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Mid-Century Modern Tableware

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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Parts of the Koenigszelt Dinner Set, 1940s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Parts for the Koenigszelt porcelain dinner set with a cornflower pattern. The set includes: - vase with a lid: height 16 cm, diameter 24 cm -square bowl: height 6.5 cm, diam...
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1940s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Set of 4 Ceramic Dessert Bamboo Plates, Made in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Hand painted ceramic bamboo plates Made in Italy Size: 21cm diameter.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Botanica Hand Painted Ceramic Plates Set of 6 Dinner Plates Made in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
These stunning plates are made in Italy by local artisans The border is hand painted while the fissure at the center is a printed image Food safe and dishwasher safe Measures:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 4 Ceramic Dessert Wicker Pink Plates Made in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Hand painted ceramic wicker plates Pink color Made in Italy Measures: 21cm diameter.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Gio Ponti, 'Horned Mask', Silver Plated Bottle Cover, Sabattini, Italy 1978
Located in DE
A silver plated half mask to be used as a wine bottle cover for table decoration, designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Sabattini, in Italy 1978. We left the silver tarnished, b...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Silver

Giant Calm Shell Mounted Brass Champagne Server, 1950s
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Giant calm shell mounted on polished brass, circa 1950s. Weight 21,6 Kilo. Good condition.   
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass

Vintage Dansk Ceramic Coffee Cup and Saucer Set of 8
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage Dansk cup and saucer set. Service for 8. Dimensions- Mugs- 3.75" in diameter, 2.50" tall. Saucers- 7" in diameter, .75" tall.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Group of Fornasetti Milano Espresso Cup & Saucer Plus 2 Fornasetti under Plates
Located in New York, NY
Group of Fornasetti Milano espresso cup & saucer plus 2 Fornasetti under plates. cup and saucer set made in Italy by Fornasetti - Milano in the Monete pattern. The set is in good con...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Botanica Hand Painted Ceramic Plates Set of 6 Dessert Plates Made in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
These stunning plates are Made in Italy by local artisans the border is hand painted while the fisure at the centre is a printed image Food safe and dishwasher safe Measure: 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

White Demi Pierced Bowl, In Stock
Located in Oakland, CA
This bowl was wheel thrown and hand pierced and fired with a white satin finish glaze. It is perfect as a center piece for a dining table, on a credenza, or a kitchen island. Food s...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Tableware

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Ceramic, Clay

Mexican Majolica Pottery Plate Set Handmade Mid-Century Modern Blue Small Plates
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
Majolica small plate home decor by Mexican artist Lorenzo Lorenzzo.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Wine Coaster by Gerald Benney
Located in London, London
Hallmarked in London in 1970 by Gerald Benney, this handsome, Elizabeth II, sterling silver wine coaster is typical of his style, with textured bark effect sides, and a plain rim. Th...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Ausrian Flatware, Cutlery Set by Berndorf
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian high-quality flatware silver plated by Berndorf, former Krupp company from the 1960s. The cutlery has a handle with a very interesting geometric decor. Used but in excellent...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Silver, Steel

Luigi Colani Zen Tea Set and Plates, Stoneware, Friesland, Germany, 1970s
By Friesland Ceracron, Luigi Colani
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful tea set made of black glazed stoneware, designed by Luigi Colani in 1973. Executed by Porzellanfabrik Friesland, Germany. All items are in excellent condition. The set co...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware

Guzzini Salt, Pepper, Oil, Vinegard, Parmesan Green Set in Lucite, 1970s, Italy
Located in Rome, IT
Table set for pepper, salt, parmesan etc. in green Lucite made by Guzzini, Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Lucite, Plexiglass

Machine Age Mid-Century Art Deco Dr. Peter Schlumbohm Collection Vessels in Cork
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Mid-Century Dr. Peter Schlumbohm vessels in cork. Rare vintage Museum Quality Collection four classic rarely-found original Schlumbohm designs, featured in MOMA...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Aluminum

Martz Studio Style Walnut with Black and White Dot Salt Pepper Shakers
Located in Ferndale, MI
Square walnut form salt pepper shakers. Black dot on pepper shaker, white dot on salt shaker.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Walnut

Dutch Teak Egg Cups, Saltshaker, Spoon and Tray, 1960
Located in Achterveld, NL
Beautiful set of six egg cups, salt shaker, spoon and tray. The set was made in the 1960s in the Netherlands Measurements (cm) : Tray 32 x 5 cm Spoon 16.5 cm Saltshaker 8 cm ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Teak

Piero Fornasetti Gilded Plate Falstaff by Guiseppe Verdi, Italy, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful gilded porcelain plate "Falstaff by Guiseppe Verdi" by Piero Fornasetti, Milano from the 1970s. Diameter 10", stamped on its backside. In very good condition with light w...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Caravel Black by Georg Jensen Stainless Steel Flatware Set Service for 12 New
Located in Big Bend, WI
Caravel black stainless by Georg Jensen - Limited quantity available! When it's gone, it's gone. This flatware pattern has been discontinued and is now exclusive to our stock. We ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Chic Set of 6 Moser Water Long Drink Glasses Tinted Green Fontana Arte Style
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Chic set of six water / long drink / cocktail crystal glasses designed and executed in the 1960s by Moser Czechoslovakia. The high end quality of the glass is famous and can easily c...
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Crystal

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

Materials

Teak

French Modernist Brass Tray "Rigituelle" in Style of Mathieu Matégot, 1950s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Metal tray. In style of Mathieu Matégot. Origin: France, 1950s. This original vintage tray element was produced in the 1960s in France. It was made of metal in whole patt...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Metal, Brass

Beautiful Dansk Mid-Century Rosewood Pepper Mill, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Danish Modern pepper mill from the 1950s, made of rosewood with nice brass details. An unusual piece, conical shape with lovely grain in the wood, in excellent condition....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass

Richard Nissen & Carsten Jorgensen Salt & Pepper Mills for Bodum Denmark 1960s
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Richard Nissen & Carsten Jorgensen Salt & Pepper Mills for Bodum Denmark circa 1960.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Iron

Amboss Cutlery Model 3000 Attributed to Helmut Alder
Located in Vienna, AT
Made by Alois Weichselbaumer company later Amboss in the 1950s. Model 3000 stainless steel with rosewood handle with brass rivets. Set of 18: Six knives, six spoons, six forks. ...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Georg Jensen Service for 8 Satin Prism Set Plus Serving Pieces 46 Pieces
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Georg Jensen satin stainless set in the prism pattern, circa 1962 design. Set includes 5 pieces per place setting plus an additional 6 pieces, serving spoons, forks and butter spread...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Carl Auböck II. Rare Salt and Pepper Shaker in Bamboo Cup, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II. Rare Salt and Pepper Shaker in Bamboo Cup, Austria, 1950s
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Horn, Bamboo

Eight Rare Maida Amour Vintage Cocktail Glasses with French Poodles
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of 8 (4 pairs) of vintage Tom Collins glasses, designed by Maida Amour on Libbey glass. Each glass has a French poodle walking on their hind legs. The glass is frosted white on t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Style Sterling Silver Condiments Set in Original Fitted Box, Asprey
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern style sterling silver condiments set in original box, consisting of a pair of salt and pepper shakers, an open mustard cellar and a matching mustard spoon, London,...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Sasaki Modernist 18 Piece Service Set Table Flatware by Massimo Vignelli, 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Sasaki service 18 piece quality tableware stainless steel glossy chrome plated flatware Set includes 6 place settings; Knife Fork and Spoon Attribution Italian designer Massimo Vi...
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1960s Vietnamese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

Six Midcentury Cera Glass "Ethyl Gasohol" Rocks Glasses with Temp & Fill Scales
Located in Nantucket, MA
Six vintage, Pop Art, 14oz rocks glasses in red, white, yellow and black enamel designed an "Ethyl Gasohol" drum. The front and backs decorated with label information and the sides w...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Glass

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 Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Cypres by Tias Eckhoff Cutlery Set for 8 Persons
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Georg Jensen silver Denmark Cypres cutlery set for 8 persons in sterling silver designed by Tias Eckhoff in 1952. The set includes: 8 dining knives, length 22.3 cm 8 dining fork...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Set of 12 Decorative Green Midcentury Ceramic Handmade Plates
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
This Majolica pottery plate collection was designed by Mexican sculptor, painter, and ceramist Lorenzo Lorenzzo made in his studio, in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic, Clay, Maiolica, Majolica

Northern Lights by International Sterling Silver Flatware Set 12 Service 67 Pcs
Located in Big Bend, WI
Gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Northern Lights by International sterling silver flatware set of 67 pieces. 12 knives, 9", 12 forks, 7 1/4", 12 salad forks, 6 3/8", 12 teaspoons, 6"...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Natural Clay Coffee Cup, by Brendan Tadler
Located in Melville, NY
Handmade clay coffee cup made from our Artisans in Mexico. Each is handmade, colors & finishes vary.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Clay

12 Silver-Plated Knife-Rests in the Shape of Animals, Edouard Marcel Sandoz
Located in Brussels, BE
This iconic series of knife-rests was designed by Swiss cubist sculptor Edouard Marcel Sandoz for the well-known Parisian silversmith Christofle. It represents twelve animals: a ly...
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Silver

Ivar Ålenius Björk Brass Candleholder for Ystad Metall
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Ivar Ålenius Björk "Lily" brass candleholder for Ystad Metall, circa 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass

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 Tableware

Materials

Porcelain, Paint

Celeste by Gorham Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service, 79 Pieces, Modern
Located in Big Bend, WI
Mid-Century Modern Celeste by Gorham, circa 1956 sterling silver flatware set of 79 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9 3/8". 12 forks, 7 1/2". 12 salad forks, 7 1/8". 12 teaspo...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Jewelry Ring Holder, Baller Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming Austrian brass cat figurine originally made to be used as a pretzel holder, a decorative piece, very suitable as a ring holder. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, exe...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Austrian Modernist Flatware 'Model No 2060' by Amboss Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Modernist set of Austrian flatware from the 1950s, designed by Carl Aubock and executed by Amboss Austria. This is the high-quality flatware set model no. 2060 a mid century classis,...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Set of 6 Danish Holmegaard Canada Smoked Glass Glasses by Per Lutken
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
A set of six vintage Holmegaard glasses. Designed by Per Lutken, model Canada, 1950s. Two sets of six available. Smoked glass Good condition. Measures: 11.5 cm tall, 4.2 cm diameter ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Glass

Set of 12 Mid Century Translucent Crystal Place Card Holders Signed by Baccarat
Located in New York, NY
This stunning set of twelve place holders were created by Baccarat, one of the world's premiere makers of crystal since 1765- in France, circa 1960. They feature pentagonal volumetri...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Crystal

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

Materials

Ceramic

Amboss 2090 Cutlery by Helmut Alder
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare complete cutlery designed by Helmut Alder for Amboss in 1963, stainless steel, each part punctured, altogether 30 parts each six pieces. Good original condition.
Category

1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Set of 10, Imperial Stone Faux Malachite Placemats, Acrylic, Signed
By Imperial Stone
Located in New York, NY
Set of ten, Imperial Stone faux malachite placemats, acrylic, signed. Glam octagonal acrylic placemats with white felt backs. Signed with the manufacture's foil label on the felt bac...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Resin

Argo Fregat by Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Flatware Set Service 60 Pcs Dinner
Located in Big Bend, WI
Rare Dinner size Argo Fregat by Georg Jensen sterling silver Flatware set, 60 pieces. This set includes: 12 dinner size knives, long handle, 8 7/8" 12 dinner size forks, 7 1/2" 12 ...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Andrew Szoeke Art Deco Mid Century Modern mixed wood Marquetry Pieces
Located in Dallas, TX
Andrew Szoeke Art Deco Mid Century Modern mixed wood Marquetry Pieces Signed original Szoeke pieces. Amazing marquetry work. Playing card or cigarette box and desk-top weight. Pa...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Foil

Set of 4 Ceramic Dinner Bamboo Plates Made in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Hand painted ceramic bamboo plates Made in Italy Measure: 27cm diameter.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Danish Vintage Teak Plates and Bowl 1960s, Set of 6
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Danish vintage teak plates and bowl 1960s, set of 6. Mid-Century Modern Danish tableware in teak. This set consists of: Four teak serving plates by Wiggers Denmark, diameter 28 cm...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Teak

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 Tableware

Materials

Ceramic

Northern Lights by International Sterling Silver Flatware Set 12 Service 84 Pcs
Located in Big Bend, WI
Gorgeous Northern lights by international sterling silver flatware set - 84 Pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 8 7/8" 12 forks, 7 1/8" 12 salad forks, 6 1/4" 12 teaspoons, 6" 12 ...
Category

1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Ausrian Flatware, Cutlery Set by Berndorf
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian high-quality flatware silver plated by Berndorf, former Krupp Company from the 1960s. The cutlery has a handle with a very interesting geometric decor. Used but in excellent...
Category

1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Steel, Silver

Modernist Brass and Cane Wire Cheese Slicer Knife by Penchoen Originals, 1960s
By Penchoen Originals
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant, modernist wire cheese knife in solid brass with cane-wrapped handle designed by Penchoen Originals of Sturgis, Michigan. Often misattributed to either Tommi Parzinger or Car...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Brass, Wire

Jens Quistgaard Odin Danish Modern Stainless Steel Flatware for Dansk 62 Pieces
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large set of "Odin" pattern stainless steel flatware, designed by Jens Quistgaard in Denmark and produced in Germany for Dansk, circa 1960s. The set contains 5 pieces for 12 people a...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage 1970s Salt Shake and Pepper Grinder Mill by Cartier
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful 1970s vintage set, salt shaker and pepper grinder by Cartier. Each of the two pieces are handmade and constructed of rosewood with the tops in sterling silver. This beautif...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Rosewood