of various forms and sizes, marked to underside, in turquoise glaze with silver overlay, can be sold individually or in groups, provenance, the collection of Howard Rothbe...
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Scandinavian Modern Denby-Milnor Blue Flare Glass Goblets, S/6
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From the Swedish glass maker Denby-Milnor, a set of six Mid-Century Modern goblets, in the Blue Flare pattern, circa 1970s. This pattern was hand-blown in the distinctive Scandina...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Barware

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Cobalt & Azure Blue Murano Sommerso Textured Glass Vase
By Alessandro Mandruzzato
Located in Soquel, CA
Striking Mid-Century Modern Murano Sommerso glass vase, in brilliant cobalt and azure blue, with a textured surface contrasting from a smooth polished front panel by Venetian glasswo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Blue Metal Floor Ashtray, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern blue metal floor ashtray, 1980s blue metal floor ashtray with structure in black and blue metal rod and removable container in blue enameled metal, 1980s ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Blue Murano Glass Ashtray, 1960s
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Italian 1960s Murano ashtray, beautiful blue and also in perfect condition.  In style mid century modern.
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Late 20th Century Italian Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Styrofoam Ice Bucket Aldo Londi Style Rimini Blue Color
By Aldo Londi
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful Styrofoam Mid-Century Modern ice bucket in the style of Aldo Londi with Rimini blue accents. It is in great vintage condition on the outside but has a small puncture on the...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Foam

Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Oval Object Holder in Blue, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano glass oval object holder in blue, 1970s Oval object holder in Murano glass, polychrome, transparent at the base and blue on the edges. Very good...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Glass

Skoby Joe Turquoise Ceramic Vase Wabi Sabi Mid-Century Modern Vessell
By Skoby Joe
Located in La Jolla, CA
Joseph Skoby is a Southern Californian whose work is inspired by the nature of his native state. His ceramics, created in his own lush garden, recall his intimate dance with the ocea...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Clay, Stoneware

Blue Vase, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vintage glass in perfect condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. Only one unique piece.  
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

  • Blue Vase, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
  • Blue Vase, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
  • Blue Vase, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
  • Blue Vase, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
H 9.85 in. W 3.55 in. D 3.55 in.
Mid-Century Modern Style Blue Glass Clover Shape Decorative Serving Bowl
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Mid-Century Modern style blue glass clover shape decorative serving bowl. Size: 16" x 16" x 1.5"H.
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

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Art Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Blue Murano Glass Ashtray with Irregular Shape, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern blue Murano glass ashtray with irregular shape, 1970s Blue Murano glass ashtray with border and blue shades in irregular shape. Excellent condition, so...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

Ceramic Hen, Scandinavian Mid-Century, C 1960, Danish
Located in New York, NY
Ceramic Mid-Century hen, C 1960, Denmark. Decorative turquoise hen with a floral pattern in a rustic quality.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Double Seguso Blue Murano Glass Handles, Venice 1951
By Giuseppe Santomaso, Archimede Seguso
Located in Milano, IT
Rare pair of Archimede Seguso manufature blue handles, designed by Giuseppe Santomaso ( 1906-1990) in Venice in 1951. Blue submerged murano glass with brass fittings. The organic ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Brass

Beatrice Wood Signed Volcanic Lava Glaze Mid-Century Modern Studio Vase Vessel
By Beatrice Wood
Located in Studio City, CA
Beatrice Wood signed rare beautifully shaped large volcanic turquoise lava glazed Mid-Century Modern vase/ vessel - quite a heavy, powerful piece by the famed American/ California ce...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Earthenware

