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Set of 2 Modernist 1970s ceramic objects Peter Müller for Sgrafo Modern, Germany
By Sgrafo Modern, Peter Müller
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Set of 2 op art elements with abstract floral illustrations Origin: Germany Produder: Sgrafo Modern Design: Peter Müler Material: Pottery ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Candelabra
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Ceramic candelabra in a speckled, neutral glaze. Holds 3 standard size size candles.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Candelabra
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Candelabra
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Candelabra
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Candelabra
H 3.25 in. W 4.50 in. D 2.75 in.
Mid-Century Modern White Ceramic Seagulls
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Pine wood base, it is not signed, small chipped on a bird's nose.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pine

  • Mid-Century Modern White Ceramic Seagulls
  • Mid-Century Modern White Ceramic Seagulls
  • Mid-Century Modern White Ceramic Seagulls
  • Mid-Century Modern White Ceramic Seagulls
H 10.63 in. W 13.78 in. D 17.33 in.
Mid-Century Modern Life-Size Ceramic Bust
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Mid-Century Modern life-size ceramic bust.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Busts

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Tiger, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern ceramic tiger - Italy 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Tiger, Italy, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Tiger, Italy, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Tiger, Italy, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Tiger, Italy, 1960s
H 38.98 in. W 25.6 in. D 18.51 in.
Mid-Century Modern Studio Ceramic Vase
Located in Dallas, TX
Great detail in this signed ceramic vase with a glazed white ceramic and detailed with cut and formed ceramic ornamentation around upper portion. Well executed.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Stoneware Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Stoneware vase.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
By Fratelli Fanciullacci
Located in Bochum, NRW
Beautiful pottery jug/handled vase, Italy late 1950s-1960s. Signed. A stunning form and décor, body shaped as a jug, glossy white spray-glaze has a mottled texture, decorated usin...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

  • Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
  • Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
  • Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
  • Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
H 11.82 in. W 7.88 in. D 3.94 in.
Vintage Ceramic Pottery Floor Vase by Decora Ceramic, Germany, 1960s
By Decora Ceramic
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Pottery ceramic vase floor vase Producer: DECORA Ceramic, Germany Decade: 1960s Original vintage 1960s pottery ceramic vase made in Germany. ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Ceramic Figural Baby Bear Statue by Sgrafo Ceramic, Vintage
By Sgrafo Modern
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous character ceramic figural bear statue - Sgrafo Ceramic. This character statue has been made in the 1970s. Absolutely gorgeous item with signature and still in great condit...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

Large Mid-Century Modern Studio Ceramic Vase
Located in Dallas, TX
Lots of interesting detail in this beautiful Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase. A glazed ceramic vase embellished circular ceramic circles adorned with green glazed ceramic dots.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Deruta Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase
By Deruta
Located in New York, NY
Deruta Italian Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase with musical notes and stylized musicians, marked 'Deruta Italy' on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Vase
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian ceramic vase with leaves pattern. Swedish work.
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Vase
H 11.03 in. W 5.12 in. D 4.73 in.
Mid-Century Modern Heavy Ceramic Planter
Located in Budapest, HU
Mid-Century Modern heavy ceramic planter, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Metallic Glazed Ceramic Sculptural Vase
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very cool midcentury metallic glazed sculptural vase with protruding male and female figures. Artist unknown.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

Swedish Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase from Alingsås Ceramic, 1960s
By Alingsås Keramik
Located in Berlin, DE
Swedish Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase from Alingsås Ceramic, 1960s A handmade Swedish Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase with green, blue, brown, and dark grey glaze creating a geome...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Box by Pucci Umbertide
By Pucci Ceramics 1
Located in Aci Castello, IT
It's a lovely spider ceramic box made by Pucci in the Classic colors of manufacture. It's in excellent vintage conditions. It's signed on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Gail Reed Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Sculpture
Located in Mexico City, MX
Mid-Century Modern ceramic sculpture by Canadian potter Gail Reed. The organic punched design shows a green and yellow finish. Signed on the bottom. Gail Reed is a Canadian potter...
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Vintage 1970s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Pottery

  • Gail Reed Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Sculpture
  • Gail Reed Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Sculpture
  • Gail Reed Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Sculpture
  • Gail Reed Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Sculpture
H 16.34 in. W 14.77 in. D 3.55 in.
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Bowl
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian ceramic bowl with leaves pattern. Swedish work.
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Bowl
  • Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Bowl
  • Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Bowl
  • Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Bowl
H 3.15 in. W 7.88 in. D 8.67 in.
Mid-Century Modern Studio Crafted Ceramic Bowl
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern studio crafted bowl. Hand signed.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic by Knud Kyhn, Denmark 1950s
By Knud Kyhn
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern ceramic by Knud Kyhn - Denmark 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Studio Crafted Ceramic Lidded Jar
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Mid-Century Modern studio crafted ceramic lidded jar. Matte yellow with a subtle texture. Signed and dated by the artist.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jars

