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Mid-Century Modern Vases

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
Glazed Weed Pot by Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Toshiko Takaezu, a Hawaiian ceramicist is known for her rounded closed form pieces. This wheel thrown studio ceramic bud vase varies in shades of blues and browns. The vessel feature...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Large Scale Studio Ceramic Pottery Vessel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A large, tan and green and reddish-brown studio ceramic vessel featuring a horizontal linear pattern on the exterior and speckled interior. This vessel would make a great entry way v...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Rosenthal Studio Line White Porcelain Bisque Vase by Uta Feyl, Circular Shape
Located in New York, NY
Rosenthal Studio Line white porcelain bisque vase by Uta Feyl, circa 1970s. Stunning circular shape with geometric detail. Measurements: H 5" W 4.5" D 3.5".
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Tom Tomas Collins California Studio Stoneware Pottery Bottle Vase Collection
Located in Pasadena, CA
A collection of four California studio pottery bottle vases created by Tom Collins of Napa, California. The largest bottle measures about 14" in height, smallest being 10". All are a...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

SkobyJoe Small Pink Textured Vessel /Ceramic Vase Wabi Sabi/ Mid-Century Modern
Located in La Jolla, CA
Joseph Skoby is a Southern Californian whose work is inspired by the nature of his native state. His ceramics, created in his own lush garden, recall his intimate dance with the ocea...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Clay, Stoneware

Carstens Tonnieshof Vase 'Rare' Decor 'Island'
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Beautiful rare vase from Carstens Tönnieshof in Germany. Designed by Heinz Siery. The artist Heinz Siery was one of the most important personalities in the field of ceramics design ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Arthur Andersson, Mid-Century Stoneware Vase, Sweden, C. 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Created by the Swedish ceramist Arthur Andersson in the middle of the 20th century, these voluminous vases are noteworthy for their formal symmetry and their banded designs, which of...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

MCM Bitossi Petite Yellow Vase by Rosenthal Netter
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful MCM Bitossi petite yellow vase by Rosenthal Netter, circa 1960s. The hand thrown vase is in great vintage condition with no chips or cracks; it measures 2.25" D x 6.25" H. ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Pottery

Rude Osolnik Signed Mid-Century Modern Cherry Wood Turned Vessel Bud Weed Vase
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautifully executed, handmade, wood-turned vase by master woodturner Rude Osolnik who is widely regarded, along with Bob Stocksdale, as one of the finest woodturners in American w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Wood, Cherry

Modernist Carlo Scarpa for Venini Style Murano Glass Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning modernist Carlo Scarpa for Venini style rose colored Murano glass vase. This beautiful Mid-Century Modern thick encased Murano glass vase has a very unusual technique only a...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Wilhelm Wagenfeld "Turmalin" Vases, 1950
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant 'Turmalin' series by Wilhelm Wagenfeld for WMF, blown and cold cut-glass vases, marked.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

xxl Colorful Fat Lava Pottery "MAYA TIKI" Vase by Jasba Ceramics, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Pottery ceramic vase Producer: JASBA Ceramic, Germany Decade: 1970s Original vintage 1970s pottery ceramic vase made in Germany. High quality G...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Zelezny Brod Sklo 'ZBS' by Vaclav Horacek Neodymium Art Glass Vase, 1950s
Located in Lucenec, SK
The item This beautiful work of Modernist art glass was designed by Czech art glass designer Vaclav Horacek in 1957 for Josefodol Glassworks, later restructured into Zelezny Brod gl...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Cut Glass

Crystal Vase, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Vase made of crystal. The vase was produced in Poland in the 1960s and 1970s. Vase in very good condition Measures: Height 14cm / diameter 11 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Large & Heavy Mid-Century Murano Swirled Art Glass Vase with Controlled Bubbles
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large and substantial art glass vase is unsigned, but presumed to have been done in Murano Italy in approximately 1965 in a Barovier Mid-Century Modern style. The vase is done w...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Crystal Vase, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Vase made of crystal. The vase was produced in Poland in the 1960s and 1970s. Vase in very good condition Measures: height 15 cm / diameter 8 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Alvino Bagni Orange Vase for Raymor
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Alvino Bagni. Importer: Raymor. Period or model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Pottery Condition: This Alvino Bagni orange vase Imported by Raymor is in excellen...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Pottery

Large Blue Faceted Murano Glass Vase, Mid Modern by Simone Cenedese, 1980s
Located in Dallas, TX
Very large blue translucent Murano glass vase, or urn. By Simone Cenedese, Murano, Italy, 1980s. The Murano glass is faceted outside, creating a matt effect. A beautiful piece of ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

