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Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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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Set of 6 Picard Hand Decorated Ensemble Gold and White Interior Porcelain Bowls
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern beyond gorgeous signed set of six Picard hand decorated ensemble gold exterior and white interior porcelain bowls. The set of six bowls are bone china...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Gold Leaf

Midcentury Porcelain Crown Bowls or Candleholders by Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in Bochum, NRW
Midcentury set of eight porcelain crown bowls by Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, Sweden. Exquisitely shaped and very thin porcelain bowls, satin glazed, foot enhanced with gold, each item...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Adamo / Adam Porcelain Plate Number 12, Signed, Excellent
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Adamo / Adam porcelain plate # 12. Signed. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Porcelain Fluted Rosenthal Vase with Gold Band
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large Rosenthal vase with gold band and vertical ribbing. Perfect for a center piece. The ribbed style with gold banding make this a perfect decorative piece without without flowers.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Surrealist Postmodern Porcelain and Glass Cheese Cover Designed by Borek Sipek
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Charming cheese cover designed by Borek Sipek, the Czech designer who passed away in 2016. Made of porcelain and glass this is the ideal object to store your cheeses on the counte...
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1980s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain, Glass

20th CenturyFabienne Jouvin Great Black and White French Vase
Located in Valladolid, ES
Extraordinary porcelain vase made in China and designed by Fabienne Jouvin, renowned contemporary designer specializing in unique ceramic pieces. Graduated from Duperré Higher Schoo...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Midcentury Red Schonwald Germany Porcelain Vase, Style 112
By Schönwald 1
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful cherry red midcentury Schonwald porcelain vase, style 112. Measures: H 6.3" D 3.5" W 3.5".
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Calendar Porcelain Plate for the Year 1993
Located in Brussels, BE
Piero Fornasetti Calendar porcelain plate for the year 1993.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Vase by Ewald Dahlskog, Midcentury Scandinavian, circa 1940, Tall White Vase
Located in New York, NY
Decorative, midcentury tall vase by Ewald Dahlskog, Sweden, circa 1940.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Faience

Rosenthal Cruet and Vase Set by Björn Wiinblad
Located in Stockholm, SE
Romance pattern set of cruet and vase by Björn Wiinblad for Rosenthal. Porcelain with 24-karat gold decorations. Very good condition. Cruet measures: 16 x 10 cm, vase 18 x 8 cm.  
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Gold

Italian Midcentury Finissime Porcellane Swans Sculpture, Firenze ,1950s
By Finissime Porcellane
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Impressive porcelain by "finissime porcellane" 1950s from Firenze in Tuscany.   
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

Set of Three Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Figurines "Boy Feeding Geese"
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Boy feeding geese three-piece porcelain group by Royal Copenhagen.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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, Numbered # 2 & 3, circa 1960s The plates depict two different schools of fish swimming together a...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

12 Colorfull Moccacups with Violets Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria
Located in Weiningen, CH
12 colorfull moccacups with violets Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

1950s Japanese Hand Painted Porcelain Dinnerware, Set of 17
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1950s Mid-Century Modern Japanese hand painted porcelain, 22-karat gold "Itami" shape hand painted bright white faux bois embossed dinnerware set in "White Plum". Set of 17. This sev...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Coaster Reclining "Adam” 2 of 8, 1965, Mid-century
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Plate number 2 from the quite rare and sought after of Fornasetti 1960’s design series, Adamo & Eva (1965). Compared to his much more severe standing “Adam" of a decade earlier, this...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

T&V France Floral Vase Shape Flower Painted Porcelain Pitcher
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice floral French porcelain pitcher.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Midcentury Porcelain Vase by Michael Boehm & Rosemonde Nairac for Rosenthal
By Rosemonde Nairac, Rosenthal, Michael Boehm
Located in New York, NY
This porcelain vase was designed by Michael Boehm and Rosemonde Nairac for Rosenthal's Studio Linie in the 1970s. The vase's bold elliptical shape is intersected by a rectangular bas...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Meissen Sculpture of a Horse Erich Oehme, 1949
Located in Langserud, SE
A wonderful sculpture of a horse’s head. Made at Meissen Porcelain factory in 1949 and designed by Erich Oehme. The shape of the head is stunning and gives the white smooth porcela...
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1940s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Coaster Reclining "Adam” 7 of 8, 1965, Mid-century
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Plate number 7 from the quite rare and sought after of Fornasetti 1960’s design series, Adamo & Eva (1965). Compared to his much more severe standing “Adam" of a decade earlier, this...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Sevres-Vincennes Vintage French Porcelain Coffee Set
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Elegant and particular coffee service in fine French porcelain, consists of eight cups with plate, a fine coffee maker from the shape pleasant and refined, a sugar bowl with lid and ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

67-Piece Floral / Bird Pink Yellow Green Gold and Ivory Porcelain Dinner Service
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed 67-piece set of Rosenthal Kronach Germany "Bettina" floral pattern pink, yellow and green on a creamy white / ivory background with gold rim porcelain china brunc...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain, Paint

Large Italian Majolica Vase with Stand
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
A midcentury Italian Majolica vase, incised and polychromed with foliage and vinery in the tradition of Renaissance istoriato ware.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Ceramic

Björn Wiinblad for Rosendhal Studio Linie White Porcelain Bowl, 1970s
Located in Modena, IT
Original Rosenthal Germany Studio Linie white porcelain bowl, designed by Danish artist Björn Wiinblad, circa 1970. Signature of manufacturer and designer under the base.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Lidded Box and Canister Dresser Set by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal
Located in North Miami, FL
Romance pattern porcelain lidded canister and box by Bjorn Wiinblad with with 24-karat gold decoration on front, back, and lid of canister, and interior and lid of box. Box measures ...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Gold

Vintage Rosenthal Black and White Monochrome Dish by Hans-Theo Baumann, 1960s
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish and scarce vintage midcentury German porcelain rounded bowl of shallow form decorated with a central black star and web design by Hans-Theo Baumann and designed for Ro...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Set of 2 Porcelain Op Art "DOTS" Vase by Winterling Bavaria, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Op Art porcelain vase set of 2 Producer: Winterling Bavaria, Germany Decade: 1970s   This original vintage Op Art vase was produced in the 1970s in Germany. It is ...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

White Midcentury Porcelain Vase, Germany, Royal Porzellan KPM
Located in Chorzów, PL
Vase by Royal KMP, Germany. Very good condition. No damage. Dimensions: height 22 cm / diameter. 11 cm.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Black Gold Measurement Insulator Paperweight Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain insulator paperweight is gold with a black background. Italian through and through. It is titled cleverly on the top" THERE IS MEASURE IN ALL ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Biscotti Pattern Porcelain Plate, Trompe l'oeil Cookies
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Biscotti pattern porcelain plate, Trompe l'oeil Cookies, Number 4 in series, 1950s-1960. The Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate depicts a Trompe L'oeil image of ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variation Porcelain Plate Motiv 30, Flowers
Located in Downingtown, PA
Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variation Porcelain Plate Motiv 30-Flowers, 1980s   The striking Rosenthal Fornasetti gold-rimmed black and white printed plate with the fac...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Three Magical Fairy Tales Old Russia Plates by Gere Fauth
Located in Rijssen, NL
Stunning a rare Villeroy & Boch limited edition collector’s plates from Heinrich Porsellan illustrated by Gere Frauth. The size of each plates is 8-1/2" in diameter. It comes with...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bavaria Arzberg Hutschenreuther Glazed Porcelain Vase Black, Blue & White, 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage fine art glazed porcelain bud flower vase made in Bavaria by Arzberg Hutschenreuther, Germany. The opening is 1.13 inches in diameter. Porcelain mark at the base.
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Friars Salt and Pepper Set by Deruta Fratelli Niccacci
Located in Rome, IT
The set consists of three different sized Franciscan monks in porcelain. It has its original "Deruta fratelli Nicacci" stamp on the bottom.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Ceramic

Henriksen Guggenheim Frank Lloyd Wright Collection Teapot and Cups, Set for 2
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful great design and condition teapot set for 2 with 2 cups and saucers, in white porcelain excellent condition no chips or cracks.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Nineteen Inch Tall Rosenthal Columnar Form Porcelain Vase Germany
Located in Chicago, IL
This Rosenthal porcelain vase is classically elegant with a faceted columnar form and a satiny white glaze. The slender form and substantial height will allow for tall and dramatic f...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Plates, Pair Decorated with Sea Anemones
Located in Downingtown, PA
Pair of Vintage Piero Fornasetti Porcelain plates, Decorated with sea anemones, urchins and shells, #7 & #12 from Conchiglie Pattern, circa 1960-1970s. The Fornasetti plate is ...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Zodiac Plate, Cancer, Dated 1974, Astrali Ptn
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti Porcelain zodiac plate, Cancer, Astrali Pattern, Made for Corisia, Dated 1974, No 11. The plate for the sign CANCER is dated 1974 and is numbered #11....
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Plate, Themes & Variations, Motiv 18
Located in Downingtown, PA
Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate, themes & variations, Motiv 18 The 1980s The striking Rosenthal Fornasetti gold-rimmed black and white printed plate with the face of L...
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1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Shelley England Fine Bone China Enameled and Gilt Demitasse Cups and Saucers
Located in Miami, FL
Shelley England Fine Bone China Enameled and Gilt Demitasse Cups and Saucers Offered for sale is a set of five fine china cups and saucers from Shelly. Each cup and saucer is decora...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Enamel

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 Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe Porcelain Recipe Plate, Tortoise Risotto, 1960s
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe porcelain recipe plate, Tortoise Risotto, 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 Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Midcentury Purple Porcelain Service for 12 People, Poland
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain service for 12 people, Poland. Very good condition.   
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain and Gilded Appetizer Bowls Midcentury Barware Set/ 6
Located in North Miami, FL
These fabulous small Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti appetizer small serving bowls are porcelain with gilded gold edges, bottom and insides. They are the complete set of 6 and ar...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Gold

Set of 12 Mid-Century Noir Dinner Plates by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal
Located in New York, NY
This set of 12 black porcelain Noir dinner plates was designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal, circa 1970. Each round plate features a slim high-gloss lip, a wide rim rendered in Wi...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

S/6 Black and White Fornasetti Le Oceanidi 'Women in Shells' Porcelain Coasters
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a very rare signed and numbered set of six porcelain print transfer black and white Mid-Century Modern Italian Fornasetti "Le Oceanidi" cocktail coasters with an aquatic (...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variations Porcelain Plate, #8
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variations porcelain plate, #8, Lina Cavalieri with Eye Patch, 1970s-80s. Piero Fornasetti Tema E Variazoini Plate as it is known in Italian depicts th...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Vase Bareuther Waldsassen, Bavaria, Germany, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase Bareuther Waldsassen - Bavaria, Germany, 1960s Very good condition. No damage. Dimensions: height 18.5 cm / diameter 14 cm.  
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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 Porcelain

Materials

Gold

Antonia Campi Vase 1950s Italian Mic Century
Located in New York, NY
A rare porcelain vase by famed Italian artist, Antonia Campi.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Aquarius Zodiac Porcelain Plate, Aquarius, Dated 1966
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Aquarius Zodiac porcelain plate, Aquarius, Dated 1966. The Piero Fornasetti porcelain Zodiac plate is in black and gold depicting the astrological sign Aquarius...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

MCM Piero Fornasetti Rosenthal Themes & Variations Porcelain Plate, Motiv 32
Located in Downingtown, PA
Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Rosenthal themes & variations porcelain plate Motiv 32, Original Rosenthal Fornasetti box included, 1980s From a select group of porcelain...
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1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Tureen Soup Vase by Zeh Scherzer, Germany, 1950s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain soup vase by Zeh Scherzer, Germany, 1950s.  
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

German Modern Rosenthal Birds on Trees 10 Dinner Plates Raymond Loewy 1961-64
Located in Miami, FL
Another exquisite pattern Birds on Trees by Raymond Loewy for Rosenthal. Birds on Trees was only produced from 1961- 1964. Elegant and modern depiction of 3 birds resting on some sty...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

1950s Italian Vintage Red Light Blue Black White Porcelain Trinket Dishes/Trays
Located in New York, NY
Price is per item, rare set of six 1950s Italian Porcelain decorative dishes by a Ceramic Studio in Ravenna, each individually handcrafted in different attractive organic geometric s...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Enamel

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Coasters Il Mondo Alla Rovescia Mid Century Set/ 8
Located in North Miami, FL
This theatrical and colorful Piero Fornasetti complete set of 8 hand painted colorful porcelain coasters and or small plates are Mid-Century Modern and vintage. They are for an opera...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain, Paint

Year Plate by Eduardo Paolozzi for Rosenthal, 1978
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Amazing bisque porcelain year plate, designed by Eduardo Paolozzi for Rosenthal, number 1620 from a limited series of 3000, complete with certificate and original box. Priced individ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain