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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 vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

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

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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

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

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

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Vintage Set 'Passata Di Pesce' by Piero Fornasetti, 1955
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Complete vintage set of six plates 'Passata di Pesce' (Passage of Fish) by Piero Fornasetti 1955. Screen printed in black lines on German porcelain and painted in color by hand in th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Andy Warhol "Golden Angels" Plate, New
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Rosenthal Studio-Line Andy Warhol Christmas Golden Angels plate. Andy Warhol, quite possibly the greatest pop artist of our time, loved Christmas and was known for giving his friends...
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Porcelain Figurine of a Boy, Bing & Grondahl, Denmark, 1950s / 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine of a boy asking for help in putting on his shoe Made in Denmark by Bing & Grondahl Produced in 1958-1962 Model number # 2275 Very good condition, no da...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Porcelain Green Vase by Wallendorf, Germany
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase by Wallendorf, Germany. Very good condition. dimensions height 17 cm diameter 9 cm.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Fruit Ball in Porcelain by Alicia Penalba, circa 1980
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Limited edition from Artcurial numbered 77/900 by Alicia Penalba Argentina (1913 /1982).
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Metal

Piero Fornasetti Eva or Eve Porcelain Plate # 8, Signed, Unused
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva or Eve porcelain plate number 8. Signed. Appears to be unused.
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Mid-20th Century Italian 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

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

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 Capodimonte Ceramic and Gold Decorative Item of a Reading Child, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, 1960s. This reading child is made in Capodimonte ceramic, which has been lacquered and hand-painted with pure gold. This item might show slight traces of use since i...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Gold

Pair of Italian Porcelain Seated Black Panthers
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Italian porcelain seated black panthers, each one realistically modeled, with green eyes. Stamped "Made in Italy" and script signature.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Le Corbusier Unglazed Porcelain Tray by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
TRay designed by Cassina in collaboration with Ginori 1735 and the Le Corbusier Foundation in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Cassina takes its inspiration from the geniu...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Andy Warhol "Golden Angels" Plate
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Rosenthal Studio-Line Andy Warhol Christmas Golden Angels plate. Andy Warhol, quite possibly the greatest pop artist of our time, loved Christmas and was known for giving his friends...
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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 Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Fornasetti Rosenthal Plate, Temi E Variazioni-Themes and Variation, Motiv 15
Located in Downingtown, PA
Fornasetti Rosenthal Porcelain Themes & Variations Plate, Motiv 15, "Hands", With original box, The 1980s The striking Rosenthal Fornasetti gold-rimmed black and white printed ...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Eva Zeisel Rare 'First Issue' Castleton "Museum Dinner Service" 2 Cups & Saucers
Located in Sharon, CT
The original discontinued cups with the downward handles from the famous set commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Four cups and four saucers, most are signed.
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Midcentury Red Schonwald Germany Porcelain Vase, Style 112
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

Materials

Porcelain

Jean-Jacques Prolongeau French Haviland Limoges Porcelain Figure
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Delightful French Limoges porcelain figure of a girl with a basket of fruit resting on her head by Jean-Jaques Prolongeau for Haviland and dating from the 1970's. The hollow figure i...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Studio Line Porcelain Bisque Vase by Uta Feyl, Curved Geometric Shape
Located in New York, NY
Rosenthal Studio line white porcelain bisque vase by Uta Feyl, circa 1980s. Stunning curved geometric shape. Measurements: H 5" W 4.5" D 3.5"
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Gilt Pair of Seashell Plates, Conchyliorum Pattern
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain gilt pair of seashell plates, Conchyliorum pattern, Set of six plates, circa 1950s. The pair of very rare plates with a gilt ground are each beautifu...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Royal Worcester Porcelain Vases
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice floored pattern with some gold two handled pair of vases.
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Porcelain Figurine of a Girl Lacing Her Shoes, Bing & Grondahl, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine of a girl lacing up her shoes Made in Denmark by Bing & Grondahl Produced in 1950-1965 Model number # 2317 Very good condition, no damage Measures: ...
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Early 20th Century Danish 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

Materials

Gold

Porcelain Vase in Cobalt Color by Unter Weiss Bach, Germany
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase in cobalt color by Unter Weiss Bach, Germany. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 25.5 cm / diameter 6 cm.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Astrolabe Plate, Numbered #7 in Series 1960s-mid 1970s
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti astrolabe plate, Numbered #7 in Series 1960s-mid 1970s. The Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate depicts an astrolabe in a gilt ground. Dimensions: 8 1...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Herons by Jaroslaw Jezek, Royal Dux, 1958
Located in Meda, MB
This elegant and fine Royal Dux porcelain figurine sculpture was produced in the Czech Republic in 1958. It features a modern design by Jaroslaw Jezek depicting two stylized herons i...
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Kaiser Vase Model No 248/0
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lovely bisque porcelain vase with a reptilian relief, model no. 248 (tall version).
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

German Shepherd Figurine, Poland, 1960/1970
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine of German Shepherd. Very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

German Meissen Gilt Porcelain Coffee Set for 2 Persons
Located in Vilnius, LT
German Meissen porcelain coffee set for 2 persons. Including coffee pot, milk jug, sugar bowl and 2 cups with saucers. Porcelain is hand painted with rich gold decor. Dimensions: ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Gold

Porcelain Figurine of a Couple, Bing & Grondahl, Denmark
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine of a couple - pardon me Made in Denmark by Bing & Grondahl Manufactured in the 1970s Model number # 2372 Very good condition, no damage Measures: he...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Mid-Century Pair of Mugs with Saucers by Haas & Czjzek, circa 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of pink porcelain Re-polished Original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Le Corbusier Unglazed Porcelain Tray by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Tray designed by Cassina in collaboration with Ginori 1735 and the Le Corbusier Foundation in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Cassina takes its inspiration from the geniu...
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe Porcelain Recipe Plate, Snake a la Cleopatra
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe porcelain recipe plate, Snake a la Cleopatra, 1960s-1974. This rare Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate is from a series of fourteen made for the Fle...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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

Materials

Porcelain

20th Century KPM Berlin Walking White Tiger Statuette, Antoine Louis Barye
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
20th century KPM Berlin / Walking white tiger statuette - Antoine Louis Barye This listing is for a stunning statuette of a walking white tiger. Designed by Antoine Louis Barye and ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

1944 Mid Century Rookwood Pottery Floral Porcelain Bud Vase Jens Jensen
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique 1944 Rookwood Pottery porcelain vase with a floral design by Jens Jensen featuring white dogwood or magnolia blossoms on a mottled brown ground.  
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1940s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Set of Three Le Corbusier Unglazed Porcelain Tray by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Tray designed by Cassina in collaboration with Ginori 1735 and the Le Corbusier Foundation in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Cassina takes its inspiration from the geniu...
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Cupole d'Italia Plate, Battistero di Parma, 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
An original vintage decorative plate from the Cupole d'Italia series designed and manufactured by the Italian master of playful and surreal self-expression Piero Fornasetti in the 19...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Tori and Torerj Dinner Plates Rare Set of Six Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
These wonderful hard to find and hard to come by complete set of rare wonderful bullfight black and white vintage Mid-Century Modern porcelain dinner plates are the genius work and i...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal, Complete Siena Grill Cutlery / Service
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal. Complete Siena grill cutlery / service for six people. 1970's. The knife measures: 20 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
Category

1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Figurine of a Girl with a Boy, Bing & Grondahl, Denmark, 1960s / 1970s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine of a girl with a boy Made in Denmark by Bing & Grondahl Produced in 1960-70 Model number # 1781 Very good condition, no damage Measures: Height 21cm...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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 Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate # 3, Signed
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain dinner plate number 3. Signed. Never used as a dinner plate.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Pr. Signed Sevres Porcelain, Patinated and Gilt Bronze Mounted Egyptian Obelisks
Located in New York, NY
A fabulous and quite unusual pair of original signed and marked Sevres Porcelain patinated and gilt bronze mounted Egyptian Inspired Hyroglifics biscuit Porcelain obelisks. These are...
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1920s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Bronze

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Newspaper Plate, Daily Express
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain newspaper plate, Daily Express, Giornali (Newspapers) Late 1950s. (NY8534B) The Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate depicts the front page of the Daily...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Set of 8 Cups or Coasters “Cocktails” by Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti Milano
Located in Brussels, BE
About this set of 8 cups or coasters "Cocktails" by Piero Fornasetti Porcelain with polychrome decoration. Each coaster illustrating a cocktail and its recipe. Each coaster marked...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Lladro Porcelain Floral Vase, 1970s
Located in Barcelona, ES
A beautiful porcelain floral vase designed by Julio Fernández and manufactured by Lladró. Spain, 1970s. This elegant glazed porcelain vase has a clean design with floral and foliage ...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Studio Line, Christa Hausler-Goltz White Porcelain Bisque Vase
By Christa Hausler-Goltz, Rosenthal
Located in New York, NY
Rosenthal Studio Line white porcelain bisque vase by Christa Hausler-Goltz. Beautiful rounded oblong form, with linear details. Measurements: H 5.5" W 4.5" D 2.5"
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Six Mid-Century Modern Handpainted Plates by Piero Fornasetti, "Floralia", 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare Six Mid-Century Modern Handpainted Plates by Piero Fornasetti, "Floralia", 1950s. Plate from the Floralia series by Pierro Fornasetti for his own company. Made in the 1950s. S...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Stoneware

Jeremy Harvey, Hello There Breakfast Set for Artifort
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Please ask Casey Godrie Ibiza/Amsterdam for our competitive shipping quotes. Beautiful very rare set plus tissue. Measures: Cup 5,7 cm H x 9 cm D. Saucer 2 cm H x 14,5 cm D. Plate ...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Plates from the Musical Instruments Series by Piero Fornasetti, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Porcelain plates from the Musical Instruments series by Piero Fornasetti, 1950s with screen-printed and hand-painted decoration. Produced and designed in the 1950s by Piero Fornase...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Set of Six Plates L'UVA the Grapes, 1970
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Set of 6 porcelain plates L'UVA decorated with a bunch of grapes Piero Fornasetti, Italy, 1970 An similar model was exhibited at the Fornasetti exhibition At the Musée des Arts Dé...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

10 Royal Copenhagen Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale Plates, 1975
Located in Rijssen, NL
Dessert plates by Hans Christian Andersen showing some of the best known stories of the famous Danish writer. Made in Denmark by Royal Copenhagen in 1975. They were made by private c...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal, Corinth Coffee Service for Twelve People
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal. Corinth coffee service for twelve people in blue-painted porcelain. Modernist Finnish design. Dated 1979-80. Consisting of twelve coffee cups with sa...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Cupole D'italia Plate, La Rotonda, 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
An original vintage decorative plate from the Cupole d'Italia series designed and manufactured by the Italian master of playful and surreal self-expression Piero Fornasetti in the 19...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Noritake Japan Coffee / Tea Set for 4 Snowville Porcelain
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and rare set of coffee tea for 4 great condition circa 1963 in white porcelain great condition like new, no chips or cracks, 4 snack plates - 8.5" x 7" 4 tea cups - 4" W x...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain, Rattan

Large Mid-Century Rosenthal Porcelain Figurine of a Rooster by J. Feldtmann
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine mid-century Rosenthal porcelain figurine. In the form of a rooster. Designed by J. Feldtmann in the 1950s for Rosenthal. Simply a wonderful rooster figurine! Date...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rosenthal Andy Warhol "Golden Angels" Plate, New in Box
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Rosenthal Studio-Line Andy Warhol Christmas Golden Angels plate. New in box. Andy Warhol, quite possibly the greatest pop artist of our time, loved Christmas and was known for giv...
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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