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Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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
Vintage Pitcher in Silver and Crystal by Baracat
Located in Milano, IT
Gorgeous silver jug of Baracat production, late 1800s. The jug is made of worked and carved silver in the round base and spout, while the central body is made of glass. The spout o...
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Early 1800s Italian Antique Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Crystal, Sterling Silver

Sparta Copper Pitcher with White Bakelite Handle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Art Deco water pitcher c.1930's, designed by Walter Von Nessen for Chase USA makes for a fun decorative piece. The pitcher features a white Bakelite sculpted handle and copper p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Copper

Crystal Decanter Val Saint Lambert Signed
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Val Saint Lambert crystal decanter with gold detail trim.
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1970s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Crystal

Cooper Teak Watering Can, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Cooper teak watering can, Denmark, 1960s.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Copper

Copper Teak Watering Can, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Copper teak watering can, Denmark, 1960s.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Copper

French Ceramic Vallauris Pitcher, Midcentury
Located in Labrit, Landes
French ceramic pitcher from Vallauris, France, circa 1960. Picasso lived and worked in the town of Vallauris, France between 1948 and 1955. He contributed to the Renaissance of the ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Large Mid-20th Century Italian Lemonade Jug Designed by Sergio Asti, circa 1965
Located in London, GB
A large mid-20th century Italian glass and silver plated lemonade jug with integral ice container designed by Sergio Asti, Italy, circa 1965. About the maker; Sergio Asti is an Ita...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Silver Plate

Aage Rasmus Selsbo, Pitcher, Semi-Glazed Stoneware, Rattan, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A cream and brown glazed pitcher / vase with subtle incised decoration and rattan detailing, produced by Danish ceramicist Aage Rasmus Selsbo in his studio, Simlångsdalen, Sweden, 19...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Rattan, Stoneware

Los Castillo Silver Plate Fish Water Pitcher
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Whimsical mid-century silver plate on copper fish form water pitcher crafted by a master silversmith with stone eyes and fins on a starfish base. Signed Los Castillo Mexico on the bo...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Silver Plate, Copper

Vintage Mid Century Pitcher Barware Jug C1950 France
Located in Trensacq, FR
Vintage French pitcher mid century barware jug C1950 Rare mid-century vintage barware water jug from 1950s France. An attractive and unusual square shaped ceramic pitcher with a ...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Fratelli Toso Murano Amber Millefiori Flowers Satin Italian Art Glass Ewer Cruet
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown amber satin surface Italian art glass ewer cruet, with applied millefiori flowers decoration. Documented to the Fratelli Toso company. It is soft ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Art Glass, Murrine

Two Fat Lava Ceramic German Jugs by Scheurich, circa 1970
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two particular jugs also usable as vases made in the 1970s in Germany by Scheurich in perfect conditions.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Midcentury Pitcher Jug by St. Louis Crystal France
Located in Vienna, AT
Vintage large handblown glass pitcher with handle. Designed by St. Louis Crystal France, late 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Glass

Carl Auböck Pitcher with Brass Handle
Located in London, GB
A glass pitcher with leather sleeve and brass handle by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, 1950s. The leather sleeve settles in the bottom half of the glass and is of a deep dark brown colour....
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Brass

Rooster Glazed Ceramic Pitcher, Ukraine, 1950s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching black and amber Majolica ceramic rooster jug / pitcher, Ukraine, 1950s. A cool accent to any kitchen or to be user as serving pitcher. Lovely as a part of a ceramics co...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic, Majolica

Barbini Murano Purple Amethyst Gold Flecks Handle Italian Art Glass Pitcher Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown amethyst purple and gold flecks Italian art glass pitcher shape flower vase. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini, with original intact "Venetia...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Gold Leaf

Fratelli Toso Murano Millefiori Flower Star Mosaic Italian Art Glass Pitcher
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown multi-color Millefiori flower and star mosaic Italian art glass pitcher / vase. Documented to the Fratelli Toso Company. Many of the murrines are ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine, Glass

Vintage French Ceramic Pitcher by Jacques Blin, circa 1960s
Located in London, GB
Vintage French ceramic pitcher by Jacques Blin (circa 1960s). Unique in its style and decoration, its form is zoomorphic with incised decor of geometric shapes. Of course Jacques Bli...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Fratelli Toso Murano Millefiori Flower Star Mosaic Italian Art Glass Pitchers
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (2 available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown white, purple clovers, red and orange Millefiori flowers Italian art glass mosaic pitchers / ewers. Documented to t...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine

Fratelli Toso Murano Pink White Ribbon Gold Leaf Italian Art Glass Pitcher Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and large, vintage Murano hand blown pink and white ribbons Italian art glass pitcher / vase. Documented to the Fratelli Toso company, with original "Murano Glass - Made In...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Gold Leaf

Early 20th Century Traditional Spanish Ceramic Pitcher
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Early 20th century Traditional Spanish ceramic pitcher In original condition with minor wear consisitent of age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.
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Early 20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Pink Cut Glass Water Pitcher
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderful Pink cut glass pitcher. Perfect for serving drinks in the garden, or use it as a mouthwash vessel, for bubble bath, or as a vase.... and great as a bedside water table fo...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Cut Glass

Midcentury Italian Ceramic Pitcher by Guido Gambone, circa 1950s
Located in London, GB
Midcentury Italian decorative ceramic pitcher by Guido Gambone (circa 1950s). The classically-shaped pitcher is reminiscent of earthenware from ancient Greece and Rome, particularly ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Vintage French Ceramic Pitcher by Jacques Blin 'circa 1950s'
Located in London, GB
Vintage French ceramic pitcher / vase (circa 1950s) by Jacques Blin. The pitcher is in a subtle hue covered in Blin's trademark misty glaze, darker on this piece than others. It is d...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Barovier Toso Murano Green Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Ribbed Pitcher Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown light green with gold flecks Italian art glass pitcher or vase. Documented to Ercole Barovier for the Barovier e Toso Company. Profusely covered i...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Gold Leaf

Vintage French Ceramic Pitcher by Le Grand Chêne, circa 1950s
Located in London, GB
Vintage French ceramic pitcher by Le Grand Chêne (circa 1950s). A stunning piece with sensual form and oak leaf motif on the front and matching, painted handle in the back. The matt ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Ceramic Pitcher by Accolay 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
Stylised mid-century ceramic pitcher by Accolay (circa 1960s). A creative take on the traditional pitcher with extended handle, the zoomorphic shape suggests the very bird that is pa...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Georges Jouve Enameled Pitcher, France, 1950s
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Elegant Georges Jouve enameled pitcher in orange with black interior, France, 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Dorothy Thorpe Mid-Century Modern Silver Overlay Glass Cocktail Pitcher Set
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This four piece cocktail pitcher and glass set was done by the well known Dorothy Thorpe of the United States in approximately 1965 in the period Mid-Century style. The set is compos...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Silver

Midcentury Vintage Glass Cain's Ice Tea Jug Decanter, circa 1950s
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Beautiful glass round iced tea dispenser. A great piece for holding pre-mixed drinks or iced tea for parties or just for storing in your fridge. Made of glass, with a plastic top, an...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Metal

Midcentury French Ceramic Jug / Vase by Alexandre Kostanda, circa 1960s
Located in London, GB
Midcentury ceramic jug / vase by Alexandre Kostanda (circa 1960s). In his trademark natural clay and rustic style, Kostanda created beautifully original vessels, such as vases, pitch...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century Modernist Glazed Ceramic Gurgle Fish Jugs / Pitchers
Located in Barcelona, ES
A set of two green and brown Majolica ceramic fish vases / gurgling fish jugs / pitchers. The green Darmouth fish was manufactured by Dartmouth Devon England, 1960s. The blue one w...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic, Majolica

Iridescent Black Ceramic Pitcher
Located in Pasadena, CA
An iridescent black ceramic tall pitcher with a long pouring spout. The ceramic features golden reflects.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Wonderful Airplane Form Modern Silver Plate Martini Cocktail Bar Shaker
By J.A. Henckels 1
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful airplane form modern polished silver plate martini / cocktail bar shaker with black lacquered wood handle, a beautiful display piece appears to never have been used In the...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Silver Plate

Crystal and Silver Plate Decanter by Sergio Asti, 1965, Italy
Located in Melbourne, VIC
Crystal and silver plate decanter for chilled drinks with ice container. Designed by Sergio Asti, one of the top industrial designers who became a founding member of the Italian Ind...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

Mosaic and Brass Pitcher by Salvador Teran
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this fantastic mosaic and brass pitcher designed by Salvador Teran in good vintage conditions, circa 1960. About Salvador Teran: Born in Taxco, (1920-1974) trained with W...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Stone

Salvador Teran Mosaic and Brass Pitcher
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Salvador Teran mosaic and brass pitcher. Born in Taxco, Salvador Teran (1920-1974) trained with Spratling at Las Delicias, then from 1939 worked with his cousins Los Castillo at thei...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Brass

Aldo Tura Midcentury Walnut Wood Italian Thermos Decanter for Macabo, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury walnut wood thermos decanter. This wonderful item was produced in Milan, Italy, during 1950s by Aldo Tura for Macabo. The following piece is fantastic as the ex...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Metal

Ten 1960s Italian Empoli MCM Green Glass Vases Decanters Goblet and Candy Jar
Located in Haarlem, NL
Spectacular set of ten 1960s green Italian Empoli pressed and blown glass. Three genie bottles, a large dog shaped bottle and a cute cat shaped one. A large goblet, a high glass and ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Glass, Blown Glass

Nielsen, Modernist Studio Watering Can, Copper and Brass, Denmark, circa 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A modernist watering can or pitcher. With lively original patina from use. In hammered copper and bent brass pipe, features fine organic forms.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Brass, Copper

Rooster Green Glazed Ceramic Pitcher, France, 1950s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching green Majolica ceramic rooster jug / pitcher, France, 1950s. Handcrafted in green glazed ceramic with red, black and orange accents. A cool accent to any kitchen or to...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic, Majolica

Wooden Carafe
Located in Richmond, VA
Rare vintage sycamore pitcher with thermal glass lined interior and cork lid, perfect for hot or cold beverages. Made in Italy by Manzoni Pietro.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Glass, Sycamore

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Grandjean Jourdan Faux Bois Ceramic Pitcher & Cup Set
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Complete set of Grandjean-Jourdan’s faux bois tableware. This father and son team of post-WWII regional artists created their hand-painted pottery in the famed town of Vallauris, the...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Pottery

Hartstone Signed Circular Donut Shape Pottery Pitcher Wine Jug
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern period donut shape pottery pitcher jug by Hartstone pottery.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Mexican Silver Malachite Pitcher by Los Castillo
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1960. We offer this Mid-Century Modern Mexican silver malachite pitcher sporting an amazing handle in a bird motif by Los Castillo Taxco México. The pitcher Marked Los Castillo...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Precious Stone

Dino Martens Murano Pink Black White Ribbons Italian Art Glass Pitcher Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown black, white and pink Italian art glass pitcher / vase. Documented to designer Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso. Striking alternating color combina...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Ribbon

Gunnar Nylund, Stoneware Pitcher, Rörstand, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizable stoneware pitcher produced by Rörstrands, Sweden, 1940s. Designed and signed by Gunnar Nylund, (Swedish, 1914-1997). Nylund served as artistic director at Rörstrands, wh...
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1940s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Stoneware

Mid-Century Modern Brass Pitcher by Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern polished brass pitcher was designed by Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths in the United States circa 1960. It features an undulating body with a ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Brass

Aldo Tura Midcentury Goatskin and Brass Thermos Decanter for Macabo, Italy 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing wooden goatskin thermos decanter with mid-century gilt brass trim. Aldo Tura produced this wonderful item in Milan, Italy, during the 1950s for a Macabo production. The pi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Brass, Metal

Set of Aldo Tura Midcentury Bamboo and Metal Italian Thermos for Macabo, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Unique pair of midcentury bamboo Thermos by Aldo Tura for Macabo. This marvellous set of serving pieces was produced in Cusano Milanino, Milan, in Italy during 1950s. These items ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Metal

Arthur Court Aluminum WartHog Wine Cooler Mid-century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Outstanding and rare signed Arthur Court aluminum warthog wine and champagne cooler. This piece is very large and impressive in person. Mr. Warty is so cute and is very well crafted....
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Aluminum, Brass

Large Ernest Sohn Creations Coffee Pot
Located in Garnerville, NY
Large and impressive Ernest Sohn Creations porcelain coffee pot. Ribbed body. Circa 1950-60. Signed on the underside. Very good condition with no visible chips, cracks, hairlines, cr...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Porcelain

Danish, Pitcher, Glazed Incised Green Stoneware, Rattan, Sweden c. 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A modernist pitcher. Designed c. 1960s. Features green glaze and beige / brown stoneware. Handle wrapped in rattan. Stamped and labeled.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Stoneware, Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Jaru of California Pitcher and Beaker/Cup Set
By Jaru
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Iconic Mid-Century Modern from Southern California design. Rare and in very good condition, with its bright turquoise and creamy stripes, this beverage set, pitcher and 4 cups/beaker...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Ceramic

Set of Four Whiskey Glasses with Silver Overlay by Dorothy Thorpe, circa 1960s
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Iconic Mid-Century Modern barware glasses with silver fade overlay design. Great looking rock glasses with tapered forms and gradient rims with in ombre gunmetal. Makes a smart and h...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Silver Leaf

Vintage Georges Briard Cocktail Pitcher in the Thirst Extinguisher Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Designed by Georges Briard and decorated with 22k gold in gloss and satin finish combined with black and red enamel, The Thirst extinguisher pattern has a large central fire extingui...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Glass

German Brass Watering Can, 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sculptural 1960s German cactus brass watering can, great lines, great original condition.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Brass

1950s Italian Hand Hammered Copper Pitcher or Jug in Egidio Casagrande Style
Located in Haarlem, NL
Large 1950s vintage elegant hand hammered copper vase unsigned but unmistakably in typical Egidio Casagrande style. Very decorative pretty shaped ewer in an impressive size.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Copper

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