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Italian White Porcelain Dog Sculpture Decorative Object
Located in New York, NY
A mid-20th century Italian white porcelain decorative dog sculpture seated on a pillow, marked "Italy" on bottom as show in image #9. Piece measures: 2.25" D x 5" W x 3.75" H.      ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Italian Marble Decorative Object or Paperweight
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Italian marble decorative object or paperweight, circa mid-20th century, Italy. A great decorative object or desk accessory. Dimensions: 2.69" x 4.32 x 2.5" height. Oth...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble, Alabaster

Mid-Century Modern Hand blown Murano Glass Stylized Zebra Decorative Object
Located in New York, NY
This whimsical, yet refined, Mid-Century Modern decorative object in the form of a stylized zebra was realized in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centu...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Mid-19th Century Italian Carved and Painted Decorative Box
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant antique box was crafted in Italy, circa 1850. The colorful, detailed box features hand painted scenes of people with horses and butterflies. The rectangular box has its ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Decorative Boxes

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Pine

1950s Decorative Italian Object Pera by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pear Pera bowl designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1953 for Rinnovel. Sottsass wasn't originally italian, he was born on 1917 in Innsbruck, (Austria), but grew up in Milan, (Italy ) wher...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Chrome

1950s Italian Decorative Object "MELA" by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mela" apple bowl was designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1953 for Rinnovel. Sottsass wasn't originally italian, he was born on 1917 in Innsbruck, (Austria), but grew up in Milan, (Italy ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Marble Box
Located in New York, NY
Italian mid-century (1950s) rectangular rust marble box with faux shagreen panels with lift-off cover.      
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

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Marble

  • Italian Mid-Century Marble Box
  • Italian Mid-Century Marble Box
  • Italian Mid-Century Marble Box
  • Italian Mid-Century Marble Box
H 2 in. W 6 in. D 4 in.
Pair of Airbrushed Ceramic Ducks Decorative Objects by Ugo Zaccagnini, Italy
By Ugo Zaccagnini
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, 1950s. Made in airbrushed ceramic. They are vintage pieces, therefore they might show slight traces of use, but they can be considered as in excellent original condition an...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Egyptian Motif Marchi Brescia Ceramic Vase, Italy, 1960s
By Midcentury Italian school
Located in Nuernberg, DE
An amazing midcentury studio art pottery vase, made in Italy, circa 1960s. Vase is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, or flea bites. Signed with at the base. Hole on top i...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Wooden Tree Decorative Sculpture signed by Giorgio Rastelli, Italy
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Wooden tree decorative sculpture signed by Giorgio Rastelli - Italy 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mid century Italian ceramic box Crab design on its lid Circa 1950 Origin Italy Mid-Century Color Green and red no visible signature.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
H 2.76 in. W 7.09 in. D 6.7 in.
Two Italian Decorative Vegetables Sculptures
Located in Cathedral City, CA
White ceramic Italian decorative vegetables.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sculptures

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Ceramic

Vintage Brass Nike Decorative Object with a Marble Pedestal
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, 1940s-1950s This sculpture is made in brass and features a marble pedestal. It might show slight traces of use since it's vintage, but it can be considered as in very good ori...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Marble, Brass

Midcentury Murano Glass Decorative Object Flavio Poli Blue Italian Design 1970s
Located in Palermo, IT
Decorative object produced in Italy in the 70s attributed to the italian designer Flavio Poli. This object was made of transparent Murano glass in the shape of a flower, with a blue ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Vase Murano Glass Black Blue Decorative Object Midcentury Italian Design 1960s
Located in Palermo, IT
Cylindrical vase with handles in spotted Murano glass, in shades of blue and black. Made in Italy in the 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Italian mid-century modern Object holder in colored Murano glass, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Object holder in colored Murano glass, 1970s Object holder in yellow, red and green colored Murano glass. Good conditions Measures in cm 14,5x15,5x7
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Blue Decorative Italian Box 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful decorative blue small box, very beautiful shape and unique made in Italy 1980s.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Blue Decorative Italian Box 1970s
  • Blue Decorative Italian Box 1970s
  • Blue Decorative Italian Box 1970s
  • Blue Decorative Italian Box 1970s
H 3 in. W 6.5 in. D 4.5 in.
1980s Vintage Italian Decorative Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Italian decorative box made in Italy 1980s.  
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Acrylic

  • 1980s Vintage Italian Decorative Box
  • 1980s Vintage Italian Decorative Box
  • 1980s Vintage Italian Decorative Box
  • 1980s Vintage Italian Decorative Box
H 4 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Decorative Vintage Italian Box, 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Decorative vintage Italian box, 1960.   
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Silver, Brass

  • Decorative Vintage Italian Box, 1960
  • Decorative Vintage Italian Box, 1960
  • Decorative Vintage Italian Box, 1960
  • Decorative Vintage Italian Box, 1960
H 1 in. W 11 in. D 4 in.
Vintage Italian Decorative Box, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Italian decorative box, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Marble, Brass

  • Vintage Italian Decorative Box, 1960s
  • Vintage Italian Decorative Box, 1960s
  • Vintage Italian Decorative Box, 1960s
  • Vintage Italian Decorative Box, 1960s
H 2 in. W 7.5 in. D 4 in.
Gorgeous Decorative Mid Century Ice Cream Statue
Located in Milano, IT
Wonderful vintage ice cream statue, designed in the 60's, of Italian manufacture. The ice cream is made of resin and is a real blow-up of an ice cream. In the 60s these statues were...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Metal

Beautiful Italian Decorative Box 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
beautiful Italian decorative box 1970s.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Silver

  • Beautiful Italian Decorative Box 1970s
  • Beautiful Italian Decorative Box 1970s
  • Beautiful Italian Decorative Box 1970s
  • Beautiful Italian Decorative Box 1970s
H 2 in. W 12.5 in. D 7 in.
Italian Arte Povera Box, Mid-18th Century
Located in Spencertown, NY
The round box with white ground and decals painted through out.
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rococo Decorative Boxes

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Paper

Italian Arte Povera Box, Mid-18th Century
Located in Spencertown, NY
The papier mâché box depicting a landscape scene on a white ground with red trim on all sides.
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rococo Decorative Boxes

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Paper

Mid Century Italian Horn Veneer Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Great looking decorative box with beautiful Horn veneer. Purchased by original owner in Florence, Italy in the 1960's. Handsome desk top item. Measures: 2.25 inches high 7.25 wide ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Horn, Wood

  • Mid Century Italian Horn Veneer Box
  • Mid Century Italian Horn Veneer Box
  • Mid Century Italian Horn Veneer Box
  • Mid Century Italian Horn Veneer Box
H 2.25 in. W 7.25 in. D 4 in.
Midcentury Murano Glass Vase De Majo Green Decorative Object Italian Design 1970
By De Majo
Located in Palermo, IT
Vase produced in Italy in the 70s by the Italian company De Majo. The vase is in submerged Murano glass with an informal body with relief decorations in the lower part and a trefoil ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Midcentury Vases Murano Glass Decorative Objects by Seguso Italy 1960s Set of 3
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Palermo, IT
Set of 3 vases produced by the renowned Italian glassmaker Seguso in the 1960s. Each single vase was made of colored Murano glass with a "serpent-shaped" flared neck and with the "ex...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Italian Mid-Century Acrylic Tortoiseshell and Brass Decorative Box in Dior Style
By Christian Dior
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Gorgeous Italian crafted box made of acrylic with brass details in the style of Christian Dior. Can be used as a jewelry box as well as for many types of small items - collections. ...
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Jewelry Boxes

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Brass

1980 Vintage Italian Decorative Wood Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful decorative wood box 1980s.    
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Wood

1980s Vintage Italian Decorative Brass Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful decorative fully brass Italian box.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass

1980s Italian Vintage Decorative Oversize Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Italian decorative vintage box made with wood and silver plate, the box is in good conditions and is ready to be inserted in a mid century modern room.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Chrome

Beautiful Italian Decorative Big Box 1950
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful decorative Italian oversize box made with wood , the box is divided into 2 spaces as you can see from the photo the box is in vintage conditions. STUNNING.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Mid Century Italian Glazed Terracotta Giraffe
Located in Rochester, NY
Large Italian glazed terracotta giraffe. Mid 20th century.   
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Maiolica, Majolica, Terracotta

Mid-Century Sommerso Murano Crystal Green Glass Italian Decorative Bowl, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful mid-century sommerso Murano crystal green glass decorative bowl or ashtray. This magnificent piece was produced in Italy during the 1960s. This centrepiece is unique tha...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-20th Century Italian Avocado Sculpture
Located in Chicago, IL
A playful and whimsical mid-20th century Italian porcelain sculpture with five avocados, one cut in half with the pit showing, and placed in a basket with grass, all molded in porcel...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Porcelain

1950s Mid-Century Italian Alabaster Box
Located in Tampa, FL
A 1950’s Onyx green Alabaster box from Italy with a hinged top.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Decorative Boxes

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Alabaster, Brass

  • 1950s Mid-Century Italian Alabaster Box
  • 1950s Mid-Century Italian Alabaster Box
  • 1950s Mid-Century Italian Alabaster Box
  • 1950s Mid-Century Italian Alabaster Box
H 4 in. W 3.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Mid Century Italian Murano Glass Decorative Bowl with Vibrant Blue Striping
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Beautiful hand-blown Murano glass decorative bowl with vibrant blue line details within. Initialed with the letter "M".
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano Glass Fish
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern Murano art glass fish made in Italy during the mid-late 20th century in bright red and blue as well as colorless glass. The piece is in great vintage condition wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Pair of Mid Century Italian Onyx Marble Boxes
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A pair of trinket or jewelry boxes with a hinged lids from around the 1960's. Handmade all in onyx and brass gilded in silver. The onyx has a range of colors from red, brown, yellow ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Onyx

