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Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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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David Cressey, John Follis Architectural Pottery Planter with Iron Base, 1960's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A nice California design planter made with Cressey's own "formula clay" reduction fired natural stoneware from a mold of a bowl designed by John Follis for Architectural Pottery ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Clay

Ceramic Ashtray Pottery by Gainey Ceramics, Indoor or Outdoor, New Old Stock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This was an incredible find from no longer produced Gainey Ceramics. These made in the USA glazed ceramic ashtrays slash planter / pots are new old stock pieces that were stored away...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Handle Planter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural 27.5" long rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted circa 1968 Switzerland. This special low-profile an...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Ettore Sottsass Set of Six Wood Planters for Poltronova, Italy, c. 1961
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Ettore Sottsass set of six stained wood planters for Poltronova, Italy, c. 1961 This rare set is composed by six green medium plant holder and is combined with another set composed b...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Satinwood

Large Pair of Willy Guhl "Diablo" Hourglass Shaped Planters Sold as Pair
Located in Charleston, SC
Large pair of Willy Guhl "Diablo" hourglass shaped planters foe Eternit Schweiz AG. Measure: (37.5").
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Flower Pot Plexiglass Fiberglass, Italy, 1960s-1970s
Located in Milano, IT
Flower pot with inside lighting, fiberglass and plexiglass.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Glass, Plexiglass

Italian Futurist Planter
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A planter with bold polychromed decoration and three stepped levels, each separate and sealed from the one below.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

Charming Large Green Glaze Pottery Frog Planter Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Absolutely charming large green glazed frog planter from the Mid-Century. Its takes all of my will power not to take this piece home to live with me but hubby says no more pets! Darn!
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Pottery

Two-Tier Stone Planter from Switzerland Attributed to Swiss Designer Willy Guhl
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large two-tier cast stone planter from Switzerland. This unique stacked planter from the mid-20th century is attributed to Swiss artist Willy Guhl. It has original paint and nicely...
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20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Stone, Cast Stone

Commanding Mid-Century Modern Cast Stone Font/Planter/Birdbath
Located in Woodbury, CT
This cast stone font has it all! Worn pale cream-colored paint, mossy edges, good depth, stunning form, and great presence. Its superb height makes it a prime candidate for a focal p...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cast Stone

Enormous Hourglass "Diabolo" Planter by Willy Guhl and Anton Bee
Located in Woodbury, CT
Tall "Diabolo" planters are quite difficult to find, but we have scored six of the tallest ever made, all sporting fabulous, different polychromed patinas. Designed by the iconic Wil...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cement

Large Mid-Century Modern Fiberglass and Painted Iron Tripod Planter by Kimball
By Kimball Manufacturing Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Planter by Kimball composed of a gray spun fiberglass vessel supported by a painted iron tripod base, circa 1950s. The paint is vintage, although unlikely original, and shows moderat...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Wrought Iron

Mid Century Italian Wrought iron Sculptural Tree Planter, circa 1950
Located in Richmond, Surrey
Midcentury Italian wrought iron sculptural tree planter, circa 1950 Midcentury Italian wrought iron sculptural tree plant pot holder. Beautifully sculptured in the shape of a climbi...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Wrought Iron

Willy Guhl C Shaped Planter Set Eternit Ag Switzerland 1960
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Super nice set of 6 C shaped planters designed by Willy Guhl and manufactured by Eternit AG, Switzerland 1960. These rare planters have a C shape and can be put together like a donut...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Planter Black White Cast Marble Jardinière Pot, Austria, circa 1960
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and large black + white cast marble planters (2 of each available)- sold per piece Stunning 27" planters (on casters). The technique of cast marble, stucco marble or painted ...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Marble

Vintage Copper Planter by Stockli Nestal, Switzerland, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Ornate planter in solid copper. The soft hammering done to the planter mimics lizard skin. It was designed and manufactured by Stockli Nestal in Switzerland during the 1950s.
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Copper

Willy Guhl Handkerchief Planter, Cast Stone Modern Sculptural Jardinière, France
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Willy Guhl handkerchief planter, cast stone modern sculptural jardinière, France. Monumental sculptural asymmetrical sculptural form with extremely rare original painted finish in Re...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cast Stone

Willy Guhl for Eternit Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Planter, Signed & Dated 1973
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural 31.5" long rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in 1973 Switzerland and signed and dated underneath...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

David Cressy Flamed Glaze Cylinder Planter by Earthgender, 1965
Located in Chicago, IL
David Cressy flamed glaze cylinder planter with rounded bottom by Earthgender 1965.  
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Clay

