Skip to main content

Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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.

4
466
6
3
to
80
263
187
475
474
475
163
138
127
106
4
462
9
3
350
463
222
63
30
24
321
126
109
98
55
16
11
10
8
7
Style: Mid-Century Modern
Italian Glazed Vase with Equine Design
Located in Denton, TX
Avocado and spruce colored glaze surround this vase with horse and tree design. Made in Italy.
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Clay

Piero Fornasetti Le Arpie Gentili Coaster Set and Box, circa 1960
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Le Arpie Gentili coaster set and box, circa 1960. A set of six coasters each depicting a caged female harpy with the original gold box. Diameter: 4 inches ...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Midcentury Italian Fantoni Attributed Classical Design Art Pottery Jug
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish vintage Italian art pottery jug decorated with a classical figure playing a Lyre harp and attributed to Fantoni. The elegantly shaped jug stands on a narrow rounded foot wi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Grouping of Marianne Starck for Michael Andersen Ceramics
Located in Norwalk, CT
A fabulous collection of eight pieces of Danish mid-century pottery, designed by Marianne Starck for Michael Andersen & Son. This grouping includes six vases, a dish, and a lamp with...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Marianna von Allesch Mid-Century Modern Abstract Studio Pottery
Located in Buffalo, NY
Large biomorphic ceramic by noted artist Marianna von Allesch. Incised abstract design with pewter glaze. Signed on lower rear.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Mid Century Italian Ceramic Vase, Signed and Numbered Deruta, Perugia
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful vase, with colorful flowers, hand made in Perugia for Ceramiche Deruta.   
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Large French Midcentury Apt Ceramic Mixed Earths Bowl or Centerpiece, Signed
By Apt
Located in Miami, FL
This stunning ceramic or mixed earths piece was made by combining clay slips of light and dark brown, gray-blue, and cream colors. The tight multicolored patterns were formed by wedg...
Category

20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Earthenware

Pablo Picasso, Scène De Tauromachie Dish 'A. R. 412'
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Terre de faïence dish 1959 numbered 52/100 and incised 'Empreinte Originale de Picasso' & 'Madoura' stamps. The dish is centrally decorated with a scene comprising of a matador br...
Category

1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Beautiful Huge and Rare David Gil Vase by Bennington Pottery, USA
Located in Berlin, DE
Mint David Gil Vase in white made by Bennington Pottery, USA.
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

AK Kaiser Midcentury Textured White Bisque Vase
Located in New York, NY
Stunning AK Kaiser bisque vase with varied abstract pattern . In great condition, no marks or cracks. Pairs beautifully with our Royal Haeger abstract vase in Blush, see additional p...
Category

1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Large, Rare, Artist, French Midcentury Brutalist Pottery / Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A large, artist handmade, French midcentury urn form ceramic table lamp in the Brutalist tradition emphasizing the raw nature of the clay material counterbalanced with a singular exq...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Clay, Pottery

Mid-Century Set of Various Pottery Bowls 1970s, Studio Pottery
Located in Munster, DE
This beautiful set of handmade ceramics consists of 16 bowls, all of which differ in size and color. Since they come from the same artist but different painting techniques were used,...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Iridescent Glazed Ceramic Vase by Mobach, Holland
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Iridescent glazed ceramic vase in steel gray by Mobach, Netherlands. The Mobach family has been producing kiln fired ceramics for over five generations.
Category

1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

18th Century Shipwreck Vase
Located in Melville, NY
18th century antique terra-cotta amphora salvaged from a shipwreck in the seas of Portugal. Amphora, unique and one of a kind.
Category

18th Century Portuguese Antique Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Terracotta

Guy Sydenham Large English Poole Studio Pottery Atlantis Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A large and scarce mid-century English Poole Pottery studio vase from the Atlantis range by Guy Sydenham (1916-2005). The vase stands on a narrow rounded unglazed foot with a recesse...
Category

Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

1970s Mid-Century Pottery Bud Vase California Design Influenced
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A wonderful studio thrown, and signed pottery vase. We do not have any info on the maker but it really captures some of the more collectible design aspects of the Mid-Century era.
Category

1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Stoneware

Alfred Burgess Read Mid-Century Poole Pottery Vase in PRB Pattern
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish mid-century Poole pottery vase decorated in the dinstinctive PRB pattern by Alfred Burgess Read. This elegantly shaped bottle vase stands on a skirted rounded foot wit...
Category

Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Paul McCobb M-3 Brown Ceramic Glaze Planter for Architectural Pottery
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb M-3 brown ceramic glaze planter for Architectural Pottery.
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Guido Gambone Midcentury Italian Linear Pattern Art Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish vintage Italian art pottery vase of compressed rounded slab form and slightly flared in shape with the readily recognizable linear pattern by Guido Gambone (1909-1969). The...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Large White Satin Glazed Gainey Architectural Pottery Planter, Circa 1960
Located in Rochester, NY
White satin glazed large cylindrical ceramic planter / jardiniere by Gainey architectural pottery. Numbers interior bottom - img 4,5 / faintly signed exterior bottom - img. 7,8. Circ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Vintage Erphila Edinburgh Made in Italy Blue Plaid Pottery Dinner Plates Set 8
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous vintage Erphila Edinburgh Made in Italy blue plaid 10” pottery dinner plates, set of 8. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that these are vintage and not new so will have ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Porcelain, Pottery

Set of 4 Decorative Hand Painted Italian Pottery Dessert Bowls by DeSimone
Located in San Diego, CA
Set of 4 rare decorative hand-painted Italian dessert cups by DeSimone, circa the 1960s. The mugs are in good vintage condition.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Michael Cohen Studio Pottery Lighted Hall Mirror, circa 1970s
Located in Peabody, MA
Handcrafted ceramic lighted wall-mounted mirror by noted studio potter Michael Cohen, ca. 1970s. Tray to hold keys, and “knobs” for hats or coats. Measures 26” long, 18.75” wide, 7” ...
Category

1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery, Mirror

Dümler & Breiden German Midcentury Large Lava Glazed Art Pottery Jug
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning and large German midcentury art pottery jug decorated in lava glazes by Dümler & Breiden and dating from circa 1950-1960. The large heavily made jug has a wide squat bulbo...
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Vase Accolay the Dancers, France, 1950s
Located in London, GB
Vase Accolay with anthropomorphic dancers, 1950s Reminds the dancers of Henri Matisse.
Category

1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Roger Picault Vaulluris Hand-Painted Cups and Saucers
Located in Sharon, CT
Four 'bistro' cups and saucers. Cup diameter 4 3/4". By Roger Picault, one of the most celebrated pottery masters from the golden age of Vallauris as the center of modern French pott...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Bay Keramik Mid-Century West German Floral Design Art Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish mid-century West German art pottery vase with relief molded floral designs by Bay Keramik. The vase stands on a narrow rounded unglazed foot with a recessed base with the r...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Wedgwood Mid-Century Cambrian Design Pottery Cruet Set
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish vintage Wedgwood Cambrian design pottery cruet set dating from the 1960's. The set comprises of a pepper and salt in typical 1960's style with a short wide cylindrical body...
Category

1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Mid-Century Studio Pottery Tea Pot with Blue Lava Glaze
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-century studio pottery tea pot with blue lava glaze, circa 1970s. The pot is in very good vintage with no chips or cracks and measures 11" W x 8.75" D x 5" H; It is signed "TM" o...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Vallauris French Midcentury Flower Vase Multicolored Fat Lava Style
Located in Miami, FL
This dazzling fat lava, glazed ceramic vase with multiple colors was handcrafted in Vallauris, France during the 1950s or 1960s. The primary blue, red, white colors are stunning. It...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Bruno Gambone Midcentury Italian Ceramic Vase, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Midcentury ceramic vase designed and made by the Italian artist Bruno Gambone in the 60s.
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Vallauris French Midcentury Beige Pottery Vase, Signed
Located in Miami, FL
This tall dazzling piece that was produced in the 1960s is modeled after the cyclope pottery made by Charles Cart because of the volcanic dimples created during the firing of the pot...
Category

1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Tim Orr French 1960s Art Pottery Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An excellent French mid century sculptural art pottery table lamp by Tim Orr. Signed. The vase measures 8.5” H x 8.5” W x 4” D. Biography: orn in England, Tim Orr is a sculptor, ...
Category

1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Early Blue Stoneware Charger by Edwin & Mary Scheier
Located in Stamford, CT
Blue stoneware charger by Edwin & Mary Scheier. Signed Scheier circa late 1940s-early 1950s.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Stoneware

Arne Bang, Stoneware Bowl, Own Studio, Denmark, 1930’s
Located in Espergærde, 84
Arne Bang, bowl, own studio, Denmark 1930’s. The fluted exterior and the strictly geometric shape makes tis bowl very decorative in any interior. At the same time, it carries a speck...
Category

1930s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Stoneware

Desimone Hand Painted Tall Art Pottery Flower Vase, Vessel, Olive Picking, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Original Italian Giovanni Desimone hand painted tall art pottery flower vase, vessel. The glazed vase painting depicts a man and a woman in action picking olives with a donkey. Mar...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery, Paint

Jacques Blin French Art Pottery 1960s Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful and rare 1960s French art pottery table lamp made by the famed artist, Jacques Blin. Signed. The bottled green/blue ceramic vase with mythical/Dinosaur bird creatures. J...
Category

1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Signed Peruvian Urn Shape Studio Piece Black & Brown Ceramic Vase, Pottery
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern black & brown hand painted ceramic urn shape vase pottery vessel. Signed by the artist and marked at the base. Simply lovely.
Category

1970s Peruvian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Hammered Watering Can, circa 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Hammered watering Can, circa 1950s Polished and stove enameled.
Category

1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Brass, Copper

Midcentury Turquoise Italian Ceramic Vase by Fratelli Fanciullacci, circa 1960
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Beautifully detailed vase in vibrant turquoise (green / blue) with textured sgraffito shoulder and neck by Fratelli Fanciullacci, Italy, circa 1960s. Wonderful whimsical embossed ani...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Schäffenacker Organic Ceramic Vase, 1963
Located in Munich, DE
Incredible organic form matte red greige glazed ceramic vase from the Artist Helmut Friedrich Schäffenacker, Germany 1963. Stunning and unique piece. Helmut Schäffenacker (1921-2010...
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Unusual Italian Ceramic Vase for Raymor
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual Italian ceramic vase for Raymor. Measures approximate 13" H, 8.5" D.
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

1960s by Angelo Mangiarotti for Brambilla Design Pottery Ashtray
Located in Brescia, IT
Blue pottery ashtray Perfect condition.
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

French Provincial Vintage Stoneware Pottery Oil Jug, Jar, Vessel or Vase
Located in New York, NY
French Provincial large vintage stoneware pottery oil jug, jar, vessel or vase France, circa 1960 Size: 19" high x 12" diameter x 7" base diameter.  
Category

1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Stoneware

Ceramic Glazed ‘Mobach Utrecht’ Jug, Signed
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very sophisticated ceramic jug designed and made by Klaas Mobach for ‘Mobach Utrecht’ in the 1940s with black and blue reduced fired glaze. Execution Mobach, Utrecht / the Netherland...
Category

Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Murano Hand Blown Striped Petite Bud Vases in Blue, Gold, Red, Yellow
Located in New York, NY
Stunning pair of hand blown Murano petite bud vases/ bottles in multicolor stripes including gold, blue, aqua, red, yellow and green. In great condition, no marks or cracks. Absolute...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Blown Glass

Midcentury Artek Ivory Ceramic and Teak Service Table in Alvar Aalto Style 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful midcentury white ceramic and teak tableware. This fantastic piece was designed by Artek in Alvar Aalto style during the 1970s. An enchanting set, that includes: a teak ...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Teak

1973 Turquoise Blue Harding Black Pottery Pitcher
Located in Seguin, TX
Turquoise blue glazed hand thrown pottery pitcher by renowned San Antonio, Texas potter Harding Black (1912-2004). Signed and dated on bottom 1973. Large creamer size, excellent cond...
Category

1970s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

1960s Edith Heath Studio Pottery Covered Ceramic Casserole Serving Dish MoMA
Located in National City, CA
1960s Small covered casserole single serving dish MoMA. Measures: 5.13 diameter x 3.5 tall Maker stamp USA-heath ceramics. Edith Heath Studio Potter Preowned original unrestored ...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

1930s Susie Cooper Modern Grape Leaves and Grapes Pattern Breakfast Set, England
Located in Miami, FL
Susie Copper's 1930s Breakfast / Luncheon set of 8 Demitasse cups / saucers and 12 plates in blue background and white hand painted underglaze decoration of Grape Leaves and Grapes. ...
Category

1930s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Italian Vintage Ceramic Blue Bull Sculpture by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, c. 1970
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Beautiful large bull animal sculpture in vibrant 'Rimini' blue and turquoise with embossed pattern by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, circa 1970s. A great piece of vintage, mid-century handm...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Aldo Londi Mid-Century Bitossi Rimini Blue Pottery Vase for Raymor
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine mid-century Rimini blue pottery vase. By Aldo Londi for Raymor. Made in Londi's renowned Rimini Blue style, the vase has a rich blue glaze with green undertones and is ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Scheurich West German Mid-Century Blue Lava Glazed Art Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish mid-century West German blue lava glazed art pottery vase attributed to Scheurich. The lightly potted vase stands on a wide round unglaze foot with a recessed base with a t...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

West German "Patchwork" Vase
Located in Garnerville, NY
Light gray ceramic body decorated with a mosaic pattern. Nice lines and unusual form. Fully signed and numbered on the bottom. Circa 1950-60. Good condition with no visible chips, cr...
Category

1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Anthony H. Ivins California Studio Lava Stoneware Platter
By Anthony H. Ivins
Located in Pasadena, CA
Stoneware platter with lava crater glaze created by California studio potter, Anthony Ivins. Platter measures 11.5" in diameter and is signed Ivins, Feb 13, 1961. In excellent vintag...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Stoneware

MCM Stoneware Studio Pottery Planter
Located in San Diego, CA
MCM stoneware studio pottery planter, circa 1970s. This gorgeous wheel thrown and hand finished bowl has a wonderful vintage design and measures a substantial 12.5" D x 9.5" H. Great...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Stoneware

Haeger Tubular Vase
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
When period pieces are a must. The simplicity of this beautiful Haeger cylinder vase goes with all Mid Century interiors. Photographed with my friend Ed's favorite glass cleaner for ...
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Bay Keramik Mid-Century West German Floral Design Art Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish mid-century West German art pottery vase with relief molded floral designs by Bay Keramik. The vase stands on a narrow rounded unglazed foot with a recessed base with the r...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Recently Viewed

View More