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Post-Modern Vases

POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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Meridian Glass Bell, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Meridian glass bell, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Hand-sculpted in crystal Dimensions: W 24 x D 15.5 x H 35 cm Materials: Crystal Weight: 1.1 kg The Meridian Glass Bell....
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Vases

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Crystal

Mirto Flower Vase Ettore Sottsass Japanese Urushi Lacquer Model
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Mirto flower vase designed by Ettore Sottsass for Marutomi. This model is limited Japanese urushi lacquer model. Japanese traditional urushi pigment is made from natural urushi tree...
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Early 2000s Japanese Post-Modern Vases

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Plastic

Cofete Brass Vase, Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
Cofete brass vase by Jan Garncarek Dimensions: 60 x 18 x 18 cm Material: Brass Handcrafted by Jan Garncarek. Signed Jan Garncarek is an important contemporary designer, gradu...
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2010s German Post-Modern Vases

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Brass

Memphis Milano Ceramic Vase Luciano Florio Paccagnella, 1990s
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
"Luciano Florio Paccagnella is a Memphis Group hero that has been forgotten by history. He designed the first invitation cards for the Memphis Group. Paccagnella was discovered by...
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1990s Hungarian Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Postmodern Asymmetrical Vase by McRon, 1994, USA
Located in Miami, FL
Handmade postmodern ceramic vase rendered in white glazed ceramic pottery by McRon, 1994.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Pottery

Basilico Big Fruits Tray Ettore Sottsass Japanese Urushi Laquer Model
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
"Basilico big" fruits tray designed by Ettore Sottsass for Marutomi. This model is limited Japanese urushi lacquer model. Japanese traditional urushi pigment is made from natural ur...
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Early 2000s Japanese Post-Modern Vases

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Plastic

Set of October's Vases 01 and 02 by Cécile Ducommun
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of October's Vases 01 and 02 by Cécile Ducommun Dimensions: D21 x H35 cm and D31 x 23 cm Materials: Stoneware. Hand modeled stoneware, fired at 1250 degrees. May contain wat...
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2010s French Post-Modern Vases

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Stoneware

November's Vase .03 by Cécile Ducommun
Located in Geneve, CH
November's Vase .03 by Cécile Ducommun Dimensions: D22 x H18 cm Materials: Stoneware. Hand modeled stoneware, fired at 1250 degrees. May contain water. "I create my pieces en...
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2010s French Post-Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Tribu Bottle Fire by Léontine Furcy
Located in Geneve, CH
Tribu bottle fire by Léontine Furcy Unique piece Materials: Raw chamotte, black sandstone Dimensions: H 30cm x L 15.5 cm Léontine Furcy, ceramic artist, tells about herself in ...
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2010s French Post-Modern Vases

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Sandstone

Amarillo Vase Hand-Crafted, Fine Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Amarillo vase hand-crafted, fine crystal Dimensions: W 42.5 x D 22 x H 40 cm Materials: Crystal We delight in the beauty, vibrant colors, and ceaseless action of the butterfly. ...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Vases

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Crystal

Randy Strong Contemporary Art Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Randy strong art glass vase with feathered layered and cased glass design, incised signature on the bottom. 8.75" height x 5.25" Diameter.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Senape Flower Vase Ettore Sottsass Japanese Urushi Laquer Model A
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Senape flower vase designed by Ettore Sottsass for Marutomi. This model is limited Japanese urushi laquer model. Japanese traditional urushi pigment is made from natural urushi tree...
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Early 2000s Japanese Post-Modern Vases

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Plastic

NYC Contemprary Vase, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
NYC contemprary vase, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Crystal vase Hand-sculpted in crystal Measures: Height 25.5 cm Width 23 cm Depth 13.5 cm Weight 8.3 kg Material: Fine ...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Vases

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Crystal

Oak Pedestal Bowl by Evelina Kudabaite Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Oak pedestal bowl by Evelina Kudabaite Studio Handmade Materials: oak, brass Dimensions: H 75 mm x D 120 mm Colour: dark brown Notes: for dry use Since 2015, product designer...
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2010s Lithuanian Post-Modern Vases

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Brass

Large White Flower Vase by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Large white flower vase by Toru Hatta Unique piece Dimensions: Diameter 11 x height 12 cm Material: Handmade ceramic. Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. His love of an...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Small White Flower Vase by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Small white flower vase by Toru Hatta Unique Piece Dimensions: Diameter 8 x H 14 cm Material: Handmade Ceramic. Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. His love of antiques...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Ettore Sottsass, Bitossi Montelupo 'Signed in Ink'
Located in East Hampton, NY
Beautifully painted and glazed in grey, blue and off-white - this signed vase is oversized and in the style of a large bobbin or wheel.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Shiro Kuramata Acrylic Pink Vase, Large Japanese Postmodern
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Shiro Kuramata acrylic pink vase large model. Mint condition. Pink and clear acrylic bock with glass tube.
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1980s Japanese Vintage Post-Modern Vases

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Glass, Acrylic

Mountain Vase by FOS
By FOS
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Moulded and then mouth blown glass One of a kind The Mountain vases by FOS embody the surface of the mountain, calibrated to the size of human interiors. FOS explains, “It’s li...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Vases

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Glass

Gaetano Pesce Goto Vase Domus Caffe Florian, 1995
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice ‘Goto’ vase designed by Gaetano Pesce made for the Caffe Florian, on the occasion of the G. Pesce show at the Caffe Florian during the Venice Biennale, 1995. The text in It...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Vases

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Resin

Modern Hand Blown Glass Pitcher or Ewer
Located in New York, NY
Modern hand blown glass pitcher or decorative ewer with an applied handle and a multicolored decorative motif. The piece was likely made during the late 20th century. In great vintag...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Postmodern Art Studio Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Postmodern art studio glass vase, signed illegibly on the bottom.
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Bertil Vallien Kosta Boda Studio Art Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda large modern studio art glass vase in orange with multicolored glass flecks near the neck. 17" H x 21" W x 16" D.
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Late 20th Century European Post-Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Colorful Crystal Perfume Flacon, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Colorful crystal perfume flacon, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Hand-sculpted in crystal Measures: Small: Height 16.5 cm Width 8 cm Depth 8 cm Weight 0.8 kg Material: Fine...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Vases

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Crystal

Unique Vessel 15 by Matthew Fisher
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique vessel 15 by Matthew Fisher Unique piece Dimensions: 15.5 D x 38 H cm Materials: Nero Marquina Developed as a series from a growing fascination with aetiological mytholo...
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2010s American Post-Modern Vases

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Other

Postmodern Tusca Vase by Lino Sabattini for Rosenthal, 1980s
Located in Uppsala, SE
This is the smallest model of the Tusca vase series, designed by Lino Sabattini and produced by Rosenthal in the 1980s. The white porcelain vase features a silver coloured motif and ...
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1980s German Vintage Post-Modern Vases

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Porcelain

Unique Vase Made in 89 Minutes by Minute Manufacturing
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique vase Made in 89 minutes by Minute Manufacturing Dimensions: D 18 x H 20 cm Materials: Waste materials Such as Cardboard Tubes, Plastic Boxes, Leather, Clay Minute Manuf...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Vases

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Leather, Clay, Plastic

Pair of Very Large Memphis Glass Objects by Matteo Thun for Tiffany & Co. 1987
Located in Tilburg, NL
Extraordinary and very large (54,5 & 86 cm in height) glass objects by famous designer and Memphis Group founding member Matteo Thun (1952 – Italy). Rinascimento Collection for Tiffa...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases

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Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Colorful Crystal Perfume Flacon, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Colorful crystal perfume Flacon, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Hand-sculpted in crystal Small: Height 17 cm Width 12 cm Depth 4.7 cm Weight: 0.9 kg Material: Fine handcut...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Vases

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Crystal

Shiro Kuramata Pink Vase
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Shiro Kuramata's acrylic flower vase. Small model. Acrylic block which pink is inside and glass tube.  
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1980s Japanese Vintage Post-Modern Vases

