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Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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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Collection Chinese Old “Paintings”
Located in Shelburne, VT
Rare Find Impressive wall display 16 "Paintings" Signed & Dated 1948, Complete In original box Collection of six frames containing 16 signed Chinese marble dream stone "paintin...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Stone

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 Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic

Bach Chacome, Limited Edition Print by Artist Richard Davies
Located in London, GB
'Bach: Chacome' signed limited edition print by architectural artist Richard Davies. Published 1980. Edition 19 out of 50. Mounted on an olive coloured mount with a gold metal chr...
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1980s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood, Paper

'Boccerini' Limited Edition Print by Artist Richard Davies
Located in London, GB
'Boccerini' signed limited edition print by architectural artist Richard Davies. Published 1980. Edition 23 out of 80. Mounted on an olive coloured mount with a gold metal chromed...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood, Paint, Paper

Original Vintage on Canvas Painting by Bali Artist W. Suardana, 1960s
Located in Appeltern, Gelderland
This is an original vintage on canvas painting by Bali artist W. Suardana. Signed right below as shown. Dates: 1960's to 1970's. Looks good, in beautiful colors! Condition: Couple sc...
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Mid-20th Century Indonesian Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Canvas

1950s Mid Century Japanese Bronzed Cast Alloy Sculpture of a Giant Rabbit
Located in London, GB
A mid century 1950s life size cast alloy bronzed Japanese sculpture of a giant rabbit “Oryctolagus cuniculus domesticus” normally considered to be the largest breed of the rabbit spe...
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1940s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Metal

Japanese Byobu Hand Painted Silk Screen
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful early-mid 20th century 6 panel Japanese Byobu folding screen. It is signed and features hand applied painted scenes of cloudy mountains and trees in gold tones. The corn...
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1940s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Silk, Wood, Paint

Mexican Sterling Silver Modernist Necklace, Atributted to Antonio Pineda
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1950, We offer this fantastic Mexican sterling silver and onyx modernist necklace attributed to Antonio Pineda, Stamped “Mexico 925”; with an indiscernable stamp.
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Stone, Silver

Spotted Owl Tall Master Work Sculpture Hand-Painted by Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in Shelburne, 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 glazed ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic, Pottery

Eileen Gray Screen Lacquered Wood
Located in bari, IT
Re-edition Alivar of the famous screen designed in 1922 by Eileen Gray with MDF panels lacquered with black polyester paint. Support rods in steel, brass hardware.   
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

Vintage "Maple Leaf" Wall Sculpture by Curtis Jere
Located in Burbank, CA
Pair of beautiful vintage "Maple Leaf" wall sculpture designed by Curtis Jere in the United States, circa 1970s. Features brass and copper torch cut maple leaves. This version can be...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Metal, Brass, Copper

Matsumi Kanemitsu Signed Limited Edition Lithograph Print "The Movieland"
Located in Studio City, CA
An arresting, limited edition lithograph by eminent American born Japanese artist Matsumi Kanemitsu. The print is pencil signed, dated (1970) and numbered (25/25) by the artist an...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Paper

Japanese Important Bronze Rabbit Girl
Located in Shelburne, VT
"Rabbit Girl of Wonderland" Japan, an important tall 35" hand cast bronze effigy of a young woman clutching a prize rabbit, by important national artisan Toshihito Hosono (1937-) T...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Matsumi Kanemitsu Limited Edition Signed Lithograph Print "Hollywood Hills Ghost
Located in Studio City, CA
A riveting, limited edition lithograph by eminent American born Japanese artist Matsumi Kanemitsu. The print is pencil signed, dated (1970) and numbered (17/25) by the artist and ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Paper

Vintage "Raindrops" Tree Sculpture by Curtis Jere
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning vintage “Raindrops” tree sculpture by Curtis Jere in United States, circa 1970s. This elegant piece has a natural tree branch design, which has been decorated with elegant m...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Metal, Brass, Gold Leaf

