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Modern Ceramics

MODERN STYLE

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

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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

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

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Style: Modern
Vase 0025 Grès Roux Chamotté by Marta Dervin
Located in Geneve, CH
Vase 0025 Grès Roux Chamotté by Marta Dervin Dimensions: ø7.5 x H 31-35 cm Materials: Stoneware Marta Dervin works with stoneware and porcelain that she shapes by hand to create sim...
Category

2010s French Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Dora Maar Centerpiece Pedestal Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Serve Surrealism. Our larger-than-life Dora Maar Centerpiece Pedestal Bowl is the grand head-turner every dining experience deserves. Inspired by Dora Maar, the French photographer, ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Piatto di Arrigo Finzi
Located in Lugo, IT
Piatto in oro di Arrigo Finzi. Etichetta adesiva del gioielliere. Buone condizioni. Grazie
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Modern Ceramics

Materials

Gold

Olio Ceramic Vase by Arianna De Luca
Located in Geneve, CH
Olio vase by Arianna De Luca Dimensions: height 23 x diameter 16 cm Materials: Ceramic Olio vase is part of the Folcloristica series. A collection inspired by the mood and lifesty...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

"Genova" Matte Black
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Created by using a traditional technique of clay slab to fashion all the vase models in limited edition, slip cast and hand finished with layers of glaze and multiple firings. Sculptural and functional design, interior is glazed as well. Available in matte black...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Rare Emaux de Longwy Ceramic Boule Vase by Garouste and Bonetti Limited 1 of 5
Located in Miami, FL
This Boule vase “Ornament “ is a rare limited edition numbered 1/5 by Elizabeth Garouste was born in 1949 in Paris and Mattia Bonetti in 1952 in Lugano (Switzerland). They pooled their work from 1980 to dedicate themselves to the creation of pieces of furniture and interior decoration. They start with the decoration of the Palace that Fabrice Eamer asks them to design. Then shortly after, the Néotu Gallery publishes them. Their furniture, baroque and barbarian, surprises, made up of heterogeneous and unusual materials, such as rock, hammered bronze, raffia, leather, skin, logs and glass ... They are at the instigation of fashion "barbaric". For their work, they use references such as the Middle Ages, Africa, through the poetry of Cocteau, the Venetian baroque and neoclassicism. They have also been edited by the “Waiting for the Barbarians” galleries, David Gill, Kréo, Lou Fagotin...
Category

20th Century French Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Maria Vessel, Handmade in Portugal
Located in Macieira de Sarnes, PT
Maria Vessel in Midnight Blue Designed by Project 213A in 2020 Handmade Stoneware This vase is inspired by the Greco-Roman period, having a timeless appearance and finished with a contemporary textured shiny glaze. Each piece develops its own distinctive character with shades of black as it goes through the firing process. No two pieces will look alike...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Handmade Spikes White Ceramic Flower Vase V
Located in Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, AR
Beautiful white ceramic flower vase with spikes, perfect for showcasing your cherished blooms. Providing a unique perspective from every angle, this handmade ceramic vase blurs the l...
Category

2010s Argentine Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Clay

Handmade Rock Decorative Ceramic Vase I - Black & White
Located in Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, AR
Beautiful decorative ceramic vase, perfect for displaying your favorite blooms. With its simple lines and contemporary aesthetics, this handmade pottery vase crosses the line between...
Category

2010s Argentine Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Clay

Handmade Rock Ceramic Dinner Plates - Set of 2 - Black & White Splatterware
Located in Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, AR
One-of-a-kind ceramic dinner plates specially designed to enliven and enrich your table setting and home. Perfect for everyday use, these fun and functional splatter plates have an unmistakable handmade feel and may equally be used as serving dishes. Sold as a set of two, each pottery dinner plate is glazed by hand in a matte glaze with hand-painted black splatters that resemble Pollock’s artistic work. Due to the handcrafted nature, no two are the same, and hand washing...
Category

2010s Argentine Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Clay

Pair of Tall White Ceramic Kawa Vases, Leather cast Porcelain, Organic
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pair of tall and tactile porcelain vases with a leather textured exterior surface and clear glazed interior. This specific set was inspired by skyscrapers in the city. As a resul...
Category

2010s American Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain, Clay

Limited Edition Fine Bone China Potato Sculptures, Potato 1
Located in London, GB
Potato, 1882 Ltd. with Bruce McLean. Acclaimed conceptual artist Bruce McLean debued a vast new body of work titled Garden Ware that was on exhibition at ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ramina Ceramic Vase by Arianna De Luca
Located in Geneve, CH
Ramina vase by Arianna De Luca Dimensions: height 20 x diameter 20 cm Materials: ceramic Ramina is part of the Folcloristica series. A collection inspired by the mood and lifestyl...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Silent Teapot
Located in Helsinki, FI
Silent teapot is a porcelain handmade teapot made by the designer in Helsinki,Finland.
Category

2010s Finnish Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Paul Philp, Handbuilt Stoneware Vessel, Contemporary
By Paul Philp
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Paul Philp (British, born 1941) Contemporary hand built stoneware vessel 50cm high, 28cm wide, 19cm deep Stamped with potter’s seal to base In perfect condition Paul Philp ( born...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Contemporary White Ceramic Salad Bowl Serving Dish Handmade_black
Located in Milano, IT
Contemporary white ceramic deep serving dish (salad bowl/first courses dish) handmade Salad bowl, or a first course dish, in matt white ceramic with handles, adorned with an asteris...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Contemporary White Ceramic Deep Serving Dish Handmade_black
Located in Milano, IT
Contemporary white ceramic deep serving dish (Soup bowl) handmade Deep serving dish with handles in matt white ceramic, adorned on the base with 9 small cylinders. This dish is par...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Contemporary White Ceramic Flat Serving Dish Plate Handmade_black
Located in Milano, IT
Contemporary white ceramic flat serving dish plate handmade Large flat serving dish with handles, in matt white ceramic adorned on the base by four crosses. This dish is part of th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Contemporary White Ceramic Serving Dishes and Plate Complete Handmade Set_black
Located in Milano, IT
Contemporary white ceramic serving table dishes and plate complete handmade set UltraBold is a collection of three ceramic serving dishes: flat plate, soup/deep dish and salad/fir...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic vase attributed to Bertoncello Roberto Rigon
Located in Lugo, IT
Blue ceramic vase attributed to Bertoncello Roberto Rigon. Seven defects as pictured Good conditions. Thank you
Category

1960s Vintage Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Tazzine ceramica Montecatini
Located in Lugo, IT
Sei tazzine produzione Montecatini. 1 difetto buone condizioni. Grazie
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

OKO Face Ceramic Vase by Malwina Konopacka
Located in Geneve, CH
OKO face ceramic vase by Malwina Konopacka Materials: ceramic Dimensions: Ø 19 x 42 cm It was first presented in 2014 as part of Tokyo Designers Week and has since had numerous ...
Category

2010s Polish Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Contemporary Sculptural Stoneware Ceramic Art Modder Beauty by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Each of Françoise Jeffrey's ceramic pieces is hand made, coil built, organically shaped and unique in their own way, thus creating a basic and timeless design. Perfectly imperfect, i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Dutch Contemporary Sculptural Ceramic Art Modder Calmness by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Each of Françoise Jeffrey's ceramic pieces is hand made, coil built, organically shaped and unique in their own way, thus creating a basic and timeless design. Perfectly imperfect, i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Earthenware

"Aquila" Ceramic Bowl
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Studio pottery
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 2 WIT Mug / Orange / Ecru by Malwina Konopacka
Located in WARSZAWA, PL
The WIT cup is a multifunctional vessel with a playful stem. It can become your favorite coffee cup, a dessert bowl, a container for pens, or other favorite accessories. WIT chalices...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ceramics

Materials

Clay

Dutch Contemporary Sculptural Ceramic Art Modder Happy Tail by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Each of Françoise Jeffrey's ceramic pieces is hand made, coil built, organically shaped and unique in their own way, thus creating a basic and timeless design. Perfectly imperfect, i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Earthenware

Dutch Contemporary Sculptural Ceramic Art Modder in Touch by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Each of Françoise Jeffrey's ceramic pieces is hand made, coil built, organically shaped and unique in their own way, thus creating a basic and timeless design. Perfectly imperfect, i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Earthenware

Contemporary Sculptural Ceramic Art Modder Brave Little Sis by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Each of Françoise Jeffrey's ceramic pieces is hand made, coil built, organically shaped and unique in their own way, thus creating a basic and timeless design. Perfectly imperfect, i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Dutch Contemporary Sculptural Ceramic Art Modder Embracing by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Each of Françoise Jeffrey's ceramic pieces is hand made, coil built, organically shaped and unique in their own way, thus creating a basic and timeless design. Perfectly imperfect, i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Earthenware

Dutch Contemporary Sculptural Ceramic Art Modder Nurture by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Each of Françoise Jeffrey's ceramic pieces is hand made, coil built, organically shaped and unique in their own way, thus creating a basic and timeless design. Perfectly imperfect, i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Earthenware

Dutch Contemporary Sculptural Ceramic Art Modder Emotional by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Each of Françoise Jeffrey's ceramic pieces is hand made, coil built, organically shaped and unique in their own way, thus creating a basic and timeless design. Perfectly imperfect, i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Earthenware

Contemporary Sculptural Ceramic Art Modder Doing Her Thing by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Each of Françoise Jeffrey's ceramic pieces is hand made, coil built, organically shaped and unique in their own way, thus creating a basic and timeless design. Perfectly imperfect, i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Earthenware

Cinnamon Model Teapot by Ettore Sottsass for Alessio Sarri Editions
Located in Milan, Italy
Cinnamon is one of the teapots from the "The Indian Memory" collection designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1987 and now re-edited by Alessio Sarri. All the pieces in the collection are s...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Mini Aniela / Ecru / Orange / Circus Incense Holder by Malwina Konopacka
Located in WARSZAWA, PL
Aniela MINI is the answer to the need for a small item - a coaster that can be used to hold jewelry, sweets or burn incense sticks.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ceramics

