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Blenko

A producer of hand-blown glass since 1893, Blenko Glass is currently headquartered in Milton, West Virginia, where it has operated since 1921. Among its many illustrious projects are the stained-glass windows it produced for St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Washington National Cathedral. Blenko is known today for the brilliant colors of its glass vessels and objects—particularly those produced in the 1950s and ’60s—which range from jewel-like blues and greens to brilliant reds and yellows.

The company was founded by William J. Blenko, an English immigrant who was apprenticed to a glassmaker in his native London as a young man. Blenko developed expertise in the production of rondels, the round panes used in stained glass windows. His interest in the potential of natural gas to fire glass furnaces led him to Milton, where abundant reserves of the fuel had attracted a pool of skilled glassblowers. Under the name Eureka Glass, his company began making window glass in 1923, and in 1925, he was joined in the business by his son, William H. Blenko.

When the Great Depression quelled demand for stained glass, William J. Blenko brought local Milton glassblowers into the company to begin producing stem- and tableware, products for which the company, which changed its name to Blenko in 1930, is now best known. Up until the end of World War II, Blenko’s tableware designs were fairly straightforward, and they sold well at American department such as Gump’s, in San Francisco. The company was also commissioned in 1930 to produce a line of reproductions for Colonial Williamsburg.

In 1947, the company hired as its art director Winslow Anderson, who introduced artful, fanciful and modern vessels and objects in vibrant colors. This began what collectors refer to as Blenko’s “historic period.” A number of Anderson’s designs were honored by the Museum of Modern Art’s Good Design Awards in 1950, and throughout the 1950’s and ‘60s, the company enjoyed robust sales and critical acclaim. The forms Blenko produced during this period followed the contemporary vogue for biomorphism, or organic modernism, which favored rounded and fluid shapes inspired by nature.

One of Blenko’s most influential designers, Wayne Husted, who was active from 1953 to ’63, is credited with aligning Blenko’s products with the prevailing mid-century modern aesthetic by pushing the envelope on both form and color, particularly in his wedge-cut and Spool decanters and his Echoes series. Joel Philip Myers, who designed for Blenko in the 1960s, brought a sense of whimsy and visual excess to the product line, in keeping with the psychedelic look favored during the period.

Blenko Glass still produces many of its classic designs in items ranging from stemware and tableware to decorative objects and ornamental decanters. Among collectors, pieces created under Husted’s creative direction are of special interest. The company has come to the attention of younger audiences through the documentaries Blenko: Hearts of Glass and Blenko Retro: Three Designers of American Glass, both of which aired on PBS. Blenko also designed the glass award trophy for the Country Music Awards.

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Creator: Blenko
Rare Blenko Glass 6312l Rosé, Midcentury Handcrafted Pink Art Glass Vase
By Blenko Glass
Located in Decatur, GA
Exceptional Blenko art glass vase model 6312L in rare Rosé colorway. This example is unique on the market. The Rosé color was offered for only two years - 1963 and 1964. Exquisite an...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Blenko Pyramid Glass Bookends, Pair
By Blenko Glass
Located in Bastrop, TX
Table sculpture, bookends, or eye candy. . . You decide. Beautiful handmade blenko solid glass sculpture. Rows of raised stylized pyramids adds to the element to the design. one ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass, Glass, Art Glass

Architectural Glass Blenko Lilac Vessel with Stopper by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Architectural lilac glass bottle with stopper by Wayne Husted and manufactured by Blenko, USA. Measures 31.5" high (without stopper), 33" high (with stopper). Stopper is 5.5" diamete...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Signed Mid-Century Blenko Amber Art Glass Nude Female Vase by Joel Philip Myers
By Blenko Glass
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This art glass vase was designed by Joel Philip Myers of Blenko Glass of the United States in approximately 1969 in the period Mid-Century Modern style. The vase is done with clear g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Pair of Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 23.25" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vase is about 22.75" high and 2...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Vase by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Joel Myers colored glass vase with stopper, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. Vessel measures 25" high (with stopper), 21.5" (without stopper) and 2.75" diameter.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Blenko Cobalt Blue Water Bottle
By Blenko Glass
Located in Buchanan, NY
Fabulous cobalt blue Blenko iconic water bottle with sandblasted etching on base with the maker, Blenko, and the year 2002. Would be great as a vase with white peonies or in a window...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass

Monumental Blenko Decanter with Stopper design 6732-L Artist Joel Philip Myers
By Joel Philip Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Buffalo, NY
Extremely rare Blenko decanter with stopper, design #6732-L.... Designed by Artist Joel Philip Myers, This piece was only produced for 1 year, 1967 -1968, There's only one That i am ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Large Turquoise Blown Glass Asymmetrical "Ribbed" Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Asymmetrical Blenko vase with ribbed pattern, large in scale (H: 11" x L: 8" x D: 4") in attractive turquoise palette. The design's first and only appearance was in the 1966 Blenko...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Rare Wayne Husted for Blenko "Kitty" Cat Bottle with Stopper
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Wayne Husted for Blenko cat bottle with stopper.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

1960s BLENKO Clear Glass OWL Bookends Joel Myers West Virginia
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in National City, CA
Bookends Modern Handblown Glass OWL Bookends by BLENKO WV Thick clear solid Glass bookends designed by Joel Myers for Blenko. No label present. Measures: 6.75 + .13 x 5.5 W x 1.75 D ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Pair of Blenko Green Glass Decanters
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 1970s Blenko green glass decanters with elaborate decoration. Hand blown with elaborate stoppers.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

2002 Blenko Glass Tequila Sunrise Signed, Richard Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Extremely rare hand signed and dates Blenko Glass "Tequila Sunrise" vase. This collectors piece is vibrant cherry red, yellow and avocado green ombre color. Stamped on underside Ble...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Monumental Blenko Smoky Blue Grey Glass Lamp
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Large Blenko glass lamp in a beautiful blue / grey color. The lamp sits on a thick beveled lucite base and has been Newly rewired with adjustable polished brass double cluster tha...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Blenko Blue Art Glass Bulbous Vase W/ Narrow Neck, Hand Blown Undulating Form
By Blenko Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Art Glass vase in blue by Blenko, 1960s. Hand blown bulbous with undulating wave like form. No chips, cracks or repairs.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

20th Century Blenko Glass Tangerine Vase
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
20th century Blenko glass tangerine vase. this blown glass vase maintains the original manufacture sticker intact.
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20th Century American Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Midcentury Blenko Glass Fish Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cathedral City, CA
A pair of midcentury Blenko fish bookends.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Original Mid-Century Modern Blue Hand Blown Art Glass Vase, Vessel Blenko, 1980
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Blenko blue Mid-Century Modern hand blown art glass vase, vessel, geometric shape made in the 1980s. The sculptural blue glass body looks stunning with every turn. No markings.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Blenko Clear Glass Half Circle Bookends by Wayne Husted
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in St. Louis, MO
Wayne Husted designed clear half glass bookends for Blenko, circa 1960s. In fine condition, no damage.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Pair of Midcentury Glass Owl Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Midcentury pair of handblown owl bookends by Blenko, circa 1960s. The bookends are heavy and solid with a smooth back side a finish and a textural finish on the front. Very cool deco...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Hand Blown Bamboo Art Glass Vase by Don Shepherd for Blenko Glass
By Don Shepherd, Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Hand blown yellow / gold art glass vase by Don Shepherd for Blenko Glass, circa 2005. This bamboo shaped design was initially introduced for one year by Don Shepherd in the late 1970...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Large Blenko Blown Glass Turquoise Asymmetrical "Ribbed" Vase
By Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Asymmetrical Blenko vase with ribbed pattern, large in scale (H: 11.25" x L: 8" x D: 4.25") in attractive turquoise palette. The design's first and only appearance was in the 1966 B...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

1970's Mouth blown Glass Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful abstract glass vase by Blenko, circa 1970's no chips or cracks.
Category

Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Huge 1960s Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Litchfield, CT
Blenko Glass Co., Milton, West Virginia, USA, circa 1960s. A brilliant example of the mod aesthetic in American decorative arts, this massive vase from Blenko is perfect for mid-cent...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Blenko Clear Glass Candleholders, a Pair
By Blenko Glass
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage pair of puck shaped glass candleholders by Blenko. Handmade from solid glass, slightly different in size. Manufacurer: Blenko Origin: USA Year: 1960s Syle: Mid-Ce...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Joel Myers Emerald Green Blenko Genie Bottle Vase Retro Midcentury Art Glass
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Joel Myers emerald green floor decanter vase/bottle Model #6954 Blenko, 1969. Very good vintage condition, no chips, no cracks.    
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Blenko Mid-Century Modern Glass Bookends with Elephant Motif
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern glass bookends depicting elephants on the front end. The pair was made in the United States by Blenko in the 1960s and is in very good vintage condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Pair of Large Vintage Blenko Glass Lamp Bases by Joel Philip Myers
By Joel Philip Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Large Vintage Blenko Glass Lamp Bases by Joel Philip Myers. Lamps need hardware and wiring specified and assembled.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Winslow Anderson for Blenko "Pinched" Turquoise Art Glass Table Lamp, 1950s
By Blenko Glass, Winslow Anderson
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Winslow Anderson #949L for Blenko Aqua Sea Blue Green Glass Table Lamp, designed 1951. Featuring a dimpled, free-form wide glass bottle form in Teal, Aqua Green coloration atop a rou...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Black Glass Champagne / Wine Bucket by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern champagne / wine cooler or ice bucket in the form of a black glass top hat made by Blenko of West Virginia.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Pair of Crystal Penguins by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of crystal penguins by Blenko. They measure about 13.5" high and 5" diameter.
Category

1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Crystal

Massive Bottle Shaped Glass Lamp by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A massive glass lamp by Blenko. Bottle shaped blue glass, measuring 23.75" H, excluding shade.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Collection of Large Blenko Glass Pieces
By Blenko Glass
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A collection of large, red-orange Blenko pieces, largest measuring 33.25" H.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Very Large Dimpled Emerald Glass Vessel by Winslow Anderson for Blenko
By Winslow Anderson, Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Impressively large, mid century modern, emerald green, dimpled, art glass vessel by Winslow Anderson for Blenko.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Amber Glass Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Bastrop, TX
Mid-Century Modern, hand blown amber dimpled art glass vessel in Winslow Anderson style for Blenko. Circa 1960s. Good vintage condition. Measures: 6.5”H x 5.5”W x 5.5”D.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Vintage Blenko Vase in Green Glass with Overall Raised Molded Designs
By Blenko Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern vase of pillar form with two flat sides and two convex sides. The molded green glass divided into rectangular areas with various patterns, each flat side with two ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Green Blenko Blown Glass Lamp with Glass Finial
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful shade of green blown glass Blenko lamp with blown glass finial and wooden base. Original brass hardware.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass, Wood

Blenko Clear Glass Half Circle Bookends, Pair
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pair of vintage handmade half circle bookends in solid glass by Blenko. Both with original foil label.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Blenko Signed Blue Crackled Glass Barrel Lamp
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Blenko 1960's crackled blue glass barrel shape lamp with round walnut base. Original hardware features brass cap and adjustable harp to accommodate multiple heights and lamp shade s...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern Blenko Tangerine Art Glass Decanter, Winslow Anderson #49
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Vibrant vintage MCM tangerine Blenko art glass decanter. Designed by Winslow Anderson, 1970's. Very good condition Hand blown intense orange-red to clear at the trefoil top.  
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Pair of Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 24.25" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vase is about 21.75" high and 2...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Vases by Blenko Blue and Amber
By Blenko Glass
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Pair of fish bowl vases by American glass blowing company Blenko. Amber colored case is a little taller than the blue vase 10 inch to 9.5 inch. Amber vase retains 90% of it's origina...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Blenko Freeform Amethyst Handcrafted Art Glass Bowl
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A freeform art glass bowl in a darker amethyst crafted by Anderson for the Blenko glass company in the 1950's .
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass

Midcentury Blenko Glass Optic Emerald Green and Brass Lamp
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Midcentury Blenko glass optic emerald green and brass mount table lamp. This sparkling Blenko glass lamp maintains its original Blenko glass silver manufacturer sticker. Features the...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Blenko

Materials

Brass

Large Scale Mid-Century Modern Emerald Green Blenko Glass Ashtray
By Blenko Glass
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Large Scale Mid-Century Modern emerald green Blenko glass ashtray. Size: 9.5" D x 1" H.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Large Blenko "Wheat" Blown Glass Decanter / Bottle Desgined by Joel Myers
By Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Blenko blown glass bottle designed in the 1960s by Joel Myers retaining its original stopper. Sculptural form and impressive size in Blenko's "wheat" color. Glass has been cleaned, ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Blenko Ice Block Bookends in Amber Glass Abstract Flower Design 1967 Joel Myers
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in National City, CA
Glass Bookends By Blenko abstract ice glass block sculpture modern bookends in amber glass 1967 By designer Joel Myers for Blenko Glass of West Virginia Heavy pair of square amber co...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Mid Century Emerald Green Glass Owl Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Emerald green glass owl bookends by Blenko. Great color. Some air bubbles. No chips or scratches, some age appropriate shelf wear on bottom. Measures: 7" by 5 1/2" by 2" thick. Nice ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Midcentury Blue Glass Fish Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Fun midcentury glass fish vase by Blenko, circa 1970s. The vase is 15.25" tall and 7" wide.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Blenko Decanter Designed by Joel Myers
By Blenko Glass
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Great green and clear glass Blenko decanter. This beautiful piece was designed in 1968 by Joel Myers. Notice how the stopper has the clear and green glass.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Vintage Pair Blenko Amoeba Tangerine Glass Candleholders
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful pair of vintage Blenko Amoeba Glass Candleholders in Tangerine. The beautiful freeform and color of these catapults them to sculptures. The joyous hue of deep tangerine add...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Six Blenko Glass Zodiac Box
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Set of Blenko art glass zodiac plaques. Being sold individually. There are: 2 Taurus 1 Aries 2 Cancer 1 Libra.  
Category

1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

1950s Mid-Century Modern Amber Yellow Blenko Handblown Crackle Art Glass Carafe
By Blenko Glass
Located in Haarlem, NL
Cute little 1950s MCM amber yellow Blenko handblown crackle Art-Glass carafe with stopper and visible pontil. Blenko Glass Company has been a family owned and operated American comp...
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Mid-20th Century Central American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass

Vintage Wayne Husted Amberina Blown Glass "Bubble" Vase
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Blown glass vase designed in 1961 by Wayne Husted for Blenko (model number 6041). Attractive 'bubble' pattern throughout and brilliant amberina / tangerine palette with red and yello...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Three Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Three Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 23.75" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vases are about 21.5" high and 2....
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Tall American 1960s Hand-Blown Apple-Green Glass Decanter by Blenko Glassworks
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Francisco, CA
A tall and striking American 1960s handblown apple-green decanter by Blenko Glassworks; the bulbous shaped body with long neck of heavy handblown glass fitted with a solid glass stop...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Blenko Art Glass Mushroom Candlestick
By Blenko Glass
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Art glass mushroom candlestick by Blenco, circa 1975
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Blenko Glass Top Cowboy Hat
By Blenko Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
Purple glass blown in the shape of a top hat. stamped
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Blenko furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Blenko furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Blenko collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 131 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Blenko were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Dorothy Thorpe, Steuben Glass and Ben Seibel. Blenko furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$75 and tops out at US$5,500, while pieces like these can sell for US$488 on average.

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