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Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Blonde Vivienne Porcelaine Plate Signed by Tom Wesselmann, Rosenthal Studio
Located in Brussels, BE
Blonde Vivienne porcelaine plate signed by Tom Wesselmann, Rosenthal Studio-Line, Germany.
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

French Blue and White Majolica Oyster, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
French Blue and White Majolica Oyster, circa 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Rare Ceramic Oyster Plate Robert Picault, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Rare oyster plate signed Robert Picault. Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) was born in Vincennes, Paris and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Paris. After the war he spent a short...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Faience

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Display Plate, Barney's New York Collection
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Classic midcentury Italian Designed plate featuring an iconic image from Piero Fornasetti’s work, his muse the opera singer, Lina Cavalieri. Crisp black and white timeless design i...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

French Majolica Pink Daisy Plate, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
French Majolica pink daisy plate Massier style, circa 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Faience

French Green Majolica Oyster Plate Proceram, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
French green Majolica oyster plate signed Proceram, circa 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Majolica, Ceramic, Faience

French Green Majolica Oyster Marcel Guillot, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
French green Majolica oyster signed Marcel Guillot, circa 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Faience, Majolica

Set of 12 American Studio Rosewood Plates, Signed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand turned cover plates in rosewood. In perfect condition and beautiful patina. Each is etch signed "Rosewood, Handmade, 1965, R.T.H." to underside. Each plate is 10" diameter. 9 ar...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Rosewood

Eduardo Paolozzi's "After Newton", Rosenthal Porcelain Dish
Located in Downingtown, PA
Eduardo Paolozzi's dish made by Rosenthal depicts "After Newton" is an image of the large sculpture by Paolozzi. Paolozzi follows William Blake's 1795 print, Newton, in illustrating ...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Teak Plates Made by Morsbak of Denmark
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage set of 6 teak plates made by Morsdak of Denmark In new old stock condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Teak

Cerise Pink Mid-Century Glass Plates Set of Two
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful cerise pink glass plates.
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1940s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Glass

Set of 6 Modern Charger Plates in Brass Made in Italy, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning set of 6 charger plates, circa 1970s, retains original label 2, made in Italy, 1970s. Signed: "Centro Silver - Made in Italy".
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Brass

Bennington Pottery Designed by Yusuke Aida Service for 6
Located in New York, NY
This is a lovely set of Bennington pottery in the most gorgeous moss green glaze with bronze accents. It is a full service for 6 with four large plates, 6 desert of salad plates, 6 s...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Pottery

Midcentury Decorative Ceramic Plate by Robert Perot of Vieux Moulin, circa 1950s
By Vieux Moulin, Robert Perot
Located in London, GB
Decorative ceramic plate by Robert Perot, founder of the pottery, Vieux Moulin (circa 1950s), Vallauris, France. Exquisite design with geometric shapes in very muted shades of brown,...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Rare Ceramic Oyster Plate Robert Picault, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Rare oyster plate signed Robert Picault. Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) was born in Vincennes, Paris and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Paris. After the war he spent a short...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Faience

Natural Clay Dinner Plate, by Brendan Tadler
Located in Melville, NY
Handmade clay dinner plate made from our Artisans in Mexico.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Clay

Majolica Oyster Plate Sarreguemines Circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica oyster plate signed Sarreguemines, circa 1950. 4 plates are available.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic, Faience

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Astrolabe Porcelain Plate, #11 in Astrolabio Pattern
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti Astrolabe Porcelain Plate, #11 in Astrolabio Pattern. 1960's-mid 1970's. The plate depicts an astrolabe, it is number 11 in series. A ribbon above reads...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Vintage Fornasetti Porcelain Themes & Variation Plate, #84
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Fornasetti Porcelain Themes & Variation plate #84, Barnaba Fornasetti, Fornasetti Studio. The Fornasetti porcelain plate in the Themes & Variation pattern depicts the fac...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Set of Eight Bamboo and Lucite Plate Mats Charger Plates, Italy, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Set of eight charger plates or plate mats in lucite framed by bamboo made in Italy in the 1960s. Overall conditions are good considering the age of the items, just some scratches...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Bamboo, Lucite, Plexiglass

Piero Fornasetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Leo, 1965
Located in Meda, MB
This rare and the most sought after collectibles vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain lithographically-decorated and hand painted ceramic zodiac plate have a white background with word...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Gold

Set of 12 "Constellation" Engraved Crystal Plates by Don Wier for Steuben Glass
Located in Brussels, BE
A rare complete set of 12 "Constellation" finely engraved crystal plates by Don Wier for Steuben Glass. Steuben glass, 1950-1979.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Glass

Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe Porcelain Recipe Plate, Python a La Orange
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe Porcelain Recipe Plate, Python a la Orange, 1960s-1974. This rare Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate is from a series of fourteen made for the Flemi...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Natural Clay Dinnerware Set, by Brendan Tadler
Located in Melville, NY
Handmade clay dinnerware set made from our Artisans in Mexico. Set consists of: 4 small plates (6" D) 4 large plates (11" D) 4 bowls (5" D x 3" H) 4 smoke glass tumblers (4" H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Clay, Glass

Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variations Porcelain Plate, Number 106
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate Themes & Variation Pattern #106, Cheese Head, Tema E Variazioni 1970s The striking and somewhat surreal Piero Fornasetti black and white porce...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Decorative Ceramic Plate by Roger Capron
Located in Brooklyn, NY
One of a kind hand-painted ceramic plate by Roger Capron.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Rare Ceramic Oyster Plate Robert Picault circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Rare Oyster plate signed Robert Picault. Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) was born in Vincennes, Paris and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Paris. After the war he spent a short...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic, Faience

Rare Ceramic Oyster Plate Robert Picault Circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Rare Oyster Plate signed Robert Picault. Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) was born in Vincennes, Paris and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Paris. After the war he spent a short...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic, Faience

MCM Piero Fornasetti Astrolabe Porcelain Plate, #1, Astrolabio Pattern
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti astrolabe porcelain plate, #1 in Astrolabio pattern, 1960s-mid 1970s.   The Piero Fornasetti plate depicts an astrolabe, it is number 1 in the series....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi Wedgwood Plates, Variations on a Geometric Theme
Located in Downingtown, PA
Set of sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi Wedgwood plates, variations on a geometric theme, complete set of six-one of only two hundred sets made. with Lucite box, circa 1971 The Edua...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Eva Zeisel Scarce Ironstone Dinnerware Set for 10 by Schmid NKT, Japan
Located in Chicago, IL
A large set of pieces including: 10 dinner plates 10 small plates 10 small bowls 2 large serving platters 1 large serving bowl A whimsical, Mid-Century set designed by Eva ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate #5, Signed, Unused
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain plate number 5. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Majolica Oyster Plate Sarreguemines Circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica oyster plate signed Sarreguemines, circa 1950. 8 plates are available.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic, Faience

Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe Porcelain Recipe Plate, Elephant Ear Soup
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe porcelain recipe plate, With original "Hide" Box and "Thank you" insert, Elephant ear soup, 1960s-1974. This rare Piero Fornasetti porcelain plat...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

French Black & Green Majolica Oyster, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
French black & green majolica oyster, circa 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic, Faience, Majolica

Georges Pelletier '1938', Set of Seven Plates, circa 1970, France
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Georges Pelletier (1938), Set of seven plates, Black, gold and red enamelled ceramic with solar decoration, Signed on the back, circa 1970, France. Measure: Depth. 26,8 cm Georges...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variation Plate Motiv 16, The Necklace
Located in Downingtown, PA
Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variation Porcelain Plate Motiv 16, The Necklace, 1980s    The striking Rosenthal Fornasetti gold-rimmed black and white printed plate with...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Set of Six Ice Effect Lucite and Steel Placemats Willy Rizzo style, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Set of six squared placemats in ice-effect lucite and steel borders in the style of the Italian designer Willy Rizzo. Made in Italy 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Metal, Steel, Chrome

Gio Ponti Plate for Ceramiche Franco Pozzi
Located in New York, NY
Decorative plate designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramiche Franco Pozzi as part of his “Fantasia Italiana” series. Signed on the back. Two others with different pattern also available. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Mid Century 99 Piece Set of Porcelain China Rosenthal Parisian Spring Germany
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous sets of beautiful and elegant china by Rosenthal. 99 PCs which consist of 12 each of the following, dinner plates, salad plates, bread/desert plates, fruit cups, soup bowls,...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Pottery Plate Galvani Pattern
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Pottery Plate. Galvani Pattern, 1947-55 The very early rare Piero Fornasetti pottery plate is named Galvani on reverse. The unusual pattern mysteriously depic...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Pottery

