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Mid-Century Modern Era Northern Italian Faïence Majolica Fish Service, Set of 7
By Nove, Italy
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From the Barrettoni già Antonibon pottery in Nove, Northern Italy, a Mid-Century Modern Era earthenware fish service consisting of a large serving platter and six individual plates. ...
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Mid-20th Century French International Style Platters and Serveware

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Earthenware

Mascarella, Italy, Vase in Glazed Ceramics, Mid-20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Mascarella, Italy. Vase in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in dark and light blue shades. Mid-20th century. In very good condition. Measures: 20.5 x 10.5 cm. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Italian Ceramic Art Platter by Eugenio Pattarino
By Eugenio Pattarino
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian art pottery charger by Professor Eugenio Pattarino circa 1950s. The platter can services as a large centrepiece and it features a thick and contrasting glaze with mottled ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Large Murano Bowl on Foot or Compote in Mouth Blown Art Glass, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Large Murano bowl on foot or compote in mouth blown art glass, 1960s. In perfect condition. Measures: 29.5 x 22 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Large Trumpet Shaped Murano Vase in Mouth Blown Art Glass, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Large trumpet shaped Murano vase in mouth blown art glass, 1960s. In perfect condition. Measures: 33 x 16 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Aldo Londi Blue Ceramic Ashtray Handcrafted in Italy
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Round "Rimini Blu" enameled terra cotta cigar ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Handcrafted in Italy with hand carved geometric designs. Round ash receiver with nice midcentury de...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Stoneware

Italian Designer White Gold & Orange Espresso Coffee Cup by Richard Ginori
By Richard Ginori
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Italian white and orange porcelain and gold gilt decoration espresso coffee or tea demitasse cup and saucer by designer Richard Ginori, circa mid-20th century, Italy. Col...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Porcelain

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Gold

Murano Ashtray, Flavio Poli, Submerged Glass, Amber, Glass, Italy, 1960s
By Flavio Poli, Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Roma, IT
Murano ashtray, attributable to Flavio Poli, Vetro Sommerso. Amber, glass, Italy, 1960s. No chipping.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

20th Century Italian Venetian Glass and 22-Karat Gold Drinks Set of 5
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Midcentury Italian Venetian blown glass and 22-karat gold, crystal ruby jeweled drinks set of 5 pieces. This lovely handmade drinks set features a vivid blue ground with 22-karat gol...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Glass

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Crystal, Gold

Murano Ashtray or Bowl, Flavio Poli Submerged Glass Amber Blue, Italy, 1960
By Flavio Poli
Located in Roma, IT
A beautiful glass of Amber and Blue coated Murano. Italy 1960s Ashtray or bowl, attributable to Flavio Poli, Vetro Sommerso. No chipping.       
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Richard Ginori Designer Italian White & Gold Espresso Coffee or Tea Cup Saucer
By Richard Ginori
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Italian espresso coffee or tea demitasse cup and saucer 'Toscana' by designer Richard Ginori, circa mid-20th century, Italy. Porcelain cup and saucer have beautiful shape...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Classical Roman Porcelain

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Set of 2 Murano red Glass Sommerso Bowl Shells Ashtray Element, Italy, 1970s
By G. Campanella & Co., Flavio Poli, Alessandro Mandruzzato
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Murano glass bowl elements set of 2 Origin: Murano, Italy Decade: 1970s This original vintage glass element was designed and produced in the 1970s in...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Murano Glass

Richard Ginori Designer Italian White and Gold Coffee or Tea Cup, circa 1960s
By Richard Ginori
Located in New York, NY
Very beautiful vintage Italian white porcelain with gold gilt coffee or tea cup(s) by designer Richard Ginori, Italy, circa mid-20th century, circa 1960s. Colors include: gold gilt a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Classical Roman Porcelain

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Gold

Richard Ginori Designer Italian Coffee or Tea Cup and Saucer in Green and Gold
By Richard Ginori
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful vintage century Italian white porcelain with emerald green and gold coffee or tea cup and saucer by designer Richard Ginori, circa 20th century, Italy. Colors includ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Classical Roman Porcelain

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Gold

Set of 6 Murano Glass Tumblers, Blooming Field with Poppies and Lavender, Signed
By Gio Ponti, Silvio Piattelli, Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Ercole Barovier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
The original name is Campo fiorito con papaveri e lavanda. I designed this at the turn of the millennium for Nancy and Robert Frehling of Oggetti. I was experimenting with the piera ...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Set of 6 Murano Glass Deep Champagne Cups, Green Rigadin and Gold Leaf, Seguso
By Archimede Seguso, Gianni Seguso
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Set of 6 stemmed cups in green with dense rigadin deep cups. Stem is solid glass with gold leaf fused in the rigadin design. Stem hot attached to cup and foot with two green necks. F...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold Leaf

Two Cocktail Picks Stands Fish Motif, Olive Tree Wood Design, 1970s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1970s Italian design olive tree wood cocktail pick set of two in the form of a Fish. Nice addition to your room or just for your collection of design items. Made of oli...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Olive

Murano Glass Tumbler, Blooming Field with Poppies and Lavender, unit price
By Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Silvio Piattelli, Gio Ponti, Ercole Barovier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This listing is for unit price for customer who needs quantities that are different than the listed set of 6. The original name is Campo fiorito con papaveri e lavanda. I designed th...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Set of 6 Caravaggeschi Martini Champagne Murano Glass Cenedese Clear Cobalt
By Cenedese, Amelio Cenedese
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Stylish set of 6 Martini or Champagne Cenedese goblets. Shape is inspired from the Caravaggio painting of young Bacchus. This is the champagne glass that was used as champagne glas...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Set of 6 Murano Art Glass Tumblers, Doppio Ritorto Amazing Technique, Signed
By Silvio Piattelli, Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Proud to offer such a beautiful piece. In this tumbler the traditional technique of straight canes receives an additional work. The glass before blowing is heated again to get to th...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Art Glass Tumblers, Doppio Ritorto Amazing Technique, signed. Unit price.
By Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Silvio Piattelli, Gio Ponti
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This listing is for unit price for customer who needs quantities that are different than the listed set of 6. Proud to offer such a beautiful piece. In this tumbler the traditional t...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Set of 10 Murano Long Drink and Tumblers Cenedese Murano 1960, Young Collection
By Cenedese, Gino Cenedese, Amelio Cenedese
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Set of 10 glass made of 5 long drink tumblers and 5 wiskey tumblers from Cenedese, made in Murano. A great collection of vibrant colors with an incredible number of techniques. E...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Set of 10 Murano Tumblers, Cenedese Sfumato 1960, Young Collection, Masterpieces
By Gino Cenedese, Amelio Cenedese, Cenedese
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Set of tumblers from Cenedese, made in Murano. Labelled and signed. For a glass lover and collector. Each glass has a sfumato technique, striping, a bottom incalmo and a dot. Thi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Modern Porcelain Breadstick Holster Server Platter Rometti Ceramics 1950s, Italy
By Rometti Ceramics 1
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rometti Italy midcentury porcelain breadstick holster server platter. Hand painted figurative scene in orange and cream inside, green marbled exterior, swooping metal handle with yel...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Liquor Set by Pucci Umbertide, circa 1950
By Rometti Ceramics 1, Pucci Ceramics 1
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A particular orange black and white ceramic liquor set made by Italian famous manufacturer Pucci. The bottle is decorated with poker cards suits.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Basket
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An amazing entree dish basket in black painted metal, polychrome ceramic and wicker handle. It's in very good conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Iron

  • 1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Basket
  • 1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Basket
  • 1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Basket
  • 1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Basket
H 7.49 in. W 14.97 in. D 8.27 in.
Sardinian polychrome ceramics by Claudio Pulli for Isola. Italy 1970s
By Claudio Pulli
Located in Roma, IT
Sardinian polychrome ceramics by Claudio Pulli for Isola. CLAUDIO PULLI one of the greatest Sardinian artists, Ciotola realized for I.S.O.L.A. Isola is the most prestigious ceramice...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid Century Lidded Bowl by Ceramiche Batignani, Italy
By Ceramiche Batignani
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A beautiful pumpkin shaped bowl with lid crowned by a brass handle by Ceramiche Batignani from the 1950's. This handmade bowl is in perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Signed Ceramic Vessel Sculpture
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing signed but not legible Italian Mid-Century Modern ceramic sculpture and or vessel tells a story. It looks like it may be signed Gianni. We have tried to do the research ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid Century Pinguin Ceramic by Cima, 1950
By Cima
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Beautiful penguin ceramic from Italy made by Cima, 1950.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Verzolini Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic Vase, circa 1970
By Bertoncello, Cesare Verzolini
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An hand-crafted red and orang ceramic jug made in Italy in the seventies by Cesare Verzolini, it's signed on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Vase by Fantechi
By Bruno Fantechi
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An hand painted turquoise and brown ceramic by Ceramiche Fantechi of Sesto Fiorentino, it's made in Italy in the 1950s. Labeled on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Pair of Large Mid-Century Italian Chargers
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Fabulous pair of colorful and interesting Italian chargers attributed to DeSimone.
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20th Century Italian Ceramics

Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic by Cima Deruta, 1950s
By Cima
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Beautiful ceramic by Cima (Italy) probably design as pens holder, amazing colours and in very good condition.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Elio Schiavon Italian Mid-Century Modern Design Ceramic Panel, 1950s
By Elio Schiavon
Located in Modena, IT
Italian polychrome glazed ceramic panel decorated in bas-relief depicting Madonna and Child, by Elio Schiavon, signed at the base, Padova, 1950s. Please note that the item is orig...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Pair of Ceramic Planters, Tommaso Barbi, Italy, Mid-20th Century
By Tommaso Barbi
Located in Chappaqua, NY
Pair of ceramic planters, Tommaso Barbi, Italy, mid-20th century. A striking pair of planters with raised, arched design and stippled glaze. Signed Tommaso Barbi, Ceramiche, Italy. A...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Ceramics

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Ceramic

1950s Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic Woman Statue by Favaro Cecchetto
By Favaro Cecchetto, Lenci
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A ceramic statue of a Woman made by Favaro Cecchetto in the 1950s in very good conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid 20th Century Medium Ceramic Leopard Decorative Sculpture, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Italian ceramic, signatures, very good original very good vintage condition. No damages. Leopard was produced in 1960s in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid 20th Century Mini Ceramic Lion Decorative Sculpture, Italy, 1960s.
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Italian ceramic, signatures, very good original very good vintage condition. No damages. Lion was produced in 1960s in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Gray Glazed Ceramic Ashtray by Bucci, 1960s
By Franco Bucci
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern gray glazed ceramic ashtray by Bucci, 1960s Gray glazed ceramic ashtray. Signed Bucci, 1960s Very good condition Measurements 14× 3 H cm.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-20th Century Dog Cast Iron Decorative Sculpture, Italy, 1950s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Italian sculpture, original vintage condition. All damages on pictures. Very old cast iron item. The dog was produced in 1950s in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Cast Stone

Mid Century Italian Yellow Green Orange Ceramic Vase by Bitossi, 1950s
By Bitossi
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Vase by Bitossi Italy 1950s in typical midcentury colors.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ivo Sassi Italian Mid-Century Modern Design Ceramic Vases Set, 1950s
By Ivo Sassi
Located in Modena, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern design ceramic vases set series “Gli Etruschi” designed by italian artist Ivo Sassi, 1950s Dimensions from left: Height 21 cm, width 20 cm, depth 20 cm...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century Italian Painted Tiles Signed G. Barni
By G. Barni
Located in Hingham, MA
Abstract painted earthenware tiles, signed G. Barni
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Vintage 1950s Italian Ceramics

Mid 20th Century Big Rare Ceramic Leopard Decorative Sculpture, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Italian ceramic, signatures, very good original very good vintage condition. No damages. Leopard was produced in 1960s in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Fantoni for Raymor Ceramic Bowl
By Marcello Fantoni, Raymor
Located in North Miami, FL
This sculptural and unusual Italian ceramic bowl by Fantoni for Raymor bowl has an unusual color palette with pebbled textural surface. It is marked Italy Raymor on the bottom with n...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Venus Mid-Century Modern
Located in Tuscany, IT
Venus Mid-Century Modern very nice Italy 1957. colorful artistic ceramic
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

  • Venus Mid-Century Modern
  • Venus Mid-Century Modern
  • Venus Mid-Century Modern
  • Venus Mid-Century Modern
H 11.82 in. W 5.91 in. D 3.94 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Vase / Urn / Amphora by Marcello Fantoni
By Marcello Fantoni
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern vase by Marcello Fantoni in glazed stoneware in a modern neoclassical amphora form. Signed en verso.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Mid-20th Century Medium Chihuahua Dog Gypsum Decorative Sculpture, Italy, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Italian sculpture, original good vintage condition. All damages on pictures. The dog was produced in 1960s in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Fantoni Style Salt Glaze Blue, Purple Ceramic Bowl Mid-Century Modern, Italian
Located in North Miami, FL
The beautiful pattern and intricacies of this geometric textural Italian salt glaze ceramic bowl has great influence and style of the work of the great Fantoni. The colors are exquis...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid Century Italian Aldo Lodi and Flavia Montelupo Bitossi Rimini Blue, 1960s
By Bitossi, Flavia Montelupo
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Set of Aldo Lodi and Flavia Montelupo. signed 2 bowls/ashtray by Flavia Montelupo 1 Aldo Fondi big vase 1 Bitossi, of sculptural horses in Rimini blue ceramic, designed by Aldo Lo...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Rare Fantoni Raymor Ceramic Horse Table Sculpture Italy 1950s
By Marcello Fantoni, Raymor
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is phenomenal, ceramic horse table sculpture, with a very rare pattern, signed on the base by Marcello Fantoni for Raymor, made in Italy in the 1950s. In excel...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Set of Ceramics by Ettore Sottsass for Bitossi
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
The two vases and the plate offered belong to a limited edition of ‘lava glaze’ ceramic objects commissioned by the prominent Dutch department store ‘De Bijenkorf’ and were manufactu...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Hand Painted Terracotta Vase, Vessel with Handles
Located in Miami, FL
A glazed and colorful hand painted terracotta vase or vessel, circa 1979 from Italy. The vase depicts two different motifs, one side two men carrying a grape cluster and the other s...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Terracotta, Paint

