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Mid-Century Modern Masks

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
Folk Art Mid-Century Modern Blown Red Art Glass Face Masks, México
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Folk Art blown red glass face masks made in México.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Blown Glass

Ceramic Gilt Mask, Signed, Portugal, circa 1970
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This mask is made of gilt ceramic. This is a Portuguese work, circa 1970.
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1970s Portuguese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Ceramic

3 Mid-Century Tesselated Stone Aztec Masks
Located in New York, NY
3 Mid-Century modern pre-columbian style Aztec masks made with various tesselated semi-precious stone (lapis,onyx, quartz, mother-of-pearl) (PRICED EACH)
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20th Century Central American Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Quartz

Hand-Carved African Mask on Bronze Base by Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Hand-carved African male mask in the style of the Chokwe tribe of Angola on a bronze base by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (photo of original label included). Karl Springer had a sc...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Bronze

Wall Mask of Afro Child, Afro Woman , Mid-20th Century, Germany
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage Afro Child , Afro Woman Wall Mask which looks great. This wall head decoration is very detailed and was made in Germany. This German pottery mask dates circa 1950-1960. It's ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Stone

Colette Gueden Elegant Black and Colored Ceramic Mask for Le Printemps Primavera
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Colette Gueden Elegant black and colored ceramic mask. Midcentury design for Pirmavera, circa 1960. Measures: Height 17cm, large 17cm, depth 9cm.  
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Ceramic

Hand-Carved Rustic Wooden Mask with Soft Expression
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rustic; folk art; mask; Axel Vervoordt This Rustic looking mask has a soft and elegant expression, closed eyes, and a finely carved mustache. The encrusted patina inside and out ...
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Early 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Wood

Ceramic Comedy and Tragedy Masks
Located in New York, NY
Whimsical handmade pottery Comedy and Tragedy wall mount masks, in deep cobalt blue and creamy off white glaze. Probably studio made circa 1960/1970's both are well done and in very ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Ceramic, Pottery

Hand Carved Grotesque Wood Mask Signed Sculpture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning mid-20th Century hand-carved wood mask sculpture. Palmwood with a beautiful carving, extremely detailed and textured, featuring a grotesque character in the style of La Come...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Wood, Palmwood

Set of Four Goldscheider Vienna Wall Masks by Adolf Prischl, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A lovely set of four Austrian miniature wall masks, designed by Adolf Prischl, executed by Friedrich Goldscheider Vienna in the 1950s. All four masks are in excellent condition. Mark...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Masks

Black Faun Wall Decorative Ceramic Mask circa 1950 French Midcentury
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Wall ceramic mask, circa 1950 French midcentury ceramic mask with elegant black ceramic glaze color. Original perfect conditions Measures: Height 24 cm, large 22 cm, depth 7...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Ceramic

Decorative Wall Hanging African Folk Art Wooden Carved Tribal Mask
Located in Markington, GB
Decorative African Folk Art wooden carved tribal mask. Measurements: H 33cm, W 23cm, D 14cm.
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Mid-20th Century Congolese Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Wood

African Woman Pregnancy Sculpture Midcentury Mod Belly Body Art Mask
Located in West Hartford, CT
Carved wooden African female body mask depicting a torso with breasts and pregnant belly promoting fertility. What sets this sculpture apart is the fact that is life-size, see measur...
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1960s Ghanaian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Wood

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Set of 3 Sarreid LTD Mexico Tin Metal Sports Player Team Mid-Century Modern
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Licio Zanetti Abstract Murano Glass Frog Sculpture Italy Mid-Century Modern
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Mid-Century Modern Italian Glass Studio of Murano Handcrafted Fish Aquarium
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Mid-Century Modern Fine Art Sculpture Shaped Butterfly in Copper Terracotta Tile
Located in Miami, FL
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Black Lacquer Sculptural Wood Mid-Century Modern Fine Art Sculpture Square Base
Located in Miami, FL
Large Mid-Century Modern organic shaped wood sculpture in lacquered black finish. The fine art sculpture is made out of one piece of wood. Mounted on a square base and looks stunni...
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Mid-Century Modern Solid Bronze Hand-crafted Table Art, Sculpture 'Women United'
Located in Miami, FL
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Fine Art Mid-Century Modern Black Wire Lion Table Sculpture, Animal Sculpture
Located in Miami, FL
Black Mid-Century Modern wire metal lion sculpture, Fine Art, animal sculpture. The lion is mounted on a metal base. Felt cover underneath.   
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Mid-Century Modern Hand Blown Amethyst Purple Art Glass Vase, Vessel, Decanter
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern tall blown glass vase, vessel, decanter in translucent amethyst purple. Amethyst purple is a shade that captivates the imagination and inspires. This vase is per...
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Studio Paran Turquoise, Blue Blown & Yellow Art Glass Vase Mid-Century Modern
By Studio Paran
Located in Miami, FL
Studio Paran blown art glass vase in turquoise blue and yellow glass from America. The opening with 1.5 inches diameter is for a little bouquet. Mid-Century Modern unique glass art...
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Midcentury African Kpelie Mask Senufo Tribe Ivory Cost with a Calao Bird, 1950
Located in Berlin, DE
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Mid-Century Modern Glazed Pottery African Mask Wall Decor, Belgium, 1950s
Located in Miami, FL
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Huge Vintage Papier Mâché Carnival Parade Head, 1950s
Located in Hastings, GB
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Located in West Hartford, CT
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Decorative African Mid-Century Modernist Carved Tribal Mask Sculpture from Ghana
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Large Authentic Hand-Carved African Sculpture on Suede Base by Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
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Mid-Century Modern Glazed Pottery African Mask Wall Decor, Belgium, 1950s
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