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Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Gunnar Nylund, Dish, Yellow-Glazed Rörstand, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A yellow glazed stoneware tray / dish produced by Rörstrand, Sweden, 1940s. Designed and signed by Gunnar Nylund, (Swedish, 1914-1997). Nylund served as artistic director at Rörst...
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1940s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

Upsala Ekeby, Vase, White Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, c. 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A white / beige-glazed earthenware vase designed and produced by Upsala Ekeby, Sweden, c. 1930s-1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Earthenware

Claes Thell, Small Vase, Glazed Stoneware, Höganäs, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small stoneware vase with a spotted glaze designed produced by Claes Thell, Artist's studio, Höganäs, Sweden. C. 1960s.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

Piero Fornasetti Litho on Wood Waste Paper Bin, 1940's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early production piece Semi circle form Wood construction Wood ball feet Classic lithograph print pattern design Original vintage condition Minor wear with a nice patina Some ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood, Paper

Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Vase, Ceramic, Blue, Gold, Cinese, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi vase, ceramic blue gold. Small vase glazed in a textured blue and green with a gilt glazed tapered base from Bitossi's "Cinese" series - paying homage to the patinated look o...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Abstract Carved Wooden Sculpture by Brian Willsher, 1976 UK
By Brian Willsher
Located in Hellouw, NL
Abstract carved wooden sculpture by Brian Willsher from 1976, the United Kingdom. This beautiful artwork consists of two carved, elements made of iroko wood. They fit together but ar...
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1970s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Copper Globe Cigarette Holder c1960
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original Mid-Century Modern copper cigarette holder. The lid slides open on the globe's axis to reveal a metal interior designed to hold cigarettes. This piece has...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal, Copper

Design Big Blue Vase, 1960s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition - made of glass - bears signs of use.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

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

Materials

Concrete

Philco 1950s TV with Keith Haring Graffiti
By Radiobar Corp. and Philco
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1950s Swivel TV by Philco with Keith Haring Graffiti.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal, Brass

Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini, Succulent Model 2469 Cactus Sculpture 1929 Signed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini, Succulent Model 2469 Cactus Sculpture 1929, Signed. Exceedingly rare example of a signed Venini succulent by Matinuzzi. Museum-worthy masterwork by Ma...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

Large Cocobolo Rosewood Lidded Box by Don Shoemaker for Senal S.A., Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible Cocobolo Rosewood large lidded catchall box by leading 1960s modernist designer Don Shoemaker for Senal S.A. is sought after by interior designers and avid collectors...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Rosewood

Barovier Toso Murano Blue Yellow Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bird Figurine
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown cobalt blue, yellow, gold flecks and bubbles Italian art glass baby bird figurine. Documented to the Barovier e Toso Company. The bird is made wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Gold Leaf

Prototype Salvador Dali 'Salivasofa' from 1974 with Certificate of Authenticity
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing and super rare Salvador Dali lips 'Salivasofa' prototype dating from 1974. Five or six such prototypes were slowly developed in stages during the period 1972-4 by Dali in col...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Foam

'Cesto di Dalie' Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti, 1950s Italy, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This rare and highly sought-after collectors item is the 'Cesto di Dalie' umbrella stand by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1950s, signed underneath with a Fornasetti medallion label. This h...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

White Winged Crown, 4 Part Ceramic TOTEM, Hand Built Sculpture by H. Starcevic
Located in New York, NY
A tall, hand built ceramic Modern TOTEM, created by artist Helena Starcevic, this is one in an ongoing study of the totemic form. Here, there are 4 separate parts hand-formed and att...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

David Cressey Tall Studio Stoneware Planter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great California design planter From "Earthgender" line In collaboration with Robert Maxwell Appears to be a wheel thrown piece (not from a mold) With Cressey's own "Formula clay...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Tonkinese in Wood
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Vintage Tonkinese in massive and sculpted oakwood. France, 1970s.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Oak

Rare Blenko Glass 6312l Rosé, Midcentury Handcrafted Pink Art Glass Vase
Located in Decatur, GA
Exceptional Blenko art glass vase model 6312L in rare Rosé colorway. This example is unique on the market. The Rosé color was offered for only two years - 1963 and 1964. Exquisite an...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Planter, 1970s, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural 25.75" long rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in the 1970s Switzerland and signed and dated unde...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Concrete

Moretti for Rosenthal Netter Satin Red & Frosted Glass Vase Wine Glass Sculpture
Located in Miami, FL
Carlo Moretti for Rosenthal Netter Satin glass vase or wine glass sculpture in orange red & frosted scavo glass. The base retains the original label. These were produced in the ea...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

Murano Italian Mid-Century Blue Piped Shell Shaped Art Glass Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning Italian nautilus shell shaped art glass vase with blue piping made in Murano and probably dating from around 1960/70. The design was probably inspired by Ercole Barovier w...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Blown Glass

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Planter, 1970s, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in the 1970s Switzerland and signed and dated underneath. This...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Concrete

Claire Falkenstein Modernist Wall Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Aluminum wall sculpture by Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908-1997) artist stamp on reverse. Purchased directly from the artist.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Aluminum

Marcello Fantoni Vase for Raymor, Italy, Blue, Green, Black Glaze, Signed
Located in Kansas City, MO
Marcello Fantoni Vase for Raymor, Italy c. 1960 glazed earthenware. No chips, cracks or repairs. Beautiful piece. Signed to underside 'Fantoni Italy for Raymor'.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Earthenware

Midcentury Italian Cast Bronze Sculpture of a Ram's Head on Base
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian cast bronze sculpture from the mid 20th century, depicting a ram's head. Created in Italy during the Midcentury period, this bronze sculpture captures our attention with i...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze

Jacques Moniquet Decorative Brass Box for Cheret, circa 1970, France
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice Jacques Moniquet decorative box, circa 1970, France. Compressed polished brass sliding lid. Wood interior. Stamped edition Cheret AAM, Paris. Each piece produced by Moniquet is ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Beautiful, Large, Very Old Brass Cross from a Church as Table Decoration
Located in München, DE
Beautiful, large, very old brass cross from a church as a table decoration. Made from solid brass. Was screwed to the altar of a Bavarian church for decades. Brass with great pati...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Pair Black and White Op Art Rosenthal Studio-Linie Vases Martin Freyer
Located in Melbourne, AU
Scarce and collectable, this pair of Op Art, Black and White vases by Martin Freyer typify 1960s, 70s and 80s modernism. The crisp lines and pristine matt finish of the porcelain giv...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Sculpture Designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Kultakeskus Oy, Finland, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sculpture designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Kultakeskus Oy, Finland. 1960s. Aluminium and glass. Measures: H: 26.5 cm / 10 1/2" W: 33 cm / 1' 1" D: 17 cm / 6 1/2".
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Aluminum

Ceramic Pitcher by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, 1950s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Ceramic pitcher by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy 1950s. Beautiful line pattern and color scheme of black, pearl white and ochre. Signed at the bottom. In very good condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Decorative Plaster Pharaoh's Head
Located in Garnerville, NY
Large decorative plaster cast of a pharaohs head by Austin Productions. Austin Productions was famous for making plaster or resin cast reproductions of famous sculpture, antiquities ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Plaster

Italian Mid-Century Rimini Blu Ceramic Bull Designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
Located in Vienna, AT
This iconic Rimini Blu ceramic bull was manufactured circa 1960 in Italy by Bittossi and designed by Aldo Londi. Aldo Londi was born in Montelupo near Firenze where he grew up in a ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

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 Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Souk Caramel Mirror in Natural Walnut, Green Marble and Silk
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Created by the perfect combination of color, energy and shape, Souk Mirrors reflect the influences of overwhelming and visually fascinating souk markets in northern Africa with its v...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble, Brass

Italian Modern Acrylic Lucite Desk or Letter Organizer, by Guzzini, Italy, 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern desk, card, or letter organizer, rendered in polished acrylic lucite, by Guzzini, Mid in Italy, Circa 1970s, with markers mark on underside.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite

Large Forged Iron Candle Holder, 1950s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Beautiful decorative candleholder for five large big candles, 1950s. This object shows excellent craftsmanship and many beautiful raw yet refined details. Signed by the artist: S. S....
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

Centerpiece Bowl "Carioca" Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Venini, Murano
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A large bowl of the "Carioca" series designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Venini ca. 1996. Manufactured in multilayered orange, salmon and clear glass. Signed "venini 99" on the base. ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

Vintage Studio Pottery Wall Hanging Canteen Sculpture by Joan Pearson Watkins
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage studio pottery crafted by ceramic artist Joan Jockwig Pearson Watkins circa 1970's. This unique sculpture depicts an original canteen water jug made out of a clay medium with...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Rope

Gunnar Ander, Ceiling Mounted Candelabra, Ystad Metall, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass. Stamped. Can either be hung from ceiling, or placed on table. Other designers of the period inclu...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

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 Objects

Materials

Wood

Vintage Sculpted Teak Vase, France, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage solid teak carved vase, France, 1960s. In overall excellent condition.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Teak

1950s Belgian Vase Val Saint Lambert Crystal Vase Designed by Joseph Simon
Located in North Miami, FL
1950s Belgian Vase Val Saint Lambert Crystal Vase designed by Joseph Simon. Blown and cut clear crystal with plum brown casing of circles / dots that reflect on every side in differe...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal

Mid-Century Kraka Glass Vase by Sven Palmqvist for Orrefors, 1960s
Located in Asaa, DK
Mid-century Kraka glass vase by Sven Palmqvist for Orrefors, 1960s Tear shaped hand blown clear glass vase with blue and green curved net pattern with tiny inlaid air bubbles. This...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Italian Modern Ceramic Vase by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, 1960s
Located in Asaa, DK
Italian Modern Ceramic vase by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, 1960s Vintage Italian hand made vase with intricate patterns. Blue, turquoise and green glaze. Signed underneath. Good orig...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

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 Objects

Materials

Earthenware

Rare Carl Auböck #3470 Brass Candleholder
Located in Glendale, CA
Rare Carl Auböck #3600 brass candleholder. Designed in the 1940s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkst...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Beautiful Flower Bunch Murano Glass Paperweight, Italy
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Beautiful Murano hand blown Italian art glass paper weight. A beautiful nice addition to your desktop.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Murano Glass

Carl Auböck Model #4867 'Egg' Polished Brass Paperweight
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Aubo¨ck Model #4867 'Egg' brass paperweight. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese paperweight is hand fabricated in polished brass by Werkstätte Car...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Iron Candle Stand in the Style of Harry Bertoia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Iron Floor Candle Stand in the Style of Harry Bertoia. 9 iron candlesticks tapering down in size. Great Look and Style!.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

Vase with Hands and Butterflies by Piero Fornasetti, S.A.L.I.R
Located in Brussels, BE
About this vase with hands and butterflies (Mani con Farfalle a Smalti vase) by Piero Fornasetti Transparent blown glass vase on a pedestal. The vase is entirely enamelled by hand....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Juliette Pierced Ceramic Sculpture, Blush
Located in Oakland, CA
Juliette is part of the Femme Series, a sculptural exploration celebrating the female form. I am trying to capture the universal balance and grace of the female form. The delicacy of...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Clay

Mid-Century Industrial Aluminum Umbrella Stand Holder
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Mid-Century modernist aluminum umbrella stand, holder. Industrial Machine Age design with large double round shape and removable inserts. No visible maker's mark. Measuremen...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Set of Vintage Cast Brass Sculpture of Eagle Head Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of vintage Mid-Century Modern cast metal brass patriotic bald eagle head sculpture bookends. Pair of solid polished brass eagle heads that have a wonderful Early American class ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Murano Pink Glass Bottle with Stopper, Italy
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Midcentury Murano pink bottle with stopper. Light creamy pink textured glass. Both bottle and stopper have tags, only the stoppers tag is legible.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Desk Set Italian Scissors with Letter Opener and Holder
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous set of a scissors and a letter opener in a leather bound case. Made in Italy from the sixties. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Large Abstract Blue and Red Stoneware Ceramic Sculpture by Michel Lanos
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Michel Lanos (1926-2005) Large abstract stoneware ceramic sculpture by french artist Signed under the base Blue, red and black ceramic glazes colors Painted ceramic 20th...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Mid Century Modern Curtis Jere Kinetic Steel Sculpture
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
While the name Curtis Jere is familiar to many as the maker of eccentric modern design during the 1960's and 70's, few are aware that it is pseudonym for the design team of Curtis Fr...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Steel

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