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Horse Sculpture in White, circa 1970s
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
1970s Italian horse head sculpture with white glaze finish. Handcrafted stallion has realist Art Deco inspired features with highly stylized details visible from all angles. Beautifu...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Mid Century Modern Italian Ceramic Vessel by Franco Bucci
By Franco Bucci
Located in DELRAY BEACH, FL
A beautiful deep black studio ceramic lidded vessel made in Italy by Franco Bucci. Has an elegant simple spherical form with a tasteful textured base. A smaller sphere creating the l...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Weed Pot Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern glazed ceramic weed pot vase.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Weed Pot Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Weed Pot Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Weed Pot Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Weed Pot Vase
H 4.50 in. W 5.50 in. D 5.50 in.
Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic Decorative Black Cat, 1960s
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Beautiful midcentury ceramic black cat from Italy, 1960s. Good condition.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Style Studio Ceramic Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern studio ceramic glazed ceramic bowl in aubergine accents, marked 'Earth Art' on the bottom.
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Yellow Spotted Ceramic Leopard or Cheetah
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Ceramic Italian glazed leopard in yellow with black spots. Hand-painted and in excellent condition. One available. Measurements are: 2" deep 7" wide 3" tall.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Paint

Mid-Century Modern Art Studio Ceramic Bottle Vase
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern art studio ceramic bottle-shaped vase with partial glaze and geometric shape on one side, unsigned. Measures: 13" Height x 7" Diameter.
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Large Colorful Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase, 1970's
Located in Budapest, HU
Large colorful Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase, 1970's. Signed in the base, great condition.
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Handmade Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic bowl by Alingsås Ceramic
By Alingsås Keramik
Located in Berlin, DE
Handmade Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic bowl by Alingsås Ceramic A handmade Swedish Mid-Century Modern ceramic bowl with green, blue, brown and dark grey glaze creating a geomet...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

White Finish Ceramic Horse Head Sculpture Mid-Century Modern
Located in Miami, FL
Graceful Mid-Century Modern handmade Ceramic Horse Head sculpture in white finish. Note the detail like a real life-size Horse. No Markings found.  
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Paint

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase by Illes, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase by Illes, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Studio Ceramic Glazed Vase
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern glazed art ceramic bottle-shaped vase with purple floral decoration, signed illegibly on bottom.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pottery

Mid Century German Pottery Mosaic Vase By SAWA Keramik, Germany 1960s
By Sawa Ceramic
Located in Zagreb, HR
Vintage Mid-century German Pottery vase made by SAWA KERAMIK AGE: 1960/70s Signed at the bottom 347-25 Polychrome mosaic decorations on matte brown glaze The vase is in a v...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pottery

Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Roman Horse Sculpture in White, circa 1970s
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
1970's Italian bust of a horse head with a white glazed finish. The handcrafted stallion has a realist features inspired by the highly stylized details of the Art Deco Era. The strik...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Set of 3 Abstract Ceramic Pottery Vases by EIWA / AKRU Ceramics, Germany, 1950s
By AKRU Ceramic
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Pottery ceramic vase set of 3 Producer: 3 different Germany Ceramic Producers Decade: 1950s Original vintage 1950s pottery ceramic vase set made in Germany. High ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian ceramic by Gunnar Nylund: fish. Brown mat glazure, haze fur.
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

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.
Iparmuveszeti Vallalat Ceramic Mid-Century Modern Semi-Nude Female Sculpture
By Iparmuveszeti Vallalat
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Iparmuveszeti vallalat ceramic Mid-Century Modern semi-nude female sculpture.
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

Extra Large Vintage Handmade Ceramic Pottery Floor Vase, Germany, 1960s
By Sawa Ceramic
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Pottery Ceramic Vase Floorvase Origin: Germany Decade: 1960s Description: original vintage 1960s pottery ceramic vase made in Germany. High qu...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Seated Monkey Table Sculpture, Italy, 1960s
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a regal looking, ceramic monkey table sculpture, made in Italy in the 1960s. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensions are 8.5" W x 6" D x 14.5" H.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid Century Modern Matte Blue Drip Ceramic Pottery Vase
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage stoneware studio pottery cylinder vase circa 1960's. This decorative piece features a dark matte blue finish with a crystalline drip glaze in shades of black, brown, and gree...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase Attributed to Claire Tong
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase attributed to Claire Tong, signed "Tong '54" on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Vase by Rometti
By Rometti Ceramics 1
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An elegant vase made in Italy in the 1950s by Rometti Ceramiche Umbertide, gilded and ivory painted ceramic it's in very good conditions, it's signed on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase by Bertoncello, Italy, 1950s
By Bertoncello
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Vase by Bertoncello, Italy, 1950s
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Decorative Wall Plate, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Hand made Mid-Century Modern ceramic decorative wall plate, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Ceramic

1969 Mid-Century Modern Fat Lava Ceramic Italian Vase
By Scheurich Keramik
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An orange, brown and green ceramic vase also usable as an umbrella stand, it's signed on the base Etna G. Ponti 1969, a Sicilian ceramist of the period. It remembers Etna the highest...
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Mid-20th Century Sicilian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Schumann Arzberg Mid-Century Modern Pop Art Ceramic Vase
By Schumann Arzberg 1
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Schumann Arzberg Mid-Century Modern Pop Art ceramic vase.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Sensual Gold Jaru Nude Male Ceramic Sculptures, Mid-Century Modern
By Jaru
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A chic Mid-Century Modernist figurative sculpture in plated gold by Jaru of California. This example depicts a reclining man in repose. The artist's nod to Cubism is apparent here as...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Rosenthal-Netter Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Vase Italy
By Rosenthal Netter
Located in Miami, FL
Rosenthal-Netter Mid-Century Modern glazed ceramic vase made in Italy. A vintage glazed ceramic vase in a mustard yellow with paisley motifs, by Rosenthal-Netter. Marked and Numbere...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Black Ceramic Spherical Vase, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern Black ceramic spherical vase, 1980s Spherical vase in black ceramic. Croff label on the back 1980s. Very good conditions. Measurements in cm 22 x 22 H.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Small White Ceramic Vase, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century modern small white ceramic vase, 1970s Small ball-shaped vase in white glazed ceramic. Excellent condition. Measures: 10x11h cm.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Rare Mid-Century Modern Unique Ceramic Floor Vase, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Rare Mid-Century Modern unique ceramic floor vase, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid Century Ceramic Sculpture, 1972
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Original Condition Re-Polished Made of Ceramic.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

  • Mid Century Ceramic Sculpture, 1972
  • Mid Century Ceramic Sculpture, 1972
  • Mid Century Ceramic Sculpture, 1972
  • Mid Century Ceramic Sculpture, 1972
H 10.63 in. W 7.09 in. D 7.09 in.
Mid-Century Ceramic Sculpture, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Czechoslovakia - made of ceramic - good, original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Ceramic Sculpture, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Ceramic Sculpture, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Ceramic Sculpture, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Ceramic Sculpture, 1960's
H 12.6 in. W 3.55 in. D 8.27 in.
Mid-Century Modern Small Ceramic Tiger in the Style of Ronzan
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Adorable ceramic tiger cub in the style of, or maybe made by, Ronzan of Italy. Meowing for its mother this little baby already looks dangerous with its sharp teeth and claws. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Collection of Italian Bertoncello Ceramic Vases
By Bertoncello
Located in Bochum, NRW
A beautiful collection of Bertoncello sculptural Italian ceramic vases. Seven glazed ceramic vases produced by Bertoncello Ceramiche D'Arte, Italy in 1960s and 1970s. In very good ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Italian Bitossi by Rosenthal Ceramic Vase
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern Italian Bitossi for Rosenthal ceramic vase, made in the 1940s in Italy. The piece has its original label and is in very good condition.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
Located in London, GB
A ceramic vase, likely West German but not stamped. Germany, mid to late 20th century. Good condition, unusual textural finish. Location: Belgium Gallery. Dimensions: ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

  • Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
  • Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
  • Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
  • Ceramic Mid-Century Vase
H 11.82 in. Dm 7.09 in.
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Midcentury Modern Ceramic Objects For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of midcentury modern ceramic objects available for sale. Frequently made of ceramic, pottery and stoneware, all midcentury modern ceramic objects available were constructed with great care. We have 7637 antique and vintage midcentury modern ceramic objects in-stock, while there are 170 modern editions to choose from as well. There are all kinds of midcentury modern ceramic objects available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Midcentury modern ceramic objects bearing Mid-Century Modern or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Midcentury modern ceramic objects have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Bitossi, Aldo Londi and Scheurich Keramik are consistently popular.

How Much are Midcentury Modern Ceramic Objects?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $807, while they’re typically $40 on the low end and $81,960 highest priced.

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.