Large Mid-Century Modern Planter Jardiniere by Willy Guhl for Eternit
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Large square planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit. The planter is made of moulded cement. Good vintage condition with nice patina.
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Handmade Vintage Rattan Camel Planter, Italy, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
An absolute rare piece. A planter camel made of rattan. Painstakingly handcrafted in Italy. The flower pot can quietly weigh something. When we bought it, there was a ceramic flo...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Rattan

4 Large Eternit Saucer Planters Designed by Willy Guhl with Wrought Iron Base
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
4 large Eternit saucer planters designed by Willy Guhl with wrought iron base.
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete, Wrought Iron

Big Richly Glazed Hand Thrown Ceramic Handled Planter on a Column
Located in Antwerp, BE
Belgium, an attractive and large one-of-a-kind hand thrown and richly glazed rope handled pot vessel on a stand. Thick and creamily glazed in cream and blue with deep burgundy feathe...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

California Studio Pottery Signed Ikebana Planter with Frog
Located in San Diego, CA
California studio pottery signed ikebana planter with frog, circa 1990s. The piece measures: 7.5" W x 6.75" D x 2" H and is signed on the underside. #1708.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Pottery

Willy Guhl, 'Tooth' Planter in Concrete, Switzerland, 1954s
Located in DE
A rare concrete 'Tooth' planter designed by Willy Guhl in 1954. Executed by Eternit in Switzerland. Great patina and shape, for indoor, as well as outdoor use.        
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Pair of Midcentury Brass and Rattan Bamboo Round Planters or Baskets, 1970s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Beautiful set of two Mid-Century Modern decorative brass and rattan large planters or baskets. Handcrafted in Italy, 1970s. Round shape with gilded brass rim. Inspired on Gabriella ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Brass

Vintage French Jardiniere
Located in Austin, TX
Jardiniere from France made of reconstituted stone.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Stone

Anna Mazzucchelli for Programma Vastill "moon" Planter, Italy, 1970s
Located in Naples, IT
Delightful moon-shaped plant holder made of plastic and chrome. Design of the 1970s, Anna Mazzucchelli for Programma Vastill.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Chrome

Oak and Rattan Planter, Jardinière by Dio Slojd
Located in Madrid, ES
Swedish plant stand made of oak wood and rattan by Diö Slöjd. Signs of rust on the aluminum bottom and some marks on the wooden frame.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Rattan, Wood

Vintage Round Planters by Willy Guhl for Eternit, 1960s, Set of 2
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Decorative outdoor round planter designed by Willy Guhl, produced by Eternit AG, Switzerland - set of 2 These planters are made of cellulose infused fiber cement. The have a ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cement

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Planter, 1970s, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural 27.5" long rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in the 1970s Switzerland and signed and dated under...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Window / Balcony Concrete Planter, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural 23.5" long rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in the 1960s and 1970s Switzerland and signed and d...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Mathieu Matégot 'Attributed' Perforated Metal Flower Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Mathieu Matégot attributed perforated metal flower box with black wire frame. The frame is not original to the box, but the patina shows they have been together for a very ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Two-Piece French Concrete Hour Glass Style Planter on Stand
Located in London, GB
A Mid-Century Modern two-piece Modern French concrete hour glass style planter on stand with nice light even patina.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Zanesville Pottery Homespun Planter Pot Aqua with Green Ribs
Located in Ferndale, MI
Ribbed cone shape planter pot. Part of the Homespun line by Zanesville.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Stoneware

Spanish Mid-Century Modern Wrought Gilt Iron Leafed Planter in Gothic Style
Located in Barcelona, ES
Hand-hammered gilt iron leafed Gothic style planter manufactured at the Mid-Century Modern period, Spain, 1950-1960. Beautiful to place as a set with other gilt iron stands or guerid...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Gold Leaf, Iron

Large Florastone Concrete Fibre Garden Planter, 1960s
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
A large Garden planter made from fibrous concrete from the 1960s. Made by Florastone. In good vintage condition, nicely patinated with a couple of small losses to the rim of the plan...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

David Cressey Planter for Architectural Pottery, 1960s
Located in San Diego, CA
A Mid-Century Modern ceramic bowl planter from David Cressey's Pro/Artisan collection for Architectural Pottery. The stoneware planter has an off-white neutral tone, with slightly bo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Ettore Sottsass Set of Two Planters for Poltronova, Italy, circa 1961
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Ettore Sottsass set of two stained wood planters for Poltronova, Italy, circa 1961 This rare set is composed by two brown large plant holder and is combined with another set compose...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Satinwood, Wood

