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Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

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

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

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

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

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

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
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 Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Patinated Brass Teapot with Wooden Handle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This tall teapot features a gorgeous patinated brass and a sculptural weathered wood handle. The hinged lid has a diamond shaped spindle on its top. The pot would be a lovely collect...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Brass

La Paglia International Sterling Silver 7-Piece Tea&Coffee Set MidCentury Modern
Located in New York, NY
La Paglia International sterling silver tea service with dark carved handles and beaded pattern. The set is in Mid-Century Modern and Georg Jensen style and has beautiful floral and ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Midcentury Green Coffee / Tea Service for 6
Located in Chorzów, PL
Midcentury green coffee / tea service for 6 Very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Six Cup Espresso Set by Lagardo Tackett
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of six cups and dishes in original packaging. Signed
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 4 Graduating Gio Ponti Coffee Pots Designed for the VI Triennale, Krupp
Located in London, GB
A rare and sculptural graduating set of 4 Gio Ponti coffee pots designed for the VI Triennale, Arthur Krupp, 1930s-1950s. A set put together for a collector. superb condition. Approx...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Silver Plate

Tea Set in Ceramic and Pure Gold by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori
Located in Milano, IT
Splendid tea set designed by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori in the 30's. The set includes a large teapot, a sugar bowl and a cream jug. The set is made entirely of very fine white cer...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Gold Leaf

Bone China Coffee Set From Kaiser Set For Six Person, Set of 33
Located in Bastogne, BE
A wonderful delicate exclusive service from famous manufacturer Kaiser, Alka Collection, Germany. Delightful thin-walled bone relief porcelain. The sophistication of the set is giv...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Paul McCobb for Contempi, Japan 38 Piece Ceramic Coffee Set in Orange and White
Located in Mexico, DF
Beautiful and rare set of the coffee pitcher, sugar bowl with lid, and twelve sets of the round dish with coffee cup plus twelve dessert round plates in ceramic, designed by Paul McC...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Tea Pot Can Teapot, Copper Brass Bamboo, Austria, 1950s
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A pot for tea, water, coffee, milk, etc. made of copper and bamboo manufactured in midcentury, circa 1950. An authentic handmade piece in very good original condition with lovely pa...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Copper

1960s Set of Six Fornasetti Tea Cups and Saucers White and Gold Ceramic Signed
Located in London, GB
A good vintage Set of six Fornasetti porcelain tea/coffee cups and saucers with geometrical gold decor. Each cup and saucer bearing the signature and logo. Made in Italy ca.1960s ...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Ochre Porcelain Tableware by Roger Mourre for Dieulefit, France, 1950's
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Dieulefit tea set 1 tea pot 10 cups 12 plate 1 sugar pot Minor traces of use. Marked at the bottom.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths Nickel-Plated Coffee or Tea Set
Located in St. Louis, MO
A coffee or tea serving set designed by Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths. This set is made of heavy brass, and has been newly plated in a nickel finish. It consists of a pitch...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Brass

Vintage Italian Ceramic Tea / Coffee Set by Guido Gambone, 'circa 1950s'
Located in London, GB
mid-century Italian ceramic tea / coffee set by Guido Gambone (circa 1950s). A full set of six cups and saucers, a creamer and sugar bowl all in Gambone's inimitable style. The set i...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Fine Porcelain Tea and Coffee Set
Located in Antwerp, BE
The beautiful set comprised of a tea or coffee pot, a cream jug and a sugar bowl with lid and twelve cups and saucers, each piece with gilded borders; Portuguese exquisite Porcelain,...
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Mid-20th Century Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Decorative Pewter Tea Set by Royal Holland
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage decorative pewter tea set. Decorative vintage pewter tea set comes with a certificate of authenticity by Royal Holland. In excellent conditions (never used.) Set of three pi...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Pewter

White and Brown Design Porcelain Tea Pot by Laroussinie for Virebent, 1970
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Virebent - designed by Jacques Laroussinie, circa 1970 Original white and brown 20th century porcelain ceramic tea pot. Original perfect condition Signed under the base ...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Sterling Tea Service Designed by Gio Ponti for Reed and Barton
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A sterling tea service with sterling tray designed by Gio Ponti for Reed and Barton, pattern 440 "Diamond" the tray is #1574. The set consists of teapot 8.25 inches tall, coffee pot ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Sterling Silver

Fratelli Brambilla Coffee Set in White Ceramic, Italy, 1965
Located in Milan, IT
Fratelli Brambilla coffee set in white ceramic, Italy 1965 Impressed stamp.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Post War Japanese Black Aboloni Round Tea Caddie Canister
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Vintage Japanese black tin with Aboloni accents round tea caddie/canister hinged top and removable inner piece in chicken and floral motif. Measures 6" high x 7.5 diameter base x...
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1940s Angolan Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Metal

Italian Tea Service Guido Andlovitz Italy 1940s with Venice and Gondolas Laveno
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Saucers diameter 14.5 cm Cups diameter 12 cm, height 4 cm Teapot height 20 cm, width 25 cm, depth 10 cm Sugar bowl 13 cm high, 14 cm wide, 7 cm deep. Spout 11 cm high, 14 cm wide...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Sori Yanagi Porcelain Tea Pot
Located in San Diego, CA
Sori Yanagi porcelain and bamboo teapot. Designed in 1956. This version was produced later but doesn't seem to be in production. Signed with the Yanagi logo. Sori Yanagi was a Ja...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain, Bamboo

Massimo Iosa Ghini Green Ceramic Italian "Memphis" Tea Set for Naj Oleari, 1985
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful "Memphis" tea and coffee service by Massimo Iosa Ghini for Naj-Oleari, produced in Italy in 1985. It composed of a light green ceramic teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl and 4...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Brass and Copper Three-Piece Tea Set from the 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Copper or brass set of a tea pot, milk creamer and a sugar bowl made by Erich Kolbenheyer for EKW Austria in the 1950s. Dimensions: Pot: W 37cm (14.56"), D 17cm (6.69"), ...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Brass, Copper

Vintage Paragon Double Warrant Bone China Teacup & Saucer with Floral Pattern
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This teacup and saucer set was made by the renowned Paragon fine bone china factory of England in approximately 1960. The set is done with a robin egg blue ground with a large flower...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Large Mexican Modern Sterling Silver Coffee Tea Serving Set William Spratling
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large six-piece sterling silver service for coffee and tea that consists of a gallery tray, a coffee pot, a tea pot, a hot milk or chocolate pot, a sugar and a milk jar. This stunn...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Sterling Silver

Pair of Tea Pots in the Style of William Spratling
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1960, we offer this fantastic pair of tea pots in the style of William Spratling made in steel and silver plated and exotic ebony wood was used as the handle and accents over t...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Silver Plate

French Majolica Shell & Crab Teapot Circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
French Majolica shell & crab teapot circa 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Memphis Period Tea Set by Punto Bacola for Montagnani
By Punto Bacola
Located in Palm Springs, CA
An Italian polished nickel with black acrylic handles tea set. Designed by Punto Bacola for Montagnani, circa 1980 (Memphis period).
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Nickel

Vintage Complete Tea Set 17 Pieces 1960s
Located in Den Haag, NL
Love this elegant vintage tea or coffee set. In a lovely light blue color. Comes with a transfer landscape decoration. I think England 1960s. Nice high sleek teapot. Remarkably thi...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Serving Set "Cylinda Line" by Arne Jacobsen
Located in Vienna, AT
The epochal “Cylinda Line” serving set by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen, styled for Stelton in 1967. The set is entirely manufactured of stainless steel, the handles of the jugs are ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Paragon Double Warrant Bone China Teacup & Saucer with Red Cabbage Rose
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This teacup and saucer set was made by the renowned Paragon fine bone china factory of England in approximately 1960. The set is done with a pastel mint green ground with a large red...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Beautiful Mid-Century Kaj Franck Enamel Tea Pot Kettle, Finel Arabia, Finland
Located in Vienna, AT
A lovely Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern enameled teapot / kettle from the 1960s. Designed by Kaj Franck and illustrated by Raija Uosikkinen, featuring white and black nordic Scandin...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Metal, Enamel, Iron

Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths Brass Coffee / Tea Set
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Beautiful vintage Tommi Parzinger coffee / tea set in its original brass finish circa 1950s. The set includes a large coffee pot with curved wood handle, stand with etched "X" detail...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Brass

Modernist Sterling Hand Hammered Silver Coffee Service
Located in Montreal, QC
MODERNIST STERLING SILVER COFFEE SERVICE Modernist sterling hand hammered silver coffee service and tray, the walnut tray and handles inlaid with semi-precious stone and silver. Sta...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Sterling Silver

Tea Set in Orange Ceramic by Liisi Beckmann for Gabbianelli, Italy, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Stackable tea set in glazed orange ceramic, designed in the 1960s by the Finnish designer Liisi Beckmann for Gabbianelli. Consisting of: 2 teapots, 3 tea cups and a sugar bowl. ...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Designer Matte Black and White Espresso Coffee or Tea Demitasse Cup by Ray Loewy
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful matte black or 'charcoal' and white espresso coffee or tea demitasse cup by designer Raymond Loewy. Porcelain cups have a matte black or 'charcoal' exterior and a white g...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Tułowice Midcentury Coffee / Tea Service
Located in Chorzów, PL
Tulowice coffee / tea service. Very good condition. The set includes: a jug, sugar bowl, milk jug, 6 cups, 6 saucers.
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

1964 Jaroslav Jezek Exlusive Porcelain Tea Set "Nefertiti", Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Very good condition with minor signs of use - 6 cups with plate and 3 pots - Suggar Pot: 10cmx10cm - Cup: 6,5cm 8,5cm 6,5cm - Plate: 1,5cm 14cmx14cm - Cream pot: 11,5cmx11,...
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Danish Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Coffeepot
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver coffeepot, ca 1960. Bellied bowl and diagonal spout. Cover hinged and concave with integral thumb rest. Sterling silver-mounted looping handle. Dyn...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Sterling Silver

