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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 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
Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Handle Planter
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 circa 1968 Switzerland. This special low-profile re...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Planter, 1968, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in 1968 Switzerland and signed and dated underneath. This spec...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Rare and Unique Aldo Tura Goatskin Coffee Table with Brass Planter Italy 1960's
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Rare and probably one of a kind planter coffee table in brass and brown lacquered goatskin by Milanese artist, Aldo Tura. Italy, circa 1960s. Exquisite, rare design. Aldo Tura was...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Brass

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

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Eternit Planter
Located in New York, NY
Willy Guhl planter with large bowl top. Hourglass spindle planter supporting a large bowl of same. Hourglass planter is in good condition distressed worn surface. The large bowl also...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Set of Five Diabolo Shaped Planters by Willy Guhl, Switzerland 1980s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Set of five Diabolo shaped planters by Willy Guhl, Switzerland. The set consists of two large and three medium sized planters made of fiber cement. Unlike the older series from the 1...
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1980s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cement

Mid-Century French White Concrete Planter
Located in High Point, NC
This concrete planter designed in France in the 1960s evokes a sense of serenity and harmony of a blossoming garden on a warm summer afternoon. The delicate smoothness of its curves ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Matte White Architectural Pottery Planter by Laggardo Tackett
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautiful planter designed by Lagardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery. Meausres 12.5 in round, 12.5 inches tall. This planter has a great matte white glaze. It's in pretty good ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

Willy Guhl Set of 3 Rectangle Planters
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Willy Guhl rectangle planters for Eternit Set of 3 vintage planters Clean lines, modern design, timeless classic Lovely patina with rich texture Minor surface wear Perfectly imp...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Set of 4 Willy Guhl Planters, 1950
Located in TOURCOING, FR
Set of 4 Willy Guhl planters 1950 Measure: Diameter 57 cm Original patina.
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cement

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

French Midcentury Light Colored Planter with Reeded Motifs and Weathered Patina
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage French planter from the mid 20th century, with decorative handles and patina. Created in France during the Midcentury period, this planter features a circular tapering body...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Stone

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

Pair of Gardo Tarckett Cement Planters 1960
Located in Saint Rémy de Provence, FR
Pair of cement planters in the style of willy guhl 1960 on a removable blackened metal base. Good condition.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cement, Metal

Italian 1970s Rattan Bamboo Round Planter with Brass Rim
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern decorative brass and bamboo or rattan planter or basket. Handcrafted in Italy, 1970s. Round shape with gilded brass rim. Inspired on Gabriella Crespi designs. It c...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Brass

Three Plant Stand Jardinière with Foliage Floral Design, Gilt Iron
Located in Barcelona, ES
One of a kind Triple floor standing planter, gold leaf, gilt Iron. Spain, 1950s A beautiful hand-hammered gilt iron pedestal plant stand for three pots. Entirely made by hand. Richl...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Iron, Wrought Iron, Gold Leaf

Wonderful Beacon Hill Burl Wood Planter Table Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful Beacon Hill burl wood planter table /chest from the mid-century. The removable brass insert can be used as a planter with sansevieria or grasses or maybe as a cooler with i...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Brass

Very Large 1970s Conical Shaped Concrete Garden Planter
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
A wonderful, very large conical shaped garden planter, made from reinforced concrete. Dates from the 1970s and would have originally been displayed in town and shopping centres.  In ...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Vintage Tilted Planters
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 Planters and Jardinieres

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Composition

Architectural Pottery M-2 Planter by Paul McCobb
Located in Burbank, CA
Exceptional ceramic planter model “M-2” designed by Paul McCobb for Architectural Pottery in the United States, circa 1960s. This planter has a shape that starts from a narrow neck a...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

Italian Rattan Bamboo Wicker and Brass Bowl Basket Centerpiece, 1960s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely 1960s Italian bamboo, rattan, wicker centerpiece, or bowl with brass trim. Mid-Century Modern decorative basket, handcrafted in Italy. Ovoid shape with see-thru design and pol...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Metal, Brass

Jacques Adnet Brass and Wicker Jardiniere, circa 1960, France
Located in Brussels, BE
Rare Jacques Adnet jardinière, circa 1960, France. Brass bamboo, blackened wicker basket, stitched black leather. Dimensions: 65 cm H, 67 cm W, 27 cm D. Original condition, brass ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Brass

California Pottery Green Speckled Planter Pot
Located in Ferndale, MI
A fairly rare moss green speckled California 12" Pottery planter pot. I fell for the color and speckled texture. No drain hole. No inscription on underside however, attribution is to...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Pottery, Paint

Robert Maxwell Small Studio Pottery Planter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
nice California artisan piece of pottery wheel thrown natural clay partial glaze on the inside hand carved design no two are alike signed on the bottom "R Maxwell" small nick on th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

David Cressey for Architectural Pottery 'Cheerio' Planter, ca. 1970
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage David Cressey for Architectural Pottery Pro/Artisan Series 'Cheerio' pattern planter in ivory glaze. One drain hole on bottom. Measures 14" Diameter x 12" Height.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Stoneware

Large Willy Guhl "Biasca" Elephant Ear / Handkerchief Planter from Eternit,1950s
Located in Halle, DE
A large and early original Handkerchief Willy Guhl "Biasca" elephant ear planter by Willy Guhl for Eternit Ag, Niederurnen, Switzerland. The elephant ear planter shows a very beaut...
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cement

Marmite Cauldron-Form Planters Designed by Willy Guhl
Located in Woodbury, CT
We are huge fans of Willy Guhl garden pieces and have three “Marmite” planters with two different patinas available. Two have a lightly patinated natural surface (#2 and #4 from left...
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20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Other

Italian 1950s Stackable Jardinières Attributed to Gio Ponti for Casa & Giardino
Located in Milan, IT
A Splendid set of 6 Italian 1950s Stackable Jardinières. In the classic Gio Ponti design used for his Casa e Giardino Metal furniture. The set can be used singularly or stacked to ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Metal

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 Planters and Jardinieres

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Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

Mid Century Lacquered Giant Clam 'Tridacna Gigas' Shell Vase
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid century lacquered Giant Clam (Tridacna Gigas) shell vase A large realistically modeled and white lacquered vase, can be used upright or on its side as a natural semi-opened clam...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Composition

Documented Mathieu Matégot Wastepaper Basket, France, 1951
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Midcentury wastepaper basket by French designer Mathieu Matégot. White lacquered metal. Original lacquer. Could also be used as a planter. Great patina. Literature: "Mathieu Ma...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Iron

Large Planter in the Shape of Flower Pots by Willy Guhl for Eternit
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Large planter designed by famous Swiss artist, designer and architect Willy Guhl. The planter has the archetypical shape of flower pots, but is much larger. It is 40 cm (15.75 in) hi...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Stacked Planters or Vents
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of architectural elements, designed by Willy Guhl for Eternit. Originally used as vents, they can be repurposed as attractive planters. Made from cast cement that is strong and ...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Willy Guhl 23" Concrete Bowl, 1960s Switzerland
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic cement bowls by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit. Very unusual size in 23" diameter. Most bowls start at a much larger 31" diameter and are only to be used outdoors d...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

David Cressey Pro/Artisan Leaf Pattern Vase or Lamp Base, 1970
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Beautiful leaf pattern vase or lamp base by David Cressey for Artchitectural Pottery Pro/Artisan Series. Can be used as a lamp base, has an open bottom or can also stand alone as a d...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Stoneware

Willy Guhl inspired concrete Planter in cone shape made in England 1960’s
Located in London, GB
A Mid Century Modern or Modernist Concrete Planter from England 1960’s. Made from cast cement that is strong and durable, in an elegant tapered shaped cone, indicative of the mid-ce...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

California Design Ceramic Planter by Gainey
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice California design 8" ceramic planter by Gainey of LaVerne, California, circa 1960s. The planter is in very good vintage condition with no chips or cracks, has a footed ba...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

