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Mid-Century Modern Glass

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
Anzolo Fuga Hand-Blown Glass Charger with Rings of Murrhines 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Hand-blown glass charger, aquamarine with concentric rings of polychrome murrhines by Anzolo Fuga for Arte Vetraria Muranese (A.V.E.M)., Murano Italy, 1955-60. Hand-blowing a glass c...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass, Murrine

Tommi Parzinger Pair of Brass Lidded Blown Glass Jars, circa 1959
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An exceptional and rare Tommi Parzinger design for Dorlyn Silversmiths. A pair of thick, mold-blown glass bowls or jars with lacquered brass lids executed in Parzinger's signature mo...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Brass

Monumental Harvey Littleton Two Piece Studio Art Glass Sculpture
Located in Ann Arbor, MI
Pair Monumental Harvey Littleton Studio glass sculptures 1982. Monumental 2 Piece Vertical forms Signed and dated Art glass sculpture by world renowned artist Harvey Littleton. Signa...
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1980s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass

Murano Italian Mid-Century Blue Piped Shell Shaped Art Glass Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning Italian nautilus shell shaped art glass vase with blue piping made in Murano and probably dating from around 1960/70. The design was probably inspired by Ercole Barovier w...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

Original Aubock Cheeseplate with Glassdome from 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Original Aubock cheeseplate with glass dome from 1950 The hand-blown glass dome with a handle made out of bast and wood plate. It is in the original Aubock catalogue with prod...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Straw, Blown Glass, Wood

Centerpiece Bowl "Carioca" Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Venini, Murano
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A large bowl of the "Carioca" series designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Venini ca. 1996. Manufactured in multilayered orange, salmon and clear glass. Signed "venini 99" on the base. ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Ercole Barovier Rostrato Murano Glass Italian Vase for Barovier & Toso, 1940s
Located in Roma, IT
Mouthblown rostrato crystal Murano glass vase. This wonderful piece was produced during the 1940s in Italy by Ercole Barovier for Barovier & Toso. This item is fantastic thanks to...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Vintage Murano Multi-Colored Glass Ash Tray
Located in Munich, DE
Murano glass bowl, ashtray element.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Architectural Glass Blenko Lilac Vessel with Stopper by Wayne Husted
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Architectural lilac glass bottle with stopper by Wayne Husted and manufactured by Blenko, USA. Measures 31.5" high (without stopper), 33" high (with stopper). Stopper is 5.5" diamete...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Pair of Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 23.25" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vase is about 22.75" high and 2...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

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 Glass

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Vase by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Joel Myers colored glass vase with stopper, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. Vessel measures 25" high (with stopper), 21.5" (without stopper) and 2.75" diameter.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

Set of Five French Pernod Glasses, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
5 French Pernod glasses set in yellow with blue striping for measuring. Pernod Fils was the most popular brand of absinthe throughout the 19th and 20th century. Pernod originally bu...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

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 Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Light Pink Vintage Decorative Mannequin Glass Head Sculpture, 1970s, Germany
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Life-size glass head in a unique light pink color. Produced in a German steelworks in the 1970s. Perfect condition. A perfect addition to the interior, photo prop, display or headpho...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Very Large Cenedese Aquarium with Two Fishes, 6.15 Kg, circa 1960
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A very large Cenedese, Murano glass aquarium with two fishes, weight 6.15 kg, manufactured circa 1960. Measures: Width 10.63" (27cm) Height 8.46" (21.5cm) Depth 1.97" (5cm).
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Art 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 Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Orrefors Glass Vase
Located in Bochum, NRW
Beautifully shaped, very heavy glass bottle vase, by Orrefors, Sweden, 1970s. Excellent condition. Original manufacturer label Dimensions: 24 x 10 x 26.5 cm Mid-Century Modern Sc...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Timo Sarpaneva, Crystal Art-Object "Orkidea" (Orchid), Model 3568, Iittala, 1957
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Timo Sarpaneva, crystal art-object "Orkidea" (Orchid), model 3568, Iittala, 1957 Artist Timo Sarpaneva (Helsinki, Finland 1926-Helsinki, Finland 2006) was an influential Finnish ...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Crystal