French Memphis Silver Plate and Lucite Tea and Coffee Set
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sophisticated French modernist Memphis coffee or tea service set. The set is built with a coffee pot, teapot, creamer, and sugar pot. Modern form, modern design, modern material crea...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Mid Centtury Porcelain Coffee Set, Czechoslovakia, 1954
Located in Zohor, SK
Beautiful mid-century porcelain set for tea or coffee serving. Original porcelain made in Czechoslovakia in 1954. The set is stamped with original stamp on each piece by Bohemia porc...
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Gold

Raymond Loewy After Dinner Coffee Set for "Rosenthal 2000"
By Raymond Loewy, Latham Studios
Located in Los Angeles, CA
grey and white porcelain 20 piece after dinner coffee set Rosenthal 2000, coffee server, sugar bowl and creamer + complete set of service for six cups + saucers and cake plates
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Rustic Traditional Ceramic Tea Cups, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Pair of rustic traditional ceramic tea cups, circa 1950 By Unknown Manufacturer, France. In original condition, with minor wear consistent of age and use, preserving a beautiul p...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths Tea Service in Polished Brass & Walnut
Located in New York, NY
This gorgeous coffee or tea service set was designed by Tommi Parzinger, among the most celebrated Mid-Century Modernist designers, for Dorlyn Silversmiths circa 1960. The set includ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Brass

Tiffany Midcentury Modern Berry Sterling Silver 3-Piece Coffee Set
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Modern sterling silver coffee set. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. This set comprises coffeepot, creamer, and sugar. Coffeepot: Baluster with s-scroll spout, stained-wo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Sterling Silver

Coffee Service from Villeroy & Boch, Set of 15
Located in Bastogne, BE
- Coffee service from Villeroy & Boch. Fasan collection - 15 items - Circa 1980s.
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1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

"Studio Line" White Porcelain Tea Pot by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-Century Modern "Studio Line" white porcelain tea pot by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal, circa 1970s. The piece is in very good vintage condition with no chips or cracks and measure...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Rare Porcelain Tea Set from Tirschenreuth, Baronesse Collection, Set of 49
Located in Bastogne, BE
Charming tea set from the German manufacture ATL Tirschenreuth Bavaria. This is their famous Baronesse series, Yvone décor. Decorated with beautiful, floral décor in the form of pink...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Green Porcelain Tea Set
Located in Milano, IT
Wonderful green porcelain tea set designed in the 20's, of fine Italian manufacture. The tea set is designed for three people and is composed of 9 pieces including 3 small tea cups,...
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1920s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Tea Pot Teapot, Copper Brass Bamboo, 1950s
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A tea pot made of copper and bamboo manufactured in midcentury, circa 1950. An authentic handmade piece in very good original condition with lovely patina.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Copper

Hans Bunde Carl M Cohr Danish Mid-Century Silver Plated Coffee Set
By Hans Bunde
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish quality Danish mid-century electroplated nickel silver three piece coffee set with ebony handles designed by Hans Bunde for Carl M Cohr and dating from around 1950. Of...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Silver Plate

Cerutti Italy Tea, Coffee Pot, Carafe, Vessel INOX 18/10 Stainless Steel
Located in Miami, FL
Original Cerutti Italy Mid-Century Modern Inox 18/10 stainless steel Serving Coffee or Tea Pot, Carafe, Vessel. Marked underneath.  
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Stainless Steel

Alessi Rossi Italy Tea, Coffee Pot, Carafe, Vessel Inox 18/10 Stainless Steel
Located in Miami, FL
Original Alessi Rossi Italy Mid-Century Modern Inox 18/10 stainless steel serving coffee or tea pot, carafe, vessel. Marked underneath. Officina Italy A Rossi-1986 AIS 1430, INOX 1...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Stainless Steel

Alessi Silver Wet Steel Tea Set Oronda “Oscar Tusquets”, 1983.
Located in Palermo, PA
Alessi Silver Wet Steel Tea Set Oronda “Oscar Tusquets”, 1983. Dimensions: Tray H=6 cm; W=53 cm; D=31 cm. Teapot H=18 cm; W= 22 cm; D=13 cm. Milk jug H=13 cm; W= 13 cm; D=10 cm. ...
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1780s Italian Antique Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Brass

Porcelain Coffee / Tea Service, Wałbrzych, Poland, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain coffee / tea service, ref. No. Walbrzych. Very good condition. dimensions jug: height 23 cm, width 25 cm, depth 16 cm sugar bowl, height: 13 cm, width: 16 cm, d...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Coffee Service for 6, Pruszków, Poland
Located in Chorzów, PL
Coffee service for 6, Pruszków, Poland.
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1970s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Royal Copenhagen Denmark Porcelain Coffee / Tea Service Set
Located in Chicago, IL
A fine vintage Danish porcelain set. Pieces Signed on underside. Service of eight with small cake plates. All with artistic decoration to the porcelain. Porcelain is a ivory color (h...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

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