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Post-Modern Centerpieces

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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Style: Post-Modern
Long Black and Clear Murano Glass Centrepiece by Aureliano Toso, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Murano glass. It might show slight traces of use since it's vintage, but it can be considered as in excellent original condition and ready to become a piece in a home. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

Ceramic Artwork Handmade by Tomonari Hashimoto
Located in Geneve, CH
Ceramic Artwork Handmade by Tomonari Hashimoto Dimensions: W 28 x D 28 x H 60.5 cm Materials: Stoneware Cray, Oxide Metal, Glaze 1990 Born in Wakayama Pref. in Japan 2017 PhD...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal

Unique Birch Vessel by Vlad Droz
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique Birch Vessel by Vlad Droz Unique handmade piece signed by Vlad Droz Dimensions: 14 cm Materials: Spalted Masur Birch Live edge Vlad Droz "An incredible variety of form...
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2010s Russian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Birch

Large Cream and Beige Elongated Onyx Bowl
Located in New York, NY
A hand carved elongated onyx bowl or centerpiece of an impressive size with a alternating bands of porous and opaque bands of cream, beige and tan Utilitarian and stunning, this cent...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Onyx

Unique Maple Burl Vessel by Vlad Droz
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique maple burl vessel by Vlad Droz Unique handmade piece signed by Vlad Droz Dimensions: D 10.5 x H 7 cm Materials: maple burl Live edge Vlad Droz "An incredible variety...
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2010s Russian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Burl, Maple

Large Hand Carved Shaped Onyx Bowl or Centerpiece in Taupe, Creme and Brown
Located in New York, NY
A large hand carved undulating shaped onyx bowl or centerpiece with scalloped edges banded in shades of taupe, creme and brown. Impressive in size and certain to make a statement on ...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Centerpieces

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Stone

Italy Post Modern Silverplated and Silver Bowl Following Gabriella Crespi Style
Located in Brescia, IT
This contemporary vase in silver plate, with details in signed solid silver (the four feet and decorative freizes on the two opposite sides) is a table accessories designed by DD Dim...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Silver, Silver Plate

Vintage Stainless Steel “Complet” Bowl by Jørgen Møller for Royal Copenhagen
Located in San Diego, CA
This vintage stainless steel bowl is simple yet graphic and a statement piece of design. The timeless simple, yet bold lines in brushed stainless steel envelop into a cone shape that...
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1980s Danish Vintage Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stainless Steel

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 Centerpieces

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Unique Maple Burl Bowl by Vlad Droz
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique Maple Burl bowl by Vlad Droz Unique handmade piece signed by Vlad Droz Dimensions: D17 x H7 cm Materials: Maple burl. Live edge, rounded bottom Vlad Droz "An incredi...
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2010s Russian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Maple, Burl

Candleholder Borek Sipek for Driade
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Silver plated metal candleholder “Simon” by Borek Sipek for Driade in the eighties. You can also use the center like a flower vase.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Silver Plate

Murmansk Silver Fruit Bowl by Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Murmansk silver fruit-bowl. Ettore Sottsass (Italian). Memphis Milano (Design: 1982; early production). Manufactured by Rossi & Arcandi, Vicenza for Memphis Milano, Italy. Silver...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Silver Plate

Pair of Postmodern Black Ceramic Pieces by Pino Spagnolo for Sicart, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
They feature their original labels. These ceramic pieces might show slight traces of use since they're vintage, but they can be considered as in excellent original condition and rea...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

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 Centerpieces

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

21st Century Decorative Centrepiece Serpentine Semi Precious Handcrafted Green
Located in Islamabad, PK
These are handmade from semiprecious stone and marble in a small artisanal workshop. Please note that variations and slight imperfections are part of its design and unique charm. ...
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2010s Pakistani Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Serpentine

Parana Fruits Bowl Masanori Umeda for Memphis-Milano
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Parana fruits bowl Masanori Umeda for Memphis-Milano.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Postmodern Serving Tray in Stainless Steel and Glass by Michael Graves, 2000 USA
Located in Chicago, IL
This 2000 serving tray embodies Michael Graves' postmodern way of making everyday objects noble and accessible in a Postmodern way. Thick and round, the rubber-like handles have a go...
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Early 2000s Taiwanese Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stainless Steel

