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Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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Wall Hanging Tapestry "The Bird And Its Nest" by Andre Minaux, Paris, Ca. 1965
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Wall hanging tapestry by Andre Minaux, Paris, France, ca. 1965. "L'oiseau et son nid" that means "The bird and its nest". Limited edition of 200, number 74. Silkscreen on linen, cott...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Cotton

Fritz Scholder Snake Dancer Lithograph
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Dynamic Fritz Scholder signed lithograph depicting the silhouette of a Native American dancer with a snake between his teeth. Dimensions listed are inclusive of the frame. Print it...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paint

Alberto Giacometti Framed Black and White Limited Lithograph "Annette", 1964
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful sketched lithograph by famed Swiss artists/sculptor Alberto Giacometti. The lithograph was printed in Paris by Mourlot Freres in 1964 and was issued in an edition of ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

After Pablo Picasso, Lithograph with Pochoir, Bacchanal 1955
Located in Rochester, NY
After Pablo Picasso, lithograph with pochoir, Bacchanal, edition of 2000 - dated 1955. Facsimile signature in green lower right. Image sheet size is 20 1/2 inches wide x 15 1/2 inche...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Unframed Thomas Lenk Series A&B 1971 Signed Serigraph 88/100
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a captivating, Op Art, vintage serigraph titled "Series A" and "Series B" from 1971, by German artist Thomas Lenk. 26.75" H x 26.75" W unframed, per artwork...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Framed Pablo Picasso Print Printed Post-Mortem
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a large and beautiful, framed print, printed after Picasso died. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensions of the frame are 40.25" Sq.   
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Erwin Blumenfeld Doe Eye "Oeil de Biche" Offset Lithograph
Located in Plainview, NY
Erwin Blumenfeld Doe eye " Oeil de Biche" offset lithograph of a closeup of the model Jean Patchett face measuring 18 5/8 x 16 1/4 inches with no apparent inscriptions or marks. The ...
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1950s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Glass, Paper

Karl Blossfeldt Black White Flower Photogravure Botanic Photography, 1942
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Karl Blossfeldt Photogravure from the edition of the book 'Wunder in der Natur' in 1942. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful...
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1940s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Yaacov Agam Signed Galaxy Holograph Lenticular Agamograph
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a hand signed "Galaxy" Agamograph by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, known as the father of the Kinetic Art Movement. In excellent condition. Size is 7.5" x 7.5...
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Mid-20th Century Israeli Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Unframed Infinity Yaacov Agam Signed Holograph Agamograph
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a hand signed Agamograph by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, known as the father of the Kinetic Art Movement. In excellent condition. Size is 12" x 12" unframed.  
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Mid-20th Century Israeli Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Karl Blossfeldt Black White Flower Photogravure Botanic Photography, 1942
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Karl Blossfeldt Photogravure from the edition of the book 'Wunder in der Natur' in 1942. Photography number 30. 'Chrysanthemum Leucanthemum. Gemeine Wucherblume, große Maßliebe, M...
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1940s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Final Lap Winners Circle Checkered Flag with Mobiloil Pegasus Logo Garage Art
Located in Ferndale, MI
Recently un earthed from long time attic storage. Period checkered flag with Mobiloil red Pegasus logo. Two sided flag. One edge does have flap for flag stand pole. Very nice overall...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Cotton

Selection of Alexander Calder Lithographs
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of Alexander Calder color lithographs, France, circa 1960s. We purchased a group of these color lithographs from the estate of a couple that lived in France from 1951-1983....
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Glass, Paper, Wood

