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Mid-Century Murano Glass Swordfish
By Murano 5
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
A mid-century Murano glass figure in the form of a swordfish, infused with a grey centre and mounted on a simple dome base.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass

  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Swordfish
  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Swordfish
  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Swordfish
  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Swordfish
H 17 in. W 11 in. D 5 in.
Vintage Mid-Century Murano Glass Roadrunner
By Compagnia Di Venezia E Murano (C.V.M.)
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage mid-century Murano glass roadrunner. Mid-century Italian Murano hand-blown bird in aquamarine blue and amber. Stands 12.5 H.
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Mid-20th Century Aesthetic Movement Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Centerpiece/ Bowl, Italy circa 1960
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Very decorative mid-century Murano Glass Centerpiece out of the famous workshops in Italy around 1960. A beautiful piece of glass art with artfully designed clear base and a lovely w...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Mid Century Murano Glass Colorful Centerpiece with Six Wings
Located in Torino, IT
Mid century murano glass colorful centerpiece with six wings circa 1960 Italy Venice will be shipped safe and secure.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Mid Century Murano Glass Vase, Italy, circa 1960
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Delicate mid century Murano glass vase from the renown glass art workshops in Italy. Artfully made in the period around 1960 this fantastic shaped glass vase shows a lovely coloratio...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Lamps
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of vintage Mid-Century Murano glass lamps with chrome mounts.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Midcentury Murano Glass Lidded Vessel with Gold Inclusions
Located in Troy, MI
Midcentury Murano glass tall lidded vessel in clear glass embellished with gold inclusions. Unknown maker. Excellent vintage condition with no flaws found. Minor scattered surface wear.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass

Mid-century Murano glass sconce by Poliarte - Italy 1970s
By Poliarte
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century Murano glass sconce by Poliarte - Italy 1970s
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Vintage 1970s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Vase, Italy, circa 1960
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Beautifully shaped, large mid-century Murano glass vase from the renown workshops in Italy around 1960. An exceptional item with twisted body combined with fantastic coloration. From...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-century Murano glass suspension by Carlo Scarpa - Italy 1960s
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century Murano glass suspension by Carlo Scarpa - Italy 1960s
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Italian Midcentury Murano Glass Vase of the Sommersi Series, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian midcentury Murano glass vase of the Sommersi series, 1950s Vase of the I Sommersi series, in Murano glass, unique pieces of an exceptional manufacture Very good condition ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Bowl, Italy, circa 1960/70
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Unique mid century Murano glass bowl out of the world renown workshops in Italy from the period around 1960/70. This very modern looking pentagonal glass bowl reminds of a star or st...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Suspension by Carlo Nason for Mazzega, Italy, 1960s
By Carlo Nason
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century Murano glass suspension by Carlo Nason for Mazzega - Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Suspension by Carlo Nason for Mazzega, Italy, 1960s
By Carlo Nason
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century Murano glass suspension by Carlo Nason for Mazzega - Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Midcentury Murano Glass Drops Chandelier Style Venini, Italy, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Midcentury Murano glass drops chandelier style Paolo Venini, 1960s. Large edition! Perfect vintage condition. glass complete.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Sommerso Vase and Carafe, Flavio Poli
By Flavio Poli
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful mid-century Murano glass sommerso vase and carafe in purple, blue and clear, attributed to Flavio Poli for Seguso; years 1960-1970. The vase is 26cm tall and the carafe is ...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Art Nouveau Vases

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Murano Glass

Italian Mid-Century Murano Glass and Kinetic Bronze Floor Lamp
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Italian mid-century Murano glass and kinetic bronze floor lamp, fitted with an opaque Murano glass shade, on a cast verdigris bronze circular moveable spiral column. The base has a 1...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bronze

