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Mid-Century Modern Barware

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
Large Set 62 Pcs Fortuna Rosenthal Stemware
Located in New York, NY
Incredible 62 piece set of Fortuna glasses, designed by Elsa Fischer - Treyden for Rosenthal, circa 1960's. It would be hard to find a more chic set of drinking glasses, and impossib...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Bimini Glass Cocktail Picks with Dice Stand, 1960s, Vienna Austria
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1960s Austrian cocktail picks made of glass, showing birds in a mouth blown glass dice stand. Nice addition to your room, bar cart or just for your collection of design...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Set of Three Mid-Century White Faux-Suede Bar Stools
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Set of three mid-century white faux-suede bar stools 3 large sturdy bar stool on wooden and chrome legs and with upholstery in white spill-proof faux suede.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Suede, Wood

Mid Century Modern Scandinavian Stainless Steel Ice Bucket, Cultura Sweden
Located in Soquel, CA
Mid Century Modern Scandinavian Stainless Steel Ice Bucket, Cultura Sweden Sleek and minimal Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian stainless steel ice bucket, with clean modern lines and ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Small Toothpick Holder Bamboo and Brass, Vienna, Around 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Small toothpick holder bamboo and brass, Vienna, around 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Vintage Fred Press Nautical Themed Glass Serving Tray
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century modern Fred Press designed nautical themed, molded glass serving tray. The back with a pebbled surface and the front decorated in 22k gold and enamels with a sailing ship...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Set of 12 Linen Cocktail Napkins by Leacock in a Nautical Flag Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Boxed set of 12 nautical flag linen cocktail napkins by Leacock of New York. Printed on linen in red, white, blue and yellow, an enclosed card identifies the letter, word and meaning...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Linen

Vintage Culver Florentine Pattern Ice Bowl and Cover in Gold-Tone Wirework Caddy
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern ice bowl with cover in metal caddy by Culver in the Florentine pattern, decorated in smooth and textured 22k gold depicting apple, pear, pineapple and grapes. The ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Set of Five French Pernod Glasses, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
5 French Pernod glasses set in yellow with blue striping for measuring. Pernod Fils was the most popular brand of absinthe throughout the 19th and 20th century. Pernod originally bu...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Krampus Devil Vintage Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1960s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
Category

1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Vintage Bronze Hand Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Bronze

Italian Top Hat Brass Ice Bucket
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Unusual and fun, heavy brass, ice bucket shaped like a top hat.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

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 Barware

Materials

Silver Leaf

1950s, Mid-Century Modern Silver and Polychrome Glass Italian Cocktail Set
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Amazing cocktail set made in Italy in the Fifties, it's composed by a shaker, an ice bowl and six glasses of different colors. All items are in perfect conditions. Measure: glass hei...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Champagne Cooler, Vienna, 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Champagne cooler, Vienna, 1950s Hammered copper Brass and wood polished and stove enameled.
Category

1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass, Copper

Set of Six Tall Stem Black Wine Glasses
Located in Ferndale, MI
Six black long stem wine glasses.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Art Glass

Mexican Abalone and Alpaca Silver Fish Bottle and Letter Opener
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Abalone and silver fish bottle and letter opener - this says it all... Pop open a drink, open a letter and do it all in style! Handmade in Mexico of Alpaca Silver. The letter open...
Category

20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver

Murano Amethyst Pink Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Midcentury Decanter Bottle
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Gorgeous, and very tall, vintage Murano hand blown rose / amethyst pink with gold flecks Italian art glass tall bottle decanter. The decanter has a ribbed surface on the original sto...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Gold Leaf

Luxury Aldo Tura Sculptural Ice Bucket in Goatskin & Brass 1960s Italy
Located in National City, CA
Ice Bucket Luxurious Aldo Tura sculptural Italian ice bucket in goatskin & brass, ITALY 1960s Interior of bucket is lustrous gold Elegant sculptural goatskin with a brass handle. St...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Vintage Apple Shapped Mini-Bar / Container, 1950s
Located in Praha, CZ
Vintage metal apple-shaped container with six small colorful glasses, which are in very good condition. Measures: The apple is 10 cm (3.94 inch) high, the plate is about 19 cm (7.5 ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Faceted Swivel Top Lucite Octagon Ice Bucket by Carole Stupell
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern octagonal ice bucket was realized in the United States by the esteemed designer Carol Stupell, circa 1970. It features a faceted body and top composed...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Lucite

Set of Eight Pinched Base Smoked Cocktail Glasses or Water Tumblers
Located in Ferndale, MI
Eight cocktail glasses in curved form with dimpled bases.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Midcentury Atomic Ice Bucket
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage midcentury kromex ice bucket. This stylish ice bucket features wood veneer wrapping with plastic trim and chrome lid and base with 2 wooden handles. Entertain guests while ke...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Two-Tier Glass Rolling Bar Cart DIA Baughman Style
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern chrome two-tier glass shelf rolling bar tea cart by Herver Jumet in Belgium for Glassland. In the manner and quality of Milo Baughman for design institute ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tortoise Bamboo and Wicker 6 Bottle Wine Rack
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A handmade Mid-Century Modern wine rack created from bentwood bamboo and wicker. Two layers of bamboo are carefully woven together creating a space for 6 bottle so wine (or other bev...
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Mid-20th Century Southeast Asian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan

1960s Pierre Marly Cocktail Sunglasses Oversized Avant-Garde Tortoise Frame
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pierre Marly cocktail sunglasses with a futuristic, avant-garde, oversized tortoiseshell frame. Made In France. Measures: Hinge to hinge 5.25" Eye frame height 2.69" Arm length 4"...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic

Danish Modern Teak Ice Bucket by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Round, teak ice bucket with black plastic interior insulation designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk (1960s, Denmark). Elegant form with vivid teak grain and carved, inset handle. ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic, Teak

Italian Faux Bamboo Ceramic & Brass Champagne or Wine Cooler / Large Ice Bucket
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching champagne or wine cooler or ice bucket in faux bamboo ceramic and brass, Italy, 1970s. This cube shaped lidded ice bucket features a cubic construction in brass with fa...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Piero Fornasetti "Mitologia" Coasters in Original Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
Piero Fornasetti "Mitologia" coasters in original box, Italy, circa 1950s. Nice to find them in their original box, however tattered. This set originally probably had 8 coasters, onl...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Porcelain

Dino Martens Aureliano Toso Murano Zig Zag Ribbon Italian Art Glass Decanter
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Rare and impressive 20" tall vintage Murano handblown Italian art glass decanter. Documented to designer Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso. Created with a alternating zig zag ribbon de...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Gold Leaf

Pair of Silver Plate Soap or Candy Dishes in the Manner of Elsa Peretti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of delightfully curved sliver plate dishes by Rogers, however the look is reminiscent of Elsa Peretti - organically curvaceous. Originally designed for Bon Bons, the pair well s...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

1960s Large Italian Ceramic Ice Bucket by Tommaso Barbi
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1960s large Italian ceramic ice bucket by Tommaso Barbi.
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Art Deco Gucci Italy Equestrian Champagne, Wine Cooler
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Lovely Art Deco equestrian champagne - wine cooler. It has the Gucci logo on each side and under it the stirrup. Equestrian more often known as riding, horseback riding (American Eng...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Bronze

Carl Auböck II Sculptural Vintage Flask Collection Group of Five, Austria 1950s.
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II Sculptural Vintage Flask Collection Group of Five, Austria 1950s. All sizes from S all the way to XL.
Category

1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Italian Ice Bucket and Draining Spoon by Macabo, circa 1950
Located in Bath, GB
A wonderful Mid-Century Modern / retro ice bucket to adorn your home bar made from silver plate and having been through our silversmith's workshop, restoring it to it's former glory,...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

Arthur Umanoff 1950s Iron and Leather Wine Rack
Located in St. Louis, MO
Arthur Umanoff for Shaver Howard 1950s iron and leather strap wine rack. Leather straps are solid, but may have a few old wine stains.
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Iron

Mid-Century Modern Mexican Bar Car by Eugenio Escudero
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this Mexican modernist serving cart, made of mahogany wood, with two rectangular shelves and a wooden frame, circa 1950.
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Mahogany

Checkered Serving Tray in Teak by Silva, Denmark, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Oblong tray or serving tray in checkered teak veneer. Designed and manufactured by Silva in Denmark during the 1970s. Suitable as a decorative piece to your midcentury table or for s...
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Murano White Opaline Crystal Glass Carafe and Glasses Set, Italy 1960s
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
This lovely, elegant Italian carafe and three glasses set is made of Murano white opaline crystal glass, hand painted with delicate flowers, leaves and gilded decor, Italy 1960s. Car...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Murano Glass

David Marshall Sculptural Wine Holder in Bronze, Spain
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Sculpturally unique wine holder by Spanish designer, David Marshall Created in bronze. Made in Spain. This piece is signed, circa 1980s. Dimensions are: 10 ...
Category

1980s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Bronze

Rare Silver Plated Champagne Bottle Cocktail Shaker
Located in London, GB
A rare silver plated Champagne bottle cocktail shaker with engraved label, foil and cork wire detail. The Shaker separates in just below the shoulder to fill with ice and cocktail mi...
Category

1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

"Noodle" the Dachshund Dog Bottle Opener Bosse Vienna Austria, 1950s, Midcentury
By Ludwig Bemelmans
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian bottle opener, attributed to be designed by Ludwig Bemelmans showing "Noodle" the Dachshund dog. Nice addition to your room or just for your collection o...
Category

1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Vintage Cocktail Martini Glass with Two Stirrers
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1920-1930s Bimini cocktail glass with two stirrers. The bowl of the glass features a blue swirl. The stem is further decorated with a capsule containing a dog figurine. One sti...
Category

20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Italian Brass Top Hat Ice Bucket
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A cool polished brass Italian ice bucket with an aluminum insert from the 1970s. Newly replated.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass, Aluminum

Fratelli Toso Murano White Opalescent Flower Murrine Italian Art Glass Decanter
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown opalescent white with rainbow color flower murrines Italian art glass decanter. Documented to the Fratelli Toso company. Retains its original stop...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine, Opaline Glass

Archimede Seguso Murano Signed Black Red Italian Art Glass Bottle Decanter
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown black and red swirl Italian art glass decanter. Fully signed underneath, "Archimede Seguso Murano", with original stopper. Striking decorative pie...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

1950's English Gold Plated Bar Tool Set by Asprey
Located in Paris, FR
A vintage mid-century English bar tool set by Asprey International Limited crafted in the UK. The set includes a luxurious bottle opener and a champagne cork remover and comes in the...
Category

20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Gold Plate

Fish Bottle Dispenser Hand Carved Wood & Metal Aldo Tura for Macabo Italy 1950s
Located in Rome, IT
1950s fish shaped bottle dispenser in hand-carved wood featuring metal details by the Italian designer Aldo Tura for Macabo.
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Hollywood Regency Green Bamboo Look Ice Bucket with Lid by Georges Briard
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Elevate your entertaining with this tall green and black ice bucket by Georges Briard. This piece is shaped like a sprig of bamboo and is covered in marbled green vinyl and faux blac...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Tiffany Sterling Silver Decanter Set with Hawkes Glass Bottles
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver decanter set. Retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Sterling silver frame with central pole on shaped base between two round and open wells. Pole ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Set of Six Mid Century "Ice Glass" Lucite Coasters with Stand, USA, Circa 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
Extraordinary set of 6 coasters with holder stand rendered in hand etched acrylic lucite with an ice glass effect reminiscent of the works f Willy Rizzo and J.T. Kalmar for Kalmar Li...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

"The Tramp" Vintage Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1960s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
Category

1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Bronze

Vintage Two Part Boxed Glo-Hill Bar Tool Set in Chrome and Bakelite
Located in Nantucket, MA
Boxed two piece bar tool set from Barmates by Glo-Hill line, consisting of a corkscrew and jigger in chrome with mottled red Bakelite handles. The 3 ounce measure in the form of a tr...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Chrome

Woven Rattan Wine Bar Rack
By Seven Seas Rattan Co.
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A woven rattan wine / bar rack with twenty spaces for wine or liquor bottles and topped with a dark butcher block serving area. Sized perfectly for a wall or corner area where space ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Rattan, Wood

Cartier Midcentury Georgian Sterling Silver Ice Bucket
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Georgian sterling silver ice bucket. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Urn with gadrooned and beaded borders. Capped and scrolled side handles and raised foot. Cover domed ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Vintage, Ten Year Dow-Jones Industrial Average Rocks Glasses by Cera Glassware
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of four Ten Year Dow-Jones Industrial Average rocks glasses for the period 1958-1968 with a black and white enamel graph of the market's activity along with events that effected ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Crystal Ice Bucket with Nickel Handle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Crystal ice bucket with nickel handle - brass rivet detail on side. This is a very handsome and simple ice bucket ready for any bar, bedroom or office! Elegant and on the smaller ...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Piero Fornasetti Le Arpie Gentili Coaster Set and Box, circa 1960
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Le Arpie Gentili coaster set and box, circa 1960. A set of six coasters each depicting a caged female harpy with the original gold box. Diameter: 4 inches ...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Ceramic

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