French Pair of Side Tables or Nightstands Bedside Tables, Brutalist circa 1960
Located in Labrit, Landes
French pair of side table in the brutalist style. They can also be used as nightstand bedside tables or plant holders. Dimensions: three legs sellette D 11.81 in. ( 30 cm) W 12.60...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Oak

John Follis and Rex Goode Peanut Planter
Located in Chicago, IL
Follis and Goode rare blue glaze architectural planter, model F-507, extreme horizontal design the "peanut" an icon of American planters. Solid walnut (new) base included John Foll...
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1950s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Walnut, Ceramic

Pair of Willy Guhl Conical Planters
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of garden planters, designed by Willy Guhl for Eternit. Made from cast cement that is strong and durable, in an elegant tapered shape. The surface has lovely patina from weather...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Willy Guhl "Biasca" Elephant Ear/ Hourglass Concrete Planters, Switzerland 1954
Located in The Hague, NL
Set of 2 "Biasca" Elephant Ear large planters designed by Willy Guhl and Anton Bee and manufactured by Eternit AG, Switzerland 1954. This planter is made of cellulose infused fiber ...
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cement

Substantial Glazed Planters by California Artist Sam Trujillo, 1983
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Substantial glazed planters by California Artist Sam Trujillo, 1983. Large hand thrown thumb planters by Sam Trujillo for Ceramic Design. At first glance, many would think (often ...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Stoneware

Architectural Pottery "Golden Ochre" Planter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful speckled yellow ochre glaze tulip planter by Architectural Pottery. This AP-3103 planter has a drum shape with a rounded lip that curves in at the top of the piece. Archi...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware

Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl Extra Large Round Concrete Planter with Stand
Located in Doornspijk, NL
This planter designed by Swiss architect Willy Guhl and manufacturer by Eternit truly is a statement piece with its diameter of nearly 60 inches (150 cm). It has great patina as well...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Marilyn Kay Austin for Architectural Pottery Unglazed Vessels, Pair, circa 1970
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Marilyn Kay Austin for Architectural Pottery unglazed vessels, pair, circa 1970. Beautiful stoneware unglazed versions in very good original condition with matching inscribed dates o...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Stoneware

Willy Guhl, Spindle Planter in Concrete, Eternit, Switzerland 1960s
Located in DE
Diabolo Planter by Swiss architect & designer Willy Guhl. Great condition, large size.  
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Pair of Brass Planters by Jacques Adnet, 1950
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
pair of brass planters by Jacques Adnet from 1950.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Brass

Pair of Marmite Cauldron-Form Planters Designed by Willy Guhl
Located in Woodbury, CT
We are huge fans of Willy Guhl garden pieces and these are a pair of “Marmite” planters with different patinas. One has a well-weathered surface, while the other has been painted whi...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Other

Brutalist Chrome Foil Cylinder Planter, Set of 3
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Set of 3 Brutalist chrome foil cylinder planters with a chrome foil finish and black plastic caps by H.U.D.D.L.E. OF Los Angeles. Measures: Large: 26" W / 9.5" D Medium: 25" H / ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Chrome

1 Large Mid-Century Modern Fiber Concrete Architectural Planter by Willy Guhl
Located in New York, NY
Large Swiss fiber concrete architectural planters / vases / urns / jardinières set on fiber concrete plinth bases. Priced and sold individually. References: Architectural Pottery, W...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Large Double Cone Planter by LaGardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large double cone planter by LaGardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

1960s Danish Aksel Kjersgaard for Feldballes Mobelfabrik Teak Cubic Planter
Located in London, GB
1960s Teak cubic planter with feature chamfered legs and supports. The removable metal liner is easily removed with two handles at either side. I have checked and It's watertight and...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Teak

Willy Guhl Spindle Planter
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large spindle or diabolo planter designed by Swiss architect Willy Guhl. Originally made in three sizes, this planter is the medium size at 32 inches tall. An iconic hourglass form t...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cement

Tiffany & Co. French Mid-Century Blue and White Floral Porcelain Cachepots /Urns
Located in New York, NY
pair of French mid-century blue and white porcelain cachepots / urns with side rings having a floral design and ornamentation of dots and geometric patterns along the base and rim (m...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Porcelain

Five French Iron Half Moon Water Fall Garden or Patio Plant Pot Shelves or Stand
Located in London, GB
Five individual French midcentury iron half moon water fall garden, green house or patio plant pot shelves or decorative stand. Can be used inside or out. A great way to display you...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Iron

Willy Guhl Molar Planters
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Scarce pair of molar planters, designed by Willy Guhl for Eternit. Arched triangular form cheekily resembles a tooth. Strong and robust, these garden planters are sculpted from fibro...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete