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Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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
Spotted Owl Big Sculpture Hand-Painted by Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
Big bird A fine green spotted owl master work sculpture designed and hand-painted by Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017). This is a tall, creative handmade, hand painted and hand gla...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic, Pottery

Tall Blue Owl Master Artisan Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
Our last blue owl! This is a wonderful handmade, hand painted and hand glazed Mid-Century Modern ceramic effigy of a perched owl by master designer Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017). ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic, Pottery

White Wooden Koi Sculpture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique white koi fish sculpture with table top. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

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 Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Steel, Magnets

Danish Rosewood or Palisanderwood Bedside Tables, 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
This is a beautiful set of two bedside tables with drawers. This set is made of rosewood and produced in Denmark around the 60s. It is veneered wood. Give these nice cupboa...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Rosewood

Wall Unit Van Rego Mobile Design by Gunter Renkel, 1960
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
a wall unit from the 60s by the Designer Gúnter Renkel, made by Rego Mobile from teak, the wall unit consists of separate parts with 4 wall panels 2 wall panels are 50 cm wi...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Teak

Fantastic Huge Pink Bird Paradise Sculpture Master Designer Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
A one-of-a-kind monumental Monumental Flamboyant Bird of Paradise -Knuppelhuhn- big sculpture created, handmade, and hand-painted by master designer Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017) in ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic, Pottery

Andrianna Shamaris Midcentury Couture Oversized Antique Merbau Wood Container
Located in New York, NY
Introducing the midcentury Couture Collection new to 2021. Taken from my finest collection, a beautiful century old merbau wood bowl from Sumatra with stunning patina. We added midce...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

Mid-Century Modern Amber Colored Lucite Hand of Buddha Sculpture
Located in Nantucket, MA
Vintage amber colored figure of a museum mounted Lucite Buddha's hand. The Karana mudra hand gesture is said to help remove negativity, anxiety, fear and depression and enhance happi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Lucite

Chinese Midcentury Carved Wood Figure of a Rearing Horse
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A vintage Chinese carved wooden figure of a rearing horse believed to date between 1950 and 1970. The horse originates from a family who were based in China and returned to England i...
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1960s Chinese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

Metal Three Section Screen with Abstract Designs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning decorative screen divider adorned with abstract metal designs. Please confirm item location with seller (NY/NJ).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Metal

Willy Guhl Pod Chairs 'Set'
Located in Bloomfield Hills, MI
As of the mid-20th century, the work of Willy Guhl was a revolutionary feat of industry and design with a distinct style that transcends decades. True to form and function, Guhl work...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Composition

Phillip Lloyd Powell Custom Screen
Located in Houston, TX
Phillip Lloyd Powell screen USA, c. 1965 American black walnut, glass, brass 96 w × 1.75 d × 95.5 h inches Large four-panel custom screen by Phillip Lloyd Powell. Carved walnu...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Glass, Walnut

George Nelson 4 Element Sofa Made by Herman Miller
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Designed by George Nelson, this living room set is an iconic piece of Mid-Century Modern design! Manufactured by Herman Miller in the United States of America, circa 1960. The set...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Leather

Andrianna Shamaris Mid Century Couture Teak Wood Bench
Located in New York, NY
Introducing the midcentury Couture Collection new to 2021. Furniture constructed by hand from start to finish. A thick single slab of teak wood taken from my finest collection, hand ...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

Pebble Stool Type 01, Natural Light Acacia Wood
Located in Chiangmai, TH
A three-legged wooden stool that looks like the arrangement of rock to form a structure. This work was born from the skill and instinct of a master craftsman where designers give the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Thai Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wood

Vintage Burmese Parsons Leg Rattan Coffee Table Hand-Stitched over Wood
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Burmese vintage rattan parsons leg coffee table from the mid 20th century, hand-stitched over wood. We currently have several available, priced and sold $3,250 each. Created in Bur...
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Mid-20th Century Burmese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Rattan, Wood

American Important Bronze "Beauty” Midcentury Sculptor Stuart Benson
Located in South Burlington, VT
An important large scale hand cast bronze sculpture of a sensual nude woman signed Benson and dated 1939 by mid century American sculptor Stuart Benson (1877-1949). The bronze figu...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Pair of Vintage Thai Teak Demilune Tables with Hand Carved Apron and Turned Base
Located in Yonkers, NY
A pair of vintage Thai natural teak demilune console tables from the mid-20th century, with hand carved and painted wooden frieze. Born in Thailand during the midcentury period, each...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Teak

Lunar Chair, Black Acacia Wood
Located in Chiangmai, TH
Lunar chair Moonler’s products are mainly made of Chamchuri Wood (known as Acacia or Monkey Pod) which are solid wood and solid wood is a living material. It may move according to...
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2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

Japan Important 1961 Over Life-Size Bronze "Coming Generation", Koga Tadao, 94"
Located in South Burlington, VT
Japan an important life-size plus 94 Inch high sculpture of a man with child by Mid-Century Modern master sculptor Koga Tadao, (Meiji 36 (1903) to Showa 54 (1979). The coming gener...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Massive Wood Bust of the Serene Buddha
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A very large and iconic Bust of the Smiling Buddha. Made from sectioned, stained and waxed wood and mounted on a circular black cast resin base. The Buddha stares ahead in contemplat...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wood

766 - Tapestry of the 20th Century
Located in Paris, FR
Modern tapestry of the 20th century in perfect condition of conservation. Negotiable price and free delivery. Dimension: 150 cm x 78 cm.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wool

Sturdy Wall Unit Bookcase Made of Wood
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
This is a wall, eubel with 1 closed cupboard with opening doors and 4 shelves. Nice to store various things or as a bookcase.      
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Bentwood

Henry Link Set of White Wicker Bedroom Furniture, Nightstands, Mirror 1980s
Located in Richmond, Surrey
Rare set of white wicker Henry Link Bedroom Furniture, including Nightstands x 2, Chest of Drawers, Wall Mirror and chair. Solid wood structure, with woven wicker. Set comprises o...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wicker, Wood

1960's Kai Kristiansen Model 31 Danish Rosewood Chair
Located in Federal Way, WA
Stunning Kai Kristiansen Model 31, dining chairs, Set of 6. Rosewood frame, beautiful original upholstery.
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16th Century Danish Antique Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Rosewood

Japanese Showa Two Panel Screen Embroidered Silk Gilt Boxes
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Charming Japanese Showa period two-panel folding byobu screen featuring an embroidered silk picture of beautiful gift boxes. Stunning pattern of Hanaguruma (flower cart) laden with d...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Silk, Wood, Paper

Vintage Decorative Burnt Orange 1960s Crochet Pillow with Tassells
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage decorative bright orange 1960s crochet pillow with tassels. This vintage 1960's orange throw pillow will brighter any room. Measures: 15" x 15" x 4". without the tassels. ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Silk

Midcentury Painting of an Asian Artist in His Studio
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Interesting mid-century modern oil on canvas painting depicting an Asian artist seated in front of Asian paintings in his studio. The canvas measures 18 inches wide by 24 inches tall...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Canvas, Giltwood

James Mont Style Chinese Asian Black Lacquer Green Silk Stool Midcentury Art
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
James Mont style Chinese Asian black green stool midcentury. Black lacquer Chinese inspired design with green silk cushions with tassels. Dated 1960 measures 21” x 21” x 15” H on bra...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Brass

Customized Lounger, Reclaimed Hardwood, Brass Structure, by P. Tendercool
Located in Bangkok, TH
We’ve designed this ultimate lounger for a client’s library/music room. The square shape offers a double function: our client reads, rest and relaxes facing the garden or twists and ...
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2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Brass

Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi for Tendo Mokko
Located in Sammushi, JP
Rare butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi, manufactured by Tendo in Japan. It has an oval seal. It is a proof that it is a valuable early work. Comes with a red cushion. It's the...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Teak

Pennsylvania House Candlelight Mahogany King Size Headboard
Located in Germantown, MD
Pennsylvania house candlelight mahogany king size headboard. In very good condition. Measures 79"W x 35"H x 3"D.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Pierre Jeanneret PJ-Divers-01 / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
Located in Zürich, CH
This room diver is a fantastic piece. It is raw in its simplicity and additionally a very rare piece. Its usable as space separator. I love to put objects like a chair in front of it...
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1950s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Teak

Desk Designed by Carl Malmsten, Sweden, 1934
Located in Stockholm, SE
Mahogany with inlay of exotic woods. Text 'Ora et labora' translates to 'Pray and work'. Signed C.Malmsten. Measures: H: 76 cm/ 2' 5 7/8" L: 170 cm/ 5' 6 7/8" W: 70 cm/ 2'...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wood, Mahogany

MCM Danish Teak Console / Sofa / Hall Table by Vejle Stole Mobelfabrik, 1970s
Located in Richmond, Surrey
Mid-Century Modern Danish teak console / sofa / hall table by Vejle Stole Mobelfabrik, 1970s Mid century danish teak console table by Vejle Stole Mobelfabrik, Inlaid teak veneer to...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Teak

Hand-Carved Elephant Soapstone Sculpture Mid-Century Modern, 1970s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A decorative hand-carved elephant sculpture. Some wear but this is old-age. Made of a soapstone. We think it is from Europe and was made in the 1970s.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Soapstone

Pierre Jeanneret PJ-Divers-01 / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
Located in Zürich, CH
This room diver is a fantastic piece. It is raw in its simplicity and additionally a very rare piece. Its usable as space separator. I love to put objects like a chair in front of it...
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1950s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Teak

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 Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Earthenware

Asian Style Black Lacquered Coffee Table with 4 Stools
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1970s Asian style oval black lacquered coffee table with four stools. The table has multiple Asian scenes with bone and mother-of-pearl inlay. The table has carved claw feet....
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Bone, Mother-of-Pearl, Glass, Wood

TH Brown Danish Bar Stool in Dark Ash - Australian Iconic Designer Piece
Located in Adelaide, SA
The TH Brown Danish bar stool was designed by Peter Brown and first manufactured from early 1960, and remains an iconic, timeless Australian design masterpiece to this day. The beaut...
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2010s Australian Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Leather, Ash

