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Set of Eight Carousel Theme Zombie Cocktail Glasses
By Libbey Glass Co.
Located in Ferndale, MI
Set of eight carousel theme zombie cocktail glasses. Manufactured by Libbey in original box.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

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.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Teak

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Bird Silver Pelican Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Pelican with Murano blown glass sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom piece.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Silver Plate

"Germoglio" Lino Sabattini Italian Design 1970s Silver Vase
By Lino Sabattini
Located in Brescia, IT
"Germoglio" Vases design Lino Sabattini 1979 Silver metal Excellent condiction.     
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Metal

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Large Real Turtle Shell Box Silver Sculpture, 1970
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi large real turtle shell box combined with silver sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition with ageing wear on the sh...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Silver

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Ostrich Set of Two Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare signed Gabriella Crespi set of two ostrich birds with Murano blown glass sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and sel...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Silver Plate

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Wild Boar Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi wild boar with Murano blown glass detail sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom pie...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Silver Plate

Mexican Majolica Ceramic Plate Set Handmade Mid-Century Modern Clay Blue White
By Lorenzo Lorenzzo
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
This Majolica ceramic plate collection was designed by Mexican sculptor, painter, and ceramist Lorenzo Lorenzzo — made in his studio, in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Tableware

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Ceramic, Clay

Funkis III by Ws Sorensen Sterling Silver Danish Flatware Set 12 Service 73 Pcs
By W. & S. Sorensen
Located in Big Bend, WI
Fabulous Funkis III by W.S. Sorensen Danish sterling silver flatware set, 73 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 8", 12 forks, 7 1/4", 12 salad forks, 6 1/2", 12 teaspoons, 5 ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Old Danish Sterling Silver Cake Fork No 043
By Georg Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen old Danish sterling silver cake fork no 043. Measures 14.4 cm / 5 43/64 in.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Modern Era French Barbotine Majolica Bundled Asparagus Pitcher
By Onnaing
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid-Century Modern Era French Barbotine style Majolica asparagus pitcher, a bundle of white and green asparagus, with purple spear tips, tied at the center and bottom with a red r...
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20th Century French French Provincial Pitchers

Materials

Earthenware

Mid-Century Modern French Faïence Orchies Moulin de Loupes Master Oyster Platter
By Orchies
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid-Century Modern Era Majolica glazed French faïence master oyster serving platter, Orchies, circa 1950. Hand glazed in an ombre olive green on a bright white ground, showing ten...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern French Faïence Orchies Moulin de Loupes Master Oyster Platter
By Orchies
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid-Century Modern Era Majolica glazed French faïence master Oyster serving platter, Orchies, circa 1950. Hand glazed in an ombre olive green on a bright white ground, showing ten...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern French Faïence Orchies Moulin de Loupes Ombre Oyster Plate
By Orchies
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid-Century Modern Era Majolica glazed French faïence Oyster plate, Orchies, circa 1950. Hand glazed in an ombre olive green on a bright white ground, showing six scallop shaped o...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

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

Materials

Earthenware

Pair of Amethyst Jars
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sometimes you need that last finishing touch to complete a room. Look no further these jars will dress up any room, whether a living room, bedroom or even a den. The color of glass, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Pair of Amethyst Jars
  • Pair of Amethyst Jars
  • Pair of Amethyst Jars
  • Pair of Amethyst Jars
H 4 in. Dm 5 in.
Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg, Figure in Glazed Ceramics, Eagle, Mid-20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg. Figure in glazed ceramics. Eagle, mid-20th century. Measures: 19 x 18 cm. In very good condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Tiffany Dish with Handles
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Modern, midcentury and minimal... this handsome sterling dish by Tiffany & Co., has handles on each side and sits on a base. It has a tailored shape and would look wonderful in any d...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

  • Tiffany Dish with Handles
  • Tiffany Dish with Handles
  • Tiffany Dish with Handles
  • Tiffany Dish with Handles
H 8 in. Dm 16 in.
Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Toast Rack and Tray No. 1183
By Henning Koppel, Georg Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen sterling silver toast rack and tray no. 1183 Measures: Rack H 7cm(2.75 in) L 12.8 cm(5.03 in) W 10.8 cm(4.25 in) Tray L 17 cm(6.69 in) W 13.5 cm(5.31 in) ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Tableware

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Sterling Silver

French Hand Carved Silver and Gilt Wood Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Mirror
Located in New York, NY
French 1940 wall mirror / frame in the modern neoclassical spirit with carved fleur d'lys motifs and Doric columns arranged sequentially around the border of the frame. The frame is ...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Picture Frames

Materials

Silver

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

Materials

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

Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefor, a Pair of "Stella Polaris" Vases
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors. A pair of "Stella Polaris" vases in mouth blown art glass, mid-1900s. In perfect condition. Signed. The vase measures: 22 x 13 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen, Stoneware Figure, Pekingese, Light Sung Glaze
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen, stoneware figure, Pekingese, Light sung glaze. 1st factory quality. Model number 20131. Measures: 21.5 x 19 cm. Perfect condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Holmegaard Huge Vase or Bottle with Lid in the Shape of Ball, Otto Brauer
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Holmegaard huge vase or bottle with lid in the shape of ball, Otto Brauer. Bottle green. Measures: 51 cm. x 19 cm. In perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Rare Rörstrand Stoneware Figure by Gunnar Nylund, Lying Lama
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rare Rörstrand stoneware figure by Gunnar Nylund. Lying lama. Beautiful glaze in blue / green shades. In perfect condition. 1st factory quality. Stamped. Measures 28.5 cm x 13.5 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Large Arne Ingdam Ceramic Figure, Roaring Deer
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Large Arne Ingdam ceramic figure. Roaring deer. In perfect condition. Stamped. Measures 33 cm x 24.5 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors, Set of 4 "Stella Polaris" Bowls or Vases
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors. Set of 4 "Stella Polaris" bowls or vases in light blue mouth blown art glass. Mid-1900s. In perfect condition. Signed. Largest measures: 22 x 13 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Ceramic Sculpture of a Young Girl by Elie van Damme for Amphora
By Elie van Damme
Located in Antwerp, BE
Black ceramic sculpture of a young girl by Elie van Damme for Amphora, 1970. Moulded, metallic glaze. Signed E.L.
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Surrealist Postmodern Porcelain and Glass Cheese Cover Designed by Borek Sipek
By B. Sipek
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Charming cheese cover designed by Borek Sipek, the Czech designer who passed away in 2016. Made of porcelain and glass this is the ideal object to store your cheeses on the counte...
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Vintage 1980s Czech Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain, Glass

“Life Mates" Hand Painted Green Candle Holder Master Designer Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in Shelburne, VT
This is a wonderful handmade, hand painted and hand glazed Mid-Century Modern ceramic effigy of a double human form candleholder, -mates for life- created and crafted by master desig...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Salvador Teran Mosaic and Brass Pitcher
By Salvador Teran
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Salvador Teran mosaic and brass pitcher. Born in Taxco, Salvador Teran (1920-1974) trained with Spratling at Las Delicias, then from 1939 worked with his cousins Los Castillo at thei...
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Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

Materials

Brass

Austrian Midcentury Horn Salad Servers by Carl Auböck Vienna
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Pair of Austrian modernist horn salad servers designed and manufactured by Carl Aubo¨ck Vienna.
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Horn

Carl Aubock Triangular Walnut Cutting Board with Wickerwork Handle Knife, 1950s
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful triangular cutting board and knife, designed and executed in the 1950s by Carl Aubock. Made of walnut and leather. The knife is manufactured by Amboss Austria and fully m...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Steel

Vintage Silverring with Circles by Erik Granit, Finland, 1970
By Erik Granit
Located in Stockholm, SE
Silverring with circle shapes decor by Finnish jewelry designer Erik Granit, Finland, 1970. Unique midcentury ring with its special design. Suitable for every occasion. The ring is m...
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Collectible Jewelry

Materials

Silver

1970s Original Miroslav Tichý Vintage Silver Gelatin Print 'b'
By Miroslav Tichy
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Original Miroslav Tichý b/w photography from 1970. Unique vintage gelatin silver print. Including black wooden frame in H 20.5 / W 25.5 cm. This motif describes women photographed du...
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Photography

Materials

Paper

1970s Original Miroslav Tichý Vintage Silver Gelatin Print 'c'
By Miroslav Tichy
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Original Miroslav Tichý b/w Photography from 1970. Unique vintage gelatin silver print. Including black wooden frame in H 26.5 / W 21 cm. This Miroslav Tichý? vintage gelatin silver ...
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Photography

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Paper

1970s Original Miroslav Tichý Vintage Silver Gelatin Print 'e'
By Miroslav Tichy
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Original Miroslav Tichý b/w Photography from 1970. Unique vintage gelatin silver print. Including black wooden frame in H 35.5 / W 26.5 cm. The picture shows a street scene focused o...
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Photography

Materials

Paper

1970s Original Miroslav Tichý Vintage Silver Gelatin Print 'D'
By Miroslav Tichy
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Original Miroslav Tichý b/w photography from 1970. Unique vintage gelatin silver print. Including black wooden frame in H 39.5 / W 29.5 cm. The picture shows a lady with a watering c...
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Photography

Materials

Paper

1970s Original Miroslav Tichý Vintage Silver Gelatin Print 'a'
By Miroslav Tichy
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Original Miroslav Tichý b/w Photography from 1970. Unique vintage gelatin silver print. Including black wooden frame in H 27 / W 25.5 cm. This original Miroslav Tichý motif depicts t...
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Photography

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Paper

Elegant Silver Sake Cup made to commemorate the Osaka World Expo of 1970
Located in Doornspijk, NL
This silver sake cup mas made especially for the 1970 Osaka World Expo. Its is marked 24 KBP.
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Vintage 1970s Japanese Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Fu...

Materials

Silver

Midcentury Maison Baguès Silvered Brass Faux Bamboo Magazine Rack, 1960s, France
By Maison Baguès
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful faux bamboo magazine rack in heavy silvered brass with smoked grey glass plates by Maison Baguès Paris. Very good condition. We also have the matching serving cart in stock...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Maison Baguès Silvered Brass Faux Bamboo Bar Cart, 1960s, France
By Maison Baguès
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful faux bamboo serving table in heavy silvered brass with smoked grey glass plates by Maison Baguès Paris. Maison Baguès is renowned for fine brass objects and lights since it...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Brass

1980 Italian Vintage Nickel Pair of Tall Silver Color Murano Glass Leaf Sconces
By Barovier&Toso
Located in New York, NY
1980s vintage organic modern pair of huge Venetian leaf-shape Murano glass wall lights with Art Deco Design, stunning large size, decorated in silver finish overlaid in clear glass t...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Nickel, Silver Leaf, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks
By Baldwin & Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A great example of Mid-Century Modernism. These candlesticks have an unusual design, there are two oval pieces interspersed between three disc-shaped pieces. There is a sandwich look...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen Silver Cutlery, Eight "Susanne" Teaspoons in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen silver cutlery. Eight "Susanne" teaspoons in sterling silver. Danish design, mid-20th century. Measures: 11.8 cm. In perfect condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen Silver Cutlery, Twelve "Susanne" Cake Forks in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen silver cutlery. Twelve "Susanne" cake forks in sterling silver. Danish design, mid-20th century. Measures: 13.5 cm. Perfect condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Vintage Horseshoe Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for your collection of Austrian midcentury items. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Vintage Steering Wheel Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for your collection of Austrian midcentury items. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Six Barware Cognac Snifters Glasses on Mid-Century Modern String Wire Caddy
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A Mid-Century Modern Barware caddy or display Stand. It holds six cognac snifters glasses. It is made of brass wire, plastic string handle and mouth blown glasses. Each glass is appr...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Six Barware Cognac Snifters Glasses on Mid-Century Modern String Wire Caddy
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A Mid-Century Modern Barware caddy or display Stand. It holds six cognac snifters glasses. It is made of brass wire, plastic string handle and mouth blown glasses. Each glass is appr...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern Teak Nine Piece Lot, Including Jens Quistgaard and Dansk
By Jens Harald Quistgaard
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This nine-piece Mid Century teak set includes -2 Jens Quistgaard ice buckets, measuring 20 inches high x 8.5 inches round and 5.5 inches high x 9 inches round. -2 Jens Quistgaard se...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Tableware

Materials

Teak

Danish Sterling Silver and Red Enamel Salt and Pepper Set by Anton Michelsen
By Anton Michelsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Danish midcentury open salt cellar and pepper Shaker in sterling silver decorated with maroon red enamel from Anton Michelsen silversmiths of Copenhagen, dating circa 1950. The set...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver, Enamel

Set of Three Figural Bottle Stopper Cork on Stand Mid-Century Modern Bar-Ware
By Hertha Baller
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian baller bottle stoppers with a nice holder. Nice addition to your room or just for your collection of Austrian bronze items. Found at an estate sale in Vi...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Bronze

Vintage Brutalist Mid-Century Modern Napkin Rings Set of Six, German, 1970s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A set of six napkin rings, circa 1970s, from an unknown maker. A nice addition to any midcentury table.
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20th Century German Tableware

Materials

Nickel

Tjorn by Dansk Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Dinner Service 49 Pcs Modern
By Dansk
Located in Big Bend, WI
Fabulous Scandinavian Modern Tjorn by Dansk sterling silver Flatware set, 49 pieces. This set has solid handle knives with innovative stainless blades that are nearly seamless where ...
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Mid-20th Century Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Lot of Twelve French Antique Silver Plated Classical Knife Rests, Tableware
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A set of twelve silver plated flatware knife rests, circa 1950s, France. Nice addition to every table or just for your collection. Tarnished and silver plate lost, but this is old-ag...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Tableware

Materials

Metal

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.
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

Punch Bowl Set Rattan Ceramic Midcentury Modern Waechtersbach Germany, 1960s
By Waechtersbach Ceramics
Located in Nürnberg, DE
An amazing punch bowl set made in Germany, by Waechtersbach, circa 1960s. All items are in very good condition with no chips, no cracks or damages. Signed with Waechtersbach manufact...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Ceramic, Rattan

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Silver Midcentury Modern For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the silver midcentury modern you’re looking for. Frequently made of metal, ceramic and glass, every silver midcentury modern was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a silver midcentury modern, we have 1438 options in-stock, while there are 9 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer silver midcentury modern, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A silver midcentury modern made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. A well-made silver midcentury modern has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Rörstrand, Gunnar Nylund and Tiffany & Co. are consistently popular.

How Much is a Silver Midcentury Modern?

The average selling price for a silver midcentury modern at 1stDibs is $675, while they’re typically $60 on the low end and $54,200 for the 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.