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Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and 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
Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini, Succulent Model 2469 Cactus Sculpture 1929 Signed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini, Succulent Model 2469 Cactus Sculpture 1929, Signed. Exceedingly rare example of a signed Venini succulent by Matinuzzi. Museum-worthy masterwork by Ma...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

Large Cocobolo Rosewood Lidded Box by Don Shoemaker for Senal S.A., Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible Cocobolo Rosewood large lidded catchall box by leading 1960s modernist designer Don Shoemaker for Senal S.A. is sought after by interior designers and avid collectors...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Rosewood

70s Crystal Vase Red, Blue, Green Blowing Murano, Italy Crystal
Located in Valladolid, ES
Stunning green, blue and red crystal vase by Murano Italy, midcentury 1970s. It's in a perfect condition. It comes from a private North Italian collection. Is a unique piece. Suita...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Crystal

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Pitcher in Silver and Crystal by Baracat
Located in Milano, IT
Gorgeous silver jug of Baracat production, late 1800s. The jug is made of worked and carved silver in the round base and spout, while the central body is made of glass. The spout o...
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Early 1800s Italian Antique Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Crystal, Sterling Silver

Large Set 62 Pcs Fortuna Rosenthal Stemware
Located in New York, NY
Incredible 62 piece set of Fortuna glasses, designed by Elsa Fischer - Treyden for Rosenthal, circa 1960's. It would be hard to find a more chic set of drinking glasses, and impossib...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Silver Plate Golf Ball Cruet Set Salt, Pepper and Mustard Pot
Located in London, London
Golf ball cruet set. Salt and pepper pots. Mustard pot with blue glass liner and spoon. Original case Silver plated. Each pot is 3.5 cm diameter. U.K Mid-20th Centu...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Silver Plate

Gold Tone Basketweave Flatware Set, 50 Pieces
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1980s set of 50 gold tone flatware with a basketweave design. This is a complete service for eight with additional pieces. There is 8 knives, 8 large dinner forks, 8 salad fo...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Metal

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Straw, Blown Glass, Wood

Round Brass Bamboo Tray in the Style of Ralph Lauren
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderful brass bamboo tray - perfect for serving food or cocktails due to the large size. Also a compliment to any decor - on a console, cocktail or entry table? Stacks and displa...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Brass

Rare Wayne Husted for Blenko Charcoal Glass Bottle Decanter with Cut Stopper
Located in Pasadena, CA
Rare handblown decanter bottle with notch cut, clear crystal stopper designed by Wayne Husted for Blenko. Bottle measures 19.5" by 4". In good vintage 1950's condition showing a gro...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

Pair of Serving Spoons, Made by Magne Monsen, Denmark, 1950s
By Magne Monsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of serving spoons, made by Magne Monsen, Denmark. 1950s. Rosewood. Measures: L: 35 cm / 13 3/4" W: 4.5 cm / 1 3/4".
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Rosewood

1970s Italian Ice Bucket Wine and Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Italian ice bucket where you can insert bottle plus 8 small glasses.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Silver Plate

Set of Six Trays Designed by Johnny Mattson, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of six trays designed by Johnny Mattson, Sweden. 1950s. Solid teak. Stamped. Measures: H: 1.8 cm / 3/4" L: 45 cm / 17 3/4" W: 19 cm / 7 1/2".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Teak

Bimini Glass Cocktail Picks with Dice Stand, 1960s, Vienna Austria
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1960s Austrian cocktail picks made of glass, showing birds in a mouth blown glass dice stand. Nice addition to your room, bar cart or just for your collection of design...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Metal, Chrome

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Set of Six Joe Colombo 'Sferico' Glass Tableware by Karakter
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Glass tableware designed by Joe Colombo in 1968. Joe Colombo believed in democratic and functional design. In his lifetime he designed a wide range of different drinking glasses....
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Blonde Vivienne Porcelaine Plate Signed by Tom Wesselmann, Rosenthal Studio
Located in Brussels, BE
Blonde Vivienne porcelaine plate signed by Tom Wesselmann, Rosenthal Studio-Line, Germany.
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

French Blue and White Majolica Oyster, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
French Blue and White Majolica Oyster, circa 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

French Laguiole Steak Knives Set of 6 Barenthal Art La Table Jean Dubost France
Located in National City, CA
Knives Set of 6 Vintage Laguiole Steak Knives designed by Jean Dubost Stainless Steel with Ivory Colored Handle 9.13 L x .75 h x .5 d inches Preowned original unrestored vintage ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Stainless Steel

Porcelain Figurine of an Owl, Bing & Grondahl, Denmark
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine of an owl Made in Denmark by Bing & Grondahl Produced in 1970-1983 Model number # 1800 Very good condition, no damage. Measures: height 11.5 cm, wid...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic, Textile, Plywood

Scandinavian Modern Cocktail, Martini or Champagne Coupe Glasses by Kosta Boda
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful set of three (3) rare Midcentury Modern Scandinavian Modern Kosta Boda crystal cocktail, martini or Champagne coupe glasses, circa mid-20th century, Sweden. With maker's ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Crystal

Set of Three Mid-Century White Faux-Suede Bar Stools
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Set of three mid-century white faux-suede bar stools 3 large sturdy bar stool on wooden and chrome legs and with upholstery in white spill-proof faux suede.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Suede, Wood

Glass Cake Stand, Poland, 1970s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Glass cake stand, Poland, 1970s Measures: height 18cm, diameter 33cm.
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1970s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Giampaolo Ghisetti 1970s Vintage Round Aquamarine Blue Murano Glass Ribbed Bowl
By Giampaolo Ghisetti
Located in New York, NY
A signed Mid-Century Modern sensual curved centerpiece of great effect, blown in transparent crystal turquoise blue Murano glass, the ridges of the organic modern shape playing with ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Art Glass

Vintage Knive and Fork by Amboss Austria Design Oswald Haerdtl
Located in Vienna, AT
Excellent preserved so called "Heurigen-Besteck" designed by Oswald Haerdtl in 1958, executed by Neuzeughammer, Amboss Austria, same date. It comes in the original, thick leather po...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Stainless Steel

Mid Century Modern Scandinavian Stainless Steel Ice Bucket, Cultura Sweden
Located in Soquel, CA
Mid Century Modern Scandinavian Stainless Steel Ice Bucket, Cultura Sweden Sleek and minimal Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian stainless steel ice bucket, with clean modern lines and ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Stainless Steel

Barovier & Toso Murano Ashtray Glass Art Mid-Century Modern Venice, Italy, 1950s
Located in Lucca, IT
Barovier & Toso Murano ashtray blown glass Art Venice Italy Mid-Century Modern 1950s great ashtray in glass Art of Murano by Barovier & Toso.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Art Glass

Vintage Langusta Decorative Glass Plate, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Decorative Langusta plate from Italy. The plate is hand painted. Plate is in very good vintage condition, no damage or cracks. Original glass. Beautiful piece for every interior! Onl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic, Glass

Murano Glass 1960s Ashtray
Located in Milan, IT
A Fasce 1960s murano glass ashtray.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Set of Six Joe Colombo 'Sferico' Glass Tableware by Karakter
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Glass tableware designed by Joe Colombo in 1968. Joe Colombo believed in democratic and functional design. In his lifetime he designed a wide range of different drinking glasses....
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Stoneware

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

Materials

Horn

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.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

International Sterling La Paglia Silver Centerpiece Bowl Mid-Century Modern
Located in New York, NY
Sterling silver centerpiece bowl by International Sterling and designed by Alphonse La Paglia in mid-century modern Jensen style from 1952 with exquisite floral and geometric-shaped ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver, Silver

Small Toothpick Holder Bamboo and Brass, Vienna, Around 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Small toothpick holder bamboo and brass, Vienna, around 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Brass

Small Rattan Tray with Brass Handles, Italy 1970s
Located in London, GB
A small rattan tray with brass handles, Italy 1970s Perfect for coffee and tea or as a vide poche on an entrance console Measures: L 33 cm W 23cm H 3cm.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Brass

Vintage Fred Press Nautical Themed Glass Serving Tray
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century modern Fred Press designed nautical themed, molded glass serving tray. The back with a pebbled surface and the front decorated in 22k gold and enamels with a sailing ship...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Large Swedish Oval Brass Plate/Tray with Handles, 1930s-1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely midcentury oval brass serving tray with shell shaped handles on the sides and higher edges all around the tray. From Sweden 1930/40s. Made of handhammered solid brass. Perfect...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Brass

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

Vintage Set of 12 Linen Cocktail Napkins by Leacock in a Nautical Flag Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Boxed set of 12 nautical flag linen cocktail napkins by Leacock of New York. Printed on linen in red, white, blue and yellow, an enclosed card identifies the letter, word and meaning...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Linen

Vannes-Le-Chatel Cristalleries Pair Of French Clear Lead Crystal Centerpieces
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. Exce...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Crystal

Italian Top Hat Brass Ice Bucket
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Unusual and fun, heavy brass, ice bucket shaped like a top hat.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Brass

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