6 Pieces of Porcelain Plates, Rozenthal, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original conditions.  
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Astronomici Plate, #8
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate with number 8 in the Astronomici series. Astronomici means Astronomics. This is a rare pattern in black and white with gold highlights. Mark: A mo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Mid Century 125 Piece Dinner Set by Raymond Loewy for Rosenthal Germany
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Amazing set of porcelain china by Rosenthal and designed by Raymond Loewy. Made in Germany. Quince is the pattern as it has a definite Asian influence. In excellent condition, no chi...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Massimo Vignelli for Heller Dinnerware 20 Large Plates and 20 Small Plates Light
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful set of 20 large 10-inch dinner plates and 20 smaller 8-inch salad plates in light yellow by Massimo Vignelli for Heller. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is v...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Plastic

Fornasetti Milano 'Fiori' Pattern Porcelain Plates, Set of Twelve, circa 1965
Located in Kinderhook, NY
An incredibly rare set of 12 large porcelain dinner plates in the 'Fiori' pattern designed by Piero Fornasetti and produced by Fornasetti - Milano, circa 1965. There are two plates o...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Enameled Red Metal Bowl by Leif Wessmann for Knoll International
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage enameled red stainless steel shallow bowl or plate by Leif Wessmann and Associates, distributed by Knoll International in the 1960s. Designer: Leif Wessmann Origin: Nor...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Enamel, Stainless Steel

Early 20th Century Spanish Three Tier Dessert Stand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Three tier metal dessert plate from France. Made by unknown manufacturer, early 20th century. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a b...
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Early 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Metal

Set of Three Fondue Plates, Gien Pottery, France, 1970s
By Gien
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s, France - Maker: Gien - Good original condition.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Rare Ceramic Oyster Plate Robert Picault Circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Rare Oyster Plate signed Robert Picault. Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) was born in Vincennes, Paris and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Paris. After the war he spent a short...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic, Faience

Massive Midcentury Platter by Winfield Pottery of California
Located in San Diego, CA
Massive midcentury platter / serving tray by Winfield Pottery of California, circa 1950s. The piece is a light pinkish-purple in color with a dark cabernet outer rim and measures 17"...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Pottery

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Display Plate, Barney's New York Collection
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Classic midcentury Italian Designed plate featuring an iconic image from Piero Fornasetti’s work, his muse the opera singer, Lina Cavalieri. Crisp black and white timeless design i...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

French Mid-Century Decorative Plate by Albert Thiry 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
Mid-century decorative plate (circa 1960s) by Albert Thiry. A chalk-white glaze provides the background for a colourful thistle motif in the centre recess of this small dish. The inc...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Set of Six French Vintage Ceramic Plates by Albert Thiry 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
Set of six French vintage ceramic plates (circa 1960s) by Albert Thiry. With the trademark Thiry design and decoration scheme, these plates' base colour is done in a chalky-white gla...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Astrolabe Plate, Number Twelve in Astrolabio Series
Located in Downingtown, PA
The Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate depicts an astrolabe, it is number twelve of twelve in series. A ribbon above reads "Ad Habendum Horam Ineqvalem Et Qvatvor Angvlos Celi In Die"....
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Eleven Mid-Century Modern Italian Pottery Fish Plates, Vietri, Dated 1958
Located in Downingtown, PA
Eleven Mid-Century Modern Italian pottery fish plates, Vietri Dated 1958, Each plate is modeled in the form of a fish and each is painted with a different fish or sea life on an...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Pottery

Pair of Rare Piero Fornasetti Fish Plates, Pesci Pattern or Passage of Fish
Located in Downingtown, PA
Pair of rare Piero Fornasetti fish plates, Pesci pattern or passage of fish, #1 & 6, circa 1960s The plates depict two different schools of fish swimming together across the pl...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Plate-- Giastra di Frutta # 6
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate, Giastra di Frutta # 6, 1955-65 The pattern "Giostra di Frutta" translates as a Merry-Go-Round of Fruit. The plate is numbered #6. The plate has...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

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