Modern Ceramics

Modern Furniture Design

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

Pair of Donghia Porcelain Carp Vases
Pair of Donghia Porcelain Carp Vases
Late 20th Century Japanese Modern Vases
Pair of Donghia Porcelain carp vases, each one of oval shape, beautifully hand-painted and enameled. With a 3" x 2.5" opening and 3.5" diameter base. Each one stamped Donghia for Tos...
Pair of Modern Chinese Glazed Ceramic Orange Vases from China
Pair of Modern Chinese Glazed Ceramic Orange Va...
2010s Chinese Modern Vases
A pair of enormous modern Chinese ceramic vases glazed in an intense persimmon color made entirely by hand in China. The fantastic large-scale of this pair of Chinese vases is impres...
Artisan Large Incised Green Glaze Ceramic Vase from Thailand, 20th Century
Artisan Large Incised Green Glaze Ceramic Vase ...
20th Century Thai Modern Ceramics
A large Thai 20th century vase made with high fire incised ceramic covered with green glaze. This vase adopts an olive shape with a narrow neck and is adorned with a green glaze spir...
Near Pair of Awaji Pottery Japanese Drip Glaze Wabi Sabi Zen Meditation Lamps
Near Pair of Awaji Pottery Japanese Drip Glaze ...
Awaji Pottery
Vintage 1930s Japanese Modern Table Lamps
Similar pair of Awaji pottery tortured stoneware vases with heavy drip glaze, circa 1930, made into lamps. Nice double cluster sockets with risers. Shades not included.
Contemporary Japanese Nabeshima Porcelain Plate with Stylized Crane Design
Contemporary Japanese Nabeshima Porcelain Plate...
Early 2000s Japanese Modern Ceramics
Contemporary Japanese Nabeshima porcelain plate with crane design on a celadon colored background. Dimensions: H 6cm x D 21.5cm Please note: All ceramic items purchased from K...
Pair of Hollywood Regency Asian Style Garden Seats
Pair of Hollywood Regency Asian Style Garden Seats
20th Century Asian Modern Ceramics
A pair of 20th century turquoise glazed Garden seats in the manner of James Mont. The variegated glaze with reticulated body over stoneware base.
20th Century Japanese Earthenware Bottle by Hamada Shoji, Natural Earthy Colour
20th Century Japanese Earthenware Bottle by Ham...
Hamada Shoji
Mid-20th Century Japanese Modern Ceramics
Square-shaped bottle in typical Hamada Shoji (1894- 1978) style. Its grey body is decorated with square fields, some filled in with brown underglaze paint, some containing stylized s...
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