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Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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 Nanni Valentini Ceramic Sphere Boxes for Ceramica Arcore
By Ceramica Arcore, Nanni Valentini
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of two incredible Nanni Valenti ceramic sphere shaped boxes for Ceramica Arcore, Italy circa 1960s. These two ceramic lidded boxes pair extremely well together in both size and s...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Oval Lucite and Brass Decorative Box, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Oval decorative box in lucite and brass. Good condition, patina of time. Perfect also for jewelry, for the desk, or for collecting litlle objects. Made in Italy in the 1970s.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal, Brass

1980s Vintage Italian Hermes Wood Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful vintage Hermes wood box signed at the top.
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

1960s Silver Plated Faux Bamboo Box Maison Baguès
Located in Antwerp, BE
Silver plated faux bamboo box by Maison Baguès. A stylish French little jewelry box, trinket box or storage box in metal faux bamboo with red velvet inside. Embossed bamboo sticks...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Silver Plate

Set of 4 Tobacco Boxes Antwerp, Belgium, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
1950s Set of 4 Tobacco Boxes - Tobacco Tins - Cigar Boxes. These Tins are in different colors: red, blue, green and light green what makes them great to display. Vintage Tins Tobacc...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Midcentury Chrome Glass and Briar Wood Pocket Emptier in Christian Dior Style
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful midcentury chrome glass and briarwood pocket emptier. This fantastic piece was designed in Christian Dior Style during the 1980s. The combination of materials is just br...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal, Chrome

Mid Century Italian Horn Veneer Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Great looking decorative box with beautiful Horn veneer. Purchased by original owner in Florence, Italy in the 1960's. Handsome desk top item. Measures: 2.25 inches high 7.25 wide ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Horn, Wood

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Gold Frame Desk, 1970s, Italy
Located in Vis, NL
Rare signed Gabriella Crespi gold brass frame for a stylish desk. 1970s, made in Italy. In excellent condition with no structural damages or repairs. An amazing and seldo...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass

Travertine Box Pier Alessandro Giusti and Egidio Di Rosa for Up & Up Italy 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Round box in travertine marble by the Italian designers Pier Alessandro Giusti and Egidio Di Rosa for Up & Up. Made in Italy in the 1970s. The box weights 5.6 kg.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Travertine

Two Crystal Boxes, Poland, 1950
Located in Chorzów, PL
Two crystal clear caskets- boxes with lids. Made in Poland in middle XX century Very good condition Big : height 18cm diameter 22cm Small : height 8 cm diameter 12cm.
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Crystal

Dutch Padouk Mid-Century Modern Firewood Box, 1950s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and rare Mid-Century Modern firewood box. Solid padouk with original wrought iron lining and handles. Striking Dutch design from the 1950s. In good original condition wit...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Padouk

Mid Century Modern Ceramic Lidded Box with Floral Relief by Bitossi for Raymor
Located in Framingham, MA
Very nice brown ceramic Bitossi box, circa 1960's. Lovely flower relief on top. Nice condition. One small hair-line crack on the top of one green flower petal (see pictures). Measur...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic, Pottery

Vintage Maitland Smith Decorative Tessellated Stone and Brass over Fruitwood Box
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage handmade Maitland Smith tessellated stone box with brass over fruitwood. No makers mark.  
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1970s Philippine Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Stone, Brass

Elegant Box in Polished Cast Aluminum and Palm Wood, circa 1970
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Elegant box in polished cast aluminum and palm wood, circa 1970.
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Aluminum

Rectangular Box Lucite Tortoise Shell Effect, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Rectangular box in Lucite tortoiseshell effect with three hollow circles on the top. Made in Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Midcentury Three-Piece Lucite Powder Room Set
Located in Bridgeport, CT
An amazing group of three vintage Lucite accessories for the powder room; wastebasket, tissue holder and soap-dish. Each piece has meticulously embedded slices of pearl shells that a...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Lucite

Bodil Eje Danish Rosewood Box by Alfred Klitgaard
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautifully crafted solid rosewood trinket box by Danish craftsman Alfred Klitgaard, circa 1960s. Very detailed construction and exquisite finish with a gorgeous Bodil Eje orange / l...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Rosewood, Ceramic

Eugenio Tavola by Oggetti Horn and Shell Box over Wood
Located in Miami, FL
Original Eugenio Tavola by Oggetti decorative box made out of horn and shell over wood. The knob is a seashell. Marked inside of the lid.  
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Horn, Shell, Wood

Rectangular Alessandro Albrizzi Mid Century Signed Lucite Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1970s rectangular Alessandro Albrizzi mid-century signed Lucite box that is clear on top and white on bottom in two part box. Made in Italy. Please note of wear consistent with...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Lucite

1970s Lucite Box by Alessandro Albrizzi
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Large translucid and greed lucite Box By Alessandro Albrizzi Italy 1970 Great condition.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Lucite

Murano Orange Gold Fleck Bubbles Pear Top Italian Art Glass Container Vanity Jar
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown orange over white, controlled bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass candy container or vanity jewelry box, with pear top decoration. The piece...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Gold Leaf

Alpaca Silver and Abalone Box
Located in Rochester, NY
Mexican alpaca silver box inlaid with colorful iridescent abalone shell.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Abalone

Stunning 1950s White Murano Glass Hinged Jewelry Box by Cendese Murano, Italy
Located in London, GB
A stunning oval white Murano glass hinged jewelry box by Giovanni Cendese, Murano, Italy with gilt central detail and hinge.                   
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Handcrafted and Polished Cast Bronze Pearl Box Ashtray
Located in Paris, FR
Pearl box ashtray forged from cast bronze by Fakasaka.
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bronze

Blue Alabaster Box with Sliding Attached Round Lid
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful shimmery round alabaster box with sliding lid. Unique custom blue colored box is perfect for your mementos, coins, jewelry or 420. Slide the lid shut for an elegant complim...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Alabaster

Chinese Hand Painted Ceramic Trinket Box
Located in San Diego, CA
A wonderful and colorful hand painted Chinese lidded trinket box, circa 1950s. The handcrafted ceramic box measures 4.5" W x 3.25" D x 2.5" H and has a floral motif on a yellow backg...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Pottery

Lucite and Silver Plate Decorative Box, Italy 1970s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant 1970s modernist decorative box reminiscent of Gabriella Crespi's work. Large geometric shape with silverplate metal base and thick crystal clear Lucite lid. No visible maker'...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Midcentury Italian Brown Leather Box in the Style of Jacques Adnet, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury brown leather box. Jacques Adnet probably designed this marvellous piece during the 1970s in Italy. This item is fantastic as it has a wonderful zipper that wor...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Leather

Fratelli Toso Murano Light Green Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Decorative Box
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Gorgeous, elegant and delicate vintage Murano hand blown sea foam green and gold flecks art glass decorative vanity box. Attributed to the Fratelli Toso Company, with intact Murano l...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Gold Leaf

1950s Enameled Original Box by Piero Fornasetti 'r'
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Wonderful and extraordinary vintage Fornasetti box. It has an enameled metal cover with Fornasetti's iconic graphics, showing people silhouette in black and beige. The inner compartm...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Italian Blue and White Alabaster Marble Round Jewelry or Trinket Box
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful small Italian blue, white and black alabaster marble round jewelry or trinket box, circa mid-20th century, Italy. Alabaster marble is a combination of blue hues with touc...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Alabaster, Marble, Metal

1970s Hand Craft Wood Box
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1970s hand craft wood box.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

Round Box in Thick Heavy Crystal Italian Design 1950s Midcentury Wisteria Color
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round Box in Thick Heavy Crystal Italian Design 1950s Midcentury Wisteria Color.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Crystal

Tommi Parzinger Brass Box Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This Mid-Century Modern Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths is hallmarked on the back. This chic brass box back in the times of the 1950s was s silent butler tray to pick up the ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass

1960s Swedish Brass Ashtray by Holger Bäckström & Bo Ljungberg for Diverse Tin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A vintage Ljungberg & Bäckström Ultima ashtray in solid brass. Made for Various Ting and designed by Holger Bäckström &Bo Ljungberg in the 1960s- made in Sweden. Wonderful condition ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass

1940s Enamel and Wooden Box by Elizabeth Bensley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This is a nice example of artist, Elizabeth Bensley's enamel work from the late 1940s displayed beautifully on a wooden box. Note that the box top does not stay open at an angle as t...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Enamel

Lidded Polished Brass Case Box Keepsake Mid-Century Modern 1970
Located in Miami, FL
Polished Brass lidded Box, Case, Keepsake with decorative Handle. Mid-Century Modern Design from the 1970s.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

1980s Decorative Blue Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful decorative box with blue glass top and silver plated base.  
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Silver Plate

