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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
Midcentury Bowl by Mexican Modernist Don Shoemaker 1960s
Located in San Diego, CA
Bowl by Mexican Modernist Don Shoemaker. Retains original labels from his workshop in Señal Mexico. Designer Don Shoemaker ( was born in Nebraska and studied at the Art Institute...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Wood

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

Wall Mounted Swiveling Teak Salt Ball with Lid by ESA Denmark
By ESA
Located in Ferndale, MI
Rarely seen wall mounted teak salt ball. Wood base hooks to wall lathe turned teak wood ball swivels to pour or scoop out salt. Marked ESA Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Teak

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

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

Dino Martens Aureliano Toso Murano Orange White Ribbons Italian Art Glass Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown orange and white Zanfirico ribbons Italian art glass bowl. Documented to designer Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso, circa 1950s. It has 2 ribbons o...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano 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

Set of Three Carl Auböck Brass Bowls
Located in Glendale, CA
Set of three Carl Auböck brass bowls. Includes one each of Models #3904, #3844 & #4082. Designed in the 1950s, these incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowls are executed in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Danish Modern Hand Woven Fruit Basket Catch All, 1950s
Located in San Diego, CA
Danish modern catch-all or fruit bowl handwoven basket.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Rattan

Mid 20th Century Murano Pink Ruffle Bowl w/ Silver & Gold Specs
Located in Arlington Heights, IL
Spectacular representation of an art glass bowl from world renown glass artist/manufacturer Murano (Italy). The bowl has a free flowing ruffle formation with silver and gold specs hi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown 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

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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Art Glass, Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Midcentury Free Form Crystal Art Glass Bowl attrib. Cofrac Art Verrier France
Located in Arles, FR
Stylish hand blown crystal art glass bowl with great details. This mid-sized bowl has a fluid, freeform shape. Heavy gold, ridge and swirl design, clear. Attributed to CoFrac Art V...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Crystal

New Old Stock, 1,6kg Murano Glass Shell Bowl Antonio da Ros Cenedese Italy 1960s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Murano glass shell element Design: Antonio da Ros Producer: Cenedese Vetri (marked underneath the bowl) Origin: Murano, Italy Decade: 1960...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Vintage Art Glass Bowl by Chribska Glasswork, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
Beautiful vintage art glass bowl made by the famous Chribska Glasswork in former Chechoslovakia in the 1960s. There is an engraved mark '1414' at the bottom, which is the year Chribs...
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Clyde Burt Ceramic Bowl
Located in Chicago, IL
Clyde Burt ceramic bowl, beautiful technical glazes. Signed [CB] underside.
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1960s American 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

Materials

Glass

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

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

Vintage Rosenthal Black and White Monochrome Dish by Hans-Theo Baumann, 1960s
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish and scarce vintage midcentury German porcelain rounded bowl of shallow form decorated with a central black star and web design by Hans-Theo Baumann and designed for Ro...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Porcelain

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

Raul Coronel California Studio Stoneware Sun Flower Charger Platter
Located in Pasadena, CA
California studio stoneware charger or platter created by Raul Coronel of Los Angeles, California. Platter measures 12" in diameter by 1.5" deep. Signed Raul, 76. In good vintage co...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Pauly Venice Cornucopia Footed Bowl, Murano Glass, Gold Leaf Applications, 1960s
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Enchanting large footed bowl. Foot is a cornucopia made of bright amber glass (seems gaggia) with cobalt blue applications. The horn of plenty produces lemons mande in pate the ver...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Murano Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Barbini Murano Sommerso Cobalt Blue Italian Art Glass Seashell Sculptures Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (2 available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso cobalt blue Italian art glass seashell sculptural bowls. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini, and publi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

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

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

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Bjorn Wiinblad Salad Bowl as a Bird from 1982 S1
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bjorn Wiinblad salad bowl as a bird from 1982 S1 Måler 40cm x 24cm x 20cm (15.75" x 9.45" x 7.87") Item no.: 433264.
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1980s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Terracotta

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 10.5 cm / diameter 21 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Crystal

Murano Art Glass Lime Green and Clear Bowl Catchall Italy, Sommerso, 1970s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
An amazing Venetian Murano glass object in an unusual design and a pretty beautiful lime green and clear color. A highly decorative piece useful as center piece, bowl, candy bowl or ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

1970s Spiral Geometric Stoneware Blue Dish Bowl Architectural Cabinmodern
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Modernist design, stepped undulating edge. Bright blue glaze. Shown in natural light and under studio cool lights.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Stoneware

Murano Art Glass Sommerso Bowl Blue, Clear, Red and Green Vintage, Italy, 1980s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Gorgeous hand blown Murano art glass piece with Sommerso and bullicante techniques. A beautiful organic shaped bowl or catchall in clear glass with blue, red and green colors, Italy,...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Art Glass

Barbini Murano White Orange Gold Italian Art Glass Seashell Sculptures Bowls
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (2 available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown dark orange, white, controlled bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass seashell sculptural bowl. Documented to Al...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Gold Leaf

Barbini Murano Black Orange Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Folded Rim Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown black over persimmon orange and gold flecks Italian art glass decorative bowl. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini. It has a thick folded over ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Gold Leaf

Murano Ruby Glass Bowl with Controlled Bubble Pattern
Located in Copenhagen, K
Very nice Murano glass bowl with controlled bubble pattern. The bowl is square but with rounded corners.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Art Glass

Italian Midcentury Modern Murano Art Glass Bowl in Turquoise Blue
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and substantial Modern/Midcentury Modern Italian Murano art glass bowl in Caribbean, turquoise or azure blue with a shimmering copper design, circa mid-20th century, 1960...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

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

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

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Italian Ashtray in Black Murano Glass, 1960s
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Murano ashtray in gray/black glass. Has a little chip on the bottom but still a beautiful pieces.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Murano Glass

French Midcentury Painted Mercury Glass Bowl
Located in Copenhagen, K
Painted silver plated glass bowl in mercury silver or poormans silver, France. For sweets or as a decorative object for Christmas.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Mercury Glass

Large, 1950 Chic Design Embossed Brass Shell Bowl
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Large, 1950 chic design embossed brass shell bowl.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Brass

Roger Capron Decorative Dish
Located in Chicago, IL
Roger Capron Decorative Dish with Bamboo Handle
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Ceramic, Bamboo

Handmade Bowls
Located in Munich, DE
beautiful hand made on order bowls by tapio wirkkala for kultakeskus oy. bowls are stamped with makers maker and in good condition. located in hamburg.
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1970s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Hornsea Midcentury Ashtray Catchall in Yellow Rainbow Pleat Design
Located in New York, NY
Rare Hornsea Pottery 'Rainbow' ashtray catchall, this unique vintage piece is from 1960s England with a likeness to a Christian Dior pleated couture dress by Raf Simons, Spring-Summe...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Ceramic

Set of Three Bowls by Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of three bowls by Carl Auböck #4279, #4280 and #4317 Measures: 28 cm x 5 cm x 3 cm 8 cm x 6 cm x 3 cm 4 cm x 7 cm diameter.   
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4317 Brass Bowl
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4317 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

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern White Mosaic Ceramic Tile Dish or Bowl
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful Mid-Century Modern white mosaic ceramic tile dish or bowl, circa 1960s. Bowl is made of predominantly white tiles, with touches of red and orange; nine red around an...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Metal

Antonio Da Ros Large Italian Murano Clear Sommerso Glass Bowl, Dish or Ashtray
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Antonio Da Ros for Cenedese large heavy vintage Italian Murano glass bowl or ashtray circa 1975. Utilizing the Sommerso technique this large, heavy piece of glass features two submer...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Barovier Toso Murano Gold White Trim Italian Art Glass Gondola Footed Bowl Dish
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful Murano hand blown gold flecks Italian art glass Venetian gondola shaped bowl, catch all. The bowl is documented to the Barovier e Toso Company. The piece has an opaline whi...
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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

Materials

Burl

Murano Yellow Orange Ribbons Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Heart Shaped Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful Murano hand blown dark purple, yellow, white and orange ribbons Italian art glass heart shaped bowl. Created in the style of designer Dino Martens. The piece is profusely c...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Italian White Marble Bowl / Ashtray, circa 1975
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Italian White Marble Bowl / Ashtray, circa 1975.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Marble

Large Vintage French Sculptural Solid Wooden Vessel/Bowl
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A rustic, sculptural solid wooden vessel/bowl of impressive proportions, most probably dating from the mid 20th Century and originating from France. Condition, in excellent order....
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Wood

Vilhelm Bjerke-Petersen, Bowl, Blue-Glazed Stoneware, Rörstrand, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A blue and black glazed bowl designed by Vilhelm Bjerke-Petersen, for Rörstrand, Sweden, c. 1960s. .
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Stoneware

Carl-Harry Stålhane, Unique Bowl, Glazed Stoneware, Rörstrand, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A glazed stoneware bowl designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand, Sweden, 1960s. The stamp and signature on the underside indicate the bowl is unique.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Stoneware

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

Edmund Ronaky Ceramic Bowl Dish Hand painted Under Glaze California Potter
Located in Chicago, IL
This fun ceramic dish by California potter Edmund Ronaky has a free form and a two-part shape. It has a high gloss glaze over a design of a worried looking man who appears to be an E...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Clay

Midcentury French Riviera Bamboo and Rattan Oval Italian Basket, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful midcentury oval bamboo and rattan container basket. This item is attributed was produced in Italy during 1950s. This amazing piece has a round bamboo structure with fini...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Bamboo, Rattan

Pierced Ceramic Fruit Bowl Black
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, the pierced collection is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Clay

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

Materials

Steel

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