Baked Potato Mid Century Dishes by Langbein Made in Italy Set of 6
By Ed Langbein
Located in Palm Springs, CA
This set is an amazing example of the brilliance of Mr. Langbein's talent. The set of six individual Italian bowls, resemble the texture and look of a real baked potato. The color is...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Italian Glazed Red, White and Black Ceramic Bowl or Vessel Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
The whimsical and theatrical scene of hand painted gestures,birds and designs on the front and back of this Italian hallmarked, 1960s glazed ceramic or porcelain bowl is a piece of s...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Paint

Italy Mid-18th Century Pharmacy Ceramic Carafe in Yellow Blue with Landscape
Located in Brescia, IT
This beautiful ceramic caraf, was utilized in a Pharmacy to contain erbs and spices infusions. The piece shows all the signs of the time, but it remains a fascinating object. Origin...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rustic Ceramics

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Ceramic

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Italian Mural Plates by Ariston circa 1960
By Ariston ceramiche
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two hand painted ceramic plates with an impressed mark on the bottom. Same pattern with different colors.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Two Mid-Century Modern Red Ceramic Italian Jugs by Bertoncello, circa 1980
By Bertoncello
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two ceramic vases by Bertoncello, made in Italy in the early 1980s in Memphis style. Vibrant colors are in perfect conditions. They are signed with number on the bottom as Bertoncell...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Mid Century Wicker Tray
Located in bari, IT
Fine wicker tray from mid sixties.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Rattan

  • Italian Mid Century Wicker Tray
  • Italian Mid Century Wicker Tray
  • Italian Mid Century Wicker Tray
  • Italian Mid Century Wicker Tray
H 0.79 in. W 19.69 in. D 11.82 in.
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Midcentury Italian Ceramics For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of midcentury Italian ceramics available for sale. Each of these unique midcentury Italian ceramics was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, glass and ceramic. Midcentury Italian ceramics have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Midcentury Italian ceramics made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Hollywood Regency — are very popular at 1stDibs. Many midcentury Italian ceramics are appealing in their simplicity, but Aldo Tura, Bitossi and Fornasetti produced popular midcentury Italian ceramics that are worth a look.

How Much are Midcentury Italian Ceramics?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $780, while they’re typically $92 on the low end and $21,943 highest priced.

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass for You

Your dining room table is a place where stories are shared and personalities shine — why not treat yourself and your guests to the finest antique and vintage glass, silver, ceramics and serveware for your meals?

Just like the people who sit around your table, your serveware has its own stories and will help you create new memories with your friends and loved ones. From ceramic pottery to glass vases, set your table with serving pieces that add even more personality, color and texture to your dining experience.

Invite serveware from around the world to join your table settings. For special occasions, dress up your plates with a striking Imari charger from 19th-century Japan or incorporate Richard Ginori’s Italian porcelain plates into your dining experience. Celebrate the English ritual of afternoon tea with a Japanese tea set and an antique Victorian kettle. No matter how big or small your dining area is, there is room for the stories of many cultures and varied histories, and there are plenty of ways to add pizzazz to your meals.

Add different textures and colors to your table with dinner plates and pitchers of ceramic and silver or a porcelain lidded tureen, a serving dish with side handles that is often used for soups. Although porcelain and ceramic are both made in a kiln, porcelain is made with more refined clay and is more durable than ceramic because it is denser. The latter is ideal for statement pieces — your tall mid-century modern ceramic vase is a guaranteed conversation starter. And while your earthenware or stoneware is maybe better suited to everyday lunches as opposed to the fine bone china you’ve reserved for a holiday meal, handcrafted studio pottery coffee mugs can still be a rich expression of your personal style.

“My motto is ‘Have fun with it,’” says author and celebrated hostess Stephanie Booth Shafran. “It’s yin and yang, high and low, Crate & Barrel with Christofle silver. I like to mix it up — sometimes in the dining room, sometimes on the kitchen banquette, sometimes in the loggia. It transports your guests and makes them feel more comfortable and relaxed.”

Introduce elegance at supper with silver, such as a platter from celebrated Massachusetts silversmith manufacturer Reed and Barton or a regal copper-finish flatware set designed by International Silver Company, another New England company that was incorporated in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1898. By then, Meriden had already earned the nickname “Silver City” for its position as a major hub of silver manufacturing.

At the bar, try a vintage wine cooler to keep bottles cool before serving or an Art Deco decanter and whiskey set for after-dinner drinks — there are many possibilities and no wrong answers for tableware, barware and serveware. Explore an expansive collection of antique and vintage glass, ceramics, silver and serveware today on 1stDibs.