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Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Style:Mid-Century Modern
Ceramic Bowl by Stig Lindberg, Midcentury Swedish Design, Faience, C 1950
Located in New York, NY
Decorative leaf shaped bowl by Stig Lindberg, Sweden, circa 1950. Faience. Very good condition. Yellow and white color. An artistic jack-of-all-trades, Stig Lindberg was accomplish...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Faience

Alfredo Barbini Murano Solid White & Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Decorative
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful vintage freeform Murano handblown white and gold flecks Italian art glass decorative bowl. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini gold leaf inside and outside. Striking pie...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass

Otto and Vivika Heino Monumental Hand Thrown Ceramic Six Bird Head Bowl Pot
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderfully designed and exceptionally rare earthenware six bird's head bowl or pot (bird head works are very coveted among collector's of the Heino's work) by ceramics masters hus...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Earthenware

David Cressey, John Follis Small 'Flame' Stoneware Planter or Fruit Bowl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
California design rare scale pro /artisan design Cressey's own "formula clay" reduction fired natural stoneware and glaze technique on a mold form designed by John Follis for Archit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Carl Auböck Model #3844 Brass Bowl
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3844 brass bowl. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowl is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass. Originally conceiv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Gladmark Walnut Bowl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A walnut footed bowl by Gladmark, c.1960s made in Burbank, California. Each tray would be special on its own, or make a statement together for your next gathering featuring an abunda...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Walnut

Italian Mid-Century Modern Textured Covered Vessel by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
Located in Miami, FL
Lovely Italian Mid-Century Modern textured covered vessel by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. A stylized triangular shaped with rounded corners with the rim painted in black, orange and purpl...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic, Pottery

Carl Auböck Model #4082 Brass Bowl
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4082 brass bowl. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowl is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass. Originally conceiv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Marked Vallauris France Ceramic Lemon Basket Green & Yellow Mid-Century Modern
Located in Miami, FL
1970s Mid-Century Modern handcrafted ceramic, pottery lemon basket or fruit plate in glazed dark green and black with yellow lemons, made in Vallauris. Marked underneath.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic, Pottery

Large Murano Art Glass Vase by V. Nason & C. ca. 1970s
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A large murano glass vase designed by Carlo Nason and manufactured by V. Nason & C. Murano. Clear glass with a handpainted decor in gold, green and red. Lable of the manufacturer on ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Crystal Bowl, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Crystal bowl for fruit or sweets. Made in Poland in the 1950s / 1960s. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 9 cm / diameter 20.5 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Crystal

2 Piece Lot Mid Century Enamel Dishes by Karl Drerup
Located in New York, NY
Nice lot of 2 enamel bowls by noted mid century enamel artist Karl Drerup. Both bowls are in good, original estate condition, the rooster bowl shows an inconsequential flaw to the pl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Enamel

Fabulous Mid-Century Glass Bowl Floral Décor with Red Enamel Accents
Located in Bochum, NRW
A gorgeous crystal glass bowl on 3 small feet. Richly decorated with etched roses and cherry flowers enhanced with red enamel. Twisted rim. Excellent condition. Dimensions: Height 1...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass

Giampaolo Ghisetti 1970s Vintage Round Aquamarine Blue Murano Glass Ribbed Bowl
By Giampaolo Ghisetti
Located in New York, NY
A signed Mid-Century Modern sensual curved centerpiece of great effect, blown in transparent crystal turquoise blue Murano glass, the ridges of the organic modern shape playing with ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Art Glass

Barbini Murano Sommerso Blue Aqua Italian Art Glass Seashell Sculpture Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large vintage Murano handblown Sommerso blue and aqua Italian art glass centerpiece seashell sculptural bowl. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini. Published in his catal...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Murano Seguso Sommerso Green Art Glass Triangular Bowl or Ashtray
Located in Barcelona, ES
A beautiful handblown Murano glass bowl in emerald green color cased into clear glass. Attributed to Seguso factory. Italy, 1960s. It has a central swirl decoration and triangular s...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Black Platter, Bowl, Ząbkowice Glasswork, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Zabkowice big black bowl - platter for fruits or sweets. Decorative motif. Made of heavy glass. Very good condition. dimensions: height 23 cm, diameter 22 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Carl Auböck Model #3904 Brass Bowl
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #3904 brass bowl. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowl is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass. Originally conceiv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Travertine Bowl, by Brendan Tadler in Beige Travertine
Located in Melville, NY
Travertine bowls carved from solid blocks of natural unfilled travertine. A necessity with various uses. Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, available in beige, black and silver travertin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Travertine

Venini Murano Jade Green White Micro Ribbons Italian Art Glass Bowl Dish Set
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced Per Set (3 sets available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown jade green and white micro thread Zanfirico ribbons Italian art glass bowl and dish set. Signed "Venini Italia"...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Large Italian Alexandrite and Green Sommerso Murano Glass Bowl, Dish or Ashtray
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Antonio da Ros for Cenedese large and heavy vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano glass bowl, serving dish or ashtray, circa 1965-1975. Utilizing the Sommerso technique this larg...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Large French "Lucid" Crystal Glass Shell Bowl ashtray by Art Vannes France 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Crystal glass ashtray Producer: ART VANNES FRANCE (marked) Age: 1970s   Wonderful heavy glass element designed and produced by Art Vannes in France i...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Crystal

Vintage Mid-Century Glazed Ashtray Catchall, 1960s
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful vintage glazed ashtray/catchall piece, unique and classic of its period. This piece provides versatility and colorful fun with its beautiful color and finish. Ideal for you...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Maitland Smith Style Tessellated Stone Bowl with Fish
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderful tessellated plate / bowl with fish details. At 18.25" the piece is a very large shallow bowl with tessellated fossil stone and or onyx details - the fish are a classic de...
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20th Century Asian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stone

Fratelli Toso Murano Fiery Opal Blue Flowers Italian Art Glass Decorative Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown fiery opalescent and blue flowers Italian art glass bowl. Documented to the Fratelli Toso company. It has a scalloped rim with three large cobalt ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine, Opaline Glass

Fantoni Style Salt Glaze Blue, Purple Ceramic Bowl Mid-Century Modern, Italian
Located in North Miami, FL
The beautiful pattern and intricacies of this geometric textural Italian salt glaze ceramic bowl has great influence and style of the work of the great Fantoni. The colors are exquis...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Midcentury Ceramic Wall Plate, 1970's
Located in Budapest, HU
Midcentury ceramic wall plate, 1970's.
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Vintage Midcentury Murano Sommerso Mauve Glass Bowl
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning and heavily made Italian Murano Sommerso art glass bowl of flat cut tear drop shape with the point of the teardrop cut flat. The bowl is blown in thick clear glass (2.25cm...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Alfredo Barbini Murano Orange Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bullicante Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
ONLY 1 Left! Beautiful vintage Murano handblown orange, controlled bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass bowl. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini and published in his catalog...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Swedish Craft, Large Organic Burl Wood Bowl "Vrilskål", Sweden, circa 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An unusually large Swedish "Vrilskål" or burl wood bowl. Hand carvings form a highly ornamented inside. Natural knotholes add to the sculptural appeal of the work. Unsigned, Sweden, ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Burl

Murano Bowl in Green and Gold-Colored Mouth-Blown Art Glass, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Murano bowl in green and gold-colored mouth-blown art glass. Italian design, 1960s. Measures: 12 x 8.2 cm. In perfect condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Midcentury Pietro Chiesa Carved Crystal Glass Italian Ashtray for Fontana Arte
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury carved crystal glass ashtray. This wonderful item was designed by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte in Italy during 1960s. This piece is unique as it has two carve...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Crystal

Alfredo Barbini Murano Blue White Gold Italian Art Glass Midcentury Bowl Dish
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown blue, white stripes and gold flecks Italian art glass bowl. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini. Published in his catalog. The bowl has a pinch...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Black Marble Bowl by Tulli Zuccari, Italy, 1980s
By Tulli Zuccari
Located in Rome, IT
Bowl by the Italian designer Tulli Zuccheri in black marble with white veins. Made in Italy, 1980s.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Marble

Aldo Londi For Bitossi Feather Plume Ceramic Bowl Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This sculptural vintage Italian Aldo Londi for Bitossi ceramic bowl or vessel has gold painted teardrop like surround shapes on the exterior over white ceramic with a short sculptura...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Midcentury Bowl by Marc Micoud Acrylic Glass Lucite, Octagonal
By Marc Micoud
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Modernist acrylic bowl in octagonal shape with a metal insert in brass. Timeless design by Marc Micoud, known for these extraordinary works made of acrylic glass. Impressive size ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Acrylic

Archimede Seguso Murano Green White Zanfirico Ribbons Italian Art Glass Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful Murano hand blown Zanfirico ribbons Italian art glass bowl. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso, circa 1955. Still retains an original "Archimede Seguso - Murano - Made...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Cenedese Murano Vaseline Yellow Red Heart Italian Art Glass Bird and Bowl Set
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Very cute Murano hand blown Sommerso vaseline yellow with red heart Italian art glass bird and matching bowl. Documented to the Cenedese company. Created with Uranium glass, which gl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Uranium Glass

Centrepiece by Gaetano Pesce for Fish Design NY
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Large, early edition 'Tutti Frutti' bowl by Gaetano Pesce for Fish Design 1996. Gaetano Pesce (1939 La Spezia) has become known for his radical 'anti' design and his experiments wit...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Resin

