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Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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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1970s Mid-Century Modern European Stoneware Bowl
Located in High Point, NC
A ceramic fruit bowl from Europe, circa 1970. This decorative bowl is dressed in soothing earth tones. High quality stoneware, with distinctive color schemes, graphic patterns and te...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Sculptural Leaf Shaped Brass Bowl Simple Handle Italy 1960s Style Aldo Tura
Located in National City, CA
Leaf shaped brass dish simple handle made in Italy 1960s, Style of Aldo Tura Perfect catch it all piece. Stamped Italy Dimensions: 9.38 D x 4.75 W x 2.13 H inches Unrestored preo...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Roselane Pottery of Pasadena Pink Salad Bowl with Incised Modernist Fish Design
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pink glazed Roselane pottery bowl with free form swirl and Fish Design in black . Exterior of bowl in matte black finish stamped Roselane on underside. Produced by Roselane pottery o...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Pottery

2 Piece Lot Mid Century Enamel Dishes by Karl Drerup
Located in New York, NY
Nice lot of 2 enamel bowls by noted mid century enamel artist Karl Drerup. Both bowls are in good, original estate condition, the rooster bowl shows an inconsequential flaw to the pl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Enamel

Ceramic Bowl, by Stig Lindberg, Midcentury Scandinavian, Faience, C 1950, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Decorative leaf pottery bowl by Stig Lindberg, Sweden, circa 1950, Faience. Very good condition. An artistic jack-of-all-trades, Stig Lindberg was accomplished in Industrial design...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic, Faience

Pierced Blush Ceramic Tabletop Fruit Bowl, in Stock
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, this bowl is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware. The satin glaze varies subtly from blush to cream to white. Controlled, slow cooling in t...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic, Clay

Aldo Londi Bitossi Signed Double Dragon Head Mondrian Midcentury Italian Bowl
Located in Studio City, CA
A very rare and scarce, exquisite large pottery bowl from Italian designer Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy. This piece features a dragon's head on each end. The bowl is impeccable ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Mid Century Blenko Amorphic Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Buchanan, NY
Blenko 1963 heavy free form amorphic centerpiece bowl in green. Very good condition. Ref #: H0721-02 Dimensions: 5”H x 15.5”W x 7.5”D
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

French Ceramic Bowl with Rooster Motif by Gustave Reynaud, Le Mûrier, c. 1960s
Located in London, GB
French ceramic small bowl by Gustave Reynaud - Le Mûrier (circa 1960s). Rice bowl-shaped ceramic piece with French coq motif hand painted at the bottom recess in Le Mûrier's trademar...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Large Decorative Hand Blown Art Blue Glass Bowl by Jaroslav Svoboda Signed
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large exquisite post modern decorative hand blown art glass bowl with a radiating stylized design in an amazing royal blue glass. Art glass vase by Jaroslav Svoboda for Karlov, Czec...
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20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

David Leach Feather Design Grey Glazed Studio Pottery Bowl
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A large and stylish studio pottery bowl decorated with an abstract feather patterned design in a grey powdered glaze by David Leach (1911-2005) and probably dating from his early day...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Pottery

Murano Seguso Sommerso Green Art Glass Triangular Bowl or Ashtray
Located in Barcelona, ES
A beautiful handblown Murano glass bowl in emerald green color cased into clear glass. Attributed to Seguso factory. Italy, 1960s. It has a central swirl decoration and triangular s...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Original Ashtray Designed by Pepe Mendoza
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1960, we offer this ashtray designed by Pepe Mendoza. Designer, Pepe Mendoza ran a foundry in Mexico that produced a limited number of furniture pieces and decorative object...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Malachite, Brass

Vintage Finnish Hand Produced Juniper Wooden Block Tray Plate, Finland
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Vintage wooden tray plate made from block wood and then hand-turned. Hand produced in Finland the early 1980s from solid Juniper wood Yvaskuua Finland 1980 hand written to the und...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Wood

Mid-Century Glass Bowl Designed by Josef Hospodka, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of glass - Re-polished - Has some signs use - Good, original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Barovier Toso Murano Light Blue Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bowl Ashtray
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and rare, vintage Murano hand blown light blue and gold flecks Italian art glass bowl with internal sticks and berries decoration. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier fo...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

California Studio Pottery Ceramic Vase by Helen Noel Shagam
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice California studio pottery ceramic vase with beautiful tan and brown earth tones by Helen Noel Shagam, circa 1960s. The vessel has a wonderful design, look and form and me...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Pottery

Mid-Century Murano Glass Bowl Amber Colored, Italy, circa 1960/70
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Exceptional murano glass bowl out of the famous workshops in Italy from the era around 1960/70. Colored in beautiful amber and green tones, this large, unusual shaped glass bowl impr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Travertine Bowl, by Brendan Tadler in Beige Travertine
Located in Melville, NY
Travertine bowls carved from solid blocks of natural unfilled travertine. A necessity with various uses. Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, available in beige, black and silver travertin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Travertine

New Old Stock 1,2kg Murano Glass Shell Bowl Antonio da Ros, Cenedese Italy 1960s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Murano glass shell element Design: Antonio da Ros Producer: Cenedese Vetri (marked underneath the bowl) Origin: Murano, Italy Decade: 1960...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

1970's Italian Venetian Glass Centerpiece
Located in Paris, FR
A 20th Century vintage Italian decorative centerpiece or fruit dish made out of handblown blue/green Venetian Murano glass. Designed with a beautiful twisted spiral pedestal base. ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Bowl in Rimini-Blue Glazed Ceramics, 1960's
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Bowl in Rimini-blue glazed ceramics with geometric patterns. 1960s. Measures: 13 x 6.3 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Giampaolo Ghisetti 1970s Vintage Round Aquamarine Blue Murano Glass Ribbed Bowl
By Giampaolo Ghisetti
Located in New York, NY
A signed Mid-Century Modern sensual curved centerpiece of great effect, blown in transparent crystal turquoise blue Murano glass, the ridges of the organic modern shape playing with ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Art Glass

Fratelli Toso Murano Millefiori Green White Opalescent Italian Art Glass Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown green spots and white opalescent Italian art glass clover leaf shaped bowl with wild flower murrines. The piece is documented to Fratelli Toso. Ca...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine, Opaline Glass

Ercole Barovier Toso Murano Gold Flecks Relievi Aurati Italian Art Glass Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown clear and gold flecks raised texture Italian art glass bowl. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for the Barovier e Toso company, circa 1940. C...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Carl Auböck Model #4082 Brass Bowl
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4082 brass bowl. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowl is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass. Originally conceiv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Green and Brown Murano Glass Bowl, circa 1970
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A sommerso Murano glass centerpiece made in Italy in the 1970s, attributed to Seguso. It's in perfect conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Venini Signed Fulvio Bianconi Murano Pink Black Swirl Italian Art Glass Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Gorgeous vintage Murano hand blown pink and black optic swirl Italian art glass bowl or dish. Has been documented to designer Fulvio Bianconi, for the Venini company. Described as "A...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Angelo Mangiarotti Marble Tabletop Sculpture
Located in San Leandro, CA
Handsome tabletop sculpture or bowl by Angelo Mangiarotti. Sold by Knoll. Unmarked.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Marble

Seguso Emerald Green Murano Glass Seashell Decorative Dish
Located in New York, NY
Hand blown emerald green Murano glass seashell bowl with inclused bubbles by Seguso, Italy, circa 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Gunnar Nylund "ASH" 3 Wave Small Stoneware Bowl, Rorstrand, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gunnar Nylund "ASH" 3 wave small stoneware bowl, Rorstrand, Sweden, 1950s Beautiful stoneware bowl by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand in shades of blue and brown hares fur glaze. Si...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Petite Murano Art Glass Bowl or Catchall by Barovier Toso, 1950s, Venice, Italy
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Beautiful Murano hand blown Italian art glass finger foot bowl or catchall. Attributed to Barovier Toso, a Murano glass company. Made of hand blown green glass, with a clear glass la...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Large Center ‘Fruit’ Bowl
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Large ceramic bowl by Aldo Londi in uncommon Seta Lobster. Impressive scale makes for a wonderful center bowl or fruit bowl. Measures: 13” long 10.5” wide 6.5” tall.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Fontana Arte Crystal Tray
Located in Milan, IT
Model 1528 graceful pink tray by Fontana Arte. Triangular shape with rounded corners.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Crystal

Mid-Century Modern Handblown Murano Sky Blue & White Murano Bowl w/ Gold Flecks
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern bowl was realized in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production. It features a cir...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Czech Art Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka, Chribska Glasswork, 1960
Located in Lucenec, SK
This wonderful massive art glass bowl made in red color glass with clear massive base was designed by Josef Hospodka and made in the 1960s by Chribska glasswork. The Chribska Glassw...
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Aldo Tura Sculptural Serving Dish with Bronze Carry Handle Macabo Cusano, Italy
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Aldo Tura elegant sculptural serving dish with bronze carry handle beautiful hand carved serving dish. Macabo Cusano, Italy, 1950s Dimensions: 7 1/2" H...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Bronze

Cenedese Murano Vaseline Yellow Red Heart Italian Art Glass Bird and Bowl Set
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Very cute Murano hand blown Sommerso vaseline yellow with red heart Italian art glass bird and matching bowl. Documented to the Cenedese company. Created with Uranium glass, which gl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Uranium Glass

Italian Murano Glass Bowl By Pauly & Co., Mid-Century Modern Red Cardinals Hat
Located in London, by appointment only
1950s Vibrant red molded Murano glass dish by the famous and most prestigious glass house Pauly & C. This fine hand blown dish is modeled on a red Cardinals hat. The shaped bowl w...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass

1950s Edwin and Mary Scheier Stoneware Modernist Studio Open Bowl
Located in Pasadena, CA
1950s stoneware bowl created by Edwin and Mary Scheier of Green Valley, Arizona. Bowl measures 11.5" in diameter by 1.75" high. It is signed Scheier within the clay with a date drawn...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Art Glass Decorative Bowl, Handmade in Austria, 1950s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Vase in perfect condition, nicely designed vase bowl of solid glass. The vase has a sticker ‘Lux Glass Faconne Main Made in Austria’, it is often mentioned on the internet that it o...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Murano Art Glass Sommerso Bowl Catchall Red and Green Vintage, Italy
Located in Nürnberg, DE
An amazing Venetian Murano glass bowl in a nice green and red color. A highly decorative piece useful as centre piece or bowl, candy bowl or fruit bowl, Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

1 of 2 New Old Stock, Murano Glass Shell Bowl by Antonio da Ros Cenedese, 1960s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Murano glass bowl 1 of 2 Design: Antonio da Ros Producer: Cenedese Vetri (marked underneath the bowl) Origin: Murano, Italy Decade: 1960s-...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Karen Karnes Attributed Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Art Pottery Covered Jar
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century Modern stoneware art pottery covered dish attributed to Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) with deep brown-green glaze and with trace areas of blue. The piece is...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Barovier Toso Murano Iridescent Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large Murano hand blown iridescent, controlled bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass centrepiece bowl. Attributed to the Barovier e Toso company. The piece stands on a ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

Carlo Nason S502, Mazzega, Centerpiece in Violet and Clear Murano Glass, 1970s
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
A piece that I have admired at last Carlo Nason show at the Triennale in Milan. A great design, one of the best Mazzega violet color, sort of more bright amethist. Piastra is a te...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Pair of American Modern Brass Coupes, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Hollywood, FL
Pair of coupes in heavy brass, with starburst decoration, designed by Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn silversmiths.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Brass

Petite Decorative Bowl by Giovanni de Simone of Italy
Located in San Diego, CA
Petite decorative bowl by Giovanni de Simone of Italy, nice design beautiful colors by the master. Great condition no chips or cracks.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Diodoro Cossa Italian Porcelain Bowl
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Wonderful porcelain bowl by Diodoro Cossa, circa early 1960s. The interior of this vessel was covered in black slip and hand carved. It features a wide eyed female face with flowing ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

BROVIER & TOSO Murano Glass Sculpted Bowl
Located in Hawthorne, CA
A unique decorative piece for your interior decor; a large clear sculpted Murano glass bowl with interesting natural ROSTRATO pattern design. Reflecting light and luminosity within y...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

Murano Venetian Fulvio Bianconi Vase Orange Freeform Handkerchief
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Beautiful mid-20th century Italian Murano Venetian Fulvio Bianconi hand blown orange art glass decorative Fazzoletto small or handkerchief vase. Sculptural vase in organic form with...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Glass Three-Section Bowl, 1960s
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
A biomorphic thick glass bowl with three sections made in Murano, Venice Italy in the 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

MURANO Art Glass Sculpted SHELL
Located in Hawthorne, CA
A large-scale Italian mauve and deep black coloured art glass in the form of a giant clam shell. The massive shell-form bowl of encased glass has an interior of mauve coloured glass ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Camer Glass Decorative Bowl, USA, 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
Gorgeous white and orange glass bowl by Camer, USA, 1970s.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Multicolored Murano Glass Tricorn Bowl with Abstract Designs
Located in Chicago, IL
This petite, Murano glass tricorn bowl with patchy, multicolored designs was done after the style of the Italian glass artist, Dino Martens. Please contact us if you have any questi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Blown Glass

Early Production Quistgaard Dansk Staved Teak Fruit or Salad Bowl Danmark
Located in Ferndale, MI
Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, Branded Mark Staved Teak JHQ Danmark
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Teak

Kjell Engman Kosta Boda Catwalk Frosted Glass Vase Sweden Scandinavian Modern
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern catwalk frosted art glass vase designed by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda made in Sweden. Engraved at the bottom and numbered, 7048838. The original label is placed...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Art Glass

Higgins Glass Bowl
Located in Chicago, IL
Michael and Francis Higgins Bowl, Fused glass Pink, green and gold leaf bow with floral design on bottom surface.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass