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Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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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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 Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Brass

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 Dishes and Vide-Poche

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

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 Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Brass

'Scalpellato' Glass Dish by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte, Italy, circa 1935
Located in London, GB
A circa 1930 ‘scalpellato’ handcut glass dish designed by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte. The beautiful aquamarine coloured glass was produced using the ‘scalpellato’ or ‘chiselled’ ...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Glass

Australian Karri Burr Wood Decorative Piece
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Very nice decorative piece of Australian Karri burr wood. Wonderful color and texture. ST1206.
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Late 20th Century Australian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Wood

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 Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Burl

Murano Green and Yellow Centerpiece Dish by Flavio Poli, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Hand blown art glass bowl in an ovoid shape. It’s made from cased green and yellow glass. It was designed by Flavio Poli during the 1960s and manufactured at Seguso in Murano, Italy.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Art Glass

Vessel Designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware. Signed "Sweden C 10 168".
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Stoneware

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 Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Steel

Fontana Arte 'Scalpellato' Dish by Pietro Chiesa, Italy, circa 1940
Located in London, GB
A beautiful ‘scalpellato’ glass dish or vide-poche designed by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte, circa 1940. The color and clarity of the glass, with its ‘chiseled’ outer edges, catch ...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Glass

Large Vintage Pink Venetian Glass Centerpiece with Gold Fleck Foil Inclusions
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large and decorative vintage pink Murano glass with gold foil footed stand or tazza. Probably by Salviati. Width: circa 16.75 in. Items purchased from David Sterner Antiques...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Blown Glass

Flygfors Pink Bubblegum Trinket Bowl
Located in Copenhagen, K
Flygfors pink and transperant bubblegum trinket.
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Brass Insects Fly, Spider, Ladybug Ant, Crab Ashtray Trinket Dishes
Located in Haarlem, NL
Set of seven detailed vintage 1960s-1970s large scale metal brass trinket dishes or ashtrays. Two flies, two crabs, an ant, a ladybug and a spider. Measurements L x W x H: Spide...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Metal, Brass

Onyx Vide Poche Dish, France 1960's
Located in New York, NY
A natural Onyx slab polished and carved into a vice poche.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Onyx

Midcentury Decorative Ceramic Plate by Robert Perot of Vieux Moulin, circa 1950s
By Vieux Moulin, Robert Perot
Located in London, GB
Decorative ceramic plate by Robert Perot, founder of the pottery, Vieux Moulin (circa 1950s), Vallauris, France. Exquisite design with geometric shapes in very muted shades of brown,...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Rare Blue and Flat Black Ceramic Dish by Elchinger, France, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Minor defect on rim as shown on picture 4 else in very good condition Elchinger, Alsace, France This item will ship from France price does include handling shipping and possible ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Barbini Murano Opalescent Honey Yellow Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced Per Item (2 bowls available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown opalescent honey yellow and gold flecks Italian art glass flower shaped bowl. Attributed to designer Alfredo ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Gold Leaf

1940s French Mid Century Modern Shiny Brass Hinged Apple Trinket Box on Twig '4'
Located in Haarlem, NL
Nice and heavy vintage hinged brass apple on a twig with leaves, to keep or collect your little trinkets in. This used to be called a bed-apple, for putting your jewellery in on you...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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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 Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Brass

Organic Handmade Horn Bowl, Catchall, Vessel, Centerpiece Mid-Century Modern
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern natural handmade Horn vessel, bowl, catchall or centerpiece from the Mid-Century Modern era.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Horn

Alfredo Barbini Acid-Etched Murano Corroso Bowl
Located in Verviers, BE
Alfredo Barbini acid-etched Murano Corroso bowl. A very rare piece in nice collectors condition. The glass looks simply stunning.                       ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Murano Glass

Midcentury Decorative Ceramic Dish by Phillip H. Paradise, California, 1950s
By Phillip Herschel Paradise
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Rare decorative earthenware dish by renowned Californian artist Phillip Herschel Paradise. Hand-painted decor, circa 1955. Signed. Phil Paradise was an accomplished artist, pai...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Glass Sculpture by Ercole Barovier and Toso Italy, circa 1940
Located in New York, NY
Amber colored “rugiadoso” glass with gold dust inclusions throughout. A seashell-shaped dish held by a stylized algae amber colored glass base. Model “Coppa Rugiada” introduced durin...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Art Glass

Abstract Modernist Petite Enamel Tray Artwork by Artist Eugenio Carmi 1950 Italy
By Lamierino Cornigliano, Eugenio Carmi
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Vintage 1950s modernist abstract enamel petite plate by Italian artist Eugenio Carmi signed. Ideal as catchall trinket tray decorative dish For Lamierino Co...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Enamel

Mid Century Blenko Amorphic Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Buchanan, NY
Blenko 1963 heavy free form amorphic centerpiece bowl in green. Very good condition. Ref #: H0721-02 Dimensions: 5”H x 15.5”W x 7.5”D
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Art Glass

Murano Venetian Hand Blown Turquoise Art Glass
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large gorgeous mid-20th century Italian Murano Venetian hand blown turquoise art glass In the form of a four leaf clover,. Beautiful Murano glass dish, it is clear with gold flecks ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

1950s Dish in Enameled Copper by Ettore Sottsass
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Dish in enameled copper, Ettore Sottsass, Italy, 1957. Beautiful and charming Ettore Sottsass dish in enameled copper from 1958. Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and desig...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Copper

Vintage Lucite Vide Poche with Nickel Band and Brass Buckle Detail, France 1970s
Located in New York City, NY
Chic and sophisticated lucite vide poche with nickel band and brass buckle detail, France, 1970s.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Brass, Nickel

Italian Murano Purple Lavender and Gold Art Glass Bowl
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Italian Murano purple lavender and gold art glass bowl in an organic shape, circa 1960s, Italy. Bowl is purple lavender Murano art glass with swirls of shimmering gold. G...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Art Glass

Aquamarine Murano Glass Bowl or Vide-Poche, 1960s
Located in London, GB
Aquamarine Murano glass bowl or vide-poche, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Murano Glass

Jacques Moniquet Vide-Poche Edited by Chéret AAM Paris, circa 1975, France
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice Jacques Moniquet Vide-Poche edited by Chéret AAM Paris, circa 1975, France. Compressed and polished brass, small edition by Chéret. Each piece produced by Moniquet is unique. St...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Brass

20th Century Metal Shell and Coral Decorative Dish Vide-Poche or Plate Pergay
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
In the style of Maria Pergay Realised, circa 1960 Elegant dish called "mendiant" in metal and coral Very chic object with two shells and a coral handle Some small gaps on t...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Coral

Serge Mansau for Monique Gerbert Art du Bronze Dish Vide Poche Mini Coupelle
Located in Chicago, IL
Serge Mansau decorative bronze dish or vide poche produced by French company Monique Gerber Art du Bronze. Highly polished bronze interior with high relief sculptural underside. ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Bronze

Carved Malachite Dish, France, 1960's
Located in New York, NY
An elegant vide poche carved out of solid Malachite.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Malachite

Pink and Green Murano Centerpiece Bowl by Archimede Seguso, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Large, monumental and heavy art glass bowl. Made from cased green main glass with a center in sculpted pink and clear glass. It shape, colors and delicacy mimics an exotic water lily...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Art Glass

Wooden Traditional Hand Painted Plate, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wooden hand painted plate artwork, circa 1960. In original condition, with minor wear consistent of age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.  
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Wood

Black, Yellow, Green Ceramic Dish in the style of Georges Jouve
Located in New York, NY
Black, yellow, green ceramic dish in the style of Georges Jouve. Lovely as a catchall or ashtray.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Carl Auböck Model #3514 Brass Bowl
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3514 brass bowl. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowl is executed in polished brass. Originally conceived as an ashtray and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Brass

Orange and Black Ceramic Cup Vide-Poche by Roger Capron Vallauris, circa 1970
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Roger Capron Mid-20th century ceramic cup with orange and black ceramic glaze color excellent original conditions signed under the base Dimension: 10 x 17.5 x 8cm.
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Gambone Bowl, Ceramic, Bullseye, Blue Stripes, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Gambone bowl, ceramic, blue stripes, signed. Small stoneware bowl with contrasting light and dark blue glaze and burnt umber bullseye decoration. Signed "Gambone Italy" on underside.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Pair of Vintage French Ceramics by Jacques Blin 'circa 1950s', Small
Located in London, GB
This diminutive pair of French vintage ceramic pieces have Blin's trademark cloudy blue glaze featuring primeval images of birds, animals and plants - seemingly from an undiscovered ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Grandpa's Change Brass Trinket Dish or Vide Poche
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A unique brass change dish or vide poche with the words "Grandpa's Change" etched on the top. This would make a wonderful gift, or accent to a nightstand to hold loose change or keys...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Brass

Alfaraz Spanish Glazed Ceramic Clock Design Round Large Ashtray, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching terracotta glazed ceramic round ashtray with hand painted clock design, Spain, 1960s. Manufactured by Alfaraz workshop/studio at Madrid. Clay covered by a glazed ceram...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Clay, Ceramic, Pottery, Terracotta

French Green and Orange Ceramic Ashtray or Catchall by Longchamp, France
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful round ceramic ashtray or catchall by Longchamp. This vintage beauty is round in form, and features a glazed rim in green, with white letters which read, "Cusenier" "Ambas...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic, Paint

Studio Del Campo Enamel on Copper Vide-Poche, Italy 1960s
Located in Milan, IT
Studio Del Campo Enamel on Copper Vide-Poche.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Copper, Enamel

Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Ashtray Dish
Located in Copenhagen, K
Vintage Fornasetti porcelain dish as a ashtray or pin tray, with the print of French newspaper, Le Figaro.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Porcelain

Archimede Seguso Murano Sommerso Opal Blue Art Glass Ovoid Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Barcelona, ES
Massive hand blown opalescent blue ovoid shaped geode Murano glass art bowl / centerpiece with inner bubbles. Archimede Seguso, 1950s. This magnificent Sommerso opalescent iridescen...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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

Tommaso Barbi Squared Brass & Mirror Vide Poche, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Squared vide-poche in bronzed mirror with brass corners and frame in ivory-colored plastic material by the Italian designer Tommaso Barbi. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Metal

Black Marble Dish or Vide Poche Egidio Di Rosa and Pier Alessandro Giusti Up&Up
Located in Chicago, IL
Black marble dish or vide poche designer by Egidio Di Rosa and Pier Alessandro Giusti for Up&Up International, Italy, circa 1960-1970. The dish in polished black marble has a rolled...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Marble

Italian Red and Blue Faceted Murano Glass Bowl
Located in Austin, TX
Large, thick vintage Italian midcentury glass bowl. The combination of ruby red and blue tinted or clear 'Sommerso' cut-glass looks simply stunning. Circa late 1960s / early 1970s. U...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Art Glass, Sommerso

Bowl in Glass by Alfredo Barbini
Located in Tilburg, NL
Beautiful massive glass bowl / vide poche by Alfredo Barbini, 1960’s. This clear glass bowl looks like a big block of ice cut out of a frozen lake. Especially when the sun or othe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Glass, Art Glass

Antonio Da Ros for Cenedese, Sommerso Murano Art Glass Bowl, Vide-Poche, Amber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Antonio Da Ros for Cenedese Sommerso Murano Art glass bowl, Vide-Poche, ambers and clear. Antonio Da Ros (1936-2012) for Cenedese, Sommerso bowl, Murano, Italy Signed (etched) 'Cene...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Murano Glass

Pablo Picasso Quatre Poissons Polychromes Limited Edition Ceramic Dish
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A French Terre de faience dish hand decorated with the Quatre Poissons Polychromes (Four Polychrome Fishes) design by Pablo Picasso and created in 1947. The oval shaped dish is made ...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Large Decorative Plate by Roger Capron, Vallauris, France 1950s
Located in London, GB
A large decorative plate by artist Roger Capron (1922 - 2006) who founded the craft-based workshop in Vallauris, France, l'Atelier Callis, where his creations contributed to a verita...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Colorful Green Italian Glazed Ceramic Leather Bound Dish Marcello Fantoni Style
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
A beautiful ceramic serving bowl, dish or vide-poche wrapped and bound in a reddish brown stained leather, made in Italy, circa late 1950s-early 1960s, in the style of Marcello Fanto...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic, Pottery

Salvador Mexican Modernist Brass and Stone Tray
Located in New York, NY
Circular brass and inlaid stone tray with Mexican modernist motif, unsigned. Attributed to Salvador Teran, Mexico, circa 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Brass

Alfredo Barbini Murano Blue Bubbles Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bowl Dish
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown blue, controlled bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass bowl / vide poche. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini. The bowl has small decorativ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Gold Leaf

Barovier Toso Murano Pink Gold Fleck Italian Art Glass Vanity Jewelry Tray Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (2 bowls available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown pink and gold flecks Italian art glass vanity jewelry tray / bowl. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Gold Leaf