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Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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
Bob Dylan Original Vintage Poster by Milton Glaser, 1967
Located in Devon, GB
One of America's most celebrated graphic designers and creator of the I (HEART) NY logo, Milton Glaser was commissioned by Columbia Records to design a bonus insert poster for inclus...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Piero Fornasetti Litho on Wood Waste Paper Bin, 1940's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early production piece Semi circle form Wood construction Wood ball feet Classic lithograph print pattern design Original vintage condition Minor wear with a nice patina Some ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Wood, Paper

Joseph Raffael "Breast, Drill and Evening Shadow" 1966 Painting on Canvas
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Joseph Raffael Born 1933/ "Breast, Drill and Evening Shadow" Painting on Canvas. The fine line between pain and pleasure! Capturing the 1960's vibe perfectly!
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

Macrame Wall Tapestry by Maria Asuncion Raventos, Spain, 1970s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Beautiful macrame wall tapestry by Maria Asuncion Raventos, Spain 1970s. Maria Asuncion Raventos studied at the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of San Jorge in Barcelona. She dedi...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool, Jute, Cotton

Large Abstract Painting Signed J. Franklin, California Mid-20th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
A large mid century modern abstract painting by California Bay Area artist. Signed J. Franklin front lower right and on the back. Acrylic on masonite in black frame. 1960's-1970's.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Acrylic, Masonite

Joe Eula Lithograph c. Early 70's
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Joe Eula, Men's Fashion Lithograph c. early 1970's: Lithograph on textured matte paper with exquisite details. Measures approximately 22 x 11 inches. Very good overall vintage c...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

8 Wall Hooks by Hertha Baller, around 1950s, 'Priced and Sell Per Piece'
Located in Wien, AT
8 wall hooks by Hertha Baller around 1950s Priced and sell per piece.
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Crane or Heron Bird Brass Statue Sculpture Vintage, 1960s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful vintage brass crane or heron statue. This decorative item would make a beautiful addition to any room. Made in the 1960s it displays the joy of that great era with a bold...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Claire Falkenstein Modernist Wall Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Aluminum wall sculpture by Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908-1997) artist stamp on reverse. Purchased directly from the artist.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Aluminum

Large Scale Rare Frederick Weinberg Wrought Iron Giraffe Wall Sculptures
Located in Ferndale, MI
Beautifully flowing simple lines of flat band steel form these Giraffe wall sculptures. Backed by square wire grid steel. Designed by Frederick Weinberg of Philadelphia in the mid 19...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Wrought Iron

Vintage Studio Pottery Wall Hanging Canteen Sculpture by Joan Pearson Watkins
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage studio pottery crafted by ceramic artist Joan Jockwig Pearson Watkins circa 1970's. This unique sculpture depicts an original canteen water jug made out of a clay medium with...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic, Rope

Mid-Century Modern Marc Chagall Adam & Eve and the Forbidden Fruit Lithograph 19
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A lovely lithograph titled Adam & Eve and the Forbidden Fruit, Drawings from the Bible, by early modernist artist Marc Chagall. This example is an unsigned open edition of 6500. Publ...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

R. Grabowski Farnham 1950s Abstract Expressionist Oil on Canvas
Located in Pasadena, CA
1950s abstract modernist oil on canvas painting created and signed by R. Grabowski Farnham. Painting measures 21" by 17" by 1.75" and is in very good vintage condition showing some s...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

1950's French Modernist/ Cubist Painting - Lady In Vibrant Red & Orange Dress
Located in Cirencester, GB
French Landscape by Bernard Labbe (French mid 20th century) original watercolour/ gouache painting on artist paper, unframed size: 14 x 10 inches condition: very good and ready t...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Other

Set of 6 Karl Blossfeldt Black White Flower Photogravure Botanic Photography
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Karl Blossfeldt set of 6 from Photogravures from the edition of the book 'Wunder in der Natur' in 1942. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserv...
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1940s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

20th Century REDS Movie Poster by Warren Beatty, 1981
Located in Miami, FL
20th Century REDS movie poster by Warren Beatty 1981. Great vintage poster with an amazing design and color way. Dimensions: 17" x 24".
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1980s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Metal