1950s Agate Geode Stone Bowl, Paperweight or Book Holder
Located in Barcelona, ES
Lovely natural geode stone bowl, bookend or paperweight, Spain, 1950s. This agate geode rock has a polished face showing the mineral’s distinctive banding striations in different sh...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Agate, Stone

Marble Bowl by Egidio Di Rosa & Pier Alessandro Giusti for Up & Up, Italy, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Shallow bowl in reddish-brown marble with a deep indentation in the center. Original “Up & Up” sticker affixed underneath.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Marble

Murano Art Glass Sommerso Bowl Catchall Red and Green Vintage, Italy
Located in Nürnberg, DE
An amazing Venetian Murano glass bowl in a nice green and red color. A highly decorative piece useful as centre piece or bowl, candy bowl or fruit bowl, Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Aldo Tura Sculptural Serving Dish with Bronze Carry Handle Macabo Cusano, Italy
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Aldo Tura elegant sculptural serving dish with bronze carry handle beautiful hand carved serving dish. Macabo Cusano, Italy, 1950s Dimensions: 7 1/2" H...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Bronze

Early Production Quistgaard Dansk Staved Teak Fruit or Salad Bowl Danmark
Located in Ferndale, MI
Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, Branded Mark Staved Teak JHQ Danmark
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Teak

Large Murano Art Glass Sommerso Bowl Catchall Green and Yellow Vintage, Italy
Located in Nürnberg, DE
An amazing Venetian Murano glass bowl in a nice green and yellow color. A highly decorative piece useful as centre piece or catchall, candy bowl or fruit bowl, Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Rare Bowl by Finn Juhl Bowl, Kaj Bojesen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Bowl, designed by Finn Juhl. Made by Kaj Bojesen, Denmark, 1951. Marked underside. Teak. Measures: Length 23 cm. Some wear and tear.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Teak

Knud Kyhn, Bowl, Glazed Stoneware, Royal Copenhagen, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small bowl / Vide-Poche by Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen. Features superb detailed glaze. Other designers of the period include Axel Salto, Arne Bang, Gunnar Nylund, Wilhelm K...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Mid-Century Modern Signed L. Onesto Murano Glass Art Bowl Table Sculpture, Italy
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a glorious, signed glass art bowl, with stunning bubbles in the multi-color, signed Murano. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 15" W x 9" D x 8" H. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Spanish Picasso Era Bird Shaped Bowl / Ashtray in Red Glazed Ceramic
By Alfaraz, Miguel Durán-Loriga
Located in Barcelona, ES
An amazing and colorful Picasso Era pottery abstract bird bowl or ashtray in an attractive red color with dark accents designed by Miguel Durán Lóriga and manufactured by Alfaraz wor...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Clay, Ceramic, Pottery

Pace Bowl, Lucite and Chrome Nickel Steel
Located in New York, NY
Pace bowl, lucite polished steel. Small scale chunky bowl with 1.25" polished nickeled steel band with black inset tray and thick clear acrylic base. Minor scratch to the acrylic bas...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Steel

1950s Edwin and Mary Scheier Stoneware Modernist Studio Open Bowl
Located in Pasadena, CA
1950s stoneware bowl created by Edwin and Mary Scheier of Green Valley, Arizona. Bowl measures 11.5" in diameter by 1.75" high. It is signed Scheier within the clay with a date drawn...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Polia Pillin Mid-Century Modern Footed Studio Bowl
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Pillin is known for her whimsical designs and a re-occurring motifs of women, birds, horses and flowers. Decorated ceramic footed bowl by Polia Pillin (1909-1992). Signed on the bo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

BROVIER & TOSO Murano Glass Sculpted Bowl
Located in Hawthorne, CA
A unique decorative piece for your interior decor; a large clear sculpted Murano glass bowl with interesting natural ROSTRATO pattern design. Reflecting light and luminosity within y...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Round Baroque Scalloped Tray in Solid Brass, 1970s Italian Design
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round Baroque scalloped tray in solid brass 1970s Italian design. Scalloped bowl of great executive quality, elegant and refined in its form.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Midcentury Ceramic Bowl Rörstrand Carl Harry Stålhane, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful bowl on a small foot. Manufactured in the 1950s at Rörstrand, designed by Carl Harry Stålhane. The bowl has a wonderful glaze and it lifts the shape of the bowls to be won...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Pair of Fish Bowls in Wire
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of decorative wire bowls in form of a fish. The measurements for the smaller one are: 16.5cm / 6.5", 43cm / 17", 4 cm / 1.5".
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Wire

Camer Glass Decorative Bowl, USA, 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
Gorgeous white and orange glass bowl by Camer, USA, 1970s.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Mid-Century Modern Rattan and Brass Box Bowl, Italy, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
1960s rattan decorative box or bowl with cover featuring brass details made in Italy.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Metal, Brass