Op-Art Artist Anne Youkeles New Perspective Signed 3-D Serigraph Collage, 1971
Located in St. Louis, MO
Anne Youkeles (Austrian/American b. 1920) Op-Art Artist 3-D Geometric Serigraph Collage titled "New Perspective" signed, number 43/210 and dated 1971. In fine condition, not examined...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Original Midcentury Jean Cocteau Art Exhibition Poster, Dated 1959
Located in Arles, FR
Original art exhibition poster from the masterful listed artist Jean Cocteau. Jean Cocteau, born July 5, 1889 in Maisons-Laffitte and died October 11, 1963 in his home in Milly-la-...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Selection of Wassily Kandinsky Lithographs
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of Wassily Kandinsky lithographs or gallery wall, circa 1960s. The lithograph pictured on the top left measures 15" H x 11" W. The lithograph pictured on the top right meas...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Pair of Karel Appel Curtains, 1963, Documented at Stedelijk Musem
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Super rare and impressive pair of large cotton ''gordijnstof' curtains, designed in 1963 by world renowned Dutch painter and sculptor Karel Appel (1921-2006) for the textile company ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Cotton

Ernst Fuchs 'under the Snow Lilith' Print, 1969
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Surreal dry point etching, 'Under the Snow Lilith' by Ernst Fuchs, signed lower left, right, numbered '27/150,' mounted and framed, panel size: 10.5" x 13.5" (without frame).
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Selection of Color Modern Lithographs and Silkscreens
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of color modern lithographs and silkscreens, circa 1930s-2000s. They have been framed in clean lined black lacquer gallery frames under UV resistant glass. They are: Top ro...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Original Midcentury Abstract Art Exhibition Poster, Signed Rosso Dated 1975
Located in Arles, FR
Original midcentury abstract art exhibition poster with wonderful vivid colors of blue, red, green, beige, etc... Very decorative, signed by the artist and dated 1975. Measures: 18"...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Craig Ellwood Geometric Screen Print, 1979
By Craig Ellwood
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1922-1992, Craig Ellwood was an influential Los Angeles based architect. His building designs were the quintessential post and beam structures that were part of the California modern...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Jean Dubuffet , Cerceaux ‘Sorcellent Limited Edition, 1967
Located in London, GB
Jean Dubuffet. Cerceaux ‘Sorcellent by Max Loreau. Edition Jeanne Bucher, Editions Beyeler, Paris, 1967. Limited edition of 800 of which this is no. 496. Contains 20 original colo...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Landscape, a Mid-Century Modern Lithographic Print on Paper by Stanley Lewis
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An modernist lithograph by the Canadian artist Stanley Lewis on wove paper. Entitled: Landscape Titled and numbered 9/30 to the lower left. Signed S. Lewis and dated 1961 to...
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1960s Canadian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Melissa Strawser Bertoia Junior Dandelion Gong Intaglio Print, 2017
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary artist Melissa Strawser’s Bertoia Junior Dandelion Gong Print is a pulled Artist Proof, an original intaglio print using aquatint printed onto Hahnemuhle Paper with colo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Seven Lowell Blair Nesbitt Nasa Apollo Space Mission Silkscreens
Located in Ferndale, MI
Official artist of Apollo missions Lowell Nesbitt (1933-1993). Each Image: 24" x 32"
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Acrylic

Angelo Testa: Pair of Signed Geometric Abstract Prints in Red and Yellow, 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Angelo Testa (1921–1984) A pair of signed geometric prints by preeminent textile designer Angelo Testa, a disciple of László Moholy-Nagy renowned for the complex abstract fabrics he ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

1963 Joe Nyiri Abstract Monoprint
Located in San Diego, CA
Abstract stylized figure with applied decoration by California artist Joe Nyiri from 1963 in original Orr's Gallery frame.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Prints

Selection of vibrant Jazz series offset lithographs after Henri Matisse
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of vibrant "Jazz" series lithographs, as published in the facsimile edition book "Henri Matisse: Jazz" (New York: Museum of Modern Art and George Braziller, Inc., 1983). Th...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper, Wood

Karl Heinz Hansen-Bahia 'Big Team of Oxen' Woodcut Print, 1959
By Karl Heinz Hansen-Bahia
Located in Los Angeles, CA
wonderful wood cut print 'Big Team of Oxen' by Karl Heinz Hansen-Bahia, 1959, framed behind glass, print size 12.25 in x 37.75 in, frame size 15 in x 40.5 in, ed. 40/70, signed and d...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Lithograph by Lewis in Black, Gray & Taupe Titled towards the Unknown, 1965
Located in Phoenix, AZ
'Towards the Unknown' lithograph by Lewis, circa 1965. This piece is numbered 46 of 50 and conjures up thoughts of mortality afterlife and time. Newly framed. Image size is 20.75" t...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paint

Selection of Abstract Modern Lithographs or Gallery Wall by Tapies & Van Velde
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of abstract modern lithographs or gallery wall, from the limited edition folio Derriere le Miroir, France, circa 1970s. They have been professionally framed in clean lined ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Mid-Century Modern Barbara a. Wood Framed Signed Lithograph 561/965
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a stunning, signed and numbered lithograph by Barbara A. Wood, 561/965. In excellent condition. The dimensions of the frame are 38" W x 44" H and the dimens...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Gene Davis, "Yankee Doodle", Screenprint, Stripes, Op Art, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Gene Davis, "Yankee Doodle", screenprint, stripes, Op Art, signed. Giant screenprint on paper with a vivid arrangement of stripes by Washington Color School artist, Gene Davis (1920-...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Acrylic, Paper, Plexiglass

Lyn Howley Serigraph Les Fleur No. 3 Print Signed 1950s
Located in Melbourne, AU
Original signed Serigraph "Les Fleurs No.3" by Lyn Howley. Produced in the USA, circa 1950s. Lyn Howley's work was produced by Van Amstel Co. Studio Editions. This is an original...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Softwood, Masonite, Paper

Marc Chagall Die Zauberflöte Mozart Metropolitan Opera Framed Poster
Located in Countryside, IL
Marc Chagall Die Zauberflöte Mozart Metropolitan Opera framed poster This piece measures: 26.75 wide x 0.75 deep x 40.5 inches high This Poster is in great vintage condition - mino...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Metal

Original Midcentury Abstract Art Exhibition Poster, Works by Rosso Dated 1975
Located in Arles, FR
Original midcentury abstract art exhibition poster with wonderful vivid colors. Very decorative and makes a great gift. Measures: 18" W x 25 1/2" H Very good vintage condition with...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Josef Albers Abstract Lithographs from Interaction of Color
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of abstract purple color lithographs by Joseph Albers from the "Interaction of Color" portfolio, folder number X-1, circa 1960s. The price noted below is for the pair of framed ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Glass, Wood, Paper

John Grillo 1964 Abstract Expressionist Lithograph
By John Grillo
Located in Garnerville, NY
Excellent strong abstract expressionist lithograph by John Grillo. Pencil signed, dated and numbered, 17/30, John Grillo, '64. The image size is approximately 25.75" wide x 19" high....
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Lithograph After Original Matisse Drawing
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Lithograph / plate from the book Dessins: Themes et Variations. Edited by Martin Fabiani (Paris) in 1943. In good original condition. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French ar...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Mushrooms, Vintage Wall Chart, Austria, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
This rare vintage wall chart shows different types of mushrooms, which are native to middle europe. This kind of wall charts are used as teaching material in German schools. Colorful...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Canvas, Wood

"Many Men" Stone Lithograph by Ben Shahn
Located in San Diego, CA
Limited edition lithograph entitled "Many Men" by Ben Shahn, circa late 1960s. "Many Men" depicts modernist black silhouette figures in business suits on a teeming street. Released b...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Wood, Paper

Mid-Century Wood Block Owl Print "Three Eyes" by Kaoru Kawano
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-century wood block print of two owls known as "Three Eyes" by Kaoru Kawano, circa 1950s. The print has a red Kawano seal in lower right corner and is presented in a black wood fr...
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Mid-19th Century Japanese Antique Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Original Vintage Advertising Poster by Swiss Artist Piatti 'Basler Rabattmarke'
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original vintage advertising poster by Swiss Artist Piatti 'Basler Rabattmarke' Condition Excellent Format Linen backed Dimensions 130 x 270 cm Year 1964 Artist ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Other

