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Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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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Footed Bowl Gold Leaf & Grapes, Ercole Barovier for Barovier, Toso & Co 1949
Located in London, GB
Classically shaped oval bowl is a master class of technique and elegance, designed by Ercole Barovier (1889-1974) circa 1948 for Barovier, Toso & Co. It has an edging of white on the...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Rugiadoso Centerpiece by Ercole Barovier for Barovier, Toso & Co. 1940
Located in London, GB
Rugiadoso biomorphic bowl of a shells resting on a pedestal of sea urchins designed circa 1940 by Ercole Barovier (1889-1974) and is produced one of the oldest family businesses in t...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

La Gardo Tackett California Studio Ceramic Bowl with Paleolithic Design
Located in Pasadena, CA
Studio ceramic bowl with carved, cave-like design created by La Gardo Tackett. Bowl measures 2.5" high by 7.25" in diameter. Signed on the bottom and in very good vintage condition.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Seguso Murano Sommerso Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Cormorant Sea Bird Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful, large vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso cranberry red and gold flecks Italian art glass cormorant sea bird bowl/vase. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso. The piece i...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Group of Five Bird Sculptures in Gold Leaf Glass Barovier & Toso
Located in London, GB
Describe group of five bird sculptures in gold leaf glass Barovier & Toso The group of five birds attributed to Barovier & Toso (1939) a famous Italian company that specialised in V...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

La Gardo Tackett California Studio Ceramic Low Bowl with Carved Graphic Design
Located in Pasadena, CA
Studio ceramic low bowl with carved graphic design, created by La Gardo Tackett. Bowl measures 1.25" high by 6" in diameter. Signed on the bottom and in very good vintage condition.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Venini Murano Jade Green White Micro Ribbons Italian Art Glass Bowl Dish Set
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced Per Set (3 sets available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown jade green and white micro thread Zanfirico ribbons Italian art glass bowl and dish set. Signed "Venini Italia"...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Translucent Bowl Signed Steuben
Located in New York, NY
This refined Mid-Century Modern bowl was realized in the United States by the esteemed maker Steuben circa 1960. It features a sculptural swirling base and a subtly flared circular m...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass

Reed & Barton Silver and Royal Blue Azure Enamel Bowl Paul Revere Liberty, 1945
Located in National City, CA
Reed & Barton silver and Royal Azure blue Paul Revere liberty serving bowl 1945 Silverplate and blue enameled Paul Revere decorative serving piece. Made in Massachusetts maker stam...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Silver Plate, Copper, Enamel

Early and Rare Marshall Studios Ovall Bowl Signed
Located in San Diego, CA
Gordon or Jane Martz for Marshall Studios rare and early bowl great condition circa 1950's beautiful design.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Pottery

Early and Rare Marshall Studios Gloss Glaze Bowl
Located in San Diego, CA
Gordon or Jane Martz for Marshall Studios rare and early gloss glaze bowl great condition circa 1950's beautiful design.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Pottery

Gorham Silverplate Serving Dish Oval Bowl Very Modern Clean Midcentury Design
Located in National City, CA
Gorham silver plate serving dish very modern clean oval design Tons of Modern Crisp Flair in a small oval bowl Measures: 7.25 width x 4 depth x 1.88 tall Maker Stamped YC688 Orig...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Silver Plate

Toso Murano Swirl Pink Blue Gold Flecks Art Glass Bowl / Ashtray
Located in Barcelona, ES
Amazing murano handblown glass bowl or ashtray with gold flecks and optic swirls in pink and blue. Attributed to Fratelli Toso, Italy, 1950s The iridescent effect of the gold aventu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Fantoni Style Salt Glaze Blue, Purple Ceramic Bowl Mid-Century Modern, Italian
Located in North Miami, FL
The beautiful pattern and intricacies of this geometric textural Italian salt glaze ceramic bowl has great influence and style of the work of the great Fantoni. The colors are exquis...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Hand Turned Afrormosia Wooden Pot 1950s Signed
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Wonderful hand turned pot dating from the 1950s. Made from solid Afrormosia. Dated to the underside in pencil 9 /10/56 ST1368.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Studio Pottery Ceramic Glazed Artisan Bowl
Located in Studio City, CA
Beautiful work. Wonderfully designed and made by a very talented potter. Large and heavy. Would clearly stand out in about any setting, modern or otherwise. Dimensions: 3.75"...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Earthenware

Laura Andreson Signed Large Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pottery Bowl, 1953
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderfully made and pale glazed large bowl by renowned American potter Laura Andreson. Gorgeous in its Mid-Century Modern design and glowing muted color. Signed and dated (1953...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Earthenware

Italian 50s Green Nile Glass Tray
Located in Milan, IT
Canoe shaped thick glass tray.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Heavy Large Brass Shell Plate Desk Element Auböck Hagenauer Era, Germany, 1950s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Brass metal shell plate element Origin: Germany Material: Brass Wonderful metal element shell plate made in Germany in the 1950. high quality 195...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Mexican Modernist Mixed Metal and Abalone Scorpion Dish
Located in Houston, TX
Large Mexican modernist or Mexican midcentury mixed metal and abalone scorpion dish, bowl or sculpture. This fabulous vintage Mexican scorpion dish or serving bowl is expertly crafte...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass, Copper, Stainless Steel

Otto & Gertrud Natzler Signed Volcanic Crater Glazed Midcentury Bowl, circa 1940
Located in Studio City, CA
A masterful work by famed potters Otto and Gertrud Natzler. This round-shaped bowl was delicately hand thrown and formed by Gertrud and glazed by Otto with one of his famed early vol...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Earthenware

Otto and Vivika Heino Signed Midcentury Large Hand Thrown Ceramic Pottery Bowl
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautifully designed, exquisitely handmade bowl by pottery or ceramics masters husband and wife artists Vivika and Otto Heino. The two were best known for their inspired designs an...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Carl-Harry Stålhane, Small Organic Bowl / Dish, Glazed Stoneware Rörstand, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A bowl or dish or vide-poche by Carl-Harry Stålhane for the iconic Swedish firm Rörstrand, 1950s, Sweden. Marked and signed. Other ceramicists of the period include Berndt Friberg...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ikebana Style Ceramic Cath-it-all Bowl Stoneware
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful stoneware ceramic freeform bowl, great colors and form nice earth tones signed at the bottom circa 1970's, great condition no chips or cracks.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Pottery

Italian Black Marble Cup/Ashtray by Angelo Mangiarotti, 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Italian black marble cup/ashtray by Angelo Mangiarotti, 1970s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Marble

Mid-Century Modern Style Ceramic Cath-it-all Large Bowl Stoneware
Located in San Diego, CA
Magnificent large ceramic stoneware bowl unsigned circa 1970's beautiful glaze no chips or cracks, California design.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Pottery

Murano Flavio Poli Triple Cased White, Red, Black Glass Bowl Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful Italian Murano Flavio Poli triple cased glass bowl is unusual. It has white cased exterior, going into black glass line to a red interior. It is vintage from the 60's....
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass

Bowl by Antonio Prieto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
California studio potter and influential teacher Antonio Prieto threw this stoneware bowl with a two-stage profile, and then decorated the interior with lozenge forms, comprising a r...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Handblown Glass Vase with Multicolor Murrhines by Anzolo Fuga for A.V.E.M
Located in New York, NY
Handblown ruby glass vessel with linked multi-color murrhines by Anzolo Fuga for Arte Vetraria Muranese (A.V.E.M.), Murano, Italy, 1955-1960. Literature: Anzolo Fuga: Murano Glass A...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Exceptional Handblown Glass Charger by Anzolo Fuga for A.V.E.M
Located in New York, NY
Handblown glass charger, aquamarine with concentric murrhine design, by Anzolo Fuga for Arte Vetraria Muranese (A.V.E.M), Murano Italy, 1955-1960 Literature: Anzolo Fuga: Murano gl...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Laura Andreson Signed Red Glazed Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pottery Bowl, 1951
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic, wonderfully glazed bowl by renowned American potter Laura Andreson. Gorgeous in design and color featuring her highly coveted red glaze. Signed and dated (1951) on t...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Earthenware

Midcentury Vase by Dean Santner
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this beautifully sculpted vase by Master Craftsman Dean Santner. Santner designs are part of the American Modern Craft movement along side Wendell Castle, N...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Wood

Bitossi Ashtray, Ceramic, Blue and Gold Sunburst, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi ashtray, ceramic sunburst Rimini blue and gold signed. Medium scale bowl or ashtray with gold glazed radiant pattern over blue. Impressed "Italy" mark on underside.  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Murano Glass "Gold Dust Flakes" Bowl Element Shell Ashtray Murano, Italy, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Murano glass bowl, ashtray element Origin: Murano, Italy Decade: 1970s This original vintage glass bowl element, ash tray was produced in the 1970s...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Pair of Finnish Hand Produced Juniper Wooden Block Tray Plates, 1970s, Finland
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Pair of vintage wooden tray plates made from block wood and then hand-turned. Made in the late 1970s from solid juniper wood One plate is stamped to the underside Sulo Skippari Hame...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Wood

Vintage Finnish Hand Produced Juniper Wooden Block Tray Plate, Finland
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Vintage wooden tray plate made from block wood and then hand-turned. Hand produced in Finland the early 1980s from solid Juniper wood Yvaskuua Finland 1980 hand written to the und...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Wood

Iron Fruit Basket Catch All, 1950s
Located in San Diego, CA
Midcentury iron catch all or fruit bowl with hairpin legs, 1950s.
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1950s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Iron