Midcentury Murano Glass Vase Green Gold Trust Inside 1950s Venini Attributed
By Venini
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Midcentury Murano glass vase green gold trust inside 1950s Venini attributed.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Selection of Midcentury Murano Glass Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of midcentury Murano glass lamps, Italy, circa 1950s. From left to right, they are: 1) Gold and white Murano glass lamp with giltwood base, attributed to Archimede Seguso,...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Midcentury Murano Glass Cock, Italy, circa 1950
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Fantastic handcrafted midcentury Murano glass art cock out of the renown Murano workshops in Italy from circa 1950. The multicolored in-glas worked body shows beautiful green and yel...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

  • Midcentury Murano Glass Cock, Italy, circa 1950
  • Midcentury Murano Glass Cock, Italy, circa 1950
  • Midcentury Murano Glass Cock, Italy, circa 1950
  • Midcentury Murano Glass Cock, Italy, circa 1950
H 8.110 in. W 2.598 in. D 5.902 in.
Mid-Century Murano Glass Sommerso Set, Flavio Poli
By Flavio Poli
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful mid-century Murano glass sommerso set in organic amber, green and clear, attributed to Flavio Poli for Seguso; years 1950-1960. Set of four vases, one perfume bottle and on...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Art Nouveau Vases

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Murano Glass

Italian Mid-Century Murano Glass Pendant Lamp Per Mazzega, 1970s
By Mezzaga
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Charming Italian mid-century Murano glass pendant or hanging lamp per Mazzega fashion house, from the 1970s. Blown Murano glass in amber clear color with chromium steel structure. Th...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Ceiling Lamps by VeArt, Venice, Italy, 1960s
By VeArt
Located in Pambio Noranco, CH
Rare pair of Mid-Century, Murano glass hanging lamps by VeArt. White and clear glass, 1960-1965. Measures: H 47 x Ø27cm.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Glass, Murano Glass

Midcentury Murano Glass Mirror with Yellow Glass Flowers, Italy, circa 1950
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Breathtaking midcentury Murano glass mirror out of the famous workshops in Italy from circa 1950. The rectangular mirror in the middle is surrounded by four slightly inclined Murano ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Mirror, Murano Glass, Wood

Large Midcentury Murano Glass Multi Color Center Bowl
Located in Troy, MI
Circa late 1960s / early 1970s large mid century Murano glass center bowl features heavy glass of layered colors: red, green, smoky purple, blue and deep amethyst at the base with th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Italian Midcentury Murano Glass Sconce by Franco Luce
By Franco Luce
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Italian mid century Murano glass Calla Lilies single sconce by Franco Luce. Having four beautiful hand blown glass shade mounted on a gold leaf frame. Has been rewired for American u...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Gold Leaf

Tommaso Barbi Midcentury Murano Glass and Brass Round Italian Ashtray, 1970s
By Tommaso Barbi
Located in Roma, IT
Incredible Midcentury Murano Glass and Brass Circular Italian Ashtray, 1970s. Tommaso Barbi produced this incredible piece during the late 1960s in Italy. The combination of wonderf...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Suspensions by Roberto Pamio and Renato Toso
By Renato Toso
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of mid-century murano glass suspensions by Roberto Pamio and Renato Toso for Leucos - Italy 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Flush Mount by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1960s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Aachen, NRW
Mid-century Murano glass Flush mount light by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1970s Very good condition. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired, and ready to use. ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Matching Pair of Midcentury Murano Glass Birds, circa 1950s
Located in San Francisco, CA
Matching pair of midcentury Murano glass birds, circa 1950s Fabulous pair of green glass birds with gold fleck highlights. Each birds measures approximately 7" wide x 16" high ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Midcentury Murano Glass Chandelier by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1960s
Located in Aachen, NRW
Midcentury Murano glass chandelier by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1960s Very good condition. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and ready to use. The fix...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Midcentury Murano Glass Chandelier by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1960s
Located in Aachen, NRW
Mid Century Murano Glass Chandelier by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1960s Very good Condition. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and ready to use. The fixtur...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Midcentury Murano Glass Chandelier by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1960s
Located in Aachen, NRW
Mid-Century Murano glass chandelier by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1960s Very good condition. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired, and ready to use. The f...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Murano Glass Ceiling Fixture by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1960s
Located in Aachen, NRW
Midcentury Murano glass ceiling fixture by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1960s Very good condition. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired, and ready to use. T...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Vase, Italy White, Red and Green, Circa 1960/70
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
Mid-Century Murano glass vase from the famous workshops in Italy around 1960/70. A white body with a red base and finished in a kind of green flower From different shades of white ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Italian Mid-Century Murano Glass Ceiling Lamp Sfera by Scarpa for Flos, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Murano glass ceiling lamp Sfera by Scarpa for Flos, 1970s Chandelier mod. Sfera composed of a spherical lampshade in Murano glass. The structure, which supports ...
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Vintage 1970s Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Mid Century Murano Glass Lantern
Located in San Francisco, CA
Venetian white and blue cased glass light fixture. Italy, circa 1960's. Newly re-wired, comes with 27 inches of chain and canopy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Lanterns

