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Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other 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
Pottery Vessel or Sculpture by noted American Potter Don Reitz
Located in Greensboro, NC
Large impressive pottery sculpture, vessel form, by Don Reitz (1929-2014) Via 1stdibs: Don Reitz AMERICAN, 1929-2014 Donald Lester Reitz was an American ceramic artist, recogn...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Ceramic Mask of the Cloutier Brothers
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
The two twin brothers of ceramics. After having been apprenticed to confirmed ceramists: Lafourcade, Rivière, Georges Jouve and Pol Chambost, Jean and Robert Cloutier settled in 1955...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Boleslaw Danikowski Large Ceramic Panel in a Wooden Frame, circa 1950
Located in Mouscron, WHT
Boleslaw Danikowski (1928-1979) large ceramic panel in a wooden frame. Rear attachment system. Boleslaw Danikowski was the first ceramist to work regularly with Robert Guillerme an...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Wood, Ceramic

Large Ceramic Vase Rörstrand Gunnar Nylund, Sweden
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
Exceptional quality over this vase produced in Sweden at Rörstrand factory and designed by Gunnar Nylund. It was made in 1950s and has a nice shimmer glaze with fine lines. Very g...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1960s Asian Blue MCM Organic Stoneware Pottery Coffee Mugs Hand Painted
Located in National City, CA
1960s Asian Blue MCM Organic stoneware pottery coffee mugs Hand Painted 5.38 tall x 2.38 diameter x 3.5 d Preowned unrestored original vintage condition See images provided.  
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

1960s Japan MCM Set of Two Colorful Mugs Hand Painted Stoneware Lava Glaze
Located in National City, CA
1960s Japan Stoneware Modern pottery set of two colorful mugs Organic hand painted design lava glaze trim 5 tall x 2.13 diameter x 3 depth Preowned unrestored vintage condition S...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Set of Two Small Rare Ceramic Leopards Decorative Sculptures, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Painted ceramic, very good condition. Beautiful and unique decorative small sculptures. Leopards were produced in 1960s in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vintage Vase Marked Bay W Germany Ceramic 60-40 Excellent Condition
Located in Verviers, BE
These original vintage Bay vase was produced in the 1970s in Germany. It is made of ceramic pottery. The bottom are marked Bay the vase series number 60-40 W Germany Handarbeit. St...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Gray Ceramic Pot, Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, 1961 - Mid century Vintage
Located in Stockholm, SE
A flowerpot designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane at Rörstrand, it´s 14 cm in diameter, 13 cm high and it´s in mint condition. This is a unique pot only made in one copy as you can see of ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Robert Picault Ceramic Vallauris France Plate Mid Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Blue Zodiac Casket, Cigarette Case, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Unique mid-century metal casket, cigarette case. Very good original vintage condition. Produced in 1960s in Poland.
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Metal

Vintage Owl Fat Lava Floor Lamp Orange and Green Drip-Glazes by Walter Gerhards
Located in Verviers, BE
Dramatic fat lava Owl floor lamp in green and orange glazes on a neutral stoneware ground, Two lights in one, having a standard lamp fitting on top and an extra inner lamp. Desig...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-20th Century Dog Cast Iron Decorative Sculpture, Italy, 1950s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Italian sculpture, original vintage condition. All damages on pictures. Very old cast iron item. The dog was produced in 1950s in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Cast Stone

Robert Picault Ceramic Vallauris France Ceramic Pitcher Mid-Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Silver Casket, Cigarette Case, or Jewelry Box, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Unique mid-century silver casket, cigarette case, or jewelry box. Very good original vintage condition. Only one unique piece. Produced in 1960s in Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Metal

Danish 60s Olive Green Vase by Marianne Starck, Michael Andersen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Danish Mid-Century Modern handmade ceramic vase in glossy olive green on the outside as well as inside. Depicting two tableaus of working women. Designed by Marianne Starck for Micha...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Robert Picault Ceramic Vallauris France Ceramic Platter Mid Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Antonio Lampecco Signed Large Ceramic Blue Vase, circa 1970, Belgium
Located in Brussels, BE
Original Antonio Lampecco large vase, circa 1970, Belgium. Ceramic with beautiful shades of blue. Rare model in good condition. Monogram underneath. Dimensions: 46 cm W, 13 cm D,...
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1970s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Royal Copenhagen Fajance by Ellen Malmer White and Brown Vase 668/ 3685
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian modern ceramic Vase by Ellen Malmer for Royal Copenhagen. A stunning vase with wonderful glaze design, a different design at each angle.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Pair of Italian Glazed Ceramic Ginger Jar Lidded Urns
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of 32" tall Italian ceramic ginger jar urns. The pair are phenomenal and have a wonderfully rich ribbed deep brownish to carbon glaze with a faint reddish / rust colored line in...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Terracotta

Mid-Century Zodiac Casket, Cigarette Case, Europe, 1960s.
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Unique Mid-Century Metal Casket, Cigarette Case. Very good original vintage condition. Produced in 1960s in Poland.
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Metal

Blown Glass Bud Vase by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Bud vase by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda Sweden, blown glass. Circa 1940s, signed. Measurements: H 3.5", W 2.5", D 1.5".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Blown Glass

Robert Picault Vallauris France Large Ceramic Plate Mid Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Robert Picault Ceramic Vallauris France Ceramic Platter Mid Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Robert Picault Ceramic Vallauris France Ceramic Platter, Mid-Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Robert Picault Vallauris France Ceramic Olive Pot Mid Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Robert Picault Ceramic Vallauris France Ceramic Platter Mid Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

XL Amphora bowl Ca.1960
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Bowl made by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora. Has a amazing red glaze and are highly decorative. The outside is dark green.
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Anne and Pierre Roset Ceramic Table Lamp Monteyroux France
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Anne and Pierre Roset Ceramic Table Lamp Monteyroux France 1950 The lamp will be delivered with the plug corresponding to the country of destination it works at 220 volts and 110 v...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Metal

XL Amphora Bowl Ca.1960
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Bowl made by Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora. Has a amazing red glaze and are highly decorative.
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Anthropomorphic Vintage Ceramic Box, 1950's
Located in Lisboa, 11
This ceramic box was design and produced um Portugal during the 1950's. Probably made by the portuguese artist Júlio Pomar for Cerâmica Bombarrelense, once there are similar pieces m...
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1950s Portuguese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Rare table lamp by Wilhelm Kage for gustavsberg. Argenta. Signed.
Located in Paris, FR
Rare Stoneware Table Lamp "Argenta" in beautiful green. The Table Lamp has a globe form with green ceramic glaze, inlaid with bands and motifs in silver. Design by Wilhelm Kåge (1889...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Silver

Guggenheim Ceramic Sculpture by a.Ba.Co. for New Land, Italy, 1970s
By A.Ba.Co., New Land
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Rare Guggenheim ceramic sculpture by A.Ba.Co. for New Land, Italy 1970s. The object was part of the ’Monuments’ collection produced in a very small limited number together with the V...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Wilhelm Kage Bowl in Ceramic with Silver Fish Inlay for Gustavsberg Argenta
Located in Paris, FR
Signed Gustavsberg. Argenta. 1094, Sweden. Wilhelm Kåge (1889-1960) is one of the most well-known representatives of the illustrious Swedish ceramic design of the 20th century. He w...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Silver

"Grazia" vase Stig Lindberg for Gustavsbergwith matte white glaze and applied s
Located in Paris, FR
Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg "Grazia" vase with matte white glaze and applied silver decoration . Signed Gustavsberg Grazia N° 220
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Silver

Robert Picault Ceramic Vallauris France Plate Mid Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Robert Picault Vallauris France Large Ceramic Plate Mid Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Stig Lindberg Vase for Gustavsberg. "Grazia" Signed
Located in Paris, FR
Ceramic vase by Sting Lindberg, with silver inlay. Made by Gustavsberg Sweden. "Grrazia" Series. Signed .GUSTAVSBERG GRAZIA. Anchor N° 215. Sweden.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Silver

Nanni Valentini Centerpiece for Ceramica Arcore, Italy 1960s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Ceramic centerpiece by Nanni Valentini (1932 -1985) for Ceramica Arcore. Beautiful expressionistic, typical Valentini, decoration on the inner side of the bowl showing different glaz...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Robert Picault Ceramic Vallauris France Ceramic Platter Mid Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Unique ceramic table lamp by Carl Harry Stalhane. Signed
Located in Paris, FR
Unique table lamp by Carl Harry Stalhane featuring 2 fishes hand painted in blue on white ceramic. Signed . Hand made in sweden
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Brown Glazed Ceramic Studded Decor Vase, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Heavy Danish midcentury modern handmade cone shaped stoneware vase with umber, caramel and hickory brown colored running glaze over square shaped relief stud decorations in an organi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware

Very large ceramic plate "Argentat" Wilhelm Kage pour Gustavsberg, Suède.
Located in Paris, FR
Very large Glazed stoneware center plate with silver overlay Dimensions: 15 inch in diameter This beautiful piece is part of the artist's Argenta Series, which he produced for the G...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Silver

Extremely Rare Illuminated Ceramic Mirror from the Esteemed House Pan Ceramic
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Extremely rare. An illuminated ceramic mirror from the esteemed house PAN Ceramics. There are four e14 sockets attached. Can also be operated with LED.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Mirror

Vintage Turquoise Ceramic Vase with Organic Decor
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Scandinavian modern vintage turquoise and black handmade ceramic vase. Incised lined pattern in double semicircles decorating the item. Thick running glaze in turquoise, blue, aqua a...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware

Capodimonte Gold Ceramic Statuette 'Pisces’
Located in Milano, IT
A beautiful ceramic figurine, part of the 'Signs of the Zodiac' collection, made in the early 20th century from Capodimonte ceramic painted in gold. Capodimonte is a type of Italian...
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19th Century Italian Antique Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Gold

Trio of Blue Vases by Scheurich, ES Keramik, Strehla in Splatter and Lava Glazes
Located in New York, NY
A trio of blue vases by Scheurich, ES Keramik and Strehla. The variation in glazes and shapes makes for a stunning set. Measurements: Scheurich: H 11. 5" W 6" D 6" ES Keramik: H 8.5...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Wilhelm Kate Argenta Bowl Ceramic and Silver by Gustavsberg
Located in Paris, FR
Nice bowl with silver inlay figuring a fish and bubbles... Argenta série by Wilhelm kage, Gustavsberg. Wilhelm Kåge (1889-1960) is one of the most well-known representatives of the ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Silver

Scheurich Keramik Midcentury Blue Lava Tiered Vase
Located in New York, NY
Blue vase by Scheurich, the variation of blue tones in the lava glaze makes for a stunning vase. Measurements: H 11. 5", W 6", D 6".
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Robert Picault Ceramic Vallauris France Ceramic Platter Mid Century
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) French ceramist in Vallauris Robert Picault has contributed to the revival of culinary ceramics by updating traditional local forms decorated with li...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Bay Keramik Midcentury Fire Red Tiered Vase
Located in New York, NY
Bay Keramik tiered vase in a stunning bright red orange glaze with black interior, circa 1960s. Stamp on base 922-25. Measurements: H 10" W 5.5" D 5.5"
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Sculptural Dark Metallic Glazed Ceramic Vide Poche, France, 1960s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Sculptural dark metallic glazed ceramic vide poche, France 1960s. Beautiful well crafted thick bowl; nice fat lobed shapes in a wonderful black - graphite glaze. The surface shows a ...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Danish Modern 12 Months Decorative Wall Plates by Bjorn Wiinblad Nymolle Denmark
Located in Miami, FL
REDUCED FROM $520...Scandinavian Modern 12 months decorative plaques by Bjorn Wiinblad for Nymolle in Denmark. These wall plates tell the love story of a couple from the month they m...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Skoby Joe Brown Carved Ceramic Bottle / Vase Wabi Sabi / Mid-Century Modern
Located in La Jolla, CA
Joseph Skoby is a Southern Californian whose work is inspired by the nature of his native state. His ceramics, created in his own lush garden, recall his intimate dance with the ocea...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Clay, Stoneware

Skoby Joe Cream Textured Natural Ceramic Vase Wabi Sabi / Mid-Century Modern
Located in La Jolla, CA
Joseph Skoby is a Southern Californian whose work is inspired by the nature of his native state. His ceramics, created in his own lush garden, recall his intimate dance with the ocea...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Clay, Stoneware

Mid-Century Vintage Transparent and Green Crystal Vase, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vintage glass in good original condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. One defect on the top of the vase. Only one unique piece. Crystal glass.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Crystal

Vase "Grazia" by Stig Lindberg White Ceramic and Silver. Gustavsberg Sweden
Located in Paris, FR
Stoneware vase with applied silver decoration, 1950s Height 8,6" (22cm) Width 2,7" (7cm) Signed Stig .L Painted "Gustavsberg (anchor) Grazia 217 Made in Sweden ".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Silver

Small Mid-Century Ultramarine Blue and White Vase, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Blue in amazing organic shape. Produced in 1960s. Glass in perfect condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. The outer relief surfa...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Glass

Goldscheider Manufactory of Vienna ceramics for sale on 1stDibs

The goldscheider manufactory of Vienna ceramics are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of ceramic and designed with extraordinary care. In our Goldscheider Manufactory of Vienna Ceramics collection, there are many options to choose from, although red editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original ceramics from the Goldscheider Manufactory of Vienna were created in italy during the 1930s in Art Deco style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider ceramics by and . Prices for Goldscheider Manufactory of Vienna ceramics can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $4,696 and tops out at $5,909, while pieces like these can sell for $5,303 on average.

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