Harding Black Texas Artist Signed Mid-Century Modern Studio Pottery Mugs Cups
By Harding Black
Located in Studio City, CA
A group of hand-thrown, well-crafted, piercing blue glazed large, heavy tall mugs by famed Texas-born San Antonio ceramic master Harding Black. All pieces signed and dated (1970)...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Harrison Mcintosh Signed Mid-Century Modern Set of 6 Pottery Sake Liqueur Cups
By Harrison McIntosh
Located in Studio City, CA
An exquisitely formed and deeply blue glazed set of six ceramic sake/ liqueur cups by renowned American West Coast Californian master ceramist Harrison McIntosh who was famed for his...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1970s Mid-Century Modern Pink Purple and Blue Murano Glass Centerpiece
By Seguso
Located in Aci Castello, IT
It's an amazing oval murano glass centerpiece attributed to Seguso, It has been made in the Seventies in Murano.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Blue Mini Vintage Vase, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Produced in 1960s. Pressed glass in perfect condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. The picture reflects the color in which it presents live. No...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Menorah
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century-Modern, sterling silver menorah, Israel, Ca. 1960's. Measures 7 inches high x 7 inches wide (at widest point x 2 1/2 inches diameter across base. Weighs 3.500 troy ounces...
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Vintage 1960s Israeli Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Menorah
  • Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Menorah
  • Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Menorah
  • Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Menorah
H 7.0 in. W 7.0 in. D 2.50 in.
Mid-Century Modern Blue and Purple Murano Glass Tall Vase, circa 1970
By Seguso
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An heavy Sommerso Murano glass vase made in Italy in the 1970s in perfect conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Tumblers Decorated in Blue and White Enamel by Libbey
By Libbey Glass Co.
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of 8 Libbey cocktail glasses decorated with dots enclosed in concentric circles, the top half of the glasses in white above blue on the lower half.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vallauris Blue Ceramic Coffee Set, Mid-Century Modern, France, 1950
By Vallauris
Located in Sitges, Barcelona
Creative French Mid-Century Modern coffee set signed by Vallauris presenting 7 pieces in a very good general condition. Measures: 4 cups diameter 8-8.5cm height 7 cm 4 saucers 11 c...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Pauly & Co Mid-Century Modern Blue & White Murano / Venetian Glass Portland Vase
By Pauly & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A blue and white Venetian glass vase with enamel decoration by Pauly and Co. Inspired by the important Roman cameo glass 'Portland Vase' at the British Museum. Bears a retaped ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Enamel

Vera Neumann Mid-Century Modern Era Blue & Green Placemat & Napkin S/4, Tagged
By Vera Neumann
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From the studio of the prolific and wildly popular midcentury designer and artist, Vera Neumann, a placemat and napkins set, circa mid to 1960s-early 1970s. Four bright turquoise ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Dining and Entertaining

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Cotton, Linen

Mid Century Modern Yellow and Blue Glass Basket, circa 1950s Estate Find
Located in Montreal, QC
Mid-Century Modern handblown Bohemian glass basket, decorated with a garland of grape vines. Wonderful yellow with applied blue handle to welcome in Spring!
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Black & Blue American Raku Vase, Vessel Studio Art Pottery
Located in Miami, FL
American Raku Mid-Century Modern inside glazed handcrafted blue and black vase, or vessel. The Studio Art Pottery is two textured with spikes on the top third of vase.  
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Clay, Pottery

Italian Mid-Century Modern Blue Murano Glass Ashtray with Yellow Shades, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern blue Murano glass ashtray with yellow shades, 1970s Blue Murano glass ashtray with blue and yellow shades, 1970s Perfect conditions. Measures 11 D x...
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

Blue Glass Genie Decanter Bottle with Stopper, 20th Century, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A stunning blue decanter with geometric design, made by one of the many glass manufacturers based in the region of Empoli, Italy. Would make a great addition to any collection! Excel...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Majolica Potter Plate Set Handmade Mid-Century Modern Green Yellow Blue Face
By Lorenzo Lorenzzo
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
This majolica pottery plate collection was designed by Mexican sculptor, painter and ceramist Lorenzo Lorenzzo — made in his studio, in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Tableware

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Clay, Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Blown Murano Glass Plate in Green and Blue, Italy
By Murano 5
Located in Miami, FL
This is a unique blown Murano glass fruit plate in green and blue. No signature found.  
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Black & Blue American Raku Vase, Vessel Studio Art Pottery 80
Located in Miami, FL
Round American Raku Mid-Century Modern inside glazed handcrafted blue and black vase, or vessel. The Studio Art Pottery is two textured vase.  
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Clay, Pottery

Blue Vase by Vladislav Urban for Sklo Union, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A graduate of Karol Štipl. He studied together with František Vízner, with whom he was often compared. Vízner and urban began working as designers at Rudolf Hut after graduation, in ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver and Cobalt Blue Enamel Candlesticks
By Meka of Holte 1
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern, sterling silver and deep cobalt blue enamel candlesticks, each having a pedestal base, Denmark, Ca. 1950's-60's, Meka - maker. Each candlestick measures 2...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver, Enamel

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Set of Four Japanese Porcelain Bowls Blue Hue
Located in Bochum, NRW
Vintage Mid-Century Modern set of four Japanese Porcelain bowls. Each painted with a different floral motif. Nicely oyster shape, all wear makers mark under the bottom. In excellent ...
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Vintage 1970s Japanese Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Light Blue Vase by Vladislav Urban for Sklo Union, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vase by Vladislav Urban - Czechoslovakian glass designer. Produced in 1960s. Pressed glass in perfect condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. The pic...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Modern Vessel Blue with Silver Inlays by Graal Glas Signed FS 66
By Graal Glass
Located in Weiningen, CH
Mid-Century Modern vessel blue with silver inlays by Graal Glas signed fs 66.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano Opalescent Glass Gurgle Decanter
Located in New York, NY
Italian Murano glass Mid-Century Modern opalescent gurgle decanter, hand blown in white and turquoise swirl, with original stopper. In very good vintage condition with small manufact...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Murano Glass

Signed Vintage Asian Modern Ceramic Sake Server Striped in Brown & Blue, Japan
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Asian Modern Japanese handcrafted striped glazed brown sake server in blue or gray color. Signed by the Artist underneath.  
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Late 20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi Mid-Century Bitossi Rimini Blue Pottery Vase for Raymor
By Aldo Londi, Raymor
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine mid-century Rimini blue pottery vase. By Aldo Londi for Raymor. Made in Londi's renowned Rimini Blue style, the vase has a rich blue glaze with green undertones and is ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Vintage Blue and Transparent Big Vase, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vintage glass in very good condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. Only one unique piece.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Glass

Blue Niels Kahler Vase, Denmark
By Herman August Kähler, Nils Kähler
Located in Munich, DE
Caribbean blue glaze stoneware table vase by Nils Kahler for Hermann A. Kahler, Denmark. Ceramic. Signed. HAK–Niels, Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

  • Blue Niels Kahler Vase, Denmark
  • Blue Niels Kahler Vase, Denmark
  • Blue Niels Kahler Vase, Denmark
  • Blue Niels Kahler Vase, Denmark
H 7.37 in. Dm 2.84 in.
Large Blue Niels Kahler Vase Denmark
By Herman August Kähler, Nils Kähler
Located in Munich, DE
Caribbean blue glaze stoneware table vase by Nils Kahler for Hermann A. Kahler, Denmark. Ceramic. Signed. HAK - Niels - Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Mid-20th Century Modern Blown Glass "Genie" Footed Decanter Pitcher
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1950s American modern blown glass teal ribbed and footed decanter with genie style stopper.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

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Blue Mid Century Modern Ceramics For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of blue mid century modern ceramics available for sale. Each of these unique blue mid century modern ceramics was constructed with extraordinary care, often using ceramic, glass and murano glass. We have 919 antique and vintage blue mid century modern ceramics in-stock, while there are 37 modern editions to choose from as well. Blue mid century modern ceramics have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of blue mid century modern ceramics to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern blue mid century modern ceramics are of considerable interest. Blue mid century modern ceramics have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Bitossi, Aldo Londi and Blenko are consistently popular.

How Much are Blue Mid Century Modern Ceramics?

Prices for blue mid century modern ceramics can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, blue mid century modern ceramics begin at $55 and can go as high as $16,900, while the average can fetch as much as $676.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass for You

Your dining room table is a place where stories are shared and personalities shine — why not treat yourself and your guests to the finest antique and vintage glass, silver, ceramics and serveware for your meals?

Just like the people who sit around your table, your serveware has its own stories and will help you create new memories with your friends and loved ones. From ceramic pottery to glass vases, set your table with serving pieces that add even more personality, color and texture to your dining experience.

Invite serveware from around the world to join your table settings. For special occasions, dress up your plates with a striking Imari charger from 19th-century Japan or incorporate Richard Ginori’s Italian porcelain plates into your dining experience. Celebrate the English ritual of afternoon tea with a Japanese tea set and an antique Victorian kettle. No matter how big or small your dining area is, there is room for the stories of many cultures and varied histories, and there are plenty of ways to add pizzazz to your meals.

Add different textures and colors to your table with dinner plates and pitchers of ceramic and silver or a porcelain lidded tureen, a serving dish with side handles that is often used for soups. Although porcelain and ceramic are both made in a kiln, porcelain is made with more refined clay and is more durable than ceramic because it is denser. The latter is ideal for statement pieces — your tall mid-century modern ceramic vase is a guaranteed conversation starter. And while your earthenware or stoneware is maybe better suited to everyday lunches as opposed to the fine bone china you’ve reserved for a holiday meal, handcrafted studio pottery coffee mugs can still be a rich expression of your personal style.

“My motto is ‘Have fun with it,’” says author and celebrated hostess Stephanie Booth Shafran. “It’s yin and yang, high and low, Crate & Barrel with Christofle silver. I like to mix it up — sometimes in the dining room, sometimes on the kitchen banquette, sometimes in the loggia. It transports your guests and makes them feel more comfortable and relaxed.”

Introduce elegance at supper with silver, such as a platter from celebrated Massachusetts silversmith manufacturer Reed and Barton or a regal copper-finish flatware set designed by International Silver Company, another New England company that was incorporated in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1898. By then, Meriden had already earned the nickname “Silver City” for its position as a major hub of silver manufacturing.

At the bar, try a vintage wine cooler to keep bottles cool before serving or an Art Deco decanter and whiskey set for after-dinner drinks — there are many possibilities and no wrong answers for tableware, barware and serveware. Explore an expansive collection of antique and vintage glass, ceramics, silver and serveware today on 1stDibs.