Murano Red Opalescent White Italian Art Glass Centrepiece Fish Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Large vintage Murano hand blown opalescent white and red striped Italian art glass flat fish sculpture. Attributed to the Cenedese Company. The piece has a wavy red stripe on the top...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

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

Murano, Submerged Glass Vase, Colour Smoky Gray, Mandruzzato Italy, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Large multi-faceted glass vase by Mandruzzato. This beautiful piece is very elegant thanks to the delicate line and the smoky-transparent color. It is rare, not only for its shape bu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Salvador Dali for Rosso Antico Surrealist Design Glass Bottles, Signed, 1970s
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Excellent vintage condition original stoppers in tact Beautiful succession of blue color light to dark Each has a different serigraphed image created by Salvador Dali Surrealist v...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Art Glass

Murano Sommerso Orange Yellow Italian Art Glass Flying Bird Sculpture on Base
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso orange with yellow wings Italian art glass flying bird sculpture. Attributed to the Salviati company. The bird glides while a clear glass...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

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

Murano Dandy Clown with Pocket Watch, Top Hat, Italian Art Glass Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Large vintage Murano handblown white with red, blue and black spots Italian art glass "Dandy" clown sculpture. He has a large pocket watch, and gold leaf top hat. In the manner of de...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Gold Leaf

Tobia Scarpa Vase "Occhi" for Venini, circa 1960
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A white "occhi" murrine vase designed by Tobia Scarpa in 1960, manufactured by Venini, Venice, circa 1960. Acid stamped signature "Venini Murano Italia" on the base (almost not visib...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Art Glass

Dark Green Controlled Bubbles Italian Art Glass Vintage Bunny Rabbit Figurine
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Cute vintage handblown dark green with controlled bubbles, Italian art glass bunny rabbit sculpture / figure. It does not have a label, but I have owned previous ones with a "Toscany...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

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

Cenedese Vintage Blue Italian Murano Glass Vase
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Wonderful light blue vase by Cenedese Vetri of Murano, Italy. A fun, funky and bright way to add a touch of bold color / color to your interior - imagine glass like this on open, whi...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Seguso Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano Glass Aquarium, 1950s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Beautiful Murano glass aquarium, produced by the mastery of Archimede Seguso, high level craftsmanship.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso Murano Glass Ashtray, Italy, 1950s
Located in Milan, IT
Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso Murano glass Ashtray.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Peill & Putzler White Clouds Glass Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Verviers, BE
Hollow-footed glass table lamp made by Peill & Putzler in the 1970s. Their unique patterning awareness of light patterns and their use of frosted glass to give a range of white shade...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Metal

Murano Glass Fish Sculpture by Licio Zanetti, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Murano Alexandrite Neodymium Glass Fish Figure by Licio Zanetti Spectacular XXL Murano glass color changing lilac blue fish sculpture by Licio Zanetti. Italy, 1960-1970. This hand b...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Millefiori Mosaic Flowers Italian Art Glass Decorative Round Desk Clock
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful Murano hand blown millefiori flower mosaic Italian art glass desk clock. It has a Quartz clock face, a triangle stand on the back, and battery operated clock face (new batt...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Metal

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 Glass

Materials

Glass

Set of Eight Pinched Base Smoked Cocktail Glasses or Water Tumblers
Located in Ferndale, MI
Eight cocktail glasses in curved form with dimpled bases.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Riccardo Licata for Venini Murano Doppio Incalmo Murrine Italian Art Glass Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Exceptional, rare vintage Murano hand blown white and yellow murrines Italian art glass flower vase. Documented to designer and painter Riccardo Licata for Venini, 1955-1956, in the ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

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

Alfredo Barbini Murano Signed Rib Cage Design Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and unusual, vintage Murano hand blown crystal clear, indented and ribbed Italian art glass flower vase. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini for Oggetti. Signed on the b...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Crystal

Dino Martens Murano Zig Zag Ribbons Skirt Italian Art Glass Nude Woman Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Rare and beautiful Murano hand blown white, yellow, aqua, blue, reddish pink and aventurine zig zag ribbons Italian art glass nude grecian woman sculpture. Documented to designer Din...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Gold Leaf

Barovier & Toso Bullicante Clear and Gold Foil Murano Glass Fan Flower Vase
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A wonderful, large-scale Italian glass Bullicante fan shaped flower vase. Attributed to Barovier and Toso. In clear glass with captured bubbles, gold foil inclusions, and a pol...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Venini 'Torciglione' Murano Glass Photo Frame with Gold Flakes
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
A signed Venini twisted rope or Torciglione glass photo/picture frame with gold flakes.   
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Brass

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 Glass

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Seguso Murano Iridescent Black Gold Italian Art Glass Wiseman Nativity Figure
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and rare Murano hand blown iridescent clear, black, purple and gold flecks Italian art glass Wiseman nativity figure, sculpture. Attributed to designer Archimede Seguso. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Gold Leaf

Large Vetrarti Filigrana Glass Vase, Murano, circa 1980
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A large filigrana glass vase made of thin glass rods in green and blue glass which where placed in parallel on the glass mold and then overlayed with clear glass. Manufactured by Vet...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Art Glass Fish Sculpture by Licio Zanetti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An abstract Murano glass sculpture of a fish by Licio Zanetti for Zanetti Vetreria Artistica. The clear glass fish is twisted as if jumping through the air and mounted on a stylized ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Art Glass

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 Glass

Materials

Gold Leaf

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 Glass

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Vintage Italian Mirrored Vanity Tray
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Italian mirrored vanity tray. In the style of Tommi Parzinger. Hollywood Regency
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Mirror

Venini Green Dome Pendant Light by Ludovico Diaz de Santillana
Located in New York, NY
A documented pendant light by designed Ludovico Diaz de Santillana. Santillana was the director and a designer for the famed glass house Venini from 1959-1985. Dome shade is hand blo...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Brass

Anzolo Fuga Colorful Pavone Vase with 2 Necks 1957-60
Located in New York, NY
Hand-blown glass vase with multicolor rods and murrhines from the Pavone Series by Anzolo Fuga for Arte Vetraria Muranese (A.V.E.M.), Murano Italy 1957-60. The color combination and ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Murano Glass, Murrine

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 Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Vintage Cocktail Martini Glass with Two Stirrers
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1920-1930s Bimini cocktail glass with two stirrers. The bowl of the glass features a blue swirl. The stem is further decorated with a capsule containing a dog figurine. One sti...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Blue Holmegaard Bottle Vessel, Denmark, 1960's
Located in New York, NY
Handsome blue bottle by Holmegaard of Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Art Glass

Italian Murano White Opaline, Pink and Gold Art Glass Bowl by Fratelli Toso Co.
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful Modern Italian Murano white opaline, pink and gold art glass bowl attributed to Fratelli Toso company, circa mid-20th century, Italy. A beautiful oblong piece with a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Art Glass

1 of the 6 Murano Venetian Crystal Signoretto Wine Glasses
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 6 gorgeous hand-blown Signoretto wine glasses/goblets with a wonderful clear and gold infused in the glass. Get a feel for how Venetian nobles lived and entertained centurie...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

Signed Antonio da Ros for Cenedese Vibrantly Colored Murano Glass Vase
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Stunning midcentury, vintage 'Opalino' Murano glass vase or vessel designed by Antonio da Ros for Cenedese, circa 1970-1990 Wonderful translucent color (colour) of vibrant light blue...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Pink Vintage Decorative Mannequin Glass Head Sculpture, 1970s, Germany
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Life-size glass head in a unique lilac color. Produced in a German steelworks in the 1970s. Perfect condition. A perfect addition to the interior, photo prop, display or headphone st...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Red, Black and White Murano Glass Vase, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, 1950s. It is made in Murano glass. It might show slight traces of use since it's vintage, but it can be considered as in excellent original condition and ready to become a ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Anzolo Fuga Charger with Rings of Murrhines, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Large hand-blown glass charger with 3 concentric rings of multi-color murrhines by Anzolo Fuga for A.V.E.M., Murano Italy, 1950's Reference: Anzolo Fuga, Murano Glass Artist, Des...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass, Murrine

Vintage Mid-Century Murano Glass Bowl in Sommerso Glass, Flavio Poli Stye
Located in Milan, IT
Many are the different types of glass created by master makers on the Venetian island of Murano. From air-thin vases to expressive sculptures, also massive objects with deep and vivi...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

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