Antique Asian Rattan Hat, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Asian Hat, circa 1950. By unknown manufacturer, from Asia. In original condition, with some visible signs of previous use and age, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials: R...
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1950s Asian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Rattan

Monumental Iconic Owl Sculpture by Master Designer Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in Shelburne, VT
A one-of-a-kind monumental iconic huge owl sculpture created, handmade, and hand-painted by master designer Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017) Handcrafted and hand-painted in beautiful...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Pottery, Ceramic

Fine Burl Wood Coffee Table Stunning Art to Showcase Your Treasures
Located in Shelburne, VT
An extraordinary example of a burlwood natural organic wood coffee or tea table crafted from a rare golden camphor wood root and burl. Would make a spectacular coffee or display ta...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood, Organic Material

Monumental Angel Sculpture by Master Designer Eva Fritz-Lindner, Unique, 1992
Located in Shelburne, VT
A one -of-a-kind monumental Monumental Floating Angel -Flatterspas- tall sculpture created, handmade, and hand-painted by master designer Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017) in 1992. Ha...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic, Pottery

Fantastic Pink Bird of Paradise Sculpture by Master Designer Eva Fritz-Lindnert
Located in Shelburne, 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

John Lennon Painted Canvas
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large artwork piece featuring John Lennon on painted canvas. Red, black, and orange color scheme.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Canvas, Paint

American Important Bronze "Beauty” Midcentury Sculptor Stuart Benson
Located in Shelburne, 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

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 Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic

Antique Asian Rattan Hat, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Asian hat, circa 1950. By unknown manufacturer, from Asia. In original condition, with some visible signs of previous use and age, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials: R...
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1950s Asian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Rattan

Antique Asian Rattan Hat, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Asian hat, circa 1950. By unknown manufacturer, from Asia. In original condition, with some visible signs of previous use and age, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials: R...
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1950s Asian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Rattan

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 Asian Art and Furniture

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Pottery

Japanese Mid-Century Modern Signed Ceramic Pottery Glazed Vase, circa 1950s
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful midcentury vase from Japan, circa 1950s-1960s. Wonderfully designed and colored. Signed by the maker on the base. Would be a great addition to any Mid-Century Moder...
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Earthenware

Vintage Glass and Iron Table, 1960s
Located in CABA, AR
Vintage glass and iron table with chrome braces. 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Iron

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 Asian Art and Furniture

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Pottery

Tatsuzo Shimaoka Japanese Glazed Stoneware Tray
Located in New York, NY
Tatsuzo Shimaoka (1919-2007) Japanese Mid-Century Modern glazed stoneware square tray or plate with rope pattern rim, marked on the bottom. Shimaoka started his apprenticeship with ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Pottery

Frank Kyle Extraordinary 3-Panel Screen with Japanese Motif, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Extraordinary three-panel screen in walnut and bronze by Frank Kyle, Mexico, 1950s. One side of the screen features a pastoral scene with Japanese figures hand painted on grass cloth...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

German Mid Century Modernist Walnut Desk
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful mid century black walnut desk. This modernist desk is captivating and stylish. While sleek in lines, the desk has a strong grounding presence that defines its architectural...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Walnut

French Vintage Hermes Silk Scarf and Irish Linen Cushion Pillow Rare Purple Blue
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Vintage Hermes Equestrian Silk Scarf and Irish Linen Cushion Pillow Purple Blue Gold Description: The ‘crème de la crème’ of scarves, this beauty is a one-of-a-kind luxur...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Textile

Heywood Wakefield Mid-Century Modern Breakfront Cabinet
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-Century Modern breakfront cabinet by Heywood Wakefields. Stylish piece from the “Isabel” line, with a sliding glass door and shelved upper case and lower case with double door ca...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

20th Century Thai Metal, Bronze Bird by Hattakitkosol Somchai
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare abstract Mid-Century Modern bronze sculpture, the bird is in a flight position, standing on a round black wooden base. Designed and produced by Hattakitkosol Somchai, numbered...
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Mid-20th Century Burmese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Metal, Brass