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Glass, Acrylic

NYC Contemporary Vase, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
NYC contemporary vase, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Crystal vases Hand-sculpted in crystal Measures: Small Height 21.5 cm Width 16 cm Depth 11 cm Weight: 4.2 kg Material: Fine ...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Vases

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Crystal

Cuddle Vessel in Cherry Blossom
Located in Miami, FL
Gabriela has partnered with founder and curator Sara Darling of rose colored to launch the floral shop’s inaugural artist series with Memphis, a show consisting of mini-sculptures in...
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2010s American Post-Modern Vases

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Terrazzo, Acrylic, Lucite

Soichiro Sasakura for Sasaki Japanese Postmodern 'San Marino' Art Glass Vase
By Soichiro Sasakura
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Postmodern art glass vase designed by Soichiro Sasakura for Sasaki in the 1990's. The piece is titled 'San Marino' and has blue encased glass and a makers mark on the bottom...
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Contemporary Design Unique Glass 'Mountain' Vase by Fos, Butterscotch
By FOS
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Moulded and then mouth blown glass One of a kind The Mountain vases by FOS embody the surface of the mountain, calibrated to the size of human interiors. FOS explains, “It’s li...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Memphis Milano Ceramic Vase Ilios by Luciano Florio Paccagnella, 1990s
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
"Luciano Florio Paccagnella is a Memphis Group hero that has been forgotten by history. He designed the first invitation cards for the Memphis Group. Paccagnella was discovered by M...
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1990s Hungarian Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Madison Bowl, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Madison bowl, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Decorative bowl Handsculpted in crystal Measures: L 18 x H 14 x D 18 cm Madison Bowl: The stunning Madison bowl looks radiant...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Vases

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Crystal

Ettore Sottsass Le Connessioni Vase from the Ruins Series by Bitossi Italy, 1992
Located in Kansas City, MO
Le Connessioni vase from the Ruins series by Ettore and made by Bitossi for Design Gallery Milano, Italy, 1992. Glazed stoneware. Signed to underside 'Ettore Sottsass 1992 3/9 Bitoss...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Italian Abstract Modernist Faceted Tall Red Berry Color Murano Glass Vase
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A bright berry red color curvy tall Murano glass vase. With a wide base, cinched top, and sprawling scalloped finger-like lip, this vessel is a true statement piece. The base is roun...
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases

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Glass, Art Glass

Stella Vessel in Bubble Gum (Bud Vase)
Located in Miami, FL
Gabriela has partnered with founder and curator Sara Darling of Rose Cololured to launch the floral shop’s inaugural artist series with Memphis, a show consisting of mini-sculptures ...
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2010s American Post-Modern Vases

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Terrazzo, Acrylic, Lucite

Ettore Sottsass Shiva Limited Edition Black Prototype 1/8
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Black Shiva ceramic vase designed by Ettore Sottsass circa 1973, edited by BD in Barcelona. This piece has been produced as a limited edition with a total of only 100 units. This...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Layers Vase in Limestone by Dessislava Madanska
Located in Geneve, CH
Layers Vase in limestone by Dessislava Madanska Onedesignspace Dimensions: W 26 x D 26 x H 67 cm Materials: Bulgarian limestone A limited edition of 3 + 2A.P On the side of the vas...
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2010s English Post-Modern Vases

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Limestone

Memphis Milano Ceramic Vase Csillag by Luciano Florio Paccagnella, 1990s
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
"Luciano Florio Paccagnella is a Memphis Group hero that has been forgotten by history. He designed the first invitation cards for the Memphis Group. Paccagnella was discovered by M...
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1990s Hungarian Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Cuddle Vessel in Earth
Located in Miami, FL
Gabriela has partnered with founder and curator Sara Darling of rose colored to launch the floral shop’s inaugural artist series with Memphis, a show consisting of mini-sculptures in...
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2010s American Post-Modern Vases

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Terrazzo, Acrylic, Lucite

2000s Cenedese Italian Pair of Aquamarine Blue Rostrato Murano Glass Ovoid Vases
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary Venetian modernist vases signed Cenedese with an interesting elongated modern organic shape, in a sophisticated azure turquoise color, in blown Murano glass worked with ...
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Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Vases

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Shiro Kuramata Acrylic Vase Blue
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Shiro Kuramata's acrylic flower vase. Aluminum tube put into acrylic block.  Contemporary single flower vase.
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1980s Japanese Vintage Post-Modern Vases

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Glass, Acrylic

Post Modern Ikebana Vase by Libby Ware
Located in San Diego, CA
Incredibly graphic post-modern ikebana ceramic vase by known U.S. artist Libby Ware. The vessel is cylinder like evoking a variety of ideas. The deep dark glaze commands attention as...
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1990s American Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Contemporary Wall Lamp and Vase by Soft Baroque, Crushed Brass
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Commissioned by Etage Projects for Salon Art + Design 2017. Wall-mounted light and vase made of crushed brass. Comes with a remote. Handmade by Soft Baroque in London. Comes in diffe...
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2010s British Post-Modern Vases

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Brass

Postmodern Geometric Ceramic Vase Signed Baldelli
Located in Miami, FL
Designed and manufactured by the Baldelli Family of Italy, this saucer like vase has a Postmodern design over a blue gray finish, circa 1980s.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

1980s Vivarini Italian Large Vintage Pink Rostrato Spike Murano Glass Ovoid Vase
Located in New York, NY
Venetian modernist vase by Vivarini, with an interesting elongated modern shape, in a sophisticated unusual pink rose color, in blown Murano glass worked with the Barovier style rost...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Memphis Milano Marco Zanini & Massimo Giacon Vase
Located in Austin, TX
Vase by Memphis Milano founding member Marco Zanini and artist Massimo Giacon, 1996 (Memphis Sottsass). Marco Zanini is most noted for serving as creative director of the House o...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

1980s Postmodern Signed Bronze Vase
Located in San Diego, CA
Postmodern bronze vase. Smooth circular sides with puddled bronze around the middle section. Signed and dated 1988.
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1980s Unknown Vintage Post-Modern Vases

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Bronze

Kazuko Matthews Post Modern California Studio Stoneware Teapot with Lid
Located in Pasadena, CA
Flattened stoneware Post Modernist teapot with lid by California architectural artist Kazuko Matthews. Teapot measures 16" by 12" by 4" and is signed Kazuko Matthews on its bottom. I...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Archimede Seguso, "Merletto", 1980
Located in Paris, FR
Archimede Seguso 'Merletto' Vase, c. 1980 Execution: Blown glass, white. H : 23.5 cm (9.6") Overall Very good condition Archimede Seguso, one of the great glass artists work...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Vases

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Glass

Extraordinary Glass Vase by Contemporary Japanese Artist Shohei Yokoyama
Located in Paris, FR
Shohei Yokoyama is a famous contemporary artist living and working in Toyama, was born in Okayama prefecture, Japan in 1985. Having a lot of awards and prizes, artist's works are in...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Vases

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Glass

Geatano Pesce Amazonia Rubber Vase Fish Design, 1994
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare early collectible Amazonia vase designed by Gaetano Pesce and manufactured by Fish Design, Italy, 1994. This is for an early 1990s vase in cognac colored rubber. The early vases...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Vases

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Rubber

Fulvio Bianconi, "A Spicchi", 1950
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi 'A Spicchi' Vase, c. 1950 Execution: Venini, blown glass, purple, pink and blue. Measure: H : 19 cm (7.48") Overall Very good condition A piece both highly ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Vases

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Glass

Father Vase by RRRES
Located in Geneve, CH
Father vase by RRRES Dimensions: D50 x H150 cm Materials: Palm leaf, reed structure Every piece is unique and different. Sizes and shapes can have variations. Also available: M...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Vases

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Other

Union Vase 02 by RRRES
Located in Geneve, CH
Union Vase 02 by RRRES Dimensions: D74 x H76 cm Materials: Palm Leaf, Reed Structure Every piece is unique and different. Sizes and shapes can have variations. Also Available...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Vases

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Other