Vintage decorative Blue Box, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage decorative blue box, 1970s.   
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Silver

Bitossi Rimini Blue Box
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Intense Rimini blue box by Bitossi, Italy, ca' 1960's.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Japanese Pagoda Jewelry or Keepsake Box
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Japanese jewelry box constructed with wood in a pagoda or temple form with five drawers, lacquered in red and black, and decorated with stylized cultural lore.
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Hardwood

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Orange and Gold, Geometric, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, orange and gold, geometric, signed. Small scale lidded box decorated an alternating pattern of metallic gold triangles over a tangerine orange glaze. Signed "85...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Authentic Pierre Jeanneret Linen Basket / Box / Storage, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Stamford, CT
Pierre Jeanneret 'Dirty Linen Basket' Provenance: M.L.A. Flats building, Chandigarh, India France, India, c. 1960s Teak, Cane, Brass Each with markings indicating prove...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Cane, Teak

Piero Fornasetti 'Pipe' Trinket Box, Italy, circa 1950
Located in London, GB
A vintage trinket box by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1950. The lacquered, metal exterior features colored transfers with ‘pipe’ motif, whilst the wooden mahogany insert has beautifully c...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Two Decorative Boxes by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, 1960
Located in Brussels, BE
Two decorative boxes ( one for jewelry and the other for tobacco) from the studio Fornasetti in Milani. One box is labelled "Pistole" oro su rosso. Italy around 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Mahogany, Lacquer

Green Ceramic Trinket Box with Fish Motif Lid
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Green ceramic trinket box with fish motif lid - a perfect spot for small jewels, mens clips and change. A great gift for dad or the office. and perfect for the dressing table or vanity.
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20th Century African Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Mithe Espelt Ceramic Jewelry Box France c 1968
Located in Chicago, IL
Ceramic Jewelry Box by Mithé Espelt, France, 1960s Ceramic enamels in shades of gold with fused glass of cream and pale blue sea green with iconic blackened wood box. Literature: Mi...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Gilt Bronze Fleur Box by Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large cast bronze powder box (poudrier) by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1945-1950. The box called "Fleur" (Flower) features a round form with stylized...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Bronze

Very Cool Wooden Schweppes Crate 1969 Belgium
Located in Achterveld, NL
A 1960’s wooden Schweppes crate. Reads “SCHWEPPES Caution FR. 11 Waarborg 1969” on the short sides in black lettering, which means 11 Belgium Francs deposit, with oval cut out handle...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal

R & Y Augousti Shagreen Covered and Mother-of-Pearl Covered Box
Located in Hollywood, FL
The mother-of-pearl covered handle over a lidded box in shagreen, marked R and Y Augousti on bottom.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Shagreen, Mother-of-Pearl

White Opaline Box, Diamond Cut
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stylish white opaline glass box. This white opaline pot has a diamond cut pattern all around and on the lid. It it round shaped - tube shaped - cilinder shaped with a gold metal ...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Opaline Glass

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Decorative Box in Brass and Plexiglass '70s
Located in Turin, Turin
Decorative box designed in '70 by Gabriella Crespi. The box is in plexiglass and brass, on the brass is present the signature of the author. Good condition, patina of time. Perfect ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass

Vintage Abstract Sculptural Walnut Studio Craft Jewelry Box Organizer
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern studio organizing jewelry box circa 1970's. This unique piece is handcrafted in solid walnut and oak. Equipped with nine sculptural compartment boxes in various sh...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass

French Gilt Bronze Box Coffre Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A lovely cast bronze powder box (poudrier) by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950-1960s. The box features a geometrically grid top surface with a four by ...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Bronze

Bitossi Vase, Ceramic, Blue Turquoise, Impressed, Textured, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi vase, ceramic, blue turquoise, impressed, textured, signed. Medium scale chunky vase decorated with a relief pattern of impressed teardrops. Minute loss to some of the relief...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Lino Sabattini Made in Italy Decorative Box in Silver Metal, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern design cylindrical container for breadsticks or decorative box in silver metal designed by Lino Sabattini, engraved Sabattini Made in Italy under the base,...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal, Silver Plate

XX Century Silver Plated Hare Inkwell
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Decorative XX century inkwell or box representing a silver plated hare.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Silver Plate

1970s Pierre Cardin Box
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1970s Pierre Cardin signed desk set composed by a plated metal box and letter opener. Signed by Pierre Cardin. Measure: Letter opener is 22cm x 3.5cm.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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