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Danish Teak Ice Bucket Collection by Jens Quistgaard JHQ Individually Priced
By Dansk, Jens Harald Quistgaard
Located in Ferndale, MI
Collection of six Danish teak ice buckets by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk and Nissan. Measures: Tallest 19.25" x 9.75" diameter Square: 8" wide x 8" deep x 9" tall.
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Midcentury WMF Silver Plated Ice Bucket Wine Cooler by Kurt Mayer, 1950s
By WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, Kurt Mayer
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
Awesome modernist silver plated ice bucket by Kurt Mayer for WMF, 1950s-1960s. A beautiful ice bucket in very good, professionally polished condition in traditionell Bauhaus design.
Category

Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

Vintage 1970 Guzzini Space Age Midcentury Ice Bucket and Bowl
By Paolo Tilche, Guzzini
Located in San Diego, CA
Striking and high design piece created by Paolo Tilche for Guzzini. It’s Space Age design consists of an ecru sphere with navy blue and red stripes with a silver chrome handle that a...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic

1950s Aldo Tura Macabo Cusano Serving Set, Midcentury Ice Bucket & Tray
By Aldo Tura
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a beautiful goatskin, wood and brass serving set by Aldo Tura Macabo Cusano. Comprising of an ice bucket/bottle holder and a beautiful wooden tray, circa 19...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

French Mid-Century Owl Ice Bucket
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A French ice bucket in the form of an owl. Brutalist style. France, c1970s. The head opens up. Some internal wear commensurate with age but generally good condition. ...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Jars

Materials

Metal, Pewter

  • French Mid-Century Owl Ice Bucket
  • French Mid-Century Owl Ice Bucket
  • French Mid-Century Owl Ice Bucket
  • French Mid-Century Owl Ice Bucket
H 13 in. W 9.85 in. D 7.88 in.
Mid-Century Modern George Briard Ice Bucket
By George Briard
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Georges Briard was an American designer in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. He is most well known for his signature dishware and glassware - everything from cups and plates to gold plate...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic

Mid Century Brown and Brass Ice Bucket
By Kraftware
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Elevate your bar game, with this mid-century brown and brass ice bucket. With a brass lid, and handle, this piece exudes both form and function. Measures: 8" diameter 7.5" tall.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket Italy, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage ice bucket made with brass chrome and plastic with cube detail on top.
Category

Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

  • Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket Italy, 1970s
  • Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket Italy, 1970s
  • Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket Italy, 1970s
  • Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket Italy, 1970s
H 7.5 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Mid-Century Bamboo Trimmed Ice Bucket, 1960s
Located in East Hampton, NY
A great vintage bamboo and white laminate ice bucket, circa 1960s. Piece is square with a lattice bamboo design on top/lid and a bamboo edged base.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Bamboo, Laminate

  • Mid-Century Bamboo Trimmed Ice Bucket, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Bamboo Trimmed Ice Bucket, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Bamboo Trimmed Ice Bucket, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Bamboo Trimmed Ice Bucket, 1960s
H 9.25 in. W 9.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Mid Century Ice Bucket by Macabo Milano, Italy
By Macabo
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
An elegant Classic ice bucket with lid by Macabo Milano, Italy in silver guilt metal. Stamped Macabo in the bottom.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Ice Bucket by Macabo Milano, Italy
By Macabo
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
An elegant classic ice bucket with lid by Macabo Milano, Italy in silver guilt metal. Stamped in the bottom.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Sevres Ice Cube Bucket Crystal
By Cristalleries De Sevres
Located in Kitzbuhel, AT
French mid-20th century modern small crystal ice cube bucket in clear crystal. Handle silver plated stamped in the bottom Sèvres France. Like new.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Crystal

Mauro Manetti Vintage Mid-Century Pineapple Ice Bucket
Located in Wichita, KS
Vintage Italian metal pineapple ice bucket by Mauro Manetti with original metal liner. From the 1960's. Designed for Fonderia D'Arte foundry, Firenze Italy and stamped on the base "M...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Mauro Manetti Italian Mid-Century Duck Ice Bucket
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A Mauro Manetti 1960s 'Duck' shaped ice bucket, from Italy. There isn't a makers mark but this is a known model. In good vintage condition retaining it's original liner, but ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Decorative Bowls

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Ice Bucket with Handle
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-Century Modern Lucite ice bucket with handle, circa 1970s. Vintage stylish Italian design; a glamorous addition to your MCM bar!
Category

Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Lucite

  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite Ice Bucket with Handle
  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite Ice Bucket with Handle
  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite Ice Bucket with Handle
  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite Ice Bucket with Handle
H 7.875 in. W 8.5 in. D 7.875 in.
Mid-Century Modern Aluminum Ice Bucket by Borkville
By Borkville
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a vintage ice bucket in aluminum with matching lid and walnut handles. Stamped underneath with makers label "Borkville" USA made circa 1960s Measures: 9...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Wicker Wrapped Ice Bucket by Georges Briard
By Georges Briard
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice mid-century wicker wrapped ice bucket with handle by Georges Briard, circa 1970s. The piece is in very good condition and measures 8.5" D x 15" H (with handle up). The bu...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic, Wicker

1960s Mid-Century Modern Extra Tall Barware Ice Bucket
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning Mid-Century Modern barware accessory double-decker vinyl ice bucket. An extra tall cylindric-shaped body that opened in two sections with lid and one handle on top and hinge...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic

Mid-Century Modern Dansk Quistgaard Teak Ice Bucket
By Dansk
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Dansk teak ice bucket Mid-Century Modern. Dansk International Malaysia. Features matching lid and plastic waterproof interior. Item is original vintage unre...
Category

Vintage 1970s Malaysian Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket with Textured Ice Glass, Japan, circa 1960s
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-Century Modern glass ice bucket with textured ice cube design. Vintage Japanese personal size ice bucket comprised of thick chunky glass with polished edges and translucent base....
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Bucket Brigade 1970 Mid-Century Modern White Leather & Lucite Lidded Ice Bucket
Located in Miami, FL
1970s off white Leather and Lucite ice bucket the inside is insulated and decorative lid. Keeps the ice cubes frozen for a long time as the lid sits tight on the bucket. Makers Mar...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Leather

Mid-Century Modern Teak Italian Arni Form Ice Bucket
Located in London, GB
A midcentury teak ice bucket in the style of Jens Quistgaard. This piece is one of a collection we have collected and restored by the Italian Maker Arni Form. Stamped to the base wit...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Brass Tobacco Box with Gold Green Black Sailing Ship Decoration Jack Frost
By Jack Frost Ice Buckets
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Brass tobacco box with gold green black sailing ship decoration Jack Frost.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Snuff Boxes and Tobacco Boxes

Materials

Brass

Wooden Ice Bucket, Oriental Manufacture, Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
This rare wooden ice bucket is realized in mid-20th century by Oriental Manufacture. Natural wood ice bucket with carved decoration. The interior is in yellow plastic. Fair conditio...
Category

Mid-20th Century Asian Decorative Baskets

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern Jens Quistgaard Ice Bucket in Teak
By Jens Harald Quistgaard
Located in Antwerp, BE
Danish ice bucket in solid teak. The wood shows a beautiful grain and provides this object with a nice, elegant and warm appearance. The red / bright orange acrylic liner contrasts n...
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Wine Coolers

Materials

Acrylic, Teak

1960s Rosewood Ice Bucket by Richard Nissan/1960s Danish Ice Bucket
By Richard Nissen
Located in London, Lambeth
Midcentury ice bucket by Richard Nissen - In stunning rosewood with acrylic liner Dimensions 21.59cm diameter 14.61 cm high - Made in Denmark circa 1960.   
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern, Lucite Golf Ball Ice Bucket by Grainware
Located in Nantucket, MA
Vintage Lucite ice bucket of spherical form with a pivoting top. The entire surface covered with golf ball-like divots, each of which reflects the others creating an optical effect.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Lucite

Lucite Ice Bucket
Located in South Salem, NY
Black mid century lucite ice bucket with clear handle and knob.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Lucite

  • Lucite Ice Bucket
  • Lucite Ice Bucket
  • Lucite Ice Bucket
  • Lucite Ice Bucket
H 12.5 in. W 8 in. D 8 in.
Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket in Red and Black Wood
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern ice bucket in red painted wood with black painted handles.
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Wine Coolers

Materials

Wood

Sterling Silver and Wood Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket Bowl
Located in New York, NY
American, 20th century, handmade, sterling silver and wood bowl / ice bucket in Mid-Century Modern style with exquisite geometric design. It measures 8 3/4'' in diameter by 3'' in he...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

Champagne Ice Bucket Mid-Century Attributed to Philippe Starck
By Philippe Starck
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A well used champagne bucket attributed to design legend Philippe Starck. Patina and aging to the tripod brass legs, France, c1990s. Good condition and perfectly usable. ...
Category

Late 20th Century French Decorative Bowls

Materials

Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Glass and Chrome Ice Bucket Made in France
Located in New York, NY
Small glass ice bucket for bar or barcart. Mid-Century Modern Design. Marked made in France. Chrome handle.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Leather and Brass Ice Bucket, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
1970s Italian ice bucket in leather and brass. On the bottom, there are the engraved signature of the manufacturer and the text "Made in Italy".
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Mexican Modern Ice Bucket Made in Tropical Woods
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1950, we offer this mid-century Mexican modern ice bucket made in tropical woods. Recently restored.
Category

Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket with Round Brass Handles
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage Mid-Century Modern ice bucket with round brass handles.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Teghini Italian Mid-Century Modern Silver-Plate Mushroom Ice Bucket
By Teghini
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern 1960's silver-plate mushroom shaped ice bucket made by Teghini in Florence, Italy. Makers mark on the bottom. In very good condition with minor silver-plat...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wine Coolers

Materials

Silver Plate

Sizzlingly Chic Mid-Century Modern Silverplate and Horn Ice Bucket
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A very stylish Mid-Century Modern silverplate ice bucket having fabulous horn handles on sides and top of lid. Will make any bar sizzle.
Category

Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

Deco Ice Bucket
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderful deco ice bucket with raised handles. The piece is made of newly polished aluminum and looks wonderful. On the reverse side please not the areas that were divers from age ...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Aluminum

  • Deco Ice Bucket
  • Deco Ice Bucket
  • Deco Ice Bucket
  • Deco Ice Bucket
H 9.75 in. Dm 8.75 in.
Lucite Ice Bucket
Located in New York, NY
1980's Lucite Ice Bucket with matching lid.  
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Wine Coolers

Materials

Lucite

  • Lucite Ice Bucket
  • Lucite Ice Bucket
  • Lucite Ice Bucket
  • Lucite Ice Bucket
H 7.5 in. Dm 7 in.
Tiffany & Co. Mid-Century Modern "Rock Cut" Crystal Ice Bucket
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Crystal ice bucket sculptured like ice formations by Tiffany & Co.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Crystal

Mid-Century Modern Square Lucite Ice Bucket and Tongs
Located in Topeka, KS
Very cool vintage square Lucite ice bucket and matching tongs. In wonderful age appropriate condition. Please see long description for details. Clear, cool and cleverly made vinta...
Category

20th Century Post-Modern Barware

Materials

Lucite

1970s Mid-Century Modern Cork and Lucite Tall Ice Bucket
By Georges Briard
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Chic 1970s acrylic ice bucket wrapped in cork design waterproof laminate. Tall cylinder form features a dark brown Lucite handle and clear Lucite lid fitted with stylized ice finial ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Acrylic, Laminate, Lucite

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Aluminum and Lucite Ice Bucket and Tongs
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Vintage aluminum ice bucket and Lucite tongs.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Aluminum

Signed Mid Century Modern Holmegaard Glass Ice Bucket With Rattan Handle
By Holmegaard
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
This large ice bucket is probably by Jacob E. Bang, and manufactured by Holmegaard in Denmark. It has a rattan handle and is signed, but not very easy to read.
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Rattan, Blown Glass

Mid Century Danish Modern Dansk Teak Ice Bucket by Quistgaard
By Dansk, Jens Harald Quistgaard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Very cool teak ice bucket by Jens Harald Quistgaard for Dansk. Plastic liner. Signed on bottom.
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wine Coolers

Materials

Teak, Plastic

Mid Century Danish Modern Teak Ice Bucket by Jens H Quistgaard
By Jens Harald Quistgaard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Sculpted teak ice bucket with plastic liner by Jens Quistgaard. Signed on underside.
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Stacked Lucite Ice Bucket and Attached Swing Lid
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern finely detailed ice bucket in Lucite. The tight fitted lid swings open and is attached to the bucket. It is made out of very thick Lucite and is heavy.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Glass Ice Bucket with Leatherette Cover, Germany, 1970s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A nice barware item from Germany, 1970s. An all original Mid-Century Modern item to display in your bar or just on a cupboard with your ice cubes. Made of heavy Murano style glass, w...
Category

Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Faux Leather, Glass

Mid-Century Modern Champagne Cooler Ice Bucket Cooper Brass, Germany, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A nice barware item from Germany, 1950s. An all original Mid-Century Modern item to display in your bar or just on a cupboard with a bottle of wine. Cooper and brass, with nice patin...
Category

Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Mid-Century Modern Amber Color Acrylic Cork and Wood Ice Bucket
Located in Miami, FL
1960s solid amber color acrylic ice bucket with cork bottom and wood and cork lid. Keeps the ice cubes frozen for a long time as the lid sits tight on the bucket.  
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Acrylic, Wood, Cork

Lucite Globe Ice Bucket
Located in Norwalk, CT
A stylish 1970s Lucite ice bucket with an internal globe form.
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern More Dining and Entertaining

Materials

Lucite

  • Lucite Globe Ice Bucket
  • Lucite Globe Ice Bucket
  • Lucite Globe Ice Bucket
  • Lucite Globe Ice Bucket
H 7 in. W 7 in. D 7 in.
Ettore Sottsass for Rinnovel Italian Mid-Century Modern Aluminum Ice Buckets
By Ettore Sottsass, Rinnovel
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern pair of aluminum ice buckets; one silver and the other gold, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Rinnovel. Both pieces are in the shape of an apple and are ent...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Aluminum

Midcentury Danish Ice Bucket
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage modern ice bucket featured in rich teak wood grain. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Teak

  • Midcentury Danish Ice Bucket
  • Midcentury Danish Ice Bucket
  • Midcentury Danish Ice Bucket
  • Midcentury Danish Ice Bucket
H 19 in. W 10 in. D 10 in.
Martini Ice Bucket, 1960
Located in London, GB
An Italian Martini ice bucket in metal , 1960.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Martini Ice Bucket, 1960
  • Martini Ice Bucket, 1960
  • Martini Ice Bucket, 1960
  • Martini Ice Bucket, 1960
H 9.45 in. Dm 13 in.
Vintage Lucite Ice Bucket
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Lucite bucket from the 190s in very good condition, free of chips or cracks. Measurements: 6.5" wide x 6.5" deep x 6.5" high.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern More Dining and Entertaining

Materials

Lucite

  • Vintage Lucite Ice Bucket
  • Vintage Lucite Ice Bucket
  • Vintage Lucite Ice Bucket
  • Vintage Lucite Ice Bucket
H 6.5 in. W 6.5 in. D 6.5 in.
Midcentury, Tommi Parzinger Nickel Ice Bucket
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in New York, NY
Modernist midcentury ice bucket with signature finial lid and mercury glass liner. Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Nickel

Jens Quistgaard Ice Bucket
By Jens Harald Quistgaard, Dansk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Curvy staved teak ice bucket by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs. Black plastic liner. Stamped on the bottom with early maker's mark. Made in Denmark.
Category

20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

  • Jens Quistgaard Ice Bucket
  • Jens Quistgaard Ice Bucket
  • Jens Quistgaard Ice Bucket
  • Jens Quistgaard Ice Bucket
H 13.5 in. W 8.5 in. D 8.5 in.
Small Abrizzi Lucite Ice Bucket with Beveled Swivel Top, Mid-Century Modern
By Alessandro Albrizzi
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern lucite ice bucket. The polished lucite ice bucket will glow in the light of day as well as candlelit evenings. With beveled edges on the swivel top, this low profi...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Lucite

Hoya Glass Ice Bucket
Located in New York City, NY
1960s modern glass ice bucket by Hoya Japan.
Category

20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

  • Hoya Glass Ice Bucket
  • Hoya Glass Ice Bucket
  • Hoya Glass Ice Bucket
  • Hoya Glass Ice Bucket
H 8 in. W 5.5 in. D 4.75 in.
Crystal Champagne Ice Bucket
By Baccarat
Located in New York, NY
Crystal Champagne ice bucket. Heavy glass, with pressed decorative oval elements at base. Free of damage, unsigned.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Barware

Materials

Crystal

  • Crystal Champagne Ice  Bucket
  • Crystal Champagne Ice  Bucket
  • Crystal Champagne Ice  Bucket
  • Crystal Champagne Ice  Bucket
H 7.25 in. Dm 7.25 in.
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Midcentury Ice Bucket For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the midcentury ice bucket you’re looking for. A midcentury ice bucket — often made from metal, plastic and brass — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer midcentury ice bucket, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A midcentury ice bucket made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Hollywood Regency — is very popular. Aldo Tura, Arthur Court and Tommaso Barbi each produced at least one beautiful midcentury ice bucket that is worth considering.

How Much is a Midcentury Ice Bucket?

A midcentury ice bucket can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $586, while the lowest priced sells for $60 and the highest can go for as much as $4,088.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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.

Finding the Right Barware for You

Whether it’s streamlined or sophisticated, a bar area is always a welcoming feature in any home interior. A cheery well-made drink with friends and family has the potential to yield some unforgettable moments alongside those that aren’t easily remembered. And the only way to conjure that exemplary cordial is by putting the proper antique, new or vintage barware to work.

Essential barware equipment ranges from sterling-silver barspoons for mixing your cocktails in tall collins glasses to jiggers, shakers and strainers that allow you to whip up martinis and old-fashioneds.

From a design standpoint, some barware, such as our array of Art Deco glass whiskey sets or mid-century modern silver-banded tumblers crafted by Dorothy Thorpe, can help position your bar as a bold and attractive centerpiece to a room. At the very least, a carefully curated collection of barware can elevate with subtlety the bar’s nearby fixtures, as a handcrafted crystal decanter might do for your vintage 1960s bar cart.

As cocktail hour draws near, find inspiration in our gorgeous gallery of home bars in locales ranging from London to New York to San Francisco, and browse the exquisite selection of antique, new and vintage barware and glassware on 1stDibs.