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Mid-Century Modern Vases

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
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 Vases

Materials

Earthenware

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 Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

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 Vases

Materials

Stoneware

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 Vases

Materials

Ceramic

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 Vases

Materials

Art Glass

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

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

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 Vases

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 Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

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'.
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Earthenware

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.
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Sculpted Teak Vase, France, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage solid teak carved vase, France, 1960s. In overall excellent condition.
Category

1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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

Materials

Crystal

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 Vases

Materials

Ceramic

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 Vases

Materials

Glass

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....
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

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.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

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

Materials

Ceramic

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

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

Materials

Blown 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 ...
Category

1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

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

Materials

Brass, Copper, Stainless Steel

Sparta Copper Pitcher with White Bakelite Handle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Art Deco water pitcher c.1930's, designed by Walter Von Nessen for Chase USA makes for a fun decorative piece. The pitcher features a white Bakelite sculpted handle and copper p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Copper

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.
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Swirly Multicolored Murano Glass Vase, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Swirly multicolored murano glass vase, 1970s.
Category

1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

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

Materials

Brass

Grouping of Four Carl Auböck Brass Vases
Located in Glendale, CA
Grouping of four Carl Auböck brass vases. Includes models #7231 (W 3.1 in. x D 2.2 in. x H 6.4 in.), #3794 (W 3.25 in. x D 2 in. x H 6.75 in.), #3975 (W 2.75 in. x D 2 in. x H 5 in.)...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Crystal

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

Materials

Art Glass

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.
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Porcelain

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

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

Materials

Ceramic

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

Patinated Silver Plated Wine Cooler or Vase
Located in Tilburg, NL
Sometimes all is needed is a simple but refined shape and some nice patination. This beautifully patinated silver plated wine cooler or vase is a piece of beauty and elegance. It...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

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

Materials

Gold Leaf

Majolica Vase with Cicada Sicard, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica vase with cicada Sicard, circa 1950. From South of France (Provence).
Category

1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

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

Materials

Gold Leaf

Nils Thorsson Royal Copenhagen Aluminia Faience Square Shaped Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish mid-century Danish Royal Copenhagen Aluminia Faience art pottery vase designed by Nils Thorsson and dating from around 1960. The vase has a tall square shaped body with a f...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Art Glass

Purple Glass Vase, In Style of Nanny Still, Ca. 1960s
Located in Schagen, NL
Beautiful deep Purple Vase, In style of the piece which was designed by Nanny Still ca. the 1960s, Model Saturnus. The piece remains in good condition with normal wear consistent wit...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

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.
Category

1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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.
Category

1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Porcelain

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.     
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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

Materials

Clay, Pottery

Carl Auböck Model #7231 Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #7231 brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Ceramic

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

Materials

Blown Glass

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...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

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".
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

Crystal Vase, Poland, 1970s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Transparent / Honey colored crystal vase with floral motif Made in Poland during 1970s Very good condition, no damage. Dimensions: Height 24 cm, diameter at the outlet 17 cm.
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1970s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

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.  
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Porcelain

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

Materials

Stoneware

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

Materials

Ceramic

Rattan Amphora Vase by Vivai Del Sud, Italy, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
1960s rattan vase with two handles in the shape of an ancient Amphora by Vivai del Sud, Rome, Italy.
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Bamboo, Cane, Rattan

Joint Set of Three Silver Plated Vases in the Style of Sabatini, Italy, 1960s
Located in Maastricht, NL
Three joined silver plated vases. All three have a slight difference in height for a beautiful flower arrangement.
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Art Glass Vase by Josef Hospodka For Chribska Glassworks,1960‘s.
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of Glass Designer Josef Hospodka Original condition
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Ricard French Midcentury Ceramic Vase, Le Castellet, Bendor Island, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Rare Midcentury ceramic vase by Ceramiques Ricard (Le Castellet and Bendor Island), France, 1950s. Hand painted by Octave Congui. Measures: Height 35 cm - 13.8 in., diameter 21.5cm -...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Murano, Submerged Glass Vase, Colour Smoky Gray, Mandruzzato Italy, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Large multi-faceted glass vase by Mandruzzato. This beautiful piece is very elegant thanks to the delicate line and the smoky-transparent color. It is rare, not only for its shape bu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

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