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Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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
Vintage Illuminated Glass Clock from Halux, Germany, 1950s
By Halux
Located in Esbjerg, DK
- Illuminated electrical wall or table clock manufactured by Halux in Flensburg, Germany - It was for the Danish newspaper Jyske Vestkysten - Only 8 examples were made for the news...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Steel

Large Light Up Howard Miller Lucite Wall Clock
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A large Lucite light up wall clock from a Michigan bank lobby with beveled edges and routed roman numerals to the back of the face. The center has a white metal fixture with the ligh...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Metal

1970 Vintage Table Clock by Gucci
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful vintage Italian Gucci table clock signed at the bottom with a unique design and shape.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Chrome

Lorenzo Burchiellaro Sculptural Wall Clock
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lorenzo Burchiellaro, sculptural wall clock, metal, Italy, 1960s Artistic wall clock by Italian designer Lorenzo Burchiellaro. The great craftsmanship in the work with metal is once...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Metal

Huge, Heavy, Unusual 60s Sunburst Wall Clock Made of Wrought Iron by Kienzle
Located in München, DE
Huge, heavy, unusual 1960s Sunburst wall clock made of black wrought iron. Manufacturer Kienzle. Made in Germany. Great brutalist design. Very nice ornate production. Weight about ...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Brass, Iron

Elegant Mid-Century Junghans Ato-Mat Gold & Brass Wall Clock, Germany, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful square modernist brass wall clock in the style of Max Bill, executed in the 1950s by Junghans Germany. An elegant and decorative piece with a square golden metal housing,...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Mid Century Jaeger Le Coultre Atmos Clock
Located in London, GB
A nice example of A Jaeger Le Coultre Atmos clock, Embassy, signed Jaeger Le Coultre, , base with stop lever, dial with Roman chapter ring and visible balance wheel below, 22cm high,...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Bronze

Cast Bronze Wall Clock, Swiss Machine, Clock Attributed to Maison Jansen, 1950
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Cast bronze wall clock with Swiss machine. Clock attributed to Maison Jansen, France, 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Bronze

Midcentury Kienzle Wall Clockc
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass construction with antique pink painted clock face from the early 1950s. Original mechanical movement but it can be changed to AAA-battery movement on request. Delivery time a...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

Table Clock Jaeger Lantern Rue De La Paix
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Table clock Jaeger lantern Rue de la Paix 8 days of rope (works) little wear on the top of the lantern Origin Switzerland, circa 1940 Very good condition.
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

Vintage Ikea Tuno Clock, 2002
By Ikea
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Amazing rare vintage Ikea tuno clock, 2002.
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Plastic

Midcentury Ceramic Wall Clock by Walt, Germany, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Ceramic wall clock, by Walt. Load with key, original included. working.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Acrylic and Marble Modernist Mantel Clock
Located in Van Nuys, CA
High style marble modernist mantel clock with unique acrylic accents and new quartz movement, circa 1950.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Marble

Aurora Clock by Kirsch/ Hamilton
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Iconic Aurora Clock! Lighted Dial turns and changes colors as the filters pass over each other. Un-restored but working great! Filters show some wavey lines as you can see as they ro...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Aluminum

Mid Century Retro/ Art Deco Zodiac Clock, German, Atlanta Clock Company
By Atlanta Clock Co.
Located in Petaluma, CA
This quite unusual clock while displaying the signs of the Zodiac calendar, certainly is not for just astrology aficionados. The clock is signed on the dial "Atlanta", the maker, and...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

Large Vintage Modern Style Wall Clock
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern style wall clock features a large transparent center with a wood veneer frame. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Wood

Travel Alarm Clock "Europe", 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Travel alarm clock "Europe", 1950s Excellent original condition Hart cover Still working Seven jewels. Measures: Closed H 2 cm, W 8 cm, D 7 cm Open H 7 cm, W 8 cm, D 7 cm.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

Travel Alarm Clock by Junghans, circa 1960s
Located in Wien, AT
Travel alarm clock by Junghans, circa 1960s. Original condition. Brass with dark faux leather cover. Still working. Measures: open height 8cm, wide 7cm, deep 8cm Closed height 3...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

Original George Nelson for Howard Miller Black 'Asterisk' Wall Clock, circa 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Asterisk Clock by George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller is a rare find and one of the more in-demand of his designs. The black steel face, mounted on a metal back, is free ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Steel, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Wall Clock in Brass by Garant, 1960s Germany
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Stunning sunburst wall clock made of brass, metal and glass. One of the most beautiful models I have seen to date. An eye catcher par excellence. Made in Germany. Electr...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Oyster Perpetual Datejust Gold Watch, Jewelry, 70s
Located in Valladolid, ES
Outstanding Rolex made in yellow gold, 18 carats. All the characteristics are detailed below... if you want to know any other information, do not hesitate to contact us. Model OYSTER...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Gold

Live Edge Slab Roman Numeral Clock
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique lacquered wood slab roman numeral clock. This beautiful piece of wood features a rich vibrant grain pattern, roman numeral lettering and ornate gold clock hands. (Please co...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Wood

George Nelson Clock for Howard Miller, US, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson iconic ball clock in brass, US 1950s.   
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal, Brass

Vintage Solid Wood Wall Clock by Howard Miller
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern clock by Howard Miller. This piece is made of solid wood and is in good working condition. Operates with one AA battery.   
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern Danish Wall Clock by Fritz Hansen, George Nelson, Teak, 1957
Located in Stamford, CT
Stool seat wall clock, model 7512, c. 1957 by Fritz Hansen. This finely decorative wall clock is simply stunning and is certain to draw conversation in any room in the home. Produc...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Teak

Midcentury Design ‘star’ Wall Clock
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
Beautiful thin lined wall clock. This clock has no brandmark and runs on battery motoring. Good and working condition consistent with age and use.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

George Nelson Birch & Brass Wall Clock for Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nelson Birch & Brass wall clock for Howard Miller.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Ceramicl Wall Clock by PRIM, Czechoslovakia, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Czechoslovakia, 1960s - Maker : PRIM - Good original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Ceramic

Midcentury Sculpture Wall Clock in the Style of Hagenauer Vienna, 1950
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Midcentury figural wall clock attributed Hagenauer Vienna 1950 bronze with figure sculpture, fitting key.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Bronze

Howard Miller Eight Day Clock Lucite Case Designed by Arthur Umanoff
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Key wound eight-day clock designed for Howard Miller by Arthur Umanoff. See through Lucite case gives this vintage Howard Miller clock Mid-Century Modern look. Keeps good time.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Classic Modernist Wicker Basket Clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic modernist Wicker basket clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller, really nice original condition, minor paint loss to hands, retains original early Howard Miller label. Teste...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

1957 Wall Clock Prim Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
Good original condition. Wooden frame with glass dial. Original Prim Czechoslovakia Chimes. Clock fully working Key is included.  
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Glass, Wood

George Nelson Spike Sunburst Wall Clock for Howard Miller
Located in Denver, CO
Striking classic George Nelson Model 2202 spike sunburst clock for Howard Miller. Walnut and enameled metal. Very good original condition. Original Synchron movement. See photo. ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

1970, Henning Koppel, Original Early Clock and Weather Station for Georg Jensen
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Weatherstation set by Georg Jensen, Denmark. Timeless design and luxury. This set contains a Thermometer in Celsius, a time clock, a barometer and a hygrometer. The set shows traces ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Aluminum

Original Citizen Table Clock in Metal, 1950s
Located in Milan, IT
Amazing original citizen table clock 1950 in metal.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos Clock
Located in London, GB
A nice example of A Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos clock, Embassy, signed Jaeger Le Coultre, with red and black faux marble panels, base with stop lever, dial with Roman chapter ring and vis...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Bronze

Pedro Friedeberg, Exceptional Surrealist Carved Clock, Gilt Wood, Mexico 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1937) An exceptional, dreamlike Astroclock sculpture by Mexican Surrealist master Pedro Friedeberg, in carved and gold-leafed mahogany enriched by striking pain...
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1970s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Gold Leaf

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Atmos Clock
Located in London, GB
A stunning mid-century Jaeger LeCoultre gilt brass Atmos clock with circular dial and Arabic numerals. The ring-shaped balance appears to float in the air. The clock is silent and ne...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

Vintage George Nelson & Associates Metal Spoke Wall Clock for Howard Miller
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern wall clock designed by George Nelson & Associates for Howard Miller Clock Company. Produced in 1955, this piece was named the 'Spoke' clock model no. 2227. Operate...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal, Aluminum, Chrome

Mid-Century SCHAUER Slim-Line Station Clock, 1970s Austria
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Big wall clock made by Schauer, Vienna in 1970s. Very elegant, slim-line Industrial clock in the style of Max Bill. Grey/blue painted steel body, domed glass and a dial made of hard ...
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Late 20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

George Nelson Model-4758 Wall Clock for Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nelson Model-4758 wall clock for Howard Miller.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

Square Silver Tone Desk Clock
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Square silver tone desk clock. Round face. Battery operated "works". China, 20th century. Brass ring face detail Size: 4"W x 4"H x 2.5"D.
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2010s Asian Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass, Chrome

French Walnut Art Deco Wall Clock with Chime, circa 1950
Located in Labrit, Landes
Wall clock frome Odo Brand Walnut with acanthus leaves Good condition, the chime sounds very clear. Shipping: L 35 P13 H44.5 3.6kg.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Walnut

Large Lorenzo Burchiellaro Sculptural Wall Clock
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lorenzo Burchiellaro, sculptural wall clock, metal, Italy, 1960s Artistic wall clock by Italian designer Lorenzo Burchiellaro. The great craftsmanship in the work with metal is on...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

Wall Clock " Atlanta ", Germany, around 1960s
Located in Wien, AT
Wall clock " Atlanta " germany, around 1960s Original condition of the case Battery operated, not mechanical.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

George Sowden, Memphis Milano Floor Clock, Italian Design, 1983
Located in Antwerp, BE
1983 G. Sowden Oppenheimer Table Clock Orange Green Enameled Steel Stained Ash: Italy; Memphis Milano; Italian design; Post-modern; George Sowden's 'Oppenheimer' floor clock from...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Stainless Steel

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Atmos Clock Model 528-8
Located in London, GB
A stunning Mid Century Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos clock, model 528-8 with circular dial and Arabic numerals. In its glass case, the Atmos clock’s unique design allows the owner to see th...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

Memphis Period Clock by Nicolai Canetti
By Canetti
Located in Dallas, TX
Memphis period clock designed by Nicolai Canetti, 1980s. This is new old stock that's in the original box. Excellent working condition.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

Stancraft High Time Ceiling Light Projection Alarm Clock St Paul, MN, 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Midcentury vintage high time alarm ceiling clock by Stancraft St Paul MN Designed with Top feature of projected light to Ceiling Wall via internal bulb-untested function capability. ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

Pedro Friedeberg Silver Gilt Vintage Hand Clock
Located in Westport, CT
Pedro Friedeberg handcrafted silver leaf hand clock, vintage early 1960s, with original label from dated service inside, 1969.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Enamel, Silver

Large French Art Deco Walnut Brass Wall Sculpture Clock
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern French Deco style wall clock sculpture. Nice combination of solid brass and walnut details. Dated 1959, stamped: Made in France.  
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Swiza 8 Day Swiss Chromed Steel Table Clock with Alarm Clock, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Very elegant Midcentury Swiza with 8-day movement and 1960s alarm clock. This amazing piece was designed in Switzerland during the 1960s. This wonderful heavy chrome cylinder-sha...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

Vintage 1960s Hollywood Regency brass walnut Table Clock by Kienzle, Germany
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table clock Origin: Germany Producer: Kienzle, Germany Age: 1960s This original vintage table clock was produced in the 1960s by the prem...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal, Brass

TN Telenorma Electric Wall Clock
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass/steel body, painted clock face and steel clock hands made by TN Telenorma in the late 1960s. Used with some scratches on clock face Formerly a station or factory slave clock,...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Brass

Lacquered Metal, Brass and Glass Clock, Circa 1950
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This clock is made of lacquered metal, brass and curved glass. This is a French work. Circa 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Wall Clock by Meister Anker in Brass, 1960s Germany
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Stunning sunburst wall clock made of brass, metal and glass. One of the most beautiful models I have seen to date. An eye catcher par excellence. Made in Germany. Electr...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal, Brass

Gordon and Jane Martz for Marshall Studios Stoneware Wall Clock
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare ceramic clock (Model M149-45) designed by Jane and Gordon Martz for Marshall Studios in 1960. Color is slate gray with beige incised (sgraffito) lines denoting numbers. No flaws...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Metal

Guillerme et Chambron, Tall Oak Clock, France, Mid-20th Century
Located in New York, NY
Guillerme placed equal emphasis on function and aesthetics, creating an aesthetic as staid as it was arresting. While his work was in many ways distinctively conservative and recogni...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Clocks

Materials

Oak

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