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Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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
Bitossi Arabesque Ceramic Vase by Aldo Londi, Italy, 1960s
Located in Lucca, IT
Arabesque ceramic vase by Aldo Londi from Bitossi Italy 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

20th Century Frankoma Dinner Plate Set
By Frankoma Pottery
Located in Miami, FL
20th century Frankoma dinner plate set in a beautiful brown and light brown color. Glazed and signed on the underneath. Set of 4. Measures: 10" diameter x 1.25" height.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Collection of 1960s English Ceramics
Located in London, GB
A collection of eight English ceramic sculptures, three of which by Mary Rogers and signed (MOMA & Met). Measure: 30 cm high (tallest) x 14 cm high (smallest).
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Deborah J. Kreider Ceramic Wall Sculpture
Located in Hingham, MA
A modernist portrait of a semi-nude woman executed in segments of glazed ceramic mounted to a sculpted plywood panel clad in a coarsely woven textile in honey mustard color. Signed ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Textile, Plywood

1950s Gunnar Nylund ''Ash'' Stonware Bowl
Located in Madrid, ES
Model ''ASH'', Stoneware Bowl by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand. Sweden, 1950s. Excellent condition without defects. A set of three pieces available (See pictures). Price for the set ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Vase Designed by Berndt Friberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950’s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware. Measures: H: 19.4 cm / 7 3/4" W: 10 cm / 4".    
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Set of Mid-Century Modern Coasters by Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
Set of six porcelain coasters, series "Mitologia" depicting Greek and Roman Gods. These were designed for the New York Department store Bonwit Teller. Signed to underside.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Midcentury Unique Early Ceramic Vase Carl-Harry Stålhane Rörstrand Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
This large unique vase with the comes from a series of vases produced in 1948 called "Frozen Ground" It’s made in Sweden at Rörstrand and designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane. There is on...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Hen, Scandinavian Mid-Century, C 1960, Danish
Located in New York, NY
Ceramic Mid-Century hen, C 1960, Denmark. Decorative turquoise hen with a floral pattern in a rustic quality.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Jane and Gordon Martz Ceramic Tile and Walnut Bookends for Marshall Studios
Located in Chicago, IL
These ceramic tile and walnut bookends were designed and made by Jane and Gordon Martz for Marshall Studios. The rectangular forms are softened by the loose brush strokes in the glaz...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Walnut, Ceramic

Set of Four Ceramic Serving Dishes with Handles by Jean & Juliette Rivier
Located in London, GB
Set of four Mid-Century French small ceramic serving dishes by Jean & Juliette Rivier (circa 1960s). The bases of the dishes are decorated with colourful modern linear designs remini...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

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 Ceramics

Materials

Clay, Pottery

Bruno Karlsson, Sizable Table Lamp, Stoneware, Studio Ego, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizable stoneware table lamp, executed by Bruno Karlsson at Ego Stengods Atelje. Stamped and initialed at bottom. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade. Height including socket. ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Mid-Century Brutalist Belgian Tile Faced Entry Door Pull Handle, 1960s
Located in Zagreb, HR
Vintage Belgian architectural aluminium and glazed ceramic door pull from the 1960s Abstract mid century design In the style of Belgian ceramic tile artist Juliette Belarti ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-20th Century Dog Cast Iron Decorative Sculpture, Italy, 1950s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Italian sculpture, original vintage condition. All damages on pictures. Very old cast iron item. The dog was produced in 1950s in Italy.
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Cast Stone

Ricard French Midcentury Ceramic Vase, Le Castellet, Bendor Island, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Rare 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 -...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Bruno Karlsson, Table Lamp, Stoneware, Rattan, Studio Ego, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stoneware table lamp, executed by Bruno Karlsson in abstract form and highly artistic brown glaze. In his Studio, called "Ego Stengods Atelje". Signed at bottom. Stated dimensi...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Accolay French Mid-Century Gauloise Blue Ceramic Bottle Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A truly stunning French Accolay gauloise blue ceramic bottle shaped art vase dating from around 1960. Of tall elegant and simplistic shape the vase has a tear drop shaped base standi...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

20th Century Design Ceramic Pitcher by Pierre Digan La Borne, 1970
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Pierre Digan 20th century ceramic pitcher by the french artist Signed under the base Elegant ceramic glazes colors effects Original perfect condition Circa 1970 in La...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

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 Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand Swedish Blue Dish or Bowl ARO, circa 1950
Located in Chicago, IL
Medium size ARO bowl created and designed by Gunnar Nylund at the Rörstrand Factory in the 1950s, Sweden. Blue hares fur glaze breaking to browns. Excellent condition. No chips.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

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 Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Marianne Starck, Table Lamp, Stoneware, Michael Andersen, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp designed by Marianne Starck produced by Michael Andersen Keramik. Handpainted. Purchase excludes lampshade. Stated measurements excluding lampshade. Height includes s...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

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 Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Decorative Scheurich Floor Vase, Germany, 1980s
Located in Budapest, HU
Decorative Scheurich floor vase, Germany, 1980s.
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Herman A. Kähler Coffee Pot with Orange Uranium Glaze by Nils Kähler, DK, 1930s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Ceramic coffee pot/pitcher with lid designed by Nils Kähler and manufactured by Herman A. Kählers ceramic workshop The coffee pot is decorated with an orange speckled uranium glaze...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Giovanni Gariboldi Midcentury Ceramic Umbrella Stand for Richard Ginori
Located in Firenze, IT
Squared section green and white ceramic umbrella Stand by Giovanni Gariboldi for Richard Ginori S. Cristoforo Milano Italy ,decorated with geometric relief ,signed on the bottom base...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

1960s Large Ceramic Mug by Bennington Potters
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A substantial coffee or cocoa mug with golden matte glaze.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Royal Copenhagen Stoneware Dish by Eva Stæhr-Nielsen No. 22361, circa 1969
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Rectangular stoneware dish model no. 22361 designed by Danish ceramist and artist Eva Stæhr-Nielsen (1911-1976) and manufactured by Royal Copenhagen The dish is decorated with sun...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Studio Pottery Incised Stoneware Box Signed "Polk 70"
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1970 Polk stoneware "box" with a brown matte glaze that bears a wood-like appearance. Incised floral detail present on all sides. "Polk '70" signature present to the underside.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

1970s Italian Ceramic Pig Tureen
Located in New York, NY
A lovely decorative Italian hand painted ceramic pig tureen made in the town of Este in the province of Padova. Circa 1970. Hand painted with a design of grape bunches and grape leav...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Gustavsberg Ceramic Vases with Silver Overlay Stig Lindberg, Grazia
Located in Langserud, SE
White ceramic vases with silver overlay. Wonderful design from one of Sweden great Stig Lindberg. The vases are in good condition. Small loss of silver on the top. Marked on t...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Pesaro, Renato Giavoli Italy, circa 1960 Crocodile
By Pesaro
Located in Sydney, NSW
An impressive crocodile by Renato Giavoli made in the early 1950s at his factory in Pesaro Italy. He was a maestro of Italian ceramics and this is being carried on by Adriano Giavoli...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Fine Black Glazed Ceramic Vase in the Style of Georges Jouve
Located in Brussels, BE
Glazed earthenware. Signed (illegible). Probably French.
Category

1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ettore Sottsass, Glazed Ceramic Bowl, Bitossi, Italy 1968
Located in Berlin, DE
Ettore Sottsass, ceramic bowl from the 'Hollywood Collection`, designed 1968. Signed: 'Ettore Sottsass, Montelupo, Bitossi'. No chips or cracks, excellent condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

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 Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 2 StudioA Italy Glazed Ceramic Bud Vases Striped Round Mid-Century Modern
Located in Miami, FL
Studio A Italy, Mid-Century Modern glazed striped Set of ceramic vases, pottery in a tall round vessel shape. Marked at the base, Studio A, Made in Italy. The smaller wheat vase me...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Rosenthal Versace Porcelain Charger Plate
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Rosenthal Versace porcelain charger.
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Eduardo Paolozzi's "After Newton", Rosenthal Porcelain Dish
Located in Downingtown, PA
Eduardo Paolozzi's dish made by Rosenthal depicts "After Newton" is an image of the large sculpture by Paolozzi. Paolozzi follows William Blake's 1795 print, Newton, in illustrating ...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

1950s Italian Ceramic Floor Lamp (SATURDAY SALE)
Located in Hingham, MA
1950's Italian floor lamp adorned with several glazed ceramic vessels in highly stylized asymmetric form. separated by diabolo form hourglass brass spacers and standing on a black me...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Brass

Søholm Keramik, Table Lamp, Glazed Stoneware, Linen Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small table lamp produced by Søholm Keramik, located on the island of Bornholm in Denmark.  Sold without lampshade, stated dimensions excluding lampshade.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

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 Ceramics

Materials

Metal

Bitossi Vetrata Pattern Covered Box by Aldo Londi, Italy, circa 1965
Located in Sydney, NSW
An Aldo Londi designed 'Vetrata' pattern covered box in orange, yellow and brown. Lovely bright condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Søholm Stentøj, Table Lamp, Grey Glazed Stoneware, Teak Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp produced by Søholm Keramik, located on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. Features a highly artistic glazed and incised decor. Sold without lampshade. Stated dimensi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Michael Andersen, Table Lamp, Red Glazed Stoneware, Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp produced by Michael Andersen Keramik. In stoneware. Marked. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade. Height includes socket. Sold without lampshade. Other ceramicists ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Hasle Keramik, Table Lamp, Glazed Stoneware, Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp produced by Hasle Keramik. In stoneware. Marked. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade. Height includes socket. Sold without lampshade. Other ceramicists of the peri...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Michael Andersen, Table Lamp, Glazed Stoneware, Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp produced by Michael Andersen Keramik. In stoneware. Marked. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade. Height includes socket. Sold without lampshade. Other ceramicists ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Marcello Fantoni Midcentury Italian Ceramic Vase Double Decoration, 1950s
Located in Firenze, IT
Large ceramic vase by master ceramist Marcello Fantoni Florence Italy from the 1950s, double decoration on one side of opaque black and white houses on the other side colored charact...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Mid-Century Modern Iridescent Glazed Ceramic Vase by Mobach, Holland
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Iridescent glazed ceramic vase in steel gray by Mobach, Netherlands. The Mobach family has been producing kiln fired ceramics for over five generations.
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Noomi Backhausen, Table Lamps, Stoneware, Søholm, Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of table lamps produced by Søholm Keramik, located on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. Design by Noomi Backhausen, signed. Dimensions listed are without lampshade. Sold ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Large Fantoni for Raymor Signed Ceramic Lion Lamp with Original Label
Located in Ann Arbor, MI
Amazing Lion Form table lamp by Marcello Fantoni for Raymor. Signed and retains its original label. Marcello Fantoni was Born in Florence on October 1, 1915, Marcello Fantoni reg...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Michael Andersen, Table Lamps, Glazed Stoneware, Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of gray, brown, and black-glazed stoneware table lamps produced by Michael Andersen Keramik. Underside marked and labeled Sold without lampshade. Dimensions in listing excl...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Modernist West German Ceramic Wall Plate Object by Helmut Schäffenacker, 1960s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Ceramic wall plate Decade: 1960s Producer: Atelier Schäffenacker, Ulm Germany Design: Helmut Schäffenacker This original vintage ceramic wal...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Bruno Karlsson, Vase, Stoneware, Studio Ego, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brown-glazed stoneware vase designed by Bruno Karlsson for Ego Stengods, Sweden, c. 1960s. Stamped to the underside.  
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Bruno Karlsson, Vase, Stoneware, Studio Ego, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An orange, yellow and brown glazed stoneware vase designed by Bruno Karlsson for Ego Stengods, Sweden, c. 1960s.  
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

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 Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Angelo Mangiarotti Three piece vase for Brambilla, Italy 1970s
Located in Milan, IT
Angelo Mangiarotti Rare Three piece vase for Fratelli Brambilla, Italy 1970s Ref: Domus July 1970.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

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 Ceramics

Materials

Clay

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