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Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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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Fornasetti Four Panel Screen Armadio Aperto Open Cabinet
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Iconic and rare Piero Fornasetti four panel screen made in Milano, Italy. Mid-century modern lithograph transfer print on painted wooden panels. Titled Armadio Aperto or open cabinet...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Wood

1965 Jaap Dommisse Netherlands Abstract Modernist Earthenware Wall Plate
Located in Pasadena, CA
Earthenware wall plate with abstract decoration created by Jaap Dommisse of Oosterbeek, the Netherlands circa 1965. Plate measures 1.5" by 10.75" in diameter. In very good vintage 19...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Earthenware

Ceramic Wall or Decorative Plate Fishes Design
Located in Barcelona, ES
Hand painted Naif fish design terracotta wall plate Beautiful mid-20th century terracotta plate with hand painted naif fish decoration. Signed Solé. Catalan school, Spain 1950s....
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic, Terracotta

Collection of Twelve Bird Images in Butterfly Wings
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Unusual set of twelve bird or parakeet images ambitiously crafted in butterfly wings with a sculptural effect. Presented in wood frames under glass.
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20th Century African Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Glass

Painting of New England Landscape, Robert Emmett Owen
By Robert Emmett Owen
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An original Robert Emmett Owen painting of New England Landscape. Offering a beautiful oil on canvas painting by American Impressionist painter Robert Emmett Owen (1878-1957). Signed...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Canvas

Fratelli Fanciullacci Large Bowl Bird Motif, Italian Midcentury Ceramic, 1960s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Decorative large circular bowl or wall decor by Italian ceramic workshop Fratelli Fanciullacci, made ca 1950s or 1960s. The bowl is decorated with stylized birds and has a structu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Gustavo Novoa Early 1960s Modern Naive Oil/Canvas Painting of a Group of Tigers
By Gustavo Novoa
Located in Miami, FL
Framed oil on canvas painting by noted artist Gustavo Novoa, of his trademark Tigers, signed lower left. Novoa was born in 1941 in Santiago, Chile. This painting is from the early 19...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Wood, Paint

Painting by Peter Keil, Mid-Century Modern Art, Black and White, C 1964, Art
Located in New York, NY
Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very early in his childhood during the Second World War during the end phase of the war, Keil's mother, also an...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Acrylic

"Le Village" Ceramic Mural by Roger Capron
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very charming, stylized depiction of a village in Provence. Characteristically, Capron hints at both medieval art and post-war modern graphics, along with a healthy dose of folk. G...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Earthenware

Painting by Peter Keil, Mid-Century Modern Art, Black and White, circa 1957
Located in New York, NY
Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very early in his childhood during the Second World War. During the end phase of the war, Keil's mother, also a...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Acrylic

Wall Art Butterfly's Frames Set of 4
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A set of hand made art work made of all Butterfly wings. Framed in black frames . Frames are 12" x 16 " like nothing you have ever seen . From Kenya 40 years ago. Have been in storag...
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1980s African Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Organic Material

Curtis Jere Flock of Birds Mid Century Wall Art
Located in La Grange, IL
Curtis Jere flock of birds mid century wall art This piece measures 23 wide x 4.5 deep x 17 inches high Great Vintage Condition Each piece is carefully cleaned and packaged be...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Metal

Curtis Jere Brutalist Metal Urchin Mid Century Wall Art
Located in La Grange, IL
Curtis Jere Brutalist metal urchin mid century wall art This piece measures: 28 wide x 10 deep x 42 inches high Good vintage condition Each piece is carefully cleaned and pack...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Metal

Landscape Crane Birds Brass Wall Decoration Vintage, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A beautiful vintage brass crane themed wall decoration. This decorative item would make a beautiful ornament on each wall. Made in the 1960s it displays the joy of that great era wit...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Brass

Curtis Jere Pom Brutalist Brass Mid Century Wall Art
Located in La Grange, IL
Curtis Jere Pom Brutalist brass mid century wall art This piece measures 26 wide x 8 deep x 60 inches high Good vintage condition Each piece is carefully cleaned and packaged ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Brass

xxl Modernist West German Ceramic Wall Plate Object Helmut Schärfenacker, 1960
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Ceramic wall plate Decade: 1960s Producer: Atelier Schäffenacker, Ulm Germany Design: Helmut Schäffenacker original vintage ceramic wall pla...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Vintage Artists Palette Floor Light, English, Mid-20th Century
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Fabulous and highly sculptural floor light inspired by an artist’s palette. Designer unknown. Made from obeche wood and brass tube. The wood has been varnished, ebonized and paint...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Wood

Ceramic Wall Decor Depicting Neptune, God of the Seas, Unknown Ceramicist, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Ceramic wall decor depicting Neptune, god of the seas, unknown ceramicist, 1970s.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Jean Picart Le Doux, Wall Ceramic Bowl, 12/100, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French midcentury ceramic bowl by Jean Picart Le Doux, France, 1950s. Ceramic. Measures: Diameter 15" 3/4 (40cm), depth 1"(2.6cm). Limited edition. Incised on the back. "Jean Picart ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Vintage Sculptural Crystal Vase, French, 1950s
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful asymmetrical shaped crystal vase A great piece of sculpture as well as functional. Good size, perfect condition. Makers mark on the base. Not clear but it is prob...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Art Glass

Painting by Peter Keil, Mid-Century Modern Art, circa 1959, "Picasso", Art
Located in New York, NY
Large painting of Picasso by Peter Keil, circa 1959, Germany. We gave it a new beautiful liner and frame. Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Lacquer

1961 Tin Advertising Sign MARTINI BLANC , Apéritif Beverage
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage " MARTINI BLANC " or WHITE MARTINI Metal Advertising Sign. This Tin Sign has a gold colored metal frame, is mounted on Cardboard and dates from 1961. This Sign for the fa...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Tin

Duck Print Mergus Serrator, Mid-20th Century, aluminium with glass framed
Located in Antwerp, BE
Aluminium Framed Art Print of the Mergus Serrator Mas, also known as the Red Breasted Merganser, Diving Duck or Sawbill. With beautiful intens colors red, brown, black and green. Th...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Metal

1961 Tin Advertising Sign ROSSI, Italian Apéritif Beverage
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage "ROSSI" metal advertising sign, the well known Italian Apero Drink. This Tin sign has a gold colored metal frame, is mounted on cardboard and dates from 1961. It was made i...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Tin

Small Rope Shaped Pocket Watch Barometer Audoux Minet, circa 1960
Located in The Hills, TX
Small rope shaped pocket watch barometer Audoux Minet, circa 1960.   
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Metal

Peter Keil Oil on Board Abstract Painting Custom Framed Signed, 1960s
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful abstract vintage painting has influences of Miro and his painterly strokes and gestures of paint in abstract form. The background is tan with stokes of black dark gray...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Linen, Wood

Martin Rosenthal Abstract Orange, Blue, Green Oil on Paper Custom Framed Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful and colorful vertical abstract signed and dated oil on paper by Martin Rosenthal 1968 has newly been custom framed in a light wood frame to compliment the multitude of...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Linen, Wood, Paint, Paper

D Puertas Abstract Expressionist Painting in Red Blue and Yellow
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Masterfully rich abstract expressionist painting by D. Puertas, 2006. Bold strokes create a heavily layered and dynamic composition. The gestural strokes capture an explosive energy ...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Wood, Paint

Painting by Peter Keil, C 1959, Modern Mid-Century Art, Red, Green & Brown, Art
Located in New York, NY
Colorful decorative painting by Peter Keil, circa 1959, Germany. Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very early in his childhood during the Second...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Acrylic

Small Rope Shaped Pocket Watch Barometer Audoux Minet, circa 1960
Located in The Hills, TX
Small rope shaped pocket watch Barometer Audoux Minet, circa 1960.  
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Metal

Majolica Fish Sealife Platter Vallauris, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica sealife platter Vallauris, circa 1950. High relief of fish, seaweeds, shells and lobster. Nautical style.  
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic, Faience, Majolica

Majolica Fish Sealife Platter Vallauris, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica sealife platter Vallauris, circa 1950. High relief of fish,coral,seaweeds,shells and seahorse Nautical style.  
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic, Faience, Majolica

Painting, Signed Gunter, circa 1969, MidCentury, Green and Blue Color, "Dancers"
Located in New York, NY
Decorative painting, signed Gunter, 1969. Four young ladies dancing. Framed in a beautiful linen matting and gold frame.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Acrylic

Painting, Signed, Midcentury Art, Green, Red and Taupe Colors, circa 1950, Art
Located in New York, NY
Decorative painting of a young lady, midcentury. Signed. Very good condition, circa 1950.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Acrylic

Mid Century Watercolor Drawing, Industrial / Architectural Theme
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
A super watercolour by an unknown artist Circa1960 Great colours. On paper laid on to card Unframed.  
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Fashion Drawing, Pat Kerr, 1946
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful ink and wash by Pat Kerr, 1946. So evocative of the 1940s. On card. Unsigned. Presented in an antique water gilded frame Drawn for A & C Kay, New Bond St. London. ...
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1940s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paper

Midcentury Figural Abstract Painting
By Lynn Chadwick
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful figural abstract painting. Artist unknown. In the style of the very fashionable artist Lynn Chadwick Lovely bright colors. Gouache on card. Presented in an 1...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paper

Stylized Male Nude by A. C Taylor, 1950s
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great stylized male nude in the manner of Keith Vaughan. Oil on board. Unframed Signed bottom right.  
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Wood

Figure in an Abstract Landscape, A. C. Taylor, circa 1950
By B.C. Taylor
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great painting of a figure in an abstract landscape By Yorkshire artist A. C. Taylor. In the style of Keith Vaughan. Wonderful green colors Original painted frame Oil on...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Wood

Original Monochrome Fashion Drawing, Pat Kerr, 1946
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful pen and ink drawing by Pat Kerr, 1946. So evocative of the 1940s. On card. Unsigned. Presented in the original black lacquer frame. Drawn for A & C Kay, New Bond S...
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1940s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Artwork for a Detective Newspaper Strip, 1940s
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Amazing artwork for a story by James Hadley Chase. So evocative of this period. We have found no record of this story, A Medal for Miss Lantis, so presumably it was never publishe...
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1940s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paper

Mid Century Watercolor Drawing, Industrial / Architectural Theme
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
A super watercolour by an unknown artist, C.1960 Great colours. On artists board Unframed.   
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paper

Artist Schuyler Standish "Turkish Baths" 1960 Signed
Located in Surrey, BC
This 1963 monochromatic graphite on paper figures "Turkish bath " is by Los Angeles artist, violin prodigy, and actor Schuyler Standish (1927-2010). Standish had roles in several ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paper

Large Blue Green with Black, Grey Glass Mosaic Tile Wall Plaque Depicting Bull
Located in Ferndale, MI
Approximately 3/8 square tiles in blue, green, aqua, grey, and black. Design showing a long horn bull. Signed Romanos on brass plaque.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Brass

Rudolf Wolf Stainless Steel Wall Artwork 1972 / 1
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Stunning abstract modern shaped stainless steel wall artwork designed by Rudolf Wolf and manufactured in his own atelier in 1972. This wall panel is made of white laminated board and...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Stainless Steel

1960s John Pellerano Herbie Mann Culture in Harlem Musicians Watercolor Jazz MCM
Located in Dayton, OH
"Vintage watercolor painting by John Pellerano featuring the Herbie Mann group from their apperance on the TV show Culture in Harlem. John A. Pellerano (1928 - 1990) was active/li...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paint, Paper

Chamberlain Signed Watercolor Mid-Century Modern Custom Museum Framed
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage signed original one of a kind watercolor by Chamberlain and dated 1960 has a real sensuality to it. This has been tastefully and beautifully museum reframed with a deep ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Silver Leaf

Porcelain Advertising Sign Boule d'Or Cigarettes, 1954, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Porcelain advertising sign for Boule d'Or Cigarettes, dated 1954. This 1950s sign was Made by Emaillerie O. Warland - Brussels - Belglum. It's an enameled metal sign in the color b...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Metal

Rope Barometer Audoux Minet, circa 1960
Located in The Hills, TX
Rope barometer in a flower shape Audoux Minet, circa 1960.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Metal

Vintage Tan Kreis Spectrum Verner Panton Textile. Size: 4 ft 1 in x 12 ft 7 in
Located in New York, NY
Vintage tan or brown colored Verner Panton Kreis Textile, country of origin: Denmark, date: circa mid-20th century. Size: 4 ft 1 in x 12 ft 7 in (1.24 m x 3.84 m)
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Linen

Don Freedman Fabulous Mid-Century Modern Tree of Life Tapestry Wall Hanging 1978
Located in Studio City, CA
Really a spectacular work by American artist/weaver Don Freedman. So very, 1970s. Signed with his attachment on the front. Dated 1978 on verso. Relatively hard to find work. Wo...
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1970s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Cotton, Jute, Wool

Majolica Fish Sealife Platter Vallauris, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica sealife platter Vallauris, circa 1950. High relief of fish, starfish, seaweeds, garlic. Nautical style.  
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic, Faience, Majolica

Majolica Fish Sealife Platter Vallauris, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica sealife platter Vallauris, circa 1950. High relief of fish, starfish, seaweeds, oyster, garlic. Nautical style.   
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Ceramic, Faience, Majolica

1960s Female Nude Torso Backside Cast Aluminum Wall Art Vintage Patina Signed
Located in National City, CA
Vintage Female Nude Torso of backside hanging wall art in cast aluminum metal. Painted-patinated. Wood frame in Black. Paint flaking off. Art work signed bottom left with numerals....
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Metal, Aluminum

1960s Abstract Modern Black & White Still Pottery Embossed Art Work Mexico City
Located in National City, CA
Art Embossed on paper abstract of still pottery figurines in black and gray tones. Framed. Art labeled backside Mexico City Mid-Century Modern abstract expressionism. Measures: 15.2...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paper

Midcentury Female Nude Torso Vintage Framed Metal Wall Art in Black Signed 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Vintage female Nude Torso wall art in cast aluminum metal. Painted-patinated. Art work signed bottom right with numerals. Measures: 21.13 Tall x 17.5W x 1.63 D art 12.75 x 9 W Un...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Metal, Aluminum

Abstract Gina Pané Print, in Blue Red Yellow, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Gina Pané was a French artist of Italian origins. She studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1960 to 1965 and was a member of the 1970s Body Art movement in France, called...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paper

Power and Beauty No 3 by Colin Self, Photo Etching 1968
Located in London, GB
Photo-etching in black and silver by established English pop artist artist Colin Self (b1941). Presented in original aluminium frame with new glass. Self went to Norwich School ...
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

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Paper