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 Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Diaz Costa Ceramic Hand Painted Artwork, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceramic hand painted artwork of a fish by Catalan artist Diaz Costa, circa 1960. Framed. Signed. In original condition, with minor wear consistent of age and use, preserving a be...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Li Yuan-Chia Cosmic Point Multiple Mix Media Painting
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Li Yuan-chia Cosmic 'Point' Multiple 1929–1994 This Original piece from Lisson Gallery London 1968 Exhibition features a painted white lacquered steel panel with 4 magnetic points...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Steel, Magnets

Mario De Ferrante 'Italian/American, 1898-1992' Abstraction with Visage
Located in Dallas, TX
Oil on masonite, signed lower right.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Masonite, Paint

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 Wall Decorations

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Ceramic, Textile, Plywood

Original Midcentury Abstract Art Exhibition Poster, Works by Rosso Dated 1975
Located in Arles, FR
Original midcentury abstract art exhibition poster with wonderful vivid colors. Very decorative contemporary art. Measures: 18" W x 25 1/2" H Very good vintage condition with s...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Carl Auböck Model #4995 Polished Brass Hook
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4995 polished brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Striking Sunburst Brass/Metal Flying Birds Wall Art Sculpture by Jere
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice large oval wall sculpture by Curtis Jere circa the 1960s, this piece, the signature is gone but its Jere it can be used indoors or outdoors.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass, Metal

Erte Art Deco Giclée Print
Located in Countryside, IL
Erte Art Deco Giclée print This print measures: 31.5 wide x 1.5 deep x 38.75 high We take our photos in a controlled lighting studio to show as much detail as possible. We do n...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas, Wood, Paper

Mid Century Abstract Floating Tree Sculpture by Curtis Jere for Artisan House
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage modernist abstract tree sculpture designed by Curtis Jere for Artisan House c. 1960's. Features a dramatic focal point to any space adding texture and dimension. This stateme...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Metal, Copper

Rattan & Bamboo Wall-Mounted Bedside Shelf, Italy 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Bedside wall-mounted oval shelf in rattan & bamboo made in Italy in the 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Bamboo, Cane, Rattan

Diaz Costa Ceramic Hand Painted Artwork, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceramic Hand Painted Artwork of a fish by Catalan artist Diaz Costa, circa 1960. Framed. In original condition, with minor wear consistent of age and use, preserving a beautiul p...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

1x Small Brass Hook Vienna Around 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
1x Small brass hook vienna around 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Large Mid Century Painting Portrait of a Young Woman c1960 Acrylic on Canvas
Located in Trensacq, FR
Large mid century painting Portrait of a Young Woman c1960 Acrylic on canvas. Thought to be modelled on the Iconic French singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy, contemporary of Serge ...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas, Acrylic

Gaspard de Wit Eclat de Soleil, Sunshine, Hand-Woven Wool Tapestry Belgium 1950s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gaspard de Wit Eclat de Soleil, sunshine, hand-woven wool tapestry Belgium 1950s. 81¼ W × 35¼ L in (206 × 90 cm), Woven signature to lower center ‘G Dewit’. Gaspard De Wit (1892–197...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Textile, Wool

James Bond 'Thunderball' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1974
Located in Devon, GB
In Sean Connery's fourth outing as suave secret agent James Bond, 'Thunderball' saw the British spy dispatched to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by Spectre, culmi...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Mid-Century Wall Shelf, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of wood, glass Original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood

Diaz Costa Ceramic Hand Painted Artwork, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceramic hand painted artwork of a fish design by Catalan artist Diaz Costa, circa 1960. Framed. Signed. In original condition, with minor wear consistent of age and use, preservi...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Selection of Large Joan Miro Color Lithographs
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of Joan Miro large color lithographs, France, circa 1960s. We purchased a group of these color lithographs from the estate of a couple that lived in France from 1951-1983. ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Rare Ceramic Oyster Plate Robert Picault, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Rare oyster plate signed Robert Picault. Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) was born in Vincennes, Paris and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Paris. After the war he spent a short...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic, Faience

Carl Auböck Model #5439 Large Brass Hook
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #5439 brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished brass by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Austria. Pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Jane Mitchell Alegria 3 Canvas Mural, 1981
By Jane Mitchell
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Jane Mitchell "Alegria" 3 canvas mural from 1981. Acrylic on Canvas. Monumental Painting measuring 60" tall and each panel 40" wide, for a combined size of roughly 120" wide and 60" ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Acrylic

Majolica Oyster Platter Aetgina Vallauris circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica oyster platter signed Aetgina Vallauris Circa 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic, Faience