Materials

Clay

"Mantova" Matte Black Vase
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Studio pottery. Using a traditional technique of clay slab to fashion all the vases models slip cast and hand finished with layers of glaze and multiple firings. Sculptural and functional design, interior is glazed as well. Available in matte black...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 2 UCHO Mug / Orange by Malwina Konopacka
Located in WARSZAWA, PL
Funny, capacious, and handy – that's what UCHO is all about, the first mug in the OKO Family that begins a new chapter in the brand's history. The mug has a sturdy handle shaped like...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ceramics

Materials

Clay

Set of 2 UCHO Mug / White by Malwina Konopacka
Located in WARSZAWA, PL
Funny, capacious, and handy – that's what UCHO is all about, the first mug in the OKO Family that begins a new chapter in the brand's history. The mug has a sturdy handle shaped like...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ceramics

Materials

Clay

Set of 2 WIT Mug / Red by Malwina Konopacka
Located in WARSZAWA, PL
The WIT cup is a multifunctional vessel with a playful stem. It can become your favorite coffee cup, a dessert bowl, a container for pens, or other favorite accessories. WIT chalices...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ceramics

Materials

Clay

Set of 2 WIT Mug / Candy / Ecru by Malwina Konopacka
Located in WARSZAWA, PL
Set of two WIT cup Candy and Ecru. The WIT cup is a multifunctional vessel with a playful stem. It can become your favorite coffee cup, a dessert bowl, a container for pens, or othe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ceramics

Materials

Clay

Set of 2 WIT Mug / Candy / Denim by Malwina Konopacka
Located in WARSZAWA, PL
Set of two WIT cup Candy and Denim. The WIT cup is a multifunctional vessel with a playful stem. It can become your favorite coffee cup, a dessert bowl, a container for pens, or oth...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ceramics

Materials

Clay

Set of 2 WIT Mug / Candy pink by Malwina Konopacka
Located in WARSZAWA, PL
Set of two WIT cup Candy. The WIT cup is a multifunctional vessel with a playful stem. It can become your favorite coffee cup, a dessert bowl, a container for pens, or other favori...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ceramics

Materials

Clay

Ceramic plate by Roger Capron, France, 1960's
Located in Paris, FR
Ceramic plate by Roger Capron, signed, 1960's
Category

1960s French Vintage Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Gabbianelli Walt Disney
Located in Lugo, IT
Three bowls with saucer and pitcher attributed to a Gabbianelli production. Good conditions. Thank you
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Pastille box I
Located in London, GB
A bone china lidded vessel with hand painted underglaze decoration by London artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

higashi I
Located in London, GB
A bone china vessel with hand painted underglaze decoration by London artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

higashi III
Located in London, GB
A bone china vessel with hand painted underglaze decoration by London artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

higashi VI
Located in London, GB
A bone china vessel with hand painted underglaze decoration by London artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

higashi V
Located in London, GB
A bone china vessel with hand painted underglaze decoration by London artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

higashi II
Located in London, GB
A bone china vessel with hand painted underglaze decoration by London artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Spatial Concept V
Located in London, GB
a porcelain vessel on a glazed and gilded ceramic plinth by London artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Gold Leaf

higashi IV
Located in London, GB
A bone china vessel with hand painted underglaze decoration by London artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Spatial Concept II
Located in London, GB
two thrown porcelain vessels on a glazed and gilded ceramic plinth by artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Gold Leaf

Spatial Concept IV
Located in London, GB
a pair of thrown porcelain vessels on a glazed and gilded ceramic plinth by London artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Gold Leaf

Spatial Concept III
Located in London, GB
two thrown porcelain vessels on a glazed and gilded ceramic plinth by London artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Gold Leaf

Spatial Concept I
Located in London, GB
A thrown porcelain vessel on a glazed and gilded ceramic plinth by artist Christopher Riggio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Ceramics

Materials

Gold Leaf

UCHO Mug / Orange by Malwina Konopacka
Located in WARSZAWA, PL
Funny, capacious, and handy – that's what UCHO is all about, the first mug in the OKO Family that begins a new chapter in the brand's history. The mug has a sturdy handle shaped like...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ceramics

Materials

Clay

Collection of Two Ceramic Glazed Vases by Warren Mackinzie
Located in Atlanta, GA
An assemble of two stemmed cylinder-shape stoneware vases by American studio potter Warren MacKenzie (1924-2018). The two vases have a complementary form and silouette and display ni...
Category

1990s American Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Modern ceramics for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Modern ceramics for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage ceramics created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include serveware, ceramics, silver and glass, decorative objects, folk art and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with ceramic, stoneware and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Modern ceramics made in a specific country, there are Europe, North America, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original ceramics, popular names associated with this style include Monika Patuszynska, Mosche Bianche, Richard A. Hirsch, and LAAB Milano. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for ceramics differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $20 and tops out at $50,348 while the average work can sell for $614.

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