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Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Vase in the Manner of Ercole Barovier
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-century Murano glass vase in the manner of Ercole Barovier is a masterpiece of the glass blower's art! Visually intriguing spiral milk glass pieces were surrounded by the natural...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Gilt Mid Century Murano Glass Bowl "Splash" by Fratelli Toso, Italy circa 1970
By Fratelli Toso
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Rare gilt mid century Murano glass bowl from the renown workshops of Fratelli Toso in Venetia from the period around 1970s. An absolutely unusual, artfully shaped glass bowl with pre...
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Late 20th Century Italian Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

A Midcentury Murano Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Murano glass chandelier, produced circa 1970 - 1980, consisting of individually hand-blown 'pulegoso' glass flames, which slip into chrome-plated spiral holders, four of wh...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Large Bottle-Shaped Midcentury Murano Glass Vase Old Rose to Dark Rose, Signed
Located in Salzburg, AT
Large bottle-shaped midcentury Murano glass vase old rose to dark rose, signed by Hand The entire vase / surface is ground using Battuto technology and is therefore matte. The colo...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Bowl, Italy
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Organic shaped 1960's glass bowl in two colors from Murano with air-bubble pattern. Excellent for putting your keys and what not's or as a snack bowl.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Bowl, Italy
  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Bowl, Italy
  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Bowl, Italy
  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Bowl, Italy
H 2.37 in. W 6.5 in. D 5.52 in.
Mid-Century Murano Glass Light Fixture
Located in New York, NY
A circa 1960's Italian Murano glass light fixture with interior lights. Measurements: Current drop: 16" Diameter: 21".
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Vintage 1960s Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Miami, FL
A fine pair of Murano wall sconces in the style of Jules Leleu with hand cut elements made of altuglas. Each sconce measures 12 1/2" W x 7 3/4" H x 6 3/4" D. Currently not wired, e...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Nickel

  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
H 7.75 in. W 12.50 in. D 6.75 in.
Yellow and White Italian Midcentury Murano Glass Pendant Lamp in Rare Design
Located in München, DE
Beautiful yellow and white Italian midcentury Murano glass pendant lamp in rare design with a checked pattern. Fantastically beautiful and very noble design in a very good vintage ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Murano Glass Fixture
Located in Dallas, TX
Italian Murano art glass chandelier, in the style of Barovier & Toso, c.1940s-1950s, blue glass, having scalloped ceiling mount falling to rope twist standard and moon shaped frame, ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Vase Purple/ Green, Italy, circa 1960
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Fantastic designed, mid-sized Murano glass vase from the famous workshops of Sommerso in Italy around 1960. The exceptional shape with twisted body has been combined with a great loo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Bowl Pentagonal, Italy, circa 1960/70
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Extraordinary pentagonal Murano glass bowl out of the world renown workshops in Italy from the period around 1960/70. This very modern looking glass bowl reminds of a star or starfis...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Lamp by Seguso
By Barovier, Venini, Archimede Seguso, Barovier&Toso, Seguso
Located in Houston, TX
Beautiful cranberry and gold Seguso murano glass table lamp on Lucite base, newly wired. This Italian Venetian glass lamp would work well in a variety of interiors.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Murano Glass, Lucite, Blown Glass