Carl Auböck Model #3975 Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3975 brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modernist Japanese Bronze Vase Signed
Located in San Diego, CA
Modernist bronze vase with beautiful patina. Signed and dated, 1961. Japan.
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Bronze

Carl Auböck Model #3794 'Aorta' Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3794 'Aorta' brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkstät...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

Vintage French Ceramic Pitcher by Jacques Blin 'circa 1950s'
Located in London, GB
Vintage French ceramic pitcher / vase (circa 1950s) by Jacques Blin. The pitcher is in a subtle hue covered in Blin's trademark misty glaze, darker on this piece than others. It is d...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Carstens Tönnishof West German Fat Lava Space Age Design Art Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning West German space age art pottery vase with fat lava red glazed wheel shaped patterning by Carstens, Tönnishof, and dating from the latter 1960's/70's. The tall square sha...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Pottery

German Cobalt Blue and Gold Porcelain Vase by Hutschenreuther, 1970s
Located in Barntrup, DE
An elegant vase by Hutschenreuther, Germany, 1970s. Cobalt blue, golden ornate trim. Underglaze green maker's mark and numbers 138/23 and 604502 on the underside. Dimensions: heigh...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Midcentury Vases Rörstrand Carl Harry Stålhane, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
Large midcentury vases manufactured at Rörstrand and maker/designer Carl Harry Stålhane. Made in Sweden in the 1950s. Beautiful glazed vases with nice lines. That typical hares fur g...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Carl Aubock Glass Boot, Brass Spur Art Deco Glass Caraffe, Vase, 1950s, Austria
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Carl Aubock glass boot, brass spur Art Deco glass caraffe, vase, 1950s, Austria. Glass vase or pitcher. Glass marked Austria, one spur marked, the other signed. Dimensions: H 9.5" x ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Orange Glass Vase, Barbara Glassworks, Poland
Located in Chorzów, PL
Glass orange vase, Poland, 1960s Very good condition. Dimensions: Height 21.5 cm / diameter 10 cm.  
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

White Pierced Ceramic Double Gourd Vessel/Sculpture
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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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Set of 2 Vases "Milano" Designed by Rudolf Schardt for Ruscha, Germany, 1950s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: vase Milano Series, set of 2 Design: Rudolf Schardt Producer: Ruscha, Germany Decade: 1950s Description: This original vintage vase se...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Carl Auböck Model #3794/1 'Aorta' Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Aubo¨ck model #3794/1 'Aorta' brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werks...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

Ceramic Vase Made in Czechia, Original Condition, 1940s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Made in the 1940s out of cast ceramic, in Bohemia, now Czech Republic.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Turquoise and Chartreuse Sommerso Murano Glass Vase Ascribable to Cenedese, 1950
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, 1950s. This vase is made in Sommerso Murano glass. It is a vintage item, therefore it might show slight traces of use, but it can be considered as in perfect original cond...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

Bitossi Seta Vase, Ceramic, Stripes, Gold, Blue, Black, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi Seta vase, ceramic, stripes, gold, blue and black, signed. Tall tapered bottle shaped vase from Aldo Londi's Seta (Silk) decor series. The glazed decoration features a dense ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

1970s Mid-Century Modern Hand-Crafted German Ceramic Umbrella Stand
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A modernist huge vase made in Germany in the sixties, it's hand-crafted and hand-painted, signs of use and age.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Ricard French Midcentury Ceramic Vase, Le Castellet, Bendor Island, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Midcentury ceramic vase by Ceramiques Ricard (Le Castellet and Bendor Island), France, 1950s. Hand painted by Octave Congui. Measures: Height 35 cm - 13.8 in., diameter 21.5cm - 8.5 in.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Handmade Murano Glass Vase
Located in Vilnius, LT
Italian murano glass vase is handmade in two colors - dark purple and black. The vase is very heavy and solid. Weight is 14,4 kg.     
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

Mid-Century Etched Glass Floral Vase by Dorothy Thorpe
Located in San Diego, CA
A beautiful mid-century etched glass floral vase by Dorothy Thorpe, circa 1970s. The vase measures 5.5" D x 8.25" H and is super hard to find. Side. Dortothy Thorpe "T" logo is em...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

West German Midcentury Blue Lava Drip Glaze Vases by Scheurich, circa 1965
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Gorgeous vintage midcentury vase by West German Pottery manufacturer Scheurich Keramik (Ceramic), circa 1965. Add a splash of color/colour to your home decor with this beautiful blue...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Clay, Pottery

Gunnar Nylund White Blanc de Chine Vase, 1954
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A Blanc de Chine vase design by Swedish ceramist Gunnar Nylund for Hellerupis (Hellerup Ice Cream) in Denmark. The front depicts a woman making ice cream. This vase was made as a com...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Memphis Style White Ceramic Vase, Italy by Florio Keramia
Located in Brussels, BE
Memphis style white ceramic vase - Italy by Florio Keramia.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

1960s Blenko Style Tangerine Art Glass Vase
Located in London, GB
A small 1960s Blenko style hand blown tangerine or amberina glass vase. I am sure it's Blenko but with no manufacturer's label I can't be 100% certain. In very good vintage condition...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Gerd Bogelund for Royal Copenhagen Ceramic Cream Coloured Vase, 1940s
Located in Milan, IT
Gerd Bogelund for Royal Copenhagen Ceramic cream coloured vase 1940s. Please note : the "free shipping option" and/or "subsidised shipping option" if stated in the shipping quotes...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Dutch Hand Made Mid-Century Brutalist Vase in the Style of Jaap Ravelli
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
An unusual and striking mid-century Dutch Brutalist orange glazed art pottery vase possibly by Jaap Ravelli (1916-2011) and dating from around 1960. The vase is heavily made in terra...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Terracotta

Midcentury Colorful Vase, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
The flower vase produced by the Zabkowice steelworks in the 1960s in Poland Very good condition Measures: Height 41 cm / diameter 11 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Pair of Ohun Ohara Vases by Lino Sabattini, 1980s
Located in Lasne, BE
Pair of vases stamped Sabattini. Measures: Different height 36cm and 27cm. Normal patina due to time and age of the vases.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Metal, Silver

Ettore Sottsass Il Sestante Ceramic Vase 1966 Signed and Published
Located in Firenze, IT
Ceramic vase designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1966 mod. 609 for the Sestante and produced by the Bitossi company of Montelupo Fiorentino. This piece, which belongs to the very first s...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 2 OP Art Biscuit Porcelain Vases by Edelstein Bavaria, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Op Art porcelain vases set of 2 Producer: Edelstein Bavaria, Germany Age: 1970s This original vintage OP Art Vase set was produced in the 1970s in Germ...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Red Vase from the Ząbkowice Glassworks, Poland, 1980s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Vase from the Zabkowice glassworks, Poland, 1980s.    
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1980s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Crystal Vase, Poland, 1970s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Transparent / Honey colored crystal vase with floral motif Made in Poland during 1970s Very good condition, no damage. Dimensions: Height 24 cm, diameter at the outlet 17 cm.
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1970s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Murano Vase in Mouth Blown Art Glass, Italian Design, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Murano vase in mouth blown art glass. Italian design, 1960s. Measures: 18 x 9 cm. In perfect condition. Sticker.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Bitossi Vase, Ceramic, Blue, White, Green and Brown, Geometric, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi vase, ceramic, blue, white, green and brown, geometric, signed. Tall chunky cylinder vase decorated with a puzzle pieces pattern and glazed in sky and navy blue, green and wh...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Midcentury Colorful Vase, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
The flower vase produced by the Zabkowice steelworks in the 1960s in Poland Very good condition.  
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Hollywood Regency 5,75kg Crystal Glass "2 Color" Object Vase Sevres France 1960s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: impressive crystal glass object Producer: Sevres, France Origin: France Age: 1960s   This fantastic vintage glass element was desig...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Italian Mid-Century Murano Glass Vase by Gino Cenedese from Scavo Series, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century murano glass vase by Gino Cenedese from Scavo series, 1960s Murano glass Vase from the "Scavo" series. The vases are made with a technique that gives an antique ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

Large Ceramic Vase by Scheurich, Germany 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
Vintage large vase by Scheurich Germany, marked Foreign 517 38.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Mid Century Scalloped Aqua Blue Glass Vase, France, C.1950
Located in London, GB
Mid century scalloped aqua blue glass vase. France, C.1950. In excellent vintage condition, minor scuffs to rim.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Timo Sarpaneva Large 'Orchid' Sculpture by Iittala Finland
Located in San Diego, CA
'Orkidea' glass sculpture vase by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala. Clear lead crystal glass, steam blown, cut and surface polished. Designed in 1953. Signed.    
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1950s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Seguso for Bisazza White Scavo Corroso Murano Glass Vase 1993 Signed
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Unique large scavo vase. Here Bisazza used a theme that was popular at the end of the 1980s, the native American art. In particular the Navaho pottery. Scavo is made using a scavo...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass