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Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other 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
Hans-Theo Baumann for Rosenthal studioline, coffee pot and sugar pot, 1950s
Located in London, GB
Hans-Theo Baumann for Rosenthal, 1956 Coffee Pot and Sugar pot from the Studioline range A lovely coffee set by an important 20th century designer White ceramic Excellent condition,...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Rosenthal Plate, Temi E Variazioni-Themes and Variation, Motiv 15
Located in Downingtown, PA
Fornasetti Rosenthal Porcelain Themes & Variations Plate, Motiv 15, "Hands", With original box, The 1980s The striking Rosenthal Fornasetti gold-rimmed black and white printed ...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Midcentury Red Schonwald Germany Porcelain Vase, Style 112
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful cherry red midcentury Schonwald porcelain vase, style 112. Measures: H 6.3" D 3.5" W 3.5".
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Figurine of a Girl with a Cat, Bing & Grondahl, Denmark, 1950s / 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine of a girl feeding a white cat Made in Denmark by Bing & Grondahl Produced in 1950-1965 Model number # 1745 Very good condition, no damage Measures: ...
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Early 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Vase in Cobalt Color by Unter Weiss Bach, Germany
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase in cobalt color by Unter Weiss Bach, Germany. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 25.5 cm / diameter 6 cm.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Figurine of a Boy, Bing & Grondahl, Denmark, 1950s / 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine of a boy asking for help in putting on his shoe Made in Denmark by Bing & Grondahl Produced in 1958-1962 Model number # 2275 Very good condition, no da...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Fruit Ball in Porcelain by Alicia Penalba, circa 1980
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Limited edition from Artcurial numbered 77/900 by Alicia Penalba Argentina (1913 /1982).
Category

1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Metal

Porcelain Figurine of a Woman
Located in Chorzów, PL
Large porcelain figurine of a woman in a dress. Ecru figurine. No signature. Very good condition. Measures: Height 32cm, width 14cm, depth 8cm.
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Vase Bareuther Waldsassen, Bavaria, Germany, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase Bareuther Waldsassen - Bavaria, Germany, 1960s Very good condition. No damage. Dimensions: height 18.5 cm / diameter 14 cm.  
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Cat, New Look Style, Chodzież, 1990s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain cat in the new look style. Manufactured in the 1990s by the polish manufacture Chodziez. Very good condition.   
Category

1990s Polish Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Astrolabe Plate, Numbered #7 in Series 1960s-mid 1970s
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti astrolabe plate, Numbered #7 in Series 1960s-mid 1970s. The Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate depicts an astrolabe in a gilt ground. Dimensions: 8 1...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Eva Zeisel for Hallcraft Porcelain Gravy Bowls
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful design and prints, by Eva Zeisel for Hallcraft porcelain bowls can be sold separate buyer can buy 1 or 2 great conditions no chips or cracks.
Category

20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern, Rosenthal Porcelain Candlesticks and Vase by Bjorn Wiinblad
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-Century Modern, Rosenthal Porcelain candlesticks and vase by Bjorn Wiinblad. Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal studio-linie, quatre couleurs, Germany, 1980s Pair of candlesticks mad...
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1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Eva Zeisel Rare 'First Issue' Castleton "Museum Dinner Service" 2 Cups & Saucers
Located in Sharon, CT
The original discontinued cups with the downward handles from the famous set commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Four cups and four saucers, most are signed.
Category

1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Studio Line Porcelain Bisque Vase by Uta Feyl, Curved Geometric Shape
Located in New York, NY
Rosenthal Studio line white porcelain bisque vase by Uta Feyl, circa 1980s. Stunning curved geometric shape. Measurements: H 5" W 4.5" D 3.5".
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

German Shepherd Figurine, Poland, 1960/1970
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine of German Shepherd. Very good condition.
Category

Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variations Porcelain Plate, Number 106
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate Themes & Variation Pattern #106, Cheese Head, Tema E Variazioni 1970s The striking and somewhat surreal Piero Fornasetti black and white porce...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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

Materials

Porcelain

Kenji Fugita for Freeman Lederman Ceramic Coffee Pot Pitcher
Located in Pasadena, CA
Ceramic coffee pot or pitcher with raffia handle designed by Kenji Fugita for Freeman Lederman. Pitcher measures 11.5" by 7.5". In very good original vintage 1950s condition with two...
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Set of 8 Cups or Coasters “Cocktails” by Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti Milano
Located in Brussels, BE
About this set of 8 cups or coasters "Cocktails" by Piero Fornasetti Porcelain with polychrome decoration. Each coaster illustrating a cocktail and its recipe. Each coaster marked...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Pierre Cardin Modern Red Porcelain Vase Franco Pozzi Ceramica, 1970s, Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pierre Cardin modern red porcelain vase Franco Pozzi Ceramica, 1970s, Italy. Gorgeous modern piece. A red rainbow or rising sun, signed. Franco Pozzi Ceramica for Pierre Cardin, circ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Le Corbusier Unglazed Porcelain Tray by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
TRay designed by Cassina in collaboration with Ginori 1735 and the Le Corbusier Foundation in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Cassina takes its inspiration from the geniu...
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Black Gold Measurement Insulator Paperweight Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain insulator paperweight is gold with a black background. Italian through and through. It is titled cleverly on the top" THERE IS MEASURE IN ALL ...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Gold

Pair of Italian Porcelain Seated Black Panthers
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Italian porcelain seated black panthers, each one realistically modeled, with green eyes. Stamped "Made in Italy" and script signature.
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Tori and Torerj Dinner Plates Rare Set of Six Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
These wonderful hard to find and hard to come by complete set of rare wonderful bullfight black and white vintage Mid-Century Modern porcelain dinner plates are the genius work and i...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Goebel Collection Seven Porcelain Garden Bird Figures
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine German mid-century collection of seven porcelain garden bird figures dating from the 1960’s.The collection originating from a single owner comprises of common garden birds eac...
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Surrealist Postmodern Porcelain and Glass Cheese Cover Designed by Borek Sipek
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Charming cheese cover designed by Borek Sipek, the Czech designer who passed away in 2016. Made of porcelain and glass this is the ideal object to store your cheeses on the counte...
Category

1980s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain, Glass

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".
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Rosenthal Studio Line, Christa Hausler-Goltz White Porcelain Bisque Vase
By Rosenthal, Christa Hausler-Goltz
Located in New York, NY
Rosenthal Studio Line white porcelain bisque vase by Christa Hausler-Goltz. Beautiful rounded oblong form, with linear details. Measurements: H 5.5" W 4.5" D 2.5".
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Porcelain Green Vase by Wallendorf, Germany
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase by Wallendorf, Germany. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 26.5 cm / diameter 16 cm.
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Kaiser Vase Model No 248/0
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lovely bisque porcelain vase with a reptilian relief, model no. 248 (tall version).
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Italian Midcentury Decorative Hands in Porcelain, 1960s Set of Two
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Beautiful pair of porcelain hands, which were used as tools in a former glove factory in Northern Italy. The hands are still provided with the original paint and were left in the or...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

A, Beaudin for Christofle, Four Dinner Plates in Hand-Painted Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
A. Beaudin for Christofle. Four dinner plates in hand-painted porcelain. Cubist style. France. Dated 1950. Diameter: 24.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed and dated.
Category

1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Set of Six Charlotte Perriand Porcelain Dinnerware Plates by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Hand-decorated porcelain dinnerware service, based on ancient influences filtered through the modern sensibilities of an extraordinary pioneer of modernity. Designed by Cassina i...
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Figurine of a Bernardine Puppy, Bing & Grondahl, Denmark
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine of a dog Barnardine Made in Denmark by Bing & Grondahl The mark used in the years 1915-1947. Model number # 1926 Very good condition, no damage. Mea...
Category

Early 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Continental Crown Jewel China Dining Set, 34 Pieces
Located in Plainview, NY
A classy Rosenthal white continental crown jewel china dining set of 24 pieces. The set includes the following: 7 dinner plates 10.5" diameter x 1.25" height 8 salad plates ...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Spice Company Dish of a Bill of Sale from the Weikel & Smith
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti ceramic bill of sale tray, Weikel & Smith Spice Company, Philadelphia The 1950s-60s The large ceramic tray or ashtray depicts a bill of sale from the Weikel & S...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic

Lladro Porcelain Figure Hindu Children
Located in Sofia, BG
This Lladro piece is a porcelain figurine that depicts an young Indian elephant, upon which a pair of Hindu children sit. The glazed grey hues of the elephant's porcelain skin accent...
Category

1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Andy Warhol "Golden Angels" Mug
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Rosenthal Studio-Line Andy Warhol Christmas Golden Angels mug. Andy Warhol, quite possibly the greatest pop artist of our time, loved Christmas and was known for giving his friends p...
Category

1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Royal Worcester Porcelain Vases
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice floored pattern with some gold two handled pair of vases.
Category

20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Noritake Japan Coffee / Tea Set for 4 Snowville Porcelain
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and rare set of coffee tea for 4 great condition circa 1963 in white porcelain great condition like new, no chips or cracks, 4 snack plates - 8.5" x 7" 4 tea cups - 4" W x...
Category

20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain, Rattan

Michel & Denise Pointu French Mid-Century Stoneware, France, ca 1960s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This piece was made by Michel and Denise Pointu in the 1960s and is a special piece in itself and in our gallery’s collection as well. Thanks to the technique and other unique qualit...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Stoneware

MCM Fornasetti-Style Coasters Tall Ships with Original Box, Velieri Pattern
Located in Downingtown, PA
MCM Fornasetti-style coasters tall ships with original box, Velieri Pattern, 1950s-1960s. The complete set of eight Mid-Century Modern coasters each depicts a different Spanish ...
Category

1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Sevres-Vincennes Vintage French Porcelain Coffee Set
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Elega...
Category

1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

A. Beaudin for Christofle, Four Dinner Plates in Hand-Painted Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
A. Beaudin for Christofle. Four dinner plates in hand-painted porcelain. Cubist style. France. Dated 1950. Diameter: 24.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed and dated.
Category

1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Hans Theo Baumann for Rosenthal Midcentury Olive Green, Gold and Black Dish
Located in New York, NY
Stunning and rare dish by Hans Theo Baumann for Rosenthal. Geometric pattern on the base is punctuated with gold details.
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

1950s Piero Fornasetti Mongolfiere Midcentury Art Ceramic Plate Milano, Italy
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
A beautiful "Palloni" or "Mongolfiere" art porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti, Milano Italy dated 1955. The porcelain plate has a black transfer print on a white ground with hand-pa...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Large Square Boat Shape Artist Decorated & Signed Vase by Rosenthal, Germany
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Beautiful porcelain Mid-Century Modern artist signed & decorated vase by Rosenthal.
Category

20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Designer Matte Black and White Espresso Coffee or Tea Demitasse Cup by Ray Loewy
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful matte black or 'charcoal' and white espresso coffee or tea demitasse cup by designer Raymond Loewy. Porcelain cups have a matte black or 'charcoal' exterior and a white g...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Friars Salt and Pepper Set by Deruta Fratelli Niccacci
Located in Rome, IT
The set consists of three different sized Franciscan monks in porcelain. It has its original "Deruta fratelli Nicacci" stamp on the bottom.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic

T&V France Floral Vase Shape Flower Painted Porcelain Pitcher
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice floral French porcelain pitcher.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate #5, Signed, Unused
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain plate number 5. Signed.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe Porcelain Recipe Plate, Python a La Orange
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe Porcelain Recipe Plate, Python a la Orange, 1960s-1974. This rare Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate is from a series of fourteen made for the Flemi...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Cala Lily Rosenthal White Bisque Flower Vase Studio-Linie Germany by Uta Feyl
Located in Miami, FL
Striking original Rosenthal white Bisque Cala Lily flower vase designed by Uta Feyl and made in Germany for Studio-Linie. Signed with the artist's signature Uta Feyl, printed and ma...
Category

1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage 1960s Piero Fornasetti Church Dome Porcelain Plate, Cupole d'Italia
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage 1960s Piero Fornasetti Church Dome Porcelain Plate, Cupole d'Italia, #6, "S. Maria della Salute a Venezia" Each plate in the series has a different dome of an Italian ch...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bing & Grondahl Danish Porcelain Figurines Children
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-Century Modern vintage Bing & Grondhal Danish Porcelain figurines children. Set of four Blanc de Chine porcelain figurines designed by Svend Lindhart for Bing & Grondahl, Denmar...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Tureen Soup Vase by Zeh Scherzer, Germany, 1950s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain soup vase by Zeh Scherzer, Germany, 1950s.  
Category

1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Andy Warhol "Golden Angels" Plate, New
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Rosenthal Studio-Line Andy Warhol Christmas Golden Angels plate. Andy Warhol, quite possibly the greatest pop artist of our time, loved Christmas and was known for giving his friends...
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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