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Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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
Pair of Life-Size Italian Black and White Great Dane Dog Ceramic Sculptures
Located in New York, NY
A majestic pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian life-size black and white ceramic Great Dane dogs depicted in two different seated stances on black bases that are exquisitely rendered ...
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Pair of Mid-Century Japanese Foo Dogs
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice pair of vintage, rosewood carved foo dogs from Japan. Excellent condition and patina; makes a fun decor item in any room!
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Charles Higa Signed Hawaiian Artist Mid-Century Studio Pottery Sculpture Bowl
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful and gorgeously designed and glazed bowl by Hawain master potter/artist Charles Higa. Higa was born in Honolulu in 1933. He attended the University of Hawaii as an undergr...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Vintage Hand Painted Large Chinese Mudman Figure
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Vintage hand painted large 12” Chinese Mudman figure This spectacular, high quality large mudman is for the advanced collector. It depicts a seated elder; a bearded scholar holdin...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Large Chinese Vintage Altar Vase with Grey Crackle Finish and Flaring Neck
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese vintage extra large grey altar vase from the mid 20th century, with crackle finish. Created in China during the midcentury period, this extra large vase features a flaring ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Freeform Ceramic Ikebana Bowl or Vessel
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern style freeform Ceramic Ikebana bowl Freeform shape. Thick walled edge in white glaze. Mottled turquoise & aqua blue glaze interior. Marked at bas...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

JAPANESE CERAMIC POT, possibly MASHIKO with dripped crackle glaze 1970s
Located in Somerton, GB
Japanese ceramic pot with a Kyoto label. Makers seal, unidentified, but possibly Mashiko. Stoneware with dripping crackled glaze. Original box. circa 1970.
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1970s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Japanese Aqua Ikebana Bowl or Tray
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Ikebana bowl / tray Aqua blue in color. Marked at bottom. Great vintage condition.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Japanese White Ceramic Ikebana Bowl Tray
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Japanese Ikebana bowl / tray. Ceramic with milky white glaze & rectangular shape. Excellent vintage condition.
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Fine Japanese Kutani Satsuma Large Bowl Hand-Painted Marked to Base, Circa 1940
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a high quality Earthenware Japanese Satsuma - Kutani large Bowl, beautifully hand decorated and dating to Circa 1940. This is a well potted large diameter bowl, sitting on...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Earthenware

Japanese Mid-Century Floral Painted Signed Studio Pottery Bowl
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish mid-century Japanese studio pottery bowl hand painted with floral designs and signed to the side. The wide rounded bowl stands on a narrow rounded pedestal foot with a shap...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Shoji Hamada Style Japanese Mingei Kakiyu Glazed Vase
Located in New York, NY
Shoji Hamada style Japanese Mingei Kakiyu Mid-Century Modern bottle-shape vase with a rich kaki glaze, unsigned.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

'4' Four Hakone Japanese Bisque Figurines, Circa 1950
By Hakone Manufacturer Japan
Located in Incline Village, NV
Four bisque hand painted Japanese Hakone figurines; also referred to as "Hakata Dolls" or Suyaki Ningyu. These style "dolls" were first introduced in 17th century Japan as offerings ...
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Ceramic

Japanese Mid-Century Art Studio Ceramic Jars
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Mid-Century Modern art studio ceramic lidded jars with rich glaze, unsigned.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Japanese Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Lotus Vase
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Mid-Century Modern glazed ceramic vase in lotus shape, stamped with mark on the bottom. 9.5" height x 3.25" diameter.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Pair of Mid Century Japanese Blanc de Chine Gourd Vases
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A chic pair of Japanese white porcelain gourd form vases, mid 20th century, 17 inches tall.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Porcelain

Japanese Mid-Century Modern Studio Pottery Vase
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Mid-Century Modern art studio pottery vase with luster glaze on diminutive tripod legs.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Graceful Japanese Gourd Vase, Black and Brown Glazed Textured Ceramic, 20th Cent
Located in New York, NY
Japan, XXth Century A sinuous Japanese double-gourd vase, in glazed black and textured earth-toned stoneware. A compressed globular lower bulb, its matte, beautifully tactile surfac...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Pair of Midcentury Stoneware Foo Dogs / Bookends
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice pair of vintage tan, cream and blue foo dogs, circa 1970s. Excellent condition and patina; the pair is made of pottery and would make great bookends or a fun decor item i...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Pair of Midcentury Ceramic Foo Dogs / Bookends
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice pair of Chinese, white, ceramic foo dogs, circa 1960s. Excellent condition and patina; makes a great pair of book ends or a fun decor item in any room!
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Signed Vintage Asian Modern Ceramic Sake Server Striped in Brown & Blue, Japan
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Asian Modern Japanese handcrafted striped glazed brown sake server in blue or gray color. Signed by the Artist underneath.  
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Late 20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Hakata Wasaki Japanese Ceramic Nativity Scene Figurines
Located in New York, NY
Japanese ceramic nativity scene figurines made by Hakata Wasaki in the 1950s. The set comprises fourteen elements with hand painted figures and a wooden nativity manger. In great vin...
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Japanese Mid-Century Modern Art Studio Ceramic Vase
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Mid-Century Modern art studio ceramic pottery vase, marked on the bottom. In great vintage condition with age-appropriate wear and use.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Japanese Style Ten-Sided Tenmoku Glazed Stoneware Studio Vase
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderfully designed, richly colored, deep brown, Tenmoku like glazed handmade artisan vase. Really quite stunning in person. It changes color subtlety and textures depending on pe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

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