Beatrice Wood Signed Mid-Century Modern California Glazed Studio Ceramic Bowl
Located in Studio City, CA
Wonderfully dripped glazed thin-walled (learned no doubt from her time with the Natzlers) bowl by master potter Beatrice wood. Signed by the artist on the underside of the base. ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Ado Chale Signed Sculptural Gold Bronze Vide-Poche, circa 1970, Belgium
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice sculptural Ado Chale bowl, circa 1970, Belgium. Cast and polished gold bronze, signed Ado Chale on the inner rim. Dimensions: 16 cm W, 14 cm D, 5 cm H. All purchases are cove...
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1970s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Bronze

Flavio Poli Murano Red, Sapphire Blue and White Tear Drop Glass Bowl Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This gorgeous vintage Italian Murano Flavio Poli triple cased glass bowl has luscious colors of red and sapphire blue double cased with white. The shape is a sensual tear drop form. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass

Modern Fruit Bowl "Utopia", in Wood and Copper, Brazil
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Copper and wood fruit bowl, Modern styled. By Brazilian Designer Maker Atelier BAM. It is formed inspired by the iconic modern architecture by Oscar Niemeyer, the Palacio Nereu Ramo...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Copper

Glen Lukens Signed Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Pottery Bowl
Located in Studio City, CA
A unique and rare piece by influential Mid-Century Modern ceramist Glen Lukens whose work has become very collectible and relatively scarce and difficult to find. Lukens was the f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Iron Fruit Basket Catch All, 1950s Atomic Age
Located in San Diego, CA
Midcentury iron catch all or fruit bowl with atomic balls legs, the 1950s.
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1950s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Iron

Mid-Century Glass Bowl Designed by Josef Hospodka, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of glass - Re-polished - Has some signs use - Good, original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Danish Modernist Bowl in Silver Plate & Enamel by DGS, 1950s
By DGS
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Conical silver plate bowl decorated to the interior with a deep ruby red enamel. Manufactured and designed in Denmark during the late 1950s by DGS (Danish Silver- & Goldsmith associa...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Silver Plate, Enamel

Mid-Century Glass Bowl Designed by Josef Hospodka, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of glass - Re-polished - has some signs use - good, original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Mid-Century Glass Bowl Designed by Josef Hospodka, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of glass - Re-polished - Has some signs use - Good, original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Mid-Century Glass Bowl Designed by Josef Hospodka, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of glass - Re-polished - Has some signs use - Good, original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Mid-Century Glass Bowl Designed by Josef Hospodka, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of glass - Re-polished - Has some signs use - Good, original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Mid-Century Glass Bowl Designed by Josef Hospodka, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of glass - Re-polished - Has some signs use - Good, original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Mid-Century Glass Vase Designed by Josef Hospodka, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of glass - Re-polished - Has some signs use - Good, original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Edwin and Mary Scheier Signed Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Smiley Face Bowl
Located in Studio City, CA
A gorgeously glazed pottery bowl by famed American master ceramist couple Mary and Edwin Scheier. The piece radiates in the light. The bowl is footed and has a beautiful brown-gr...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Louis Vuitton Logo Enameled Glazed Porcelain Bowl by Longwy Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This very rare enamel small porcelain glazed bowl made by Longwy Potters from France for Louis Vuitton in the 1950s has the Cassic iconic Vuitton logo as the front. This is one of th...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Enamel

Bob Stocksdale Signed Mid-Century Modern Turned Exotic Wood Bowl Platter
Located in Studio City, CA
An exquisitely crafted, rich wood plate by American master Woodturner Bob Stocksdale. Signed and marked ("Jenisero from Guatemala") by the artist on the verso. The piece radiates...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Wood

Bowl by Stig Lindberg, Mid-Century Scandinavian, Faience, Sweden, circa 1950
Located in New York, NY
Decorative faience bowl by Stig Lindberg, Sweden, circa 1950. An artistic jack-of-all-trades, Stig Lindberg was accomplished in industrial design, textile design, painting, illustra...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Faience

Ceramic Bowl by Stig Lindberg, Midcentury Scandinavian, Green and White, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Decorative leaf shaped bowl by Stig Lindberg, Sweden, midcentury, circa 1950. Very good condition. An artistic jack-of-all-trades, Stig Lindberg was accomplished in Industrial Desi...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Faience

Mid-Century Style Art Studio Pottery Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern style art Studio Pottery bowl with blue and white glaze, signed illegibly on the bottom.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Pottery

Mid-Century 1976 Harding Black Bowl
Located in San Antonio, TX
Harding Black ribbed bowl in blue to green, signed and dated 1976 on bottom. The world renowned San Antonio potter was famous for his glazes and this specimen is a fine example. No c...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic