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Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

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
Carl Auböck #3632 Watering Can in Patinated Brass and Cane
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck #3632 watering can in patinated brass and cane. Designed in the 1940s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese watering can is executed in handwoven cane, polished and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

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Brass

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 Vases and Vessels

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown 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 Vases and Vessels

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Blown Glass

Rude Osolnik Signed Midcentury Modern Laminated Wood Turned Vessel Bud Weed Vase
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautifully executed, handmade, wood-turned vase by master woodturner Rude Osolnik who is widely regarded, along with Bob Stocksdale, as one of the finest woodturners in American w...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

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Wood

Mid Century German Pottery Lava Glazed Vase by Dumler & Breiden, ca 1960s
Located in Zagreb, HR
Vintage mid century German pottery lava glazed vase made by Dumler & Breiden AGE: 1960s Mid-century German pottery lava glazed ceramic vase/jug Marked 1113/23 The vase is i...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

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Pottery

Alfredo Barbini Large Vase 'Doppio Incalmo', Venice Ca. 1965
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Alfredo Barbini Large Vase 'doppio incalmo', Venice ca. 1965 Item e6033 A large heavy glass vase manufactured and designed by Alfredo Barbini ca. 1965. Thick clear, blue, yellow an...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Sommerso Glass Vase, Italy circa 1950s
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good example of "Murano" glass in the form of a Vase The vase has an inner layer of a deep ruby red ascending to pink with a subtle shade of yellow, ascending to a yello...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Glass

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 Vases and Vessels

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 Vases and Vessels

Materials

Crystal

Mid-Century Kraka Glass Vase by Sven Palmqvist for Orrefors, 1960s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
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 Vases and Vessels

Materials

Glass

'Sunburst’ Glass Vase by Geoffrey Baxter for Whitefriars, 1960s
Located in London, GB
Geoffrey Baxter for Whitefriars, c. 1960s ‘Sunburst’ vase, model number 9676 Clear willow-green tinted glass Excellent condition. Please note: there is a small manufacturing ...
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Blown Glass

Rare Wayne Husted for Blenko Charcoal Glass Bottle Decanter with Cut Stopper
Located in Pasadena, CA
Rare handblown decanter bottle with notch cut, clear crystal stopper designed by Wayne Husted for Blenko. Bottle measures 19.5" by 4". In very good vintage 1950's condition.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

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 Vases and Vessels

Materials

Copper

Set of 3 Aldo Londi for Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Vases
Located in Stockholm, SE
A set of handmade Rimini blue ceramic pieces designed by Aldo Londi and manufactured by Bitossi and Flavia Montelupo, Italy 1960s. Blue glazed ceramic with engraved patterns. Its gor...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Swedish, Vase, Brown Glazed and Incised Stoneware, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase, designed and produced in Sweden, 1950s. In incised and glazed stoneware.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stoneware

Mid-Century European Glazed Vase
Located in High Point, NC
A beautiful vintage mid-century glazed ceramic from Europe, in a deep ultramarine with cerulean accents. The intense blue sheen gently contrasts with the ochre brown for a vibrant an...
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

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 Vases and Vessels

Materials

Art Glass

Yngve Blixt, Vase, Glazed Stoneware, Höganäs, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizable vase. Produced by Yngve Blixt (1920-1981). Produced in the studio of the artist, signed. Other designers of the period include Axel Saalto, Arne Bang, Carl-Harry Stålhan...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stoneware

Barbini Style White Blown Glass Vase with Footed Base
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage handblown glass vase with footed base in white opaque glass. The vase has a rounded urn form with Neoclassical / Mid-Century Modern inspired design and features tripod legs i...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Blown Glass

xxl Colorful Fat Lava Pottery "MAYA TIKI" Vase by Jasba Ceramics, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Pottery ceramic vase Producer: JASBA Ceramic, Germany Decade: 1970s Original vintage 1970s pottery ceramic vase made in Germany. High quality G...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Decorative Vintage Bottle Made in Italy, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Decorative Italian bottle made in 1950s.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Crystal, Silver

1960s French Concrete Planter
Located in High Point, NC
A concrete planter from 1960s France. A wide basin with fluted edges mimics the openness and symmetry of a waterlily. The dappled surface of the weathered concrete creates a color pa...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Concrete

Vintage Red Murano Glass Vase by Tobia Scarpa for Venini, 1960
Located in Milano, IT
A particular vintage vase in Murano glass by Tobia Scarpa for Venini, designed in 1960. The vase was made with the techniques of blown glass and Murrina. The vase by Tobia Scarpa has...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Murano Glass

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

Materials

Teak

E. Cabello C.A. Mexico Mixed Metals Brass Copper Vessel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mexican made of copper, brass and stainless steel vessel. This patchwork form is composed of various metals to create a torch-like shape. The base of the vessel is supported by three...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

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Brass, Copper, Stainless Steel

Alvino Bagni Vase for Raymor, Ceramic Stripes, Blue, Yellow, White, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Alvino Bagni vase for Raymor, ceramic stripes, blue, yellow, white, signed. Chunky medium scale vase. Upper half of the vase has bands of pastel colors: light sky blue, burnt orange,...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 2 StudioA Italy Glazed Ceramic Bud Vases Striped Round Mid-Century Modern
Located in Miami, FL
Studio A Italy, Mid-Century Modern glazed striped Set of ceramic vases, pottery in a tall round vessel shape. Marked at the base, Studio A, Made in Italy. The smaller wheat vase me...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Black Ceramic Spherical Vase, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern Black ceramic spherical vase, 1980s Spherical vase in black ceramic. Croff label on the back 1980s. Very good conditions. Measurements in cm 22 x 22 H.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Carl Auböck Model #7228 Patinated Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #7228 patinated brass vase designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in darkly patinated and polished brass by Werkstä...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Brass

Swirly Multicolored Murano Glass Vase, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Swirly multicolored murano glass vase, 1970s.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Crystal Vase in Electric Blue, Czech Republic, c. 1950's
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage Czech Republic handblown crystal vase in translucent electric blue. The vase has a tapered form with a raised base. Colored blue glass will change hues according to the surro...
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Crystal

Two-Tier Stone Planter from Switzerland Attributed to Swiss Designer Willy Guhl
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large two-tier cast stone planter from Switzerland. This unique stacked planter from the mid-20th century is attributed to Swiss artist Willy Guhl. It has original paint and nicely...
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20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stone, Cast Stone

Porcelain Green Vase by Wallendorf, Germany
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase by Wallendorf, Germany. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 26.5 cm / diameter 16 cm.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Porcelain

Signed Mid-Century Blenko Amber Art Glass Nude Female Vase by Joel Philip Myers
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This art glass vase was designed by Joel Philip Myers of Blenko Glass of the United States in approximately 1969 in the period Mid-Century Modern style. The vase is done with clear g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Art Glass

Midcentury Industrial Hourglass Double Cone Planter in Aluminum 1960s California
Located in National City, CA
Planter Vintage industrial hourglass double cone planter in aluminum 1960s after Architectural Pottery California Measures: 19 tall x 9.75 diameter inches Made in the USA. No marking...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Aluminum

Vintage Small Art De Vannes Vase
Located in Buchanan, NY
A beautiful vase made my the French company Art de Vannes in the 1960s. The vase is made of thick clear transparent glass and will be stunning on a shelf or on a table with fresh flo...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Art Glass

Midcentury Unique Early Ceramic Vase Carl-Harry Stålhane Rörstrand Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
This large unique vase with the comes from a series of vases produced in 1948 called "Frozen Ground" It’s made in Sweden at Rörstrand and designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane. There is on...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Porcelain Vase in Cobalt Color by Unter Weiss Bach, Germany
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase in cobalt color by Unter Weiss Bach, Germany. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 25.5 cm / diameter 6 cm.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Porcelain

Carl Auböck Model #3854 'Atom 2' Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #3854 'Atom 2' brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in darkly patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl Aubö...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Brass

Majolica Vase with Cicada Sicard, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica vase with cicada Sicard, circa 1950. From South of France (Provence).
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Ercole Barovier Toso Murano Pink Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown pink and gold flecks Italian art glass double opening flower vase. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for Barovier e Toso, circa 1950s. Create...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Shadow Ceramic Vase, a Decorative Piece with Contemporary and Modern Vibes
Located in Porto, PT
Shadow ceramic vase, a decorative piece w/ unique lines and hand-painted details Shadow decorative ceramic vase is a mimicry story about desire, optimism, and no light without dar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Carl Auböck Model #3794 'Aorta' Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3794 'Aorta' brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkstät...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Brass

Bitossi Seta Vase, Ceramic, Stripes, Gold, Blue, Black, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi Seta vase, ceramic, stripes, gold, blue and black, signed. Tall tapered bottle shaped vase from Aldo Londi's Seta (Silk) decor series. The glazed decoration features a dense ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Large Willy Guhl Hourglass Planter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful concrete hourglass planters by the Swiss Architect, Willy Guhl. Great age, patina and coloring. Iconic sculptural planter or garden object. Listing is for a 35.5"-37"...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Concrete

Art Glass Vase by Josef Hospodka for Chribska Glassworks, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Beautiful Czech sculptural glass vase designed by Josef Hospodka in 1960's and made by the Chribska Glassworks. Combination of blue, green and clear glass with a lovely opaque white ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Art Glass

Ercole Barovier Toso Murano Blue Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Gorgeous and very rare Murano hand blown blue pulled feather design and gold flecks Italian art glass vase. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for the Barovier e Toso Company, ci...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Pink Crystal Vase, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Pink crystal vase. Very good condition. Vase produced in Poland in the 1960s. Measures: Height 36 cm / diameter 14 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Crystal

Set of 2 White Porcelain Vases by Kaiser, Germany, 1970s
Located in London, GB
Set of 2 white porcelain vases by Kaiser, Germany, 1970s From left H14xD15cm, H20xD15cm.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Porcelain

Cenedese Murano Blown by Tosi Designed Antonio da Ros Sculpture Vase
Located in Brussels, BE
Rare vintage Cenedese Murano glass vase designed by Antonio da Ros and blown by masterblower Tosi. The vintage Cenedese are difficult to find on the market. Wonderful combination o...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Art Glass

Italian Handmade Murano Glass Vase
Located in Vilnius, LT
Italian murano glass vase is handmade in two colors - dark purple and black. The vase is very heavy and solid. Weight is 14,4 kg.     
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Murano Glass

West German Midcentury Blue Lava Drip Glaze Vases by Scheurich, circa 1965
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Gorgeous vintage midcentury vase by West German Pottery manufacturer Scheurich Keramik (Ceramic), circa 1965. Add a splash of color/colour to your home decor with this beautiful blue...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

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Clay, Pottery

Wilhelm Wagenfeld "Turmalin" Vases, 1950
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant 'Turmalin' series by Wilhelm Wagenfeld for WMF, blown and cold cut-glass vases, marked.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Blown Glass

Black Midcentury Vase
Located in Chorzów, PL
Black midcentury vase Measures height: 34 cm, diameter 7 cm.  
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1980s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stoneware

Pair Murano Scavo Vases Fluted Neoclassical Modern 1960's Tall Vases
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Tall pair of scavo taupe colored Murano ribbed vases. Unsigned with original Murano foil label. The width of the vase measures 10' and the width of the base measures 8".
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Murano Glass

Porcelain Vase Bareuther Waldsassen, Bavaria, Germany, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase Bareuther Waldsassen - Bavaria, Germany, 1960s Very good condition. No damage. Dimensions: height 18.5 cm / diameter 14 cm.  
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Orrefors Glass Vase
Located in Bochum, NRW
Beautifully shaped, very heavy glass bottle vase, by Orrefors, Sweden, 1970s. Excellent condition. Original manufacturer label Dimensions: 24 x 10 x 26.5 cm Mid-Century Modern Sc...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Glass

Franco Moretti Murano Silver Flecks Blue Pull Feather Italian Art Glass Decanter
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown silver flecks, aqua blue swirl, and soft cream yellow Italian art glass decanter. Attributed to designer Franco Moretti, circa 1970s. Created in t...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels

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Silver Leaf

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