Vintage Artists Palette Floor Light, English, Mid-20th Century
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Fabulous and highly sculptural floor light inspired by an artist’s palette. Designer unknown. Made from obeche wood and brass tube. The wood has been varnished, ebonized and paint...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Wood

Carl Auböck Model #4965 Large Brass Hook
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #4956 brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished brass by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Austria. Pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Tadasky, Acrylic Painting on Paper, Op Art, Geometric, Blue, Pink, Signed
By Tadasky / Tadasuke Kuwayama
Located in New York, NY
Untitled by Tadasky, acrylic painting on paper, stripes signed. Small scale hard edge acrylic painting on paper by Op artist, Tadasky (Tadasuke Kuwayama). The image is made up of a s...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Wood, Paper, Plexiglass

Gorgeous Pair of Curtis Jere Wall Art
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Curtis Jere metal sculpted wall art, these abstract items would make a great addition to any home or office. Featured with the pair is a certification of authenticity. Ple...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Metal

1960s British Coach Travel Poster Landscape Wildlife Midcentury Pop Art
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Original 1967 travel poster designed by R.Brown for the Tilling Association, London, UK. First edition color offset lithograph. Rolled. Measures: L 77cm x W 51cm.
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Carl Auböck Model #4056 Brass Hook
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #4056 brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished brass by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Austria. P...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Mid-Century Italian Decorative Mirror with Gold Brass and Shaped Mirror
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Mid-century Ialiano decorative mirror with gold brass and shaped mirror.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Huge Ghirardelli Chocolate Parrot Mascot Painted Wood Advertising Sign, 1930s
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very rare and full of character 1930s six-foot-tall Ghirardelli Chocolate hand-painted wood advertising sign featuring the company's early and iconic parrot mascot. Fantastically ...
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1930s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint, Plywood

Carl Auböck #4995 Patinated Brass Hook
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #4995 patinated brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese hook is executed in polished and patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl Auböck...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Joan Miró Archive Photography of "Personage" Sculpture, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Archive photography of Joan Miró "Personage" Sculpture. Printed, circa 1960. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. ...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Isamu Noguchi Archive Photography of Sculpture, circa 1955
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Archive Photography of Isamu Noguchisculpture. Printed, circa 1970. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. The phot...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Op-Art Artist Anne Youkeles New Perspective Signed 3-D Serigraph Collage, 1971
By Anne Youkeles
Located in St. Louis, MO
Anne Youkeles (Austrian/American b. 1920) Op-Art Artist 3-D Geometric Serigraph Collage titled "New Perspective" signed, number 43/210 and dated 1971. In fine condition, not examined...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Gucci Italy Chrome Picture Frame with Nautical Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sophisticated picture photo frame by Italian designer Gucci. Chromed metal with a nautical design featuring an anchor and boat fittings. Rich high gloss walnut wood back and easel. M...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Metal, Chrome

Multicolored Hand Knotted Midcentury Wall Tapestry, 1970s
By Nelly Lowe
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Unique extra large wall tapestry by Nelly Lowe, Pajavola, 1970s. Hand knotted in different techniques which provides a nice optical dept. Exceptional geometric form and organic patte...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Modernist Water Color Gouache by Robert Blair '1912-2003'
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A unique original watercolor gouache of a seamstress at work. A well listed American artist Robert Noel Blair (1912-2003) Blair's watercolors have been exhibited widely in both in t...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Slouching Toward Truro by Jacqueline Cotter
Located in Chicago, IL
A vibrant oil on canvas work by artist Jacqueline Cotter (1921 -2018) titled' ‘Slouching Toward Truro'.’ In this piece we observe mixed media applied to the canvas, swaths of yellow,...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas, Paint

Steve Schapiro Signed Original Photograph Print of John F. & Jacqueline Kennedy
Located in Studio City, CA
A historic and iconic, richly toned, silver gelatin print or image by prolific and renowned photographer Steve Schapiro. Signed, stamped and titled ("John and Jacqueline Kennedy W...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Mid Century Impressionist Style Landscape Painting
Located in Winter Park, FL
Impressionist style landscape by John Dana Bashian (American 1897-1975). Oil on canvas. Nice composition and vivid color with thick impasto technique. Signed and dated 1947 verso.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

Exhibition Poster, 1968
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Exhibition poster for Pablo Picaso, 1968. Poster of his exhibition on the Gallery "Sala Gaspar" in Barcelona. We offer free shipping for this piece. In good original condition...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

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