Midcentury Chinese Enameled Porcelain Garden Seat
Located in San Francisco, CA
Midcentury Chinese enameled porcelain garden seat Beautifully incised, enameled and hand painted Chinese porcelain seat. This would also make a great end table or plant stand. ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Japanese Bronze Urn Vase Mounted as Table Lamp
By Leonard Foss
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Impressive Japanese bronze urn or vase featuring scenes of Phoenix's decorating the body. Twin handled elephant forms adorn the neck and the vase is mounted to a brass pedestal with ...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Burmese Vintage Rattan Parsons Leg Coffee Table Hand-Stitched over Wood
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Burmese vintage rattan parsons leg coffee table from the mid 20th century, hand-stitched over wood. We currently have several available, priced and sold $3,250 each. Created in Bur...
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Mid-20th Century Burmese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Rattan, Wood

Vintage 1970s Midcentury Danish Vejle Stole & Møbelfabrik Drop-Leaf Teak Coffee
Located in San Diego, CA
Multidimensional drop-leaf table in teak designed for Danish manufacturer Veile Stole Møbelfabrik by Henning Kjaernulf whose work is featured in the Danish design museum index. His s...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Teak

Rare 1960s Vintage Oil on Canvas Reclining Nude Lounge Painting
Located in Pasadena, CA
1960s original oil on canvas painting depicting a high ranking military officers Vietnamese girlfriend, that he commissioned during the war. Painting was purchased in New York City i...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Paint

Large Pair of Pagoda Chinoiserie Gilt Bronze Lanterns, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Large pair of Pagoda Chinoiserie gilt bronze lanterns, Mid-Century Modern. Exceptionally decorative and beautiful, each lantern has a pair of candle holders accessible through a hin...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Burmese Dark Brown Rattan Parsons Leg Coffee Table Hand-Stitched over Wood
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Burmese vintage dark brown rattan parsons leg coffee table from the mid 20th century, hand-stitched over wood. We currently have several available, priced and sold $3,800 each. Cre...
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Mid-20th Century Burmese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wood, Rattan

Modern Kilim Cushion Cover Blue Handmade Geometric Wool Pillow Case
Located in Hampshire, GB
This new traditional Kilim cushion cover is a handwoven piece constructed in the early 21st century. The design has been delicately woven by hand and features a symmetrical geometric...
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Early 2000s Afghan Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Drexel Heritage Walnut Sideboard Buffet Bar on Wheels
Located in Germantown, MD
Create a sophisticated statement with this impressive Drexel Heritage bar, Sideboard, buffet on hidden wheels. Measures approx. 32" H x 46" W x 19" D. Width open approx. 69.5".  The...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Brass

Murano Fine Old Handblown Brilliant Color Bowl Signed Master Ferro
Located in South Burlington, VT
Italy, Murano hand blown presentation bowl or compote signed label master Eugenio Ferro, 1950's Substantial Dimensions: tallest 16.5 inches high. Excellent condition. Hand ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Glass

Pebble Stool Type 02, Black Acacia Wood
Located in Chiangmai, TH
A three-legged wooden stool that looks like the arrangement of rock to form a structure. This work was born from the skill and instinct of a master craftsman where designers give the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wood

Japan Important 1950s Cast Bronze Over Life-Size "Male Nude” Koga Tadao, 84"
Located in South Burlington, VT
Japan an important 84" Tall life-size sculpture of a male nude by midcentury master sculptor Koga Tadao (Meiji 36 (1903) to Showa 54 (1979). Classic male midcentury pose complete ...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Burmese Vintage Negora Lacquer Circular Storage Bin with Vertical Stripes
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage Burmese negora lacquer round storage bin box from the mid-20th century, with vertical stripes. Created in Burma during the 20th century, this large decorative box features ...
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Mid-20th Century Burmese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wood

Large Mid-20th Century Low Wood and Lacquer Tray
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Large lacquer tray, Japan A beautiful low wood tray finished with orange and black lacquer. There are some fine surface scratches, and one small lacquer skip, but otherwise in very...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

1963 Woodblock Print "The Rule" by Hodaka Yoshida, Japan
Located in Point Richmond, CA
1963 Woodblock print "The Rule" by Hodaka Yoshida, Japan. Hodaka Yoshida, Japanese 1926-1995 The Rule, 1963 Woodblock print Frame size: 36 inches (91.5 cm) x 26.25 inches (66.7...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Paper

1960s Japanese Bamboo and Rice Paper Couchin
Located in Garnerville, NY
Purchased from Takashimaya on fifth Avenue, NYC, circa 1960-70. A wonderful couchin that throws off a soft light. There is a faded bamboo pattern on the interior rice paper covering....
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Bamboo, Mahogany, Paper

Midcentury Cloisonné Lamp by Wilshire House
Located in Rio Vista, CA
A rare midcentury Chinese cloisonné table lamp made of a long neck bronze vase decorated with a floral foliate pattern in shades of pink over a dark texture diamond pattern backgroun...
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20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Metal

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