  • Pair of Mid Century Italian Onyx Marble Boxes
  • Pair of Mid Century Italian Onyx Marble Boxes
  • Pair of Mid Century Italian Onyx Marble Boxes
  • Pair of Mid Century Italian Onyx Marble Boxes
H 1.78 in. W 5.32 in. D 3.75 in.
Pair of Mid Century Italian Onyx Marble Boxes
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A pair of trinket or jewelry boxes with a hinged lids. Handmade all in onyx and brass gilded in gold. The onyx has a range of colors from red, brown, yellow and green. Measurements ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Onyx

  • Pair of Mid Century Italian Onyx Marble Boxes
  • Pair of Mid Century Italian Onyx Marble Boxes
  • Pair of Mid Century Italian Onyx Marble Boxes
  • Pair of Mid Century Italian Onyx Marble Boxes
H 1.97 in. W 5.52 in. D 3.94 in.
Bracket Clock, Italy, Mid-18th Century
Located in New York, NY
This clock exhibits the magnificent craftsmanship of the Italian Baroque. Guilloche decoration in gilt bronze emphasizes its luxurious curves and manages to make structural support s...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Baroque Wall Clocks

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Bronze, Enamel

  • Bracket Clock, Italy, Mid-18th Century
  • Bracket Clock, Italy, Mid-18th Century
  • Bracket Clock, Italy, Mid-18th Century
  • Bracket Clock, Italy, Mid-18th Century
H 41.5 in. W 16 in. D 9.5 in.
Vintage Silver Decorative Box, Italy, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage silver decorative box, Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Chrome

Round Big Decorative Bowls Mid-Century Italian Design Red Marino Marini Attribu
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round big decorative Bowls mid-century Italian design red Marino Marini Attribu.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Vintage Jewel Case, Italy Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Jewel Case is an original decorative object realized in the mid-20th century. A terracotta case black colored with ochre decorations. Perfect to preserve your dearest things. G...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Jewelry Boxes

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Terracotta

  • Vintage Jewel Case, Italy Mid-20th Century
  • Vintage Jewel Case, Italy Mid-20th Century
  • Vintage Jewel Case, Italy Mid-20th Century
  • Vintage Jewel Case, Italy Mid-20th Century
No Reserve
H 2.56 in. W 2.56 in. D 6.5 in.
Italian Mid Century Discobolus Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian Discobolus metal sculpture on the marble base. Brass is over the metal base. Meticulous metal work.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Metal, Brass

  • Italian Mid Century Discobolus Sculpture
  • Italian Mid Century Discobolus Sculpture
  • Italian Mid Century Discobolus Sculpture
  • Italian Mid Century Discobolus Sculpture
H 8.75 in. W 3.5 in. D 4.5 in.
20th Century Italian School Abstract Sculpture in Carved Wood '50s
By Italian school XX ct.
Located in Turin, Turin
Very beautiful italian sculpture in carved wood from the '50s. The sculpture should be set in different ways and position, its shape is always elegant and the hole in the middle crea...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Rare Jewel-Toned Mid-Century Covered Box, Italy
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Highly unusual and brilliantly glazed, this covered box features a sequence of geometric shapes in bas relief that are filled with pools of vivid, jewel-toned glazes in sapphire, eme...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Clay

  • Rare Jewel-Toned Mid-Century Covered Box, Italy
  • Rare Jewel-Toned Mid-Century Covered Box, Italy
  • Rare Jewel-Toned Mid-Century Covered Box, Italy
  • Rare Jewel-Toned Mid-Century Covered Box, Italy
H 2.25 in. W 7.88 in. D 3.75 in.
Mid Century Italian Ceramic Cat
Located in New York, NY
Italian ceramic cat Raymor Pottery. Vintage Italian art cat figure hand painted Giorgio Gubbio for Raymor. In very good condition. No repairs, cracks or chips.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Cat
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Cat
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Cat
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Cat
H 7.5 in. W 8.5 in. D 6 in.
Lucite and Silver Squared Italian Decorative Box, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing Lucite and silver squared decorative box. This item was designed in the 1970s. This piece is made of a crystal Lucite and silver with a crystal Lucite removable top, the way...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Silver

