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Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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
Set of Three Bowls by Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of three bowls by Carl Auböck #4279, #4280 and #4317 Measures: 28 cm x 5 cm x 3 cm 8 cm x 6 cm x 3 cm 4 cm x 7 cm diameter.   
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Lava Glaze Ceramic Bowl, circa 1965
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Lava glaze ceramic bowl, circa 1965.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Decorative Bowl in Milky White and Green
Located in Tilburg, NL
Large eared bowl in milky off-white with green decoration, 1950’s. Interestingly designed hand made bowl with beautiful sculpted handles. The finish in off-white is slightly rough...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Earthenware

Midcentury Bowl by Mexican Modernist Don Shoemaker 1960s
Located in San Diego, CA
Bowl by Mexican Modernist Don Shoemaker. Retains original labels from his workshop in Señal Mexico. Designer Don Shoemaker ( was born in Nebraska and studied at the Art Institute...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Wood

Set of Three Carl Auböck Brass Bowls
Located in Glendale, CA
Set of three Carl Auböck brass bowls. Includes one each of Models #3904, #3844 & #4082. Designed in the 1950s, these incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowls are executed in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Mezza Filigrana Glass Bowl, Venini Murano 1979
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A Mezza Filigrana (halve filigree) Murano art glass bowl, manufactured by Venini in 1979. Most probably a design of Carlo Scarpa who designed mezza filigrana glasses for Venini in 19...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Barovier Toso Murano Gold Fleck Purple Blue Spots Italian Art Glass Bowl Ashtray
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown gold flecks Italian art glass bowl or ashtray. Documented to the Barovier e Toso Company. Decorated with blue, purple, pink, white swirled color s...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Centrepiece by Gaetano Pesce for Fish Design NY
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Large, early edition 'Tutti Frutti' bowl by Gaetano Pesce for Fish Design 1996. Gaetano Pesce (1939 La Spezia) has become known for his radical 'anti' design and his experiments wit...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Resin

Carl Auböck Model #3844 Brass Bowl
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3844 brass bowl. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowl is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass. Originally conceiv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3904 Brass Bowl
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #3904 brass bowl. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowl is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass. Originally conceiv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

1960s Italian Rosenthal, Netter Ceramic Candy Dish
Located in Charleston, SC
Italian made candy bowl by Rosenthal Netter, likely by Bitossi Raymor. Some minor chips in a few spots. Please look over the photos for a better idea of the light wear. Signed on base.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Polia Pillin Mid-Century Modern Footed Studio Bowl
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Pillin is known for her whimsical designs and a re-occurring motifs of women, birds, horses and flowers. Decorated ceramic footed bowl by Polia Pillin (1909-1992). Signed on the bo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Green and White Pierced Ceramic Nesting Bowls, in Stock
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, these bowls thrown wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and then each hole is painstakin...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic, Clay

Dino Martens Aureliano Toso Murano Orange White Ribbons Italian Art Glass Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown orange and white Zanfirico ribbons Italian art glass bowl. Documented to designer Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso, circa 1950s. It has 2 ribbons o...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Otto and Vivika Heino Monumental Hand Thrown Ceramic Six Bird Head Bowl Pot
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderfully designed and exceptionally rare earthenware six bird's head bowl or pot (bird head works are very coveted among collector's of the Heino's work) by ceramics masters hus...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Earthenware

Danish Modern Hand Woven Fruit Basket Catch All, 1950s
Located in San Diego, CA
Danish modern catch-all or fruit bowl handwoven basket.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Rattan

Midcentury Free Form Crystal Art Glass Bowl attrib. Cofrac Art Verrier France
Located in Miami, FL
Stylish hand blown crystal art glass bowl with great details. This mid-sized bowl has a fluid, freeform shape. Heavy gold, ridge and swirl design, clear. Attributed to CoFrac Art V...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Crystal

Murano Art Glass Cornucopia Flower Basket in Style of Archimede Seguso
Located in Verviers, BE
A stunning piece of art! The shape and the colour are fantastic. Handblown glass. Excellent condition. Elegant large Murano handblown pink opalescent and silver flecks art glas...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Vintage Art Glass Bowl by Chribska Glasswork, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
Beautiful vintage art glass bowl made by the famous Chribska Glasswork in former Chechoslovakia in the 1960s. There is an engraved mark '1414' at the bottom, which is the year Chribs...
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Midcentury Scandinavian Glass Vase and Dish
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Consider this Scandinavian vase and dish set the next addition to your blossoming midcentury decorative glass collection. The modernist design of each piece has a slight organic qual...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Carl Auböck Model #4317 Brass Bowl
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4317 brass bowl. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowl is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass. Originally conceiv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Italian Designer, Freeform Bowl, Brass, Italy, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass free-form bowl designed and produced in Italy, c. 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Rattan and Brass Box Bowl, Italy, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
1960s rattan decorative box or bowl with cover featuring brass details made in Italy.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Metal, Brass

Archimede Seguso Murano Green White Zanfirico Ribbons Italian Art Glass Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful Murano hand blown Zanfirico ribbons Italian art glass bowl. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso, circa 1955. Still retains an original "Archimede Seguso - Murano - Made...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Vintage Rosenthal Black and White Monochrome Dish by Hans-Theo Baumann, 1960s
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish and scarce vintage midcentury German porcelain rounded bowl of shallow form decorated with a central black star and web design by Hans-Theo Baumann and designed for Ro...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Porcelain

Murano Art Glass Bowl Catchall purple Cenedese, Vintage, Italy, 1980s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Gorgeous hand blown Murano art glass piece with Sommerso and bullicante techniques. A beautiful organic shaped bowl, catchall, Venice, Murano, Italy, 1980s.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Art Glass

Midcentury French Riviera Bamboo and Rattan Oval Italian Basket, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful midcentury oval bamboo and rattan container basket. This item is attributed was produced in Italy during 1950s. This amazing piece has a round bamboo structure with fini...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Bamboo, Rattan

Barbini Murano Sommerso Cobalt Blue Italian Art Glass Seashell Sculptures Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (2 available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso cobalt blue Italian art glass seashell sculptural bowls. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini, and publi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Glass

Pauly Venice Cornucopia Footed Bowl, Murano Glass, Gold Leaf Applications, 1960s
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Enchanting large footed bowl. Foot is a cornucopia made of bright amber glass (seems gaggia) with cobalt blue applications. The horn of plenty produces lemons mande in pate the ver...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

1970s Spiral Geometric Stoneware Blue Dish Bowl Architectural Cabinmodern
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Modernist design, stepped undulating edge. Bright blue glaze. Shown in natural light and under studio cool lights.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Raul Coronel California Studio Stoneware Sun Flower Charger Platter
Located in Pasadena, CA
California studio stoneware charger or platter created by Raul Coronel of Los Angeles, California. Platter measures 12" in diameter by 1.5" deep. Signed Raul, 76. In good vintage co...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Murano Art Glass Lime Green and Clear Bowl Catchall Italy, Sommerso, 1970s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
An amazing Venetian Murano glass object in an unusual design and a pretty beautiful lime green and clear color. A highly decorative piece useful as center piece, bowl, candy bowl or ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Large French Midcentury Apt Ceramic Mixed Earths Bowl or Centerpiece, Signed
By Apt
Located in Miami, FL
This stunning ceramic or mixed earths piece was made by combining clay slips of light and dark brown, gray-blue, and cream colors. The tight multicolored patterns were formed by wedg...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Earthenware

Bjorn Wiinblad Salad Bowl as a Bird from 1982 S1
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bjorn Wiinblad salad bowl as a bird from 1982 S1 Måler 40cm x 24cm x 20cm (15.75" x 9.45" x 7.87") Item no.: 433264.
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1980s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Terracotta

Murano Art Glass Sommerso Bowl Blue, Clear, Red and Green Vintage, Italy, 1980s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Gorgeous hand blown Murano art glass piece with Sommerso and bullicante techniques. A beautiful organic shaped bowl or catchall in clear glass with blue, red and green colors, Italy,...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Art Glass

Barbini Murano White Orange Gold Italian Art Glass Seashell Sculptures Bowls
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (2 available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown dark orange, white, controlled bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass seashell sculptural bowl. Documented to Al...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Gold Leaf

Italian Midcentury Modern Murano Art Glass Bowl in Turquoise Blue
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and substantial Modern/Midcentury Modern Italian Murano art glass bowl in Caribbean, turquoise or azure blue with a shimmering copper design, circa mid-20th century, 1960...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern White Mosaic Ceramic Tile Dish or Bowl
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful Mid-Century Modern white mosaic ceramic tile dish or bowl, circa 1960s. Bowl is made of predominantly white tiles, with touches of red and orange; nine red around an...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Metal

Large, 1950 Chic Design Embossed Brass Shell Bowl
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Large, 1950 chic design embossed brass shell bowl.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Brass

Handmade Bowls
Located in Munich, DE
beautiful hand made on order bowls by tapio wirkkala for kultakeskus oy. bowls are stamped with makers maker and in good condition. located in hamburg.
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1970s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Wall Mounted Swiveling Teak Salt Ball with Lid by ESA Denmark
By ESA
Located in Ferndale, MI
Rarely seen wall mounted teak salt ball. Wood base hooks to wall lathe turned teak wood ball swivels to pour or scoop out salt. Marked ESA Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Teak

Pace Bowl, Lucite and Chrome Nickel Steel
Located in New York, NY
Pace bowl, lucite polished steel. Small scale chunky bowl with 1.25" polished nickeled steel band with black inset tray and thick clear acrylic base. Minor scratch to the acrylic bas...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Steel

Small Crystal Bowl, Platter, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Crystal bowl - platter for sweets. Made in Poland in the 1950s / 1960s. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 5cm, diameter 11.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Crystal

1950s Agate Geode Stone Bowl, Paperweight or Book Holder
Located in Barcelona, ES
Lovely natural geode stone bowl, bookend or paperweight, Spain, 1950s. This agate geode rock has a polished face showing the mineral’s distinctive banding striations in different sh...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Agate, Stone

Barovier Toso Murano Gold White Trim Italian Art Glass Gondola Footed Bowl Dish
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful Murano hand blown gold flecks Italian art glass Venetian gondola shaped bowl, catch all. The bowl is documented to the Barovier e Toso Company. The piece has an opaline whi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Three Crystal Plates, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Three crystal plates Very good condition Measures: Height: 1cm, diameter 16cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Crystal

Crystal Bowl, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Crystal bowl for fruit or sweets. Made in Poland in the 1950s / 1960s. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 9 cm / diameter 20.5 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Crystal

Crystal Bowl, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Crystal bowl for fruit or sweets. Made in Poland in the 1950s / 1960s. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 10.5 cm / diameter 21 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Crystal

Barbini Murano Black Orange Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Folded Rim Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown black over persimmon orange and gold flecks Italian art glass decorative bowl. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini. It has a thick folded over ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Jaru Bowl Ashtray, Ceramic, Metallic Gold, Faceted, Signed
By Jaru
Located in New York, NY
Jaru bowl ashtray ceramic, faceted, metallic gold, signed. Medium scale chunky ashtray or bowl with metallic gold glaze. Signed with impressed mark with date on the underside: ©Jaru ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Clyde Burt Ceramic Bowl
Located in Chicago, IL
Clyde Burt ceramic bowl, beautiful technical glazes. Signed [CB] underside.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Ceramic

Stonware Decorative Bowl
Located in Denton, TX
Stonware decorative bowl / catch all. Bottom is signed by the artist.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Stoneware

Midcentury Ceramic Wall Plate, 1970's
Located in Budapest, HU
Midcentury ceramic wall plate, 1970's.
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Ceramic

N.H. Governor John W. King Political Campaign Charger by Gerry Williams
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
A rare and unusual Studio Pottery charger by Gerry Williams, (1926-2014.) Stoneware with grey, blue and black earth tone glaze, for "New Hampshire Governor John W. King" in...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Large Hand-Carved Vintage Biomorphic Bowl, France
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A very impressive large hand-carved biomorphic bowl. Beautiful natural features, colouring and contours. A very substantial, impactful and organically attractive piece. In...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Wood

Archimede Seguso Murano Sommerso Blue Clear Glass Geode Bowl, Italy, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Hand blown Murano glass Sommerso triangle geode bowl in dark blue and turquoise blue glass . Italy, 1960s. A darker blue in the central part contrasting with the edge in turquoise b...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Italian Venetian, Bowl, Blown Murano Glass, Light-Green, Signed Cenedese, 1970s
Located in Villaverla, IT
Elegant, Italian Venetian, Bowl, Blown Murano Glass, Light-Green, Signed Cenedese, 1970s. This bowl is a unique portrait, entirely handcrafted in blown Murano Glass, in the Venetian ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Cut Glass, Murano Glass

Ercole Barovier Toso Murano Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Footed Compote Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown gold flecks Italian art glass footed compote bowl. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for Barovier e Toso. The piece has a ribbed design with ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

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