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Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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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Seguso Murano Cased Pulegoso Bowl Italian Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This beautiful and special rare Italian Murano glass bowl has it all going on. It is the work of Seguso. It has several different techniques in one; one is the Pulegoso. The luscious...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Glass

Black Platter, Bowl, Ząbkowice Glasswork, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Zabkowice big black bowl - platter for fruits or sweets. Decorative motif. Made of heavy glass. Very good condition. dimensions: height 23 cm, diameter 22 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Glass

Italian Midcentury Empty Pockets 1960s Murano Glass
Located in bari, IT
Empty pockets with oval shape in forest green with brown shades, thick Murano glass from the 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Glass

Midcentury Guzzini Orange Plexiglass Lucite Italian Centerpiece, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Unique Guzzini Italian production in Lucite and plexiglass with original orange shade. This midcentury centerpiece has an incredible napkin design, that is typical of Italian prod...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Mid-20th Century Buccellati Sterling Silver Scalloped Center Bowl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-20th century Buccellati sterling silver scalloped center bowl signed and hallmarked. 44.64 oz.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Sterling Silver

7 Unknown Craftsman Studio Craft Turned Teak Bowl Set Midcentury Danish Rustic
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Executed by an unknown craftsman, an amazing set of 7 turned solid teak small bowls. Expertly thin edged, hand done and showing variations to the details in each bowl. No lathe marki...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Teak

Teak Bowl by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in San Diego, CA
Canoe fruit or salad bowl by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. Teak with early Dansk mark, Denmark, 1950s.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Teak

Antonio da Ros 'Attributed' for Cenedese Opaline Blue Colored Murano Glass Bowl
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Sapphire blue colored (colored) vintage Murano glass serving bowl or dish attributed to Italian Murano glass designer by Antonio da Ros (1936-2012) for Cenedese, circa 1970-1990. Won...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Murano Glass

Reed and Barton Silver Plate Sculptural Bowl Vintage Barware
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely sculptural silver plate bowl marked Reed and Barton is of the period; Mid-Century Modern. Signed Reed and Barton 65 with an A insignia. The label is on the bottom. It has...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Silver Plate

Les 2 Potiers; Michelle & Jacques Serre Ceramic Bowl, France 1950s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Rare ceramic bowl by les 2 Potiers, France 1950s. Beautiful clean bowl which stand on four subtle legs. Very harmonious color scheme which can be describes as cloudy white with a pin...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Ceramic

Pink Ashtray / Bowl, M. Klinger, Czechoslovakia, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Pink oblong ashtray / bowl in a modernist shape, Czech heavy glass. Designer Miloslav Klinger, Czechoslovakia, 1960s Measures: Height 8.5 cm / width 24.5 cm / depth 8 cm.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Crystal

Danish Vintage Cabaret Serving Trays by Nissen, 1970s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Danish vintage cabaret serving trays 1970s Two serving trays with green glass bowls from Danish manufacturer Nissen. One tray is rotatable with five bowls. Both are made in solid be...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Glass, Beech

Tripod Tri Legged Base Space Age Ice Bucket
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern tri legged base bullet saucer shape ice bucket with lid ice age.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Aluminum

Rare Interlace Collection Pair by Tony Paul for Woodlin-Hall in Brass and Walnut
Located in Berlin, DE
Great pair of Interlace pieces by Tony Paul for Woodlin-Hall in brass and walnut.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Brass

White Ceramic Pierced Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, the bowl is wheel thrown and hand pierced in white stoneware with a white satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and t...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Ceramic

Larger Than Life Mid-Century Modern Cocktail Glass Made of Plexiglass
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Never thirsty again! With this enormous cocktail glass (98 cm / 38.59 inch high) in your buffet you will immediately catch all cheerful looks of the guests you are entertaining. It ...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Plexiglass

Pair of Green and Gold Cornucopia Murano Glass Cups Italy 1960s
Located in Villaverla, IT
Rare and marvelous pair of green and gold Cornucopia Murano glass cups, Italy, 1960s. These stunning glasses are composed of an elegant green-colored shell with golden finishes in th...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Gold

Vintage Yellow Glass Bowl
Located in Chorzów, PL
Vintage yellow glass bowl Very good condition, 1970s Measures: Height 9 cm, diameter 26 cm.  
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1970s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Glass

Murano Gold Flecks Purple Stripes Italian Art Glass Leaf Shape Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown dark wine purple stripes and gold flecks Italian art glass leaf shaped bowl. The bowl is a large size, with feathered design and profusely covered...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Barbini Murano Sommerso Cobalt Blue Italian Art Glass Seashell Sculptures Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (2 available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso cobalt blue Italian art glass seashell sculptural bowls. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini, and publi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Glass

Robert Picault Large Ceramic Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Chicago, IL
Robert Picault large centerpiece bowl
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Ceramic

Studio Made Ceramic Bowl by Gordon and Jane Martz for Marshall Studios
Located in Buffalo, NY
Earth-tone ceramic bowl with matte glaze by Gordon and Jane Martz for Marshall Studios. Signed in the ceramic along with original paper tag.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Ceramic

Bob Stocksdale Signed Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Wood Turned Bowls
Located in Studio City, CA
An elegantly designed, wonderfully executed, darkly colored set of four bowls by American master wood turner Bob Stocksdale. All are signed and marked ("Black Walnut of California") ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Walnut

Clear & Amber Blown Glass Punch Bowl Vessel with Lid & Chicken Top Makora Krosno
Located in Miami, FL
In excellent condition is this blown glass punch bowl with lid and chicken head top by Makora Krosno Art Glass. Lovely created and the amber glass piece so detailed done. Marked un...
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Late 20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Mstisov Romana Mid-Century Modern Romana Art Glass Bowl, 1960
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Spectacularly beautiful Mid Century Modern handblown smooth, asymmetrical art glass bowl in solid glass by Czech designer Hana Machovska for Mstisov. Golden, red and blue colors. Fro...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Art Glass

Steneby, Organic Serving Tray / Bowl, Oak, Teak, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A modernist serving tray. Designed and produced by Steneby, Sweden, c. 1950s-1960s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Oak, Teak

Early 20th Century Spanish Traditional Olive Wood Bowl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Early 20th century Spanish traditional olive wood bowl, by unknown artisan. In original condition, with minor wear consistent of age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Mater...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Wood

Cenedese Vintage Murano Glass Vibrantly Colored Cobalt Blue Glass Cake stand
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Glass cake stand or serving plate by Cenedese. Wonderful color/color of blue with black banding and simplistic yet elegant form. Fun to dine with vibrant vintage midcentury Murano gl...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Murano Glass

Exceptional Mid-Century Modern Brass Bowl by Ingo Maurer for Design M, 1970s
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare and elegant Mid-Century Modern brass bowl by Ingo Maurer for Design M, Germany, 1970s. Executed in solid brass. Good original overall condition. Wear consistent ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Brass

Sterling Midcentury Bowl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This sterling silver bowl by Lunt Silversmiths is reflective of the midcentury period. Modern with no decoration, it’s more about functionality than decorative. However midcentury is...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Sterling Silver

Alfredo Barbini Murano Gold Flecks White Italian Art Glass Martini Compote Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (2 available as shown). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown white, controlled bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass pedestal compote bowl. Documented to designer ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Alfredo Barbini Murano Copper Aventurine Flecks Italian Art Glass Compote Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Gorgeous vintage Murano hand blown copper Aventurine flecks Italian art glass compote bowl with original label. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini for Salviati, circa 1950s. Stil...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Arthur Umanoff Carved Wood Taverneau Canoe Bowl Centerpiece
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning oversized modernist carved and oiled tropical wood canoe bowl or centerpiece with typical Danish style from the Taverneau Collection, designed by Arthur Umanoff for Raymor a...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Wood

Sciarrotta Midcentury Sterling Silver Double-Leaf Condiment Dish
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver condiment dish. Made by Alfredo Sciarrotta in Newport. Two leaf-bowls joined by two rings inset with ball. Rests on 4 balls. Postwar informality wr...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Sterling Silver

Danish Designer, Serving Tray, Brass, Wood, Leather, Cord, Denmark, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A modernist serving tray. Designed and produced in Denmark, c. 1950s.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Brass

Alfredo Barbini Murano Green Apple Pear Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bowls
Located in Kissimmee, FL
ONLY 1 Set Left! - Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown olive green over white and gold flecks Italian art glass apple and pear shaped bowls. Documented to Master glass artist and des...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Large Vintage Danish Modern Teak Ice Bucket by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs
Located in Lafayette, IN
Large teak ice bucket by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs of Denmark. Excellent original condition with extremely little wear!
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Teak

Pair Two Trays Brass and Tortoiseshell Lucite Acrylic,Midcentury Italy, 1970s
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
Pair 2 trays Midcentury tortoiseshell Lucite (acrylic) and brass in serving tray, Italy. Elegant and sober vintage trays in two sizes, perfect to serve your table or cocktail
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Brass

Pair of Midcentury Guzzini Orange and Violet Plexiglass Lucite Centerpieces
Located in Roma, IT
Pair of unique centerpieces in Lucite and plexiglass with original orange and purple shades. These amazing items were produced in Italy during 1970s by Guzzini, the most representati...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Very Large Teak Midcentury Wooden Bowl by Galatix England, 1970s
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Very large wooden bowl, hand produced in solid Teak. Stamped to the underside Galatix Burma teak handmade Made in England. Bowls produced by Galatix come in varying sizes, this is t...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Teak

Edith Heath Ceramic Casserole
By Heath Ceramics, Edith Heath
Located in Denver, CO
Wonderful Mid-Century casserole dish by Edith Heath, Sausalito, California. Smooth glaze, very faintly speckled cocoa brown color with creamy white interior.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Ceramic

Cut Glass Punch Bowl Set of 14 from Italy
Located in Miami, FL
In excellent condition is this 14 pieces cut-glass punch bowl set made in Italy. The set is consisting out of a large punch bowl with 12 glass cups and a ladle.  
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Art Glass

Vintage Gold and Mirror Decorative Plate, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Decorative gold and mirror plate from Italy. Plate is in very good vintage condition. Original glass. Beautiful piece for every interior! Only one unique piece.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Ceramic, Glass, Mirror

Set of 4 Vintage 1970s Studio Pottery Goblets
Located in Vallejo, CA
A set of 4 vintage studio pottery goblets. Each with a unique organic shape, standing on pedestal bases. Lovely dark purple and blue tinted glazes. Signed by the maker on the bases a...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Pottery

Cenedese Vintage Italian Murano Glass Vibrantly Colored Glass Cake Stand
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Glass cake stand or serving plate by Cenedese. Wonderful color/colour of bright red and simplistic yet elegant form.. Fun to dine with vibrant vintage Mid-Century Murano glass servew...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Murano Glass

Vintage Oval Green Glass Scalloped Serving Platter or Fruit Bowl
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A transparent green glass fruit bowl or serving platter. With scalloped edges, and a textured fruit motif, this vintage bowl sits upon four raised glass legs. The edges are scalloped...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Glass

Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Teak Bowl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dansk is one of the most beloved and celebrated makers of mid-century table and kitchenware. Whether it's their use of teak or enamel, their designs endure even 60 years later, makin...
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1960s Thai Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Teak

Rare circa 1960s Robert Thompson Mouseman Fruit Bowl Hand Carved Oak Distressed
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning original circa 1960s large Robert Thompson Mouseman fruit bowl A stunning find, this piece has the mouse with the long tail and wh...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Oak

Bob Stocksdale Signed Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Wood Turned Bowls
Located in Studio City, CA
A very handsome, darkly colored set of six bowl by American master wood turner Bob Stocksdale. All are signed and marked ("Mahogany of Guatemala") by Stocksdale. Stunning in any sett...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Mahogany

Ceramic Bowl by Carlo Zauli
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Rare large bowl by Carlo Zauli, Italy, 1970. Nice large bowl in a light greyish clay with nice warm taupe undertone. The bowl has nice minimal organic design at the inside of the bow...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Ceramic

Macabo Cusano Aldo Tura Carved Wood Brass Serving Dish Milano Italy 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Serving Dish Macabo Cusano Designer Aldo Tura Carved Wood Basket with Brass Carry Handle, Milan Italy 1960s 12 L x 7.75 W x 6 Tall. Serving Bowl Basket. Stamped on underside. Origina...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Brass

Artistic Glass Bowl Ashtray, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Colored glass ashtray. Very good condition. Measures: Height 6 cm, diameter 16 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Art Glass

Hobnail White Ruffled Milk Glass Footed Bowl, Candy Dish Cream Serving Bowl 1970
Located in Miami, FL
Fenton Art Glass style hobnail white ruffled milk glass footed bowl, candy dish or whip cream serving bowl from the 1970. Great craftsmanship with elegance. Simply beautiful.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Milk Glass

Natural Clay Bowl, by Brendan Tadler
Located in Melville, NY
Handmade clay bowl made from our Artisans in Mexico.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Clay

Mexican Modernist Mixed Metal and Abalone Scorpion Dish
Located in Houston, TX
Large Mexican modernist or Mexican midcentury mixed metal and abalone scorpion dish, bowl or sculpture. This fabulous vintage Mexican scorpion dish or serving bowl is expertly crafte...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Brass, Copper, Stainless Steel

Blue Fruit Bowl "Model 1419" by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Blue Fruit Bowl "Model 1419" by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, 1960s Mid-Century Modern.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Glass

Midcentury Guzzini Tortoiseshell Lucite Italian "Napkin" Centerpiece Bowl, 1980s
Located in Roma, IT
Magnificent centrepieces in tortoiseshell with Lucite effect. This amazing item was produced in Recanati, Italy, during the 1980s by Guzzini, the most representative Italian brand fo...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Vintage Large Teak bowl by Erik Bagger Denmark 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Vintage large teak bowl by Erik Bagger Denmark 1960s Danish salad bowl from the sixties with a thick teak rim. The vintage bowl has a nice warm shade. This bowl is designed b...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

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Teak