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Modern Ashtrays

MODERN STYLE
MODERN STYLE

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Murano Sommerso Red and Green Glass Ashtray or Bowl
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Murano "Sommerso" glass ashtray in red and green colors. Design presumably by Alessandro Mandruzzato. Venice, Italy ca. 1960.      
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Art Glass

Purple and Blue Murano Sommerso Ashtray / Bowl by Flavio Poli for Suguso
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Faceted "Sommerso" Murano ashtray / bowl made of purple glass submerged into blue glass. Flavio Poli for Seguso Venice, Italy 1960's.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Art Glass

21st Century Federico Peri Plissé Ashtray Murano Glass Various Colors
Located in Brembate di Sopra (BG), IT
21st century Federico Peri IRIDE PLISSE' ashtray Murano glass various colors. Iride is a collection of ashtrays comprised of three different circular models with engravings drawn f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

21st Century Federico Peri Satin Ashtray Murano Glass Various Colors
Located in Brembate di Sopra (BG), IT
21st century Federico Peri IRIDE SATIN ashtray Murano glass various colors. Iride is a collection of ashtrays comprised of three different circular models with engravings drawn fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

21st Century Federico Peri Ashtray Murano Glass Various Colors
Located in Brembate di Sopra (BG), IT
21st Century Federico Peri IRIDE Ashtray Murano Glass Various Colors and Versions: PLISSE' - STRIPE - SATIN - CUT. Iride is a collection of ashtrays comprised of three different cir...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

21st Century Federico Peri Stripe Ashtray Murano Glass Various Colors
Located in Brembate di Sopra (BG), IT
21st century Federico Peri IRIDE STRIPE ashtray Murano glass various colors. Iride is a collection of ashtrays comprised of three different circular models with engravings drawn fr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

21st Century Federico Peri Cut Ashtray Murano Glass Various Colors
Located in Brembate di Sopra (BG), IT
21st century Federico Peri IRIDE CUT ashtray Murano glass various colors. Iride is a collection of ashtrays comprised of three different circular models with engravings drawn from ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

Christian Dior Crystal Cigar Ashtray Bowl Dish Catchall Desk Tidy
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely Christian Dior crystal cigar ashtray or bowl or desk tidy with heavily carved pattern. This lovely piece features bubble carving around. Marked on the inside with "Christian D...
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1980s French Vintage Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Crystal

Squash Light Blue Ashtray, by Maria Sanchez from Memphis Milano
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
The Squash Light Blue Ashtray in ceramic was originally designed in 1985 by Maria Sanchez for Memphis Milano. The Squash ashtray is one of the smallest objects in the Memphis Milano ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Squash Purple Ashtray, by Maria Sanchez from Memphis Milano
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
The Squash Purple Ashtray in ceramic was originally designed in 1985 by Maria Sanchez for Memphis Milano. The Squash ashtray is one of the smallest objects in the Memphis Milano coll...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Squash Gold Ashtray, by Maria Sanchez from Memphis Milano
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
The Squash Gold Ashtray in ceramic was originally designed in 1985 by Maria Sanchez for Memphis Milano. The Squash ashtray is one of the smallest objects in the Memphis Milano collec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Squash Ashtray, by Maria Sanchez from Memphis Milano
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
The Squash Ashtray is made in ceramic, and is one of the smallest objects in the Memphis Milano collection. The overlapping of shapes and colors are distinctive of the “Memphis” phil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Squash Yellow Ashtray, by Maria Sanchez from Memphis Milano
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
The Squash Yellow Ashtray in ceramic was originally designed in 1985 by Maria Sanchez for Memphis Milano. The Squash ashtray is one of the smallest objects in the Memphis Milano coll...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Handpaited Vide-Poches 'pin tray' Set of 3
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Hand painted trays from our Menagerie collection.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Iron

Avocado Ashtray
Located in Paris, FR
The avocado ashtray is made of a solid machined aluminium piece. Natural Anodized aluminium finish.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Ashtrays

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Steel

Cigarettes and Cigar Ashtray in Marble by Michele Chiossi, Made in Italy
Located in Milan, IT
Time and smoke pass, ashtrays remain. As everlasting as marble, as elegant as a concentric circle of smoke spreading through the air. Chiossi revisits the most Classic of living room...
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2010s Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Marble

Solid Brass Ashtray or Desk Accessory by Backstrom Holger & Bo Ljungberg Sweden
Located in North Miami, FL
This geometric solid brass ashtray and or fabulous desk accessory for pens and pencils is designed by Backstrom Holger and Bo Ljungberg for Diverse Ting. It is from Sweden and from 1...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Modern Ashtrays

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Brass

Nordia Round Cast Bronze Ashtray
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A solid bronze round ashtray with object resting details all around. It has a gilt bronze pebbled interior and beautiful deep rich verdigris finish on the underside. It is made in Is...
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Mid-20th Century Israeli Modern Ashtrays

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Bronze

Studio Ceramic Dish with Crushed Glass Inlay
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Studio ceramic dish with glass center. The dish features a rust colored unglazed exterior and underside with the outer top in an ivory colored glaze that surrounds the top of the cru...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware, Glass

Round Bronze Ashtray with Flip-Top Lid
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A round lidded ashtray made of bronze in a gorgeous patina. This piece features a flip-top hinge in the center and reveals two object resting design details welded on each side - a p...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Ashtrays

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Bronze

Amarelo Luminoso, Ashtray by Cultivado Em Casa
Located in Geneve, CH
Amarelo Luminoso - ashtray by Cultivado Em Casa Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 3 cm Materials: Resin and gold leaf The Yellow Luminous collection finds its value in the narrative of its ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Ashtrays

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Resin

Handpanited Vide-Poches, Pin Tray Set of 3
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Handpainted trays from our Menagerie collection.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Iron

Cigarettes and Cigar Ashtray in Black Marble by Michele Chiossi, Made in Italy
Located in Milan, IT
Time and smoke pass, ashtrays remain. As everlasting as marble, as elegant as a concentric circle of smoke spreading through the air. Chiossi revisits the most Classic of living room...
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2010s Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Marble

1980s Modernist Red and Orange Murano Glass Heart Bowl
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A rare red and orange bowl also usable as ashtray made in Italy in the Seventies. It's in perfect conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Murano Glass

Cast Bronze Fly Sculpture with Hidden Ashtray
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bronze fly ashtray with subtle engraved detailing on the wings and tail. Hinged wings lift to reveal patinated ashtray with two grooves traditionally used to place the smoking access...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Bronze

1980s Modernist Transparent Murano Glass Round Ashtray
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A rare ashtray made in Italy in the Eighties, it's signed on a side, transparent glass has been decorated with pink and yellow signs. It's in perfect conditions.
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Murano Glass

Danese Milano Paros D1 Ashtray in Black Marquina marble by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Paros D1 is an ashtray that can also be used as a table centrepiece. It is made from a section of a simple cylinder of semi-finished black Marquina marble and is produced in a limite...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Marble

Val Saint Lambert Hexagonal Ashtray in Green Shaded Crystal
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Massive ashtray in pure lead oxide crystal; it has beautiful shades of green; its hexagonal shape and the way the crystal has been cut, contribute to creating particular and involvin...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Modern Ashtrays

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Crystal

Italian Black Marble Bowl, circa 1980
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Italian black marble bowl, circa 1980.
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20th Century Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Marble

Danese Milano Ponza Floor Ashtray in Natural Aluminum by Bruno Munari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Natural Ponza is a standing floor ashtray. A bent sheet of aluminium is inserted into a square-shaped metal tube and can be removed so that the contents can e emptied. Bruno Munar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Aluminum

Danese Milano Large Barbados Ashtray in Black Ceramic by Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in Hicksville, NY
Large Black Barbados is a glazed ceramic ashtray made up of two parts: a circular base and a ring shaped lid that fits on top and hides part of the contents. The simple, pure geometr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

Danese Milano Medium Barbados Ashtray in Black Ceramic by Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in Hicksville, NY
Medium Black Barbados is a glazed ceramic ashtray made up of two parts: a circular base and a ring shaped lid that fits on top and hides part of the contents. The simple, pure geomet...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Danese Milano Small Cubo Ashtray in White Aluminum by Bruno Munari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Small White Cubo is an ashtray made up of two simple elements: a cube shaped shell open on one side contains an element made of bent sheet metal. This element is designed so that the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Aluminum

Danese Milano Small Barbados Ashtray in Black Ceramic by Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in Hicksville, NY
Small Black Barbados is a glazed ceramic ashtray made up of two parts: a circular base and a ring shaped lid that fits on top and hides part of the contents. The simple, pure geometr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

Danese Milano Large Cubo Ashtray in White Aluminum by Bruno Munari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Larger White Cubo is an ashtray made up of two simple elements: a cube shaped shell open on one side contains an element made of bent sheet metal. This element is designed so that th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Aluminum

Danese Milano Small Cubo Ashtray in Black Aluminum by Bruno Munari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Small Black Cubo is an ashtray made up of two simple elements: a cube shaped shell open on one side contains an element made of bent sheet metal. This element is designed so that the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Aluminum

Danese Milano Levanzo Ashtray in Aluminum by Bruno Munari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Levanzo is a standing floor ashtray with built in rubbish bin in satin finished stainless steel and anodized aluminium. Bruno Munari was one of the most important Italian architec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

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Aluminum

Danese Milano Large Barbados Ashtray in White Ceramic by Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in Hicksville, NY
Large White Barbados is a glazed ceramic ashtray made up of two parts: a circular base and a ring shaped lid that fits on top and hides part of the contents. The simple, pure geometr...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

Danese Milano Small Barbados Ashtray in White Ceramic by Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in Hicksville, NY
Small White Barbados is a glazed ceramic ashtray made up of two parts: a circular base and a ring shaped lid that fits on top and hides part of the contents. The simple, pure geometr...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

Danese Milano Large Cubo Ashtray in Black Aluminum by Bruno Munari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Larger Black Cubo is an ashtray made up of two simple elements: a cube shaped shell open on one side contains an element made of bent sheet metal. This element is designed so that th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Aluminum

Danese Milano Ponza Floor Ashtray in Black Aluminum by Bruno Munari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Black Ponza is a standing floor ashtray. A bent sheet of aluminium is inserted into a square-shaped metal tube and can be removed so that the contents can e emptied. Bruno Munari ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Aluminum

Danese Milano Medium Barbados Ashtray in White Ceramic by Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in Hicksville, NY
Medium White Barbados is a glazed ceramic ashtray made up of two parts: a circular base and a ring shaped lid that fits on top and hides part of the contents. The simple, pure geomet...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

Danese Milano Small Cubo Ashtray in Orange Aluminum by Bruno Munari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Small Orange Cubo is an ashtray made up of two simple elements: a cube shaped shell open on one side contains an element made of bent sheet metal. This element is designed so that th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Aluminum

Vermont Marble Co. Ashtray
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A square ashtray in a polished black marble with green and white veining by the Vermont Marble Company of Proctor, VT. The piece has a circular well, and four routed asymmetrical ind...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Ashtrays

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Marble

Gonzo Grenade Ashtray, Hand Blown and Cut Contemporary Glass Ashtray
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the real life and fictional escapades of Hunter S. Thompson, the gonzo grenade ashtray hopes to honor his fondness for smoking and explosives. This two-piece set is blown...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Ashtrays

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Blown Glass

Danese Milano Bincan Floor Ashtray in Black by Naoto Fukasawa
Located in Hicksville, NY
Bincan posacenere is part of the Bincan collection which was designed for the work place and can be adapted to any environment whether internal or external, public or private. The pi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Metal

Guggenheim Square Ashtray by Michele Chiossi
Located in Geneve, CH
Guggenheim square ashtray by Michele Chiossi Dimensions: W 19 x 16 x 3.5 Materials: Nero marquinia marble His research is defined by the ongoing analysis of the mood that marks ...
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2010s Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Marble

Emilio Pucci Porcelain Vessel for Rosenthal Studio-Line
Located in New York, NY
A small and beautiful Hans Theo Baumann and Emilio Pucci designed porcelain vessel for Rosenthal 'Studio-Linie', Berlin, circa late 20th century, Germany. Piece is a glazed white por...
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Late 20th Century German Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Porcelain

Ettore Sottsass Synthesis Ashtray for Olivetti, circa 1970
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Ettore Sottsass Synthesis ashtray or box for Olivetti, circa 1970.
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20th Century Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Plastic

Peter Pepper White Marble Bowl, circa 1975
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Peter pepper white marble bowl, circa 1975.
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20th Century American Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Marble

Peter Pepper Black Marble Bowl, circa 1975
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Peter pepper black marble bowl, circa 1975.
Category

20th Century American Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Marble

Murano Glass Three Cigarettes Ashtray
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a tangerine color scoop shaped bowl ashtray for three cigarettes.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Blown Glass

Dark Bronze Ashtray by FAKASAKA Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Dark Bronze Ashtray by FAKASAKA Design Dimensions: W 26 x D 14 x H 9 cm Materials: Dark bronze.  
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2010s Brazilian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Bronze

Box, Ashtray in Dark Bronze by FAKASAKA Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Box, Ashtray in Dark Bronze by FAKASAKA Design Dimensions: W 28 x D 12 x H 10 cm Materials: Dark bronze.    
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2010s Brazilian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Bronze

Ashtray, Box in Polished Bronze by FAKASAKA Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Ashtray, box in polished bronze by FAKASAKA Design Dimensions: W 26 x D 14 x H 9 cm Materials: Polished bronze.  
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2010s Brazilian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Bronze

Box, Ashtray in Polished Bronze by FAKASAKA Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Box, ashtray in polished bronze by FAKASAKA Design Dimensions: W 28 x D 12 x H 10 cm Materials: Polished bronze.  
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Bronze

Grotto Serving Plate by Kajsa Melchior
Located in Geneve, CH
Grotto serving plate by Kajsa Melchior Fictive Erosion collection Dimensions: H Approx. 20 cm Ø: Approx. 40 cm Materials: Sculpted in sand by human body pressaure Developed in...
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2010s Swedish Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Sandstone

1970s Fabio Frontini for Arnolfo di Cambio Modernist Glass Ashtray
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Iconic ashtray made in Italy by Arnolfo di Cambio, it's in perfect conditions.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Glass