21st Century Tableware Centrepiece Inlay Serpentine Marble Semi Precious White
Located in Islamabad, PK
The Reidi Collection takes its name from the Persian word for the poppy flower - marrying traditional craft techniques with contemporary design and innovative application. The motif,...
Category

2010s Pakistani Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble, Stone

21st Century Centrepiece Bowl Marble Serpentine Resin Semi Precious Inlay White
Located in Islamabad, PK
The Reidi Collection takes its name from the Persian word for the poppy flower - marrying traditional craft techniques with contemporary design and innovative application. The motif,...
Category

2010s Pakistani Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stone, Marble, Serpentine, Metallic Thread

21st Century Centrepiece Pietra Dura Inlay Serpentine Marble Semi Precious White
Located in Islamabad, PK
These are handmade from semiprecious stone and marble in a small artisanal workshop. Please note that variations and slight imperfections are part of its design and unique charm. ...
Category

2010s Pakistani Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stone, Marble, Serpentine

Decorative Hand Painted Italian Ceramic Large Fish Plate/Bowl by Vietri Italy
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful decorative hand-painted Italian large ceramic fish plate-bowl by Vietri Italy. The plate is in great condition with no chips or cracks and very light wear, large size can b...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Postmodern Pair of Glass Vases by Tamara Aladin for Riihimaen Lasi Oy, Finland
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Finland, 1970s. Designed by Tamara Aladin and manufactured by Riihimaen Lasi Oy. Made in plum purple glass. They are rare and highly collectible item of the Scandinavian d...
Category

1970s Finnish Vintage Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Contemporary Centerpiece in Stainless Steel Design Piece
Located in Milano, IT
Stainless steel centerpiece from the Minas collection designed by StudioNotte. This tray with clean and multifaceted shapes is assembled with rope stitching. Minas whole collection...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal, Stainless Steel

Contemporary Centerpiece or Tray in Stainless Steel Design Piece
Located in Milano, IT
Stainless steel tray or centerpiece from the Minas collection designed by StudioNotte. This tray with clean and multifaceted shapes is assembled with rope stitching. Minas whole co...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stainless Steel, Metal

Contemporary Vase in Stainless Steel Design Piece
Located in Milano, IT
Stainless steel vase from the Minas collection designed by StudioNotte. This tray with clean and multifaceted shapes is assembled with rope stitching. Minas whole collection consis...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal, Stainless Steel

Fold Vessel I by Laura Pasquino
Located in Geneve, CH
Fold vessel I by Laura Pasquino One of a kind Dimensions: Ø 38 x H 38 cm Materials: stoneware ceramic Finishing: grogged stoneware Laura Pasquino Incorporating references fro...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stoneware

White Sphere II by Laura Pasquino
Located in Geneve, CH
White Sphere II by Laura Pasquino One of a kind Dimensions: Ø 38 x H 38 cm Materials: stoneware, porcelain Finishing: textured porcelain Laura Pasquino Incorporating references from...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain, Stoneware

Water Tray Sculpted Plate by Jules Lobgeois
Located in Geneve, CH
Water tray sculpted plate by Jules Lobgeois. Steel. Dimensions: L 35 x l 17.5 x H 1.5. "Water tray", in steel. Unique piece, bespoke and handcrafted. The aim of this new collec...
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2010s French Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Steel

Sculptural Ceramic Handmade by Tomonari Hashimoto
Located in Geneve, CH
Sculptural ceramic handmade by Tomonari Hashimoto Dimensions: W 24 x D 24 x H 143.5 cm Materials: Stoneware cray, oxide metal, glaze, mortar 1990 Born in Wakayama Pref. in Jap...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal

Italian Murano Handblown Sommerso Art Glass Bowl Centerpiece
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large 21 inches, Archimede Seguso Amber, Red to Pink Murano handblown Art Glass Sommerso Centerpiece. Giant and highly decorative pulled glass centerpiece attributed to Archimede Se...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Marble Unique Plinth 10 by Matthew Fisher
Located in Geneve, CH
Marble unique plinth 10 by Matthew Fisher Unique piece Dimensions: 25.4 D x 4.5 H cm Materials: Lichen marble A hand smoothed shallow depression rests atop a carved recessed ba...
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2010s American Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Swedish Postmodern Lemons Centerpiece Bowl by Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, 1990s
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Postmodern Swedish art glass centerpiece bowl by artist and designer Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, circa 1990s, for Kosta Boda, Sweden. Centerpiece bowl has three large hand-pai...
Category

Late 20th Century Swedish Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Alfredo Barbini Italian Modernist White Yellow Murano Art Glass Cat Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Early 21st century, one-of-a-kind sculpture in the shape of a jumping cat on a handmade nickel base. This Work of Art is signed by Alfredo Barbini in white blown Murano glass, decora...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Nickel

Fruit Bowls by George Sowden for Bodum, Sereno I & II, 1987
Located in Chicago, IL
Iconic George Sowden work, the Sereno fruit bowls for Bodum in 1987, are characteristic of the patterns that Sowden is known for. The cut-out pattern design seen in these baskets is ...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stainless Steel

Half Half Vase by Jung Hong
Located in Geneve, CH
Half half vase by Jung Hong Unique piece Dimensions: W 32 x D 32 x H 34 cm Materials: Porcelain I use the technique of 'sang-gam' (=inlay work) with my special tool, which I ma...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain

Half Half Vase by Jung Hong
Located in Geneve, CH
Half half vase by Jung Hong Unique Piece Dimensions: W 28 x D 28 x H 31 cm Materials: Porcelain I use the technique of 'sang-gam' (=inlay work) with my special tool, which I ma...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain

ROMOHERRERA "Pufferfish" Ceramic and Tumbaga Centerpiece
Located in Mexico City, MX
A fine "Pez Globo" (Pufferfish) white ceramic and tumbaga (copper and gold alloy) centerpiece by Mexican workshop ROMOHERRERA. The bulged ceramic flower vase shows hammered tumbaga s...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Gold, Copper

Ceramic Artwork Handmade by Tomonari Hashimoto
Located in Geneve, CH
Ceramic artwork handmade by Tomonari Hashimoto Dimensions: W 21.5 x D 25 x H 21.5 cm Materials: Stoneware Cray, Oxide Metal, Glaze 1990 Born in Wakayama Pref. in Japan 2017 P...
Category

2010s Japanese Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal

Arrebol Escalonado by Studioroca
Located in Geneve, CH
Arrebol Escalonado by Studioroca. Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 30.5 cm. Materials: volcanics rocks essential oils diffuser. Studioroca is a Mexico City design studio focused on archite...
Category

2010s Colombian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stone

Half Half Vase by Jung Hong
Located in Geneve, CH
Half half vase by Jung Hong Unique piece Dimensions: W 28 x D 28 x H 32 cm Materials: Porcelain. I use the technique of 'sang-gam' (=inlay work) with my special tool, which I m...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain

Monumental Sculptural White, Gray and Black Hand Carved Bowl or Centerpiece
Located in New York, NY
A monumental sculptural hand-carved onyx bowl with a deeply scalloped live edge in shades of white, black and gray. A utilitarian or stand alone work of art, this stunning center...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Onyx

Italy Postmodern Design Orange Murano Glass Vase
Located in Brescia, IT
This Postmodern Murano glass vase has a very glamorous orange tone . Because it' s not industrial production, the vase shows some little irregularities in the form.  
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Half Half Vase by Jung Hong
Located in Geneve, CH
Half Half Vase by Jung Hong Unique Piece Dimensions: W 24.5 x D 24.5 x H 29.5 cm Materials: Porcelain I use the technique of 'sang-gam' (=inlay work) with my special tool, whic...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain

Tagliapietra Italian Modern Green Yellow Orange Murano Glass Drop Sculpture Vase
Located in New York, NY
Early 21st century, circa 2015, one-of-a-kind blown colorful Murano glass single flower vase, modern Work of Art signed by Tagliapietra Fabio, this sophisticated colorful glass sculp...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine

Half Half Vase by Jung Hong
Located in Geneve, CH
Half Half Vase by Jung Hong Unique Piece Dimensions: W 31 x D 31 x H 37 cm Materials: Porcelain Dyed porcelain, high temparature fired, polished silky fine surface. I use th...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain

Moon Vase by Jung Hong
Located in Geneve, CH
Moon vase by Jung Hong Unique Piece Dimensions: W 43 x D 43 x H 34 cm Materials: Porcelain Dyed porcelain, inlay, high temparature fired, polished silky fine surface (the moon ...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain

Half Half Vase by Jung Hong
Located in Geneve, CH
Half half vase by Jung Hong. Unique piece. Dimensions: W 30.5 x D 30.5 x H 34.5 cm. Materials: Porcelain. I use the technique of 'sang-gam' (=inlay work) with my special tool, ...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain

Arrebol Tibor Diffuser by Studioroca
Located in Geneve, CH
Arrebol Tibor diffuser by STUDIOROCA Dimensions: W 18 x D 18 x H 30.5 cm Materials: Volcanic rock, polished brass plated steel, glass. Includes 1 essential oil 20mL bottle. STU...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stone

Half Half Vase by Jung Hong
Located in Geneve, CH
Half Half Vase by Jung Hong Unique Piece Dimensions: W 23 x D 23 x H 31.5 cm Materials: Porcelain I use the technique of 'sang-gam' (=inlay work) with my special tool, which I...
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2010s German Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain

Half Half Vase by Jung Hong
Located in Geneve, CH
Half half vase by Jung Hong Unique Piece Dimensions: W 22 x D 22 x H 23 cm Materials: Porcelain. I use the technique of 'sang-gam' (=inlay work) with my special tool, which I made m...
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2010s German Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain

Half Half Vase by Jung Hong
Located in Geneve, CH
Half Half Vase by Jung Hong Unique Piece Dimensions: W 26 x D 26 x H 27.5 cm Materials: Porcelain.   I use the technique of 'sang-gam' (=inlay work) with my special tool, which I mad...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Porcelain

Sculptural Ceramic Handmade by Tomonari Hashimoto
Located in Geneve, CH
Sculptural ceramic handmade by Tomonari Hashimoto Dimensions: W 32 x D 32 x H 23 cm Materials: stoneware cray, oxide metal, glaze 1990 Born in Wakayama Pref. in Japan 2017 Ph...
Category

2010s Japanese Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal

Ralph Bacerra Large Ceramic/Pottery Charger/Plate with Gold Glaze, Signed
By Ralph Bacerra
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an amazing sample of the great gold and multiple experimental glazes and motives of the great ceramist Ralph Bacerra. He made many solo exhibitions and like this piece, was c...
Category

1990s American Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Angelo Mangiarotti Marble Vessel Bowl for Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning marble bowl or vessel by Angelo Mangiarotti for Knoll.  
Category

20th Century European Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Handmade Topos Ribbon by Le Meduse
Located in Geneve, CH
Handmade Topos Ribbon by Le Meduse Unique piece Dimensions: W 40, D 25, H 22 cm Materials: painted wood. Each model is unique because it is handmade, it can be reproduced in a ...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Other

Handmade IOS P. Structure by Le Meduse
Located in Geneve, CH
Handmade IOS P. Structure by Le Meduse Unique piece Dimensions: W 75, D 60, H 60 cm Materials: Plaster Each model is unique because it is handmade, it can be reproduced in a si...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Plaster

Stunning Double Color White and Pink Etched Murano Glass Vase, Italy, 1980s
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
This vase is made in etched transparent, white and pink Murano glass. It is a vintage item, therefore it might show slight traces of use, but it can be considered as in excellent o...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

Unique Ruff Sculpture by Marthine Spinnangr
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique Ruff sculpture by Marthine Spinnangr One of a Kind Dimensions: D 3 (top) / 10 (bottom) x W 13 x H 20 cm Materials: Clay Different glaze types available RUFF - Form expl...
Category

2010s Norwegian Post-Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Clay

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