1970s Long Rectangular Concrete Garden Planter Willy Guhl Style
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Wonderful long rectangular concrete garden planter, this were produced in the UK in the late 1960s early 1970s. Very well made, good quality fine planter. Good vintage condition, ver...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Willy Guhl, Series of 5 Large Fiber Cement Planters, Switzerland, 1954
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Fiber cement planter edited by Eternit, 1954. This is the large 120cm model created by the Swiss architect Willy Guhl, commissioned by Eternit to create outdoor furniture, he experim...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cement

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

XXL Hex Planter by BZippy Studio
Located in Los Angeles, CA
XXL Hex planter by BZippy Studio BZIPPY clay goods are one-of-a-kind stoneware / earthenware editions with variations in glazes depending on the high fire process. Please note tha...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Ceramic

Rustic Vintage Set of Three Hanging Brass Planter Bowls Chain Pendant
Located in National City, CA
Rustic hanging planters Vintage set three brass hanging planters chain pendant Varied sizes Scallop detail on planter Measures: Medium: 15.25 diam x 4 tall, 29 with chain Small: ...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Brass

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

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Handkerchief Elephant Ear Planter with Loss to Edge
Located in London, GB
Willy Guhl for Eternit large handkerchief elephant ear concrete planter with loss to edge Loss to one wave of the rim, shown clearly in the images. Will sit snugly against a wall an...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Mid Century Green Planter Stool
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid century green planter stool This stool measures: 12 wide x 12 deep x 17 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. That mean...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Plastic

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 a...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

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

Large Rattan Bamboo Midcentury Oval Planter with Brass Rim, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Large Mid-Century Modern oval shaped decorative rattan and brass planter or basket. Handcrafted in Italy, 1960s. Unusual oval shaped design with gilded brass rim. Handcrafted in the...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Brass

Pair of Italian Bamboo and Rattan Flower Stand or Plant Holder, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Very decorative flower stand. Light wear consistent with age and use.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Bamboo, Rattan

Willy Guhl Planter
Located in New Orleans, LA
Willy Guhl was a famous Swiss designer who created planters in many shapes. These are formed from a slab of Eternit (a fibrous concrete material) moulded into a bowl with feet.    
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Concrete

Willy Guhl "Diablo" Planter
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Small and unusual Diablo planter by Willy Guhl for eternit.
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cement

Curtis Jere "Raindrops" Brass Tree
Located in Hanover, MA
Original brass tree sculpture from the late 1960s "Raindrops" series by Curtis Jere (Jerry Fels and Kurt Freiler) of Artisan House. This six foot tall sculpture is comprised of brass...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Brass

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

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Concrete

Mid-Century Modern Italian Fruitwood Cane and Brass Cachepot Planter Jardinieres
Located in Carimate, Como
Elegant Italian caned dining chairs made from fruitwood with rounded sides in faux bamboo carved columns and central frontal caned standing on four brass wheels. Distinctive profile ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Cane, Fruitwood

Large Earth Tone Gainey Planter Pot with Organic Sgrafitto Design
Located in Ferndale, MI
Fine large planter pot by California pottery Gainey. Nice sgrafitto textured design in an organic earth tone. Similar the work of David Cressey for Architectural Pottery of the same ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Stoneware

Arne Wahl Iversen Planter Sideboard Vinde Mobelfabrik, Denmark, 1961
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Beautiful shaped planter sideboard or chest of drawers designed by Arne Wahl Iversen for Vinde Møbelfabrik, Denmark 1961. It is made of veneered and solid rosewood and has a very nic...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Wood

Pebble Pots
Located in Malibu, CA
Two beautiful pots made of terra cotta / cement & smooth / pebbles / stones embedded it the wet cement. The large pot measures 11' High and 14" round. The smaller pot measures 8" Hi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Stone, Cement

French Modern Large Steel Jardiniere Planter, c1960
Located in Porto, PT
A rare and large French chromed steel planter dating from the 1960's, in the style of Charles or Pergay. A wonderful addition to home or garden decor.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

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Steel

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