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Mid-Century Modern Tableware

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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“Vienna Modern” Flatware Design by Helmut Adler for Amboss Austria 59pc Set
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a 59 piece set of “Vienna Modern” flatware Design by Helmut Adler for Amboss Austria 8 place settings, plus serving spoon, serving fork, salad tongs, cake server, 3 ...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Speckled Italian Murano Dining Cups, Set of 12
Located in Austin, TX
4” Height x 3” Diameter Glass processing for this service is performed by Murano artisans with great care and precision, placing one by one the pieces of glass (Murrina) in a hot ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Glass, Blown Glass

Gio Ponti, 'Horned Mask', Silver Plated Bottle Cover, Sabattini, Italy 1978
Located in DE
A silver plated half mask to be used as a wine bottle cover for table decoration, designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Sabattini, in Italy 1978. We left the silver tarnished, b...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Silver

Group of Fornasetti Milano Espresso Cup & Saucer Plus 2 Fornasetti under Plates
Located in New York, NY
Group of Fornasetti Milano espresso cup & saucer plus 2 Fornasetti under plates. cup and saucer set made in Italy by Fornasetti - Milano in the Monete pattern. The set is in good con...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Teak Plates Made by Morsbak of Denmark
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage set of 6 teak plates made by Morsdak of Denmark In new old stock condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Teak

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Display Plate, Barney's New York Collection
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Classic midcentury Italian Designed plate featuring an iconic image from Piero Fornasetti’s work, his muse the opera singer, Lina Cavalieri. Crisp black and white timeless design i...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Lidded Bottle with Cup by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini
Located in New York, NY
Lattimo glass, clear and white with gold painted foot to both pieces. Designed by Buzzi in 1932 and presented at the 18th Venice Biennale also in 1932. Published: Tomaso Buzzi at Ven...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Wine Coaster by Gerald Benney
Located in London, London
Hallmarked in London in 1970 by Gerald Benney, this handsome, Elizabeth II, sterling silver wine coaster is typical of his style, with textured bark effect sides, and a plain rim. Th...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Style Sterling Silver Condiments Set in Original Fitted Box, Asprey
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern style sterling silver condiments set in original box, consisting of a pair of salt and pepper shakers, an open mustard cellar and a matching mustard spoon, London,...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Ausrian Flatware, Cutlery Set by Berndorf
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian high-quality flatware silver plated by Berndorf, former Krupp company from the 1960s. The cutlery has a handle with a very interesting geometric decor. Used but in excellent...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Silver, Steel

Flatware, Cutlery Set by Berndorf Model Flamenco
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian high-quality flatware by Berndorf, former Krupp company, model Flamenco from the 1970s. The cutlery has a handle with the very interesting geometric decor. Used but in excel...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Silver Plate, Stainless Steel

Guzzini Salt, Pepper, Oil, Vinegard, Parmesan Green Set in Lucite, 1970s, Italy
Located in Rome, IT
Table set for pepper, salt, parmesan etc. in green Lucite made by Guzzini, Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Lucite, Plexiglass

Set of 4 Ceramic Dessert Wicker Pink Plates Made in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Hand painted ceramic wicker plates Pink color Made in Italy Measures: 21cm diameter.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Botanica Hand Painted Ceramic Plates Set of 6 Dinner Plates Made in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
These stunning plates are made in Italy by local artisans The border is hand painted while the fissure at the center is a printed image Food safe and dishwasher safe Measures:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Ivar Ålenius Björk Brass Candleholders for Ystad Metall
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Pair of Ivar Ålenius Björk "Lily" brass candleholders for Ystad Metall, circa 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass

Botanica Hand Painted Ceramic Plates Set of 6 Dessert Plates Made in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
These stunning plates are Made in Italy by local artisans the border is hand painted while the fisure at the centre is a printed image Food safe and dishwasher safe Measure: 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage 1970s Salt Shake and Pepper Grinder Mill by Cartier
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful 1970s vintage set, salt shaker and pepper grinder by Cartier. Each of the two pieces are handmade and constructed of rosewood with the tops in sterling silver. This beautif...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Rosewood

Carl Auböck Midcentury Polished Brass Card Holder, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful card stand, made of polished brass, designed and executed in the 1950s by Carl Auböck, Austria. To be used for business cards, folders, flyers, menus, coasters etc. In ve...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern Vintage Solid Brass Nutcracker Austria 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage nut cracker from solid brass designed and executed Austria 1950s. Amazing simple design in great execution highlights this nut cracker. Very rare to find...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass

Martz Studio Style Walnut with Black and White Dot Salt Pepper Shakers
Located in Ferndale, MI
Square walnut form salt pepper shakers. Black dot on pepper shaker, white dot on salt shaker.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Walnut

Luigi Colani Zen Tea Set and Plates, Stoneware, Friesland, Germany, 1970s
By Friesland Ceracron, Luigi Colani
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful tea set made of black glazed stoneware, designed by Luigi Colani in 1973. Executed by Porzellanfabrik Friesland, Germany. All items are in excellent condition. The set co...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware

Vintage Dansk Ceramic Coffee Cup and Saucer Set of 8
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage Dansk cup and saucer set. Service for 8. Dimensions- Mugs- 3.75" in diameter, 2.50" tall. Saucers- 7" in diameter, .75" tall.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Dutch Teak Egg Cups, Saltshaker, Spoon and Tray, 1960
Located in Achterveld, NL
Beautiful set of six egg cups, salt shaker, spoon and tray. The set was made in the 1960s in the Netherlands Measurements (cm) : Tray 32 x 5 cm Spoon 16.5 cm Saltshaker 8 cm ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Teak

Flemming Digsmed Nutcracker
Located in Chicago, IL
Brass and wood nut cracker.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass

Chic Set of 6 Moser Water Long Drink Glasses Tinted Green Fontana Arte Style
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Chic set of six water / long drink / cocktail crystal glasses designed and executed in the 1960s by Moser Czechoslovakia. The high end quality of the glass is famous and can easily c...
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Crystal

White Ceramic Circular Pierced Cylindrical Bowl or Vessel, In Stock
Located in Oakland, CA
This bowl was thrown on a potter's wheel and hand pierced. Small holes are created when the piece was still wet. Each hole is then painstakingly enlarged once the clay is bone dry. I...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Gio Ponti Stainless Flatware Set of Four Diamond Soup Spoons for Reed & Barton
Located in National City, CA
Italian designer Gio Ponti stainless flatware set of four diamond shape soup spoons designed for Reed & Barton, 1958 Measures: 7 1/2" L x 1 1/8" W x 1/2" H Original preowned vintag...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Beautiful Carl Aubock Mid.Century Horn Pepper Or Salt Mill, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful and elegant modernist pepper- or salt mill, made of cow horn, designed and executed by Carl Aubock in the 1950s. In very good condition, marginal signs of usage on its un...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Horn

Poul Knudsen Mid Century Teak and Brass Nutcracker, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Scandinavian modernist nut cracker from the 1950s. Designed by Pool Knudsen. Made of teak and brass. In very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass

Northern Lights by International Sterling Silver Flatware Set 12 Service 67 Pcs
Located in Big Bend, WI
Gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Northern Lights by International sterling silver flatware set of 67 pieces. 12 knives, 9", 12 forks, 7 1/4", 12 salad forks, 6 3/8", 12 teaspoons, 6"...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Parts of the Koenigszelt Dinner Set, 1940s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Parts for the Koenigszelt porcelain dinner set with a cornflower pattern. The set includes: - vase with a lid: height 16 cm, diameter 24 cm -square bowl: height 6.5 cm, diam...
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1940s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Georg Jensen Service for 8 Satin Prism Set Plus Serving Pieces 46 Pieces
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Georg Jensen satin stainless set in the prism pattern, circa 1962 design. Set includes 5 pieces per place setting plus an additional 6 pieces, serving spoons, forks and butter spread...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Carl Auböck II. Rare Salt and Pepper Shaker in Bamboo Cup, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II. Rare Salt and Pepper Shaker in Bamboo Cup, Austria, 1950s
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Horn, Bamboo

12 Colorfull Moccacups with Violets Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria
Located in Weiningen, CH
12 colorfull moccacups with violets Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria.
Category

1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Eight Rare Maida Amour Vintage Cocktail Glasses with French Poodles
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of 8 (4 pairs) of vintage Tom Collins glasses, designed by Maida Amour on Libbey glass. Each glass has a French poodle walking on their hind legs. The glass is frosted white on t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Glass

Rare Russel Wright Spun Aluminum and Cork Tankards / Mugs Set '8'
Located in Buffalo, NY
Seldom seen set of 8 Spun Aluminum and Cork Tankards / Mugs designed by Russel Wright.. Beautiful original condition, All retain Impressed Russel Wright stamp, Functional as well as ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Aluminum

Midcentury Elka Coffee Set by Jaroslav Ježek for Pirkenhammer, 1958
Located in Budapest, HU
Midcentury Elka coffee set by Jaroslav Ježek for Pirkenhammer, 1958 Jaroslav Ježek (1923 - 2002) was a leading Czech designer who gained fame for his practical and figural porcelain...
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1950s Hungarian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Modernist Brass and Cane Wire Cheese Slicer Knife by Penchoen Originals, 1960s
By Penchoen Originals
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant, modernist wire cheese knife in solid brass with cane-wrapped handle designed by Penchoen Originals of Sturgis, Michigan. Often misattributed to either Tommi Parzinger or Car...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass, Wire

Machine Age Mid-Century Art Deco Dr. Peter Schlumbohm Collection Vessels in Cork
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Mid-Century Dr. Peter Schlumbohm vessels in cork. Rare vintage Museum Quality Collection four classic rarely-found original Schlumbohm designs, featured in MOMA...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Aluminum

Cutlery by Helmut Alder for Amboss Model 2070
Located in Vienna, AT
Cutlery, model 2070, designed by Helmut Alder, produced by "Amboss Neuzeughammer Steyr" Austria in the 1960s. High quality stainless steel cutlery. For six people, consists of six l...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Northern Lights by International Sterling Silver Flatware Set 12 Service 84 Pcs
Located in Big Bend, WI
Gorgeous Northern lights by international sterling silver flatware set - 84 Pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 8 7/8" 12 forks, 7 1/8" 12 salad forks, 6 1/4" 12 teaspoons, 6" 12 ...
Category

1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Six Midcentury Cera Glass "Ethyl Gasohol" Rocks Glasses with Temp & Fill Scales
Located in Nantucket, MA
Six vintage, Pop Art, 14oz rocks glasses in red, white, yellow and black enamel designed an "Ethyl Gasohol" drum. The front and backs decorated with label information and the sides w...
Category

1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Glass

Sasaki Modernist 18 Piece Service Set Table Flatware by Massimo Vignelli, 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Sasaki service 18 piece quality tableware stainless steel glossy chrome plated flatware Set includes 6 place settings; Knife Fork and Spoon Attribution Italian designer Massimo Vi...
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1960s Vietnamese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Dinnerware Set in Green and Brown Glaze
Located in Tilburg, NL
Wonderful Mid-Century Modern dinnerware set in pottery and green and brown glaze. The set contains 30 pieces and could be used for 6 persons. This dinnerware set is a joy for you...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Pottery

Jens Quistgaard Odin Danish Modern Stainless Steel Flatware for Dansk 62 Pieces
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large set of "Odin" pattern stainless steel flatware, designed by Jens Quistgaard in Denmark and produced in Germany for Dansk, circa 1960s. The set contains 5 pieces for 12 people a...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Richard Nissen & Carsten Jorgensen Salt & Pepper Mills for Bodum Denmark 1960s
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Richard Nissen & Carsten Jorgensen Salt & Pepper Mills for Bodum Denmark circa 1960.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Iron

Danish Modern Teak Flatware Holder Sectioned Tray + Tambour Door Denmark 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Teak Flatware Tray Mid-Century Modern teak flatware tray holder case with tambour door. Versatility in this piece. Sectioned compartments on tray. Denmark, 1960s. Unmarked. Dimension...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Teak

Argo Fregat by Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Flatware Set Service 60 Pcs Dinner
Located in Big Bend, WI
Rare Dinner size Argo Fregat by Georg Jensen sterling silver Flatware set, 60 pieces. This set includes: 12 dinner size knives, long handle, 8 7/8" 12 dinner size forks, 7 1/2" 12 ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Amboss 2090 Cutlery by Helmut Alder
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare complete cutlery designed by Helmut Alder for Amboss in 1963, stainless steel, each part punctured, altogether 30 parts each six pieces. Good original condition.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Set of 12 Decorative Green Midcentury Ceramic Handmade Plates
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
This Majolica pottery plate collection was designed by Mexican sculptor, painter, and ceramist Lorenzo Lorenzzo made in his studio, in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic, Clay, Maiolica, Majolica

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.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Teak Dansk Denmark Pepper Mill and Salt Shakers
Located in Armonk, NY
Mid-Century Modern Teak Dansk Denmark Pepper Mill and salt shakers by Jens Quistgaard. This duo consists of a Pepper Mill and Salt Shaker that were handcrafted from teakwood creating...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Teak

Carl Auböck Fish Mid-Century Leather Bottle Opener by Amboss, Austria, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful fish-shaped modernist bottle opener from the 1960s, made of stainless steel, covered with brown leather. Designed by Carl Auböck. Executed by Amboss Austria. In very good...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Ivar Ålenius Björk Brass Candleholder for Ystad Metall
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Ivar Ålenius Björk "Lily" brass candleholder for Ystad Metall, circa 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass

Majolica Potter Plate Set Handmade Mid-Century Modern Green Yellow Blue Face
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
This majolica pottery plate collection was designed by Mexican sculptor, painter and ceramist Lorenzo Lorenzzo — made in his studio, in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Clay, Ceramic

Carl Auböck Austrian Modernist Flatware 'Model No 2060' by Amboss Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Modernist set of Austrian flatware from the 1950s, designed by Carl Aubock and executed by Amboss Austria. This is the high-quality flatware set model no. 2060 a mid century classis,...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Andrew Szoeke Art Deco Mid Century Modern mixed wood Marquetry Pieces
Located in Dallas, TX
Andrew Szoeke Art Deco Mid Century Modern mixed wood Marquetry Pieces Signed original Szoeke pieces. Amazing marquetry work. Playing card or cigarette box and desk-top weight. Pa...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Foil

Silver Plate Modernist Sculptural Napkin Rings, Set of 6
Located in North Miami, FL
This set of six polished vintage silver plate sculptural napkin rings will set any table with elegance and modern elements. There are four of the same elliptical shape and two of ano...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Silver Plate