Zanetti Italian Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Seal
By Licio Zanetti
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern Italian art glass sculpture in shape of a seal, made by Licio Zanetti in partially smoked glass. The piece is signed on the bottom and is in great vintage condit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Orange Wood Parallelepiped Pedestal, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern orange wood parallelepiped pedestal, 1970s Rectangular parallelepiped-shaped pedestal in bright orange painted wood and black profiles. Visible black feet...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Vintage Decorative Box Silver and Brass, Italy, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage decorative box silver and brass, Italy 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Silver, Brass

Zanetti Italian Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Snail
By Licio Zanetti
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern Italian art glass sculpture in shape of a snake, made by Licio Zanetti in partially smoked glass. The sculpture is signed on the bottom by the designer and is in...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

1960s Italian Decorative Malachite Pyramid
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Italian decorative pyramid object made with malachite. An iconic piece that will complete a midcentury style living room or studio with its timeless elegance.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Malachite

Oval Lucite and Brass Decorative Box, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Oval decorative box in lucite and brass. Good condition, patina of time. Perfect also for jewelry, for the desk, or for collecting litlle objects. Made in Italy in the 1970s.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Glass Liquor Bottle, Vintage Decorative Object, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Vintage glass liquor bottle is an original decorative object realized in the 1970s. Vintage bottle with the original glass clork. The body of the bottle is decorated with gold...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Bottles

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Art Glass

Decorative Root Sculpture, Italy 1960s
Located in Milan, IT
Decorative root sculpture, Italy 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Mounted Objects

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Stone, Metal

  • Decorative Root Sculpture, Italy 1960s
  • Decorative Root Sculpture, Italy 1960s
  • Decorative Root Sculpture, Italy 1960s
  • Decorative Root Sculpture, Italy 1960s
H 31.11 in. W 22.45 in. D 11.42 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Laminate Wood Parallelepiped Pedestal, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern laminate wood parallelepiped pedestal, 1970s Wood parallelepiped shape pedestal, display or coffee table, covered in original walnut-colored laminate. ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Laminate, Wood

Fantastic Wooden Seashell Objects by Bini, Italy, 1970
Located in Munich, DE
Fantastic wooden seashell objects by Bini, Italy, 1970, they are from an old stock, never in use.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Mid-20th Century Pair of Porcelain Decorative Vases
Located in Hudson, NY
Mid-20th century pair porcelain decorative vases / pieces with exterior gilt design details. Each vase is in great vintage condition. Maker's mark undersigned & numbered. Each vase s...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Vases

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Gold

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Italian Mid Century Decorative Objects For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of Italian mid century decorative objects available for sale. The range of distinct Italian mid century decorative objects — often made from glass, murano glass and art glass — can elevate any home. Find 10354 antique and vintage Italian mid century decorative objects at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 43 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Italian mid century decorative objects have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Italian mid century decorative objects are generally popular furniture pieces, but Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Hollywood Regency styles are often sought at 1stDibs. Many Italian mid century decorative objects are appealing in their simplicity, but Bitossi, Venini and Alfredo Barbini produced popular Italian mid century decorative objects that are worth a look.

How Much are Italian Mid Century Decorative Objects?

Prices for Italian mid century decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, Italian mid century decorative objects begin at $6 and can go as high as $351,924, while the average can fetch as much as $1,060.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Decorative Objects for You

Every time you move into a house or an apartment — or endeavor to refresh the home you’ve lived in for years — life for that space begins anew. The right home accent, be it the simple placement of a decorative bowl on a shelf or a ceramic vase for fresh flowers, can transform an area from drab to spectacular. But with so many materials and items to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in the process. The key to styling with decorative objects is to work toward making a happy home that best reflects your personal style. 

Ceramics are a versatile addition to any home. If you’ve amassed an assortment of functional pottery over the years, think of your mugs and salad bowls as decorative objects, ideal for displaying in a glass cabinet. Vintage ceramic serveware can pop along white open shelving in your dining area, while large stoneware pitchers paired with woven baskets or quilts in an open cupboard can introduce a rustic farmhouse-style element to your den.

Translucent decorative boxes or bowls made of an acrylic plastic called Lucite — a game changer in furniture that’s easy to clean and lasts long — are modern accents that are neutral enough to dress up a coffee table or desktop without cluttering it. If you’re showcasing pieces from the past, a vintage jewelry box for displaying your treasures can spark conversation. Where is the jewelry box from? Is there a story behind it?

Abstract sculptures or an antique vessel for your home library can draw attention to your book collection and add narrative charm to the most appropriate of corners. There’s more than one way to style your bookcases, and decorative objects add a provocative dynamic. “I love magnifying glasses,” says Alex Assouline, global vice president of luxury publisher Assouline, of adding one’s cherished objects to a home library. “They are both useful and decorative. Objects really elevate libraries and can also make them more personal.”

To help with personalizing your space and truly making it your own, find an extraordinary collection of decorative objects on 1stDibs.