  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Lamp by Seguso
  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Lamp by Seguso
  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Lamp by Seguso
  • Mid-Century Murano Glass Lamp by Seguso
H 20.25 in. W 6.5 in. D 6.5 in.
Pair of Mid Century Murano Glass Sconces
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Pair of Mid century Murano wall sconces. Having gold and white Murano glass hanging from a nickel frame, as pictured. Has been Rewired for American use.  
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

  • Pair of Mid Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid Century Murano Glass Sconces
H 16.5 in. W 15 in. D 8.5 in.
Italian Mid-Century Murano Glass Pendants by Mazzega, 1970s
By Mazzega
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Gorgeous set of two pieces of heavy pendant lights in two-tone yellow-transparent glass strips. Made in Murano by Mazzega during the 1960s. The glass is stunning to see and much be...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Italian Midcentury Murano Glass Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Beautiful true vintage chandelier with up-going arms and light bulbs inside beautifully handcrafted glass bowls. Made in Murano, Italy, during the 1950s. The chandelier is in trans...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Pair of Midcentury Murano Glass Sconces
Located in Dallas, TX
Elegant pair of midcentury barrel form Murano glass and brass sconces. These add a very textural element and create a decorative polished look. So pretty!
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Mid-20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
Located in Houston, TX
Rectangular Murano glass sconces, newly wired.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
H 9.75 in. W 7 in. D 4.5 in.
Mid-Century Murano Glass Pulegoso Flame Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A Murano glass chandelier crafted with "Pulegoso" glass to form several layers of "flames" mounted on chrome spiral bases.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Midcentury Murano Glass and Brass Chandelier, 1980
By Murano 5
Located in Rome, IT
Extraordinary and original design for a midcentury Murano chandelier. Particular the manufacture of the glass combined with a shiny brass finish. The structure of the chandelier is ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Murano Glass and Chrome Chandelier, 1970s
By Murano 5
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Wonderful smoke / dark brown glass chandeliers from Murano with chromed lamp base. Made in Italy in the 1970s. Three same pieces available but sold separately. The lamps are in wo...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-Century Murano Glass Figurine "The Noble Lady", Italy, circa 1950
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Artfully designed Murano glass figurine out of the famous workshops in Venice from the 1950s. Standing on a golden round base this absolutely fantastic made murano sculpture depicts ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Murano Glass

4 Italian Mid-Century Murano Glass Wall Sconces
Located in New York, NY
4 Italian Mid-Century (1940's) wall sconces with a clear Murano glass bell shaped shade with a white swirl design supported by a fluted brass bracket (PRICED EACH)
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Early 20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Murano Glass Light Fixture
Located in New York, NY
A large Italian circa 1960's Murano hand-blown glass light fixture with eight interior lights. Measurements: diameter: 42" Current drop (adjustable): 23".
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

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Mid Century Murano Glass For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal piece of mid century murano glass for your home. An item from our selection of mid century murano glass — often made from glass, murano glass and metal — can elevate any home. There are 18606 variations of the antique or vintage choice in our collection of mid century murano glass you’re looking for, while we also have 1208 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without an object in our assortment of mid century murano glass — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. An option in this array of mid century murano glass, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one piece of mid century murano glass that is appealing in its simplicity, but Venini, Barovier&Toso and Mazzega Murano produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Murano Glass?

Prices for a piece of mid century murano glass can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $1 and can go as high as $135,901, while the average can fetch as much as $2,267.

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.

Questions About Mid Century Murano Glass
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Sommerso glass is made by dipping colored glass into liquid molten glass in a second shade prior to mouth-blowing the material into the desired shape. The end result is a decorative object that shows off two or more colors. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Sommerso glass.