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

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Wood

Vintage Marble Chess Board with Hand Carved Green and White Onyx Chess Pieces
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage large heavy marble chess set complete board in white and black with chess set with elaborately onyx hand carved chess pieces. Complete green malachite and white marble stone...
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Stone, Malachite, Onyx

Chinese Green Glaze Large Scale Vase
Located in Stamford, CT
A Chinese vase of impressive size, apple green glaze with wonderful crazed surface, mid 20th century, signature on the bottom. 19.5 inches high 12 wide and deep.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic

Pair of Asian Brass Lotus Expandable Incense Candle Holders
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of intricately designed Asian Incense burners. The pair, closed, appear to be a bud, which rests on the back of a patterned brass turtle, however by twisting just above the ba...
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20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Brass

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

Japanese Mid-Century Modern Metal Ikebana Vase
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Mid-Century Modern ribbed metal ikebana vase with green patina.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Metal

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 Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic

Armchair Jangada by Jean Gillon, Brazilian Design
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Jangada armchair and ottoman by Jean Gillon in Brazilian Jacarandá upholstered in brown leather. Ottoman: 67 x 44 x 35 H.
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Rosewood

Pair of Midcentury Ceramic Foo Dogs / Bookends
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice pair of vintage moss green ceramic foo dogs / bookends, circa 1960s. The pair are in very good condition and have a great patina. They measure 7" W x 2" D x 8.75" H and w...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic

Rare Midcentury Danish Round Wood Frame Ottoman
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage Danish modern round wooden frame ottoman with blue upholstery. Add style and glamour with this singular ottoman. Luxurious ample size in this piece and the option to lift the...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

Hindu Head Brass Wood Table Lamp
Located in Hawthorne, CA
Artist and manufacturer are unknown. This is a beautiful single Hindu head lamp in brass and wood with distinctive marks in headdress and adornments.
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Late 19th Century Indian Antique Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Brass

Chinese Byobu Style Screen Four Celestial Beauties
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Whimsical Chinese four-panel byobu style screens depicting four celestial beauties in clouds. Colorful medium sized screen, ink and color painted on gold silk ground, 20th century ti...
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20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Silk, Wood, Paper

Japanese Bronze Urn Vase Mounted as Table Lamp
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

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Brass, Bronze

Camel Table by Hendrik Van Keppel and Taylor Green for Brown Saltman, 1950s
Located in San Diego, CA
Iconic furniture design. Cocktail coffee table or dining table? Created during a revolutionary era of design and more Classic and current than ever, this piece is a unique and rare. ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Mahogany

Paul Frankl Inspired 5-Strand "Reverse Pretzel" Rattan Lounge Chair
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Restored “Reverse Pretzel” arm rattan lounge chair with a stacked loop base inspired by Paul Frankl. Custom cushions C.O.M. (Customers Own Material) are included in the price. Sim...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Rattan

Japanese Art Glass Sculptural Vessel by Kyohei Fujita
Located in Atlanta, GA
A free standing glass sculpture in an open vessel form by Kyohei Fujita (1921-2004). The striking piece features an organic body with alternative strips of blue, white and transparen...
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Late 20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Art Glass

Popular Traditional Rustic Handmade Ragdoll, circa 1920
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Popular traditional rustic handmade ragdoll, circa 1920. Manufactured in France by unknown artist. In original condition with minor wear consistent of age and use, preserving a...
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Fabric

Japan Important 1950s Cast Bronze Life-Size "Male Nude” Sculptor Koga Tadao
Located in Shelburne, 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

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Bronze

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

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Bronze

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

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Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Black Leather 4-Seat Sofa for Cassina Model-920, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970s four-seat sofa by Cassina, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa. Midcentury Italian design. Rosewood frame. The back, seating and back cushions are covered with a beautiful black ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Leather, Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Lacquered Metal Toy, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Mid-Century Modern lacquered metal toy, circa 1950 By unknown designer. In original condition with minor wear consistent of age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Asian Art and Furniture

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Metal

Andrianna Shamaris Midcentury Couture Huge Antique Bowl
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

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Wood, Reclaimed Wood