Karl Blossfeldt Black White Flower Photogravure Botanic Photography, 1942
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Karl Blossfeldt Photogravure from the edition of the book 'Wunder in der Natur' in 1942. Photography number 14. 'Dianthus plumarius. Federnelke in 8 facher Vergrößerung.' In or...
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1940s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Gold Framed Salvador Dali Style Etching Print Melting Clock
Located in Miami, FL
Framed inspired after Salvador Dali Etching, Print titled melting clock. The Artwork comes with a gorgeous golden wooden frame. Signed inside the plate by Artist. Image size: 7 x 8....
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Wood, Paper

Samia Halaby Abstract Lithograph, Red, White, Green, Signed
By Samia Halaby
Located in New York, NY
"Cleveland" by Samia Halaby, abstract lithograph, red, white, green, signed. Cleveland Print Club lithograph in colors by Samia Halaby, signed in pencil and dated 1974. Numbered 124 ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Karl Blossfeldt Black White Flower Photogravure Botanic Photography, 1942
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Karl Blossfeldt Photogravure from the edition of the book 'Wunder in der Natur' in 1942. Photography number 42. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and ...
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1940s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Double-Sided Poster Masson & Cie, London Street Scenes, Circus Goes to America
Located in Arles, FR
Very decorative double sided poster from Masson & Cie, 1960s. This vintage wall decoration has wonderful details of London Street Scenes and The Circus Goes to America. Produced i...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

2 Heliogravures by Victor Vasarely, Éditions Du Griffon
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Black and White two heliogravure prints on paper from the Editions de Griffon 1971 by Victor Vasarely. Print is 32cm x 28cm.
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1980s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887-2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Man Ray Electricite Black and White Rayograph, 1931
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Rayograph Héliogravure by Man Ray for Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d'Electricité, 1931. Printed in Heliogravure and signed in the negative 500 copies. Man Ray (1890–19...
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

"The Dance of Man in Modern Times" from the Portfolio by Victor Pasmore
Located in Stamford, CT
"The Dance of Man in Modern Times - Questions without an Answer" from the portfolio by Victor Pasmore, circa 1972. Etching and aquatint newly framed using archival materials.
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Late 20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Framed Karel Appel Signed A.P. Litho Head Like Clouds, 1970s
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an exceptional, framed, A.P. lithograph, "Head Like Clouds," signed by Karel Appel, circa 1971. In excellent condition. The dimensions of the frame are 49" ...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Framed Salvador Dali Lithograph Return
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a stunning, framed lithograph, by Salvador Dali. In very good vintage condition. The dimensions of the frame are 17" W x 19" H and the dimensions of the ima...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

"Caroussel" Artist Proof by Charlotte Ross
By Charlotte Ross
Located in Pasadena, CA
“An American painter and etcher, Charlotte Ross exhibited her art throughout the United States. The artist was particularly well-known for her imagery of children. Her artist records...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Wood, Paper

Man Ray Le Monde des Echecs Photography of Marcel Duchamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Print from "Le Monde des Echecs" Serie No. 1. by Edition L'Echiquier, 1933. V. Halberstadt and M. Duchamp photomontage by Man Ray. Portfolio of famous chess players and chess b...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Black and White Abstract Lithographs by Pablo Palazuelo
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of black and white abstract lithographs, by Pablo Palazuelo, from the limited edition folio Derriere Le Miroir, France, circa 1970s. They have been professionally framed in...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Mid-Century Modern Unframed Zilver Victor Vasarely Hand Signed Serigraph Pop Art
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an eye-catching, hand signed lithograph by Victor Vasarely, the leader of the Op-art Movement. Size is 29" x 27.5 unframed. Victor Vasarely, was a Hungar...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper