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Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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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Swedish, Organic Burl Wood Bowl, Sweden, c. 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Swedish "Vrilskål" or burl wood bowl. Produced in Sweden, c. 1950s. Signed "K".
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Burl

Swedish, Organic Burl Wood Bowl, Sweden, c. 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Swedish "Vrilskål" or burl wood bowl. Produced in Sweden, c. 1950s.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Burl

Murano Sommerso Green White Brown Art Glass Large Geode Bowl
Located in Barcelona, ES
Large Sommerso opaline green white & brown starry night murano glass round bowl Stunning hand blown Sommerso Murano glass pistache green, white and brown round geode bowl. Attribut...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot (France), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint. In good original conditi...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Metal

Green Glazed Lava Dish Vide-Poche, France 1960's
Located in New York, NY
In the 60's in France, natural lava was used to create objects and table tops with glazed finishes. Artists such as Adnet and Gueden all produced pieces. This vide-poche comes fr...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Lava

Petrified Wood Dish Vide-Poche, France 1960's
Located in New York, NY
A vide-poche carved out of a chunk of petrified wood. Beautiful colors and textures. The bark is outstanding.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Petrified Wood

Travertine Bowl or Catch-All
Located in Chicago, IL
Italian Travertine Vide Poche with a lovely rimmed lip. A fantastic vintage catchall and tabletop decor.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Travertine

Modernist Bronze Triangle Ashtray
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A triangle-shaped bronze ashtray that concaves upwards. The most unique detail about this piece is the sculptural stainless steel feature in the center of undulating curves that crea...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Bronze, Stainless Steel

Set of 4 Fruit-Shaped Objects in Enameled Metal, Italian Manufacture
Located in bari, IT
Set of four fruit stand centerpieces in enameled metal Italian production from the 60's. Dimensions: Lemon 38×23 cm Red apple 38×29 cm Green apple 38×29 cm Pear 40×27 cm.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Metal

Fontana Arte Curved Crystal Centerpiece, Italy, 1950s
Located in Naples, IT
Fontana Arte curved and ground crystal centerpiece or oval cup, Italy 1950s.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Crystal

Fontana Arte Italian Glass Dish Model 2036
Located in Chicago, IL
Fontana Arte Italian glass dish Model 2036 in very thick dark blue glass. Circa 1964 Signed with foil distributor's label to underside 'R. Pecchio Concessionario Rosenthal Via XX Se...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Glass

Piero Fornasetti "Mongolfiere" Plate, Italy, 1955
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti plate from the “Mongolfiere” series depicting hot air balloons. Each is marked and dated on the back. Sold individually. $875.00 per plate. Set of 6. Condition: ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti "Mongolfiere" Plate, Italy, 1955
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti plate from the “Mongolfiere” series depicting hot air balloons. Each is marked and dated on the back. Sold individually. $875.00 per plate. Set of 6. Condition: ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti "Mongolfiere" Plate, Italy, 1955
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti plate from the “Mongolfiere” series depicting hot air balloons. Each is marked and dated on the back. Sold individually. $875.00 per plate. Set of 6. Condition: ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti "Mongolfiere" Plate, Italy, 1955
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti plate from the “Mongolfiere” series depicting hot air balloons. Each is marked and dated on the back. Sold individually. $875.00 per plate. Set of 6. Condition: ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti "Mongolfiere" Plate, Italy, 1955
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti plate from the “Mongolfiere” series depicting hot air balloons. Each is marked and dated on the back. Sold individually. $875.00 per plate. Set of 6. Condition: ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti "Mongolfiere" Plate, Italy, 1955
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti plate from the “Mongolfiere” series depicting hot air balloons. Each is marked and dated on the back. Sold individually. $875.00 per plate. Set of 6. Condition: ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti "Mongolfiere" Plates, Italy, 1955
Located in New York, NY
Six Piero Fornasetti plates from the “Mongolfiere” series depicting hot air balloons. Each is marked and dated on the back. Sold individually. $875.00 per plate. Condition: Exce...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Daum France Crystal and Blue Pate de Verre Cigar Ashtray Bowl Catchall
By Daum
Located in Atlanta, GA
Adorable 1970s crystal cigar ashtray or catchall or decorative bowl by Daum, France. Mouth-blown clear crystal in a heavy square shape with blue and turquoise modernist pate de verre...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Crystal

Vintage Italian Brass Bowl
Located in Chicago, IL
A vintage Italian cast brass bowl with a woven basket pattern and a pierced edge detail. Perfect for catching your keys wallet, and pocket change in your bedroom, or holding your mai...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Brass

E. Cabello C.A. Mexico Mixed Metals Brass Copper Leaf Dish, circa 1960
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
E. Cabello C.A. Mexico mixed metals brass copper leaf dish / catch All. circa 1960.
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Metal, Brass, Copper

Large Danish Blue Provence Art Glass Bowl By Per Lutken By Holmegaard
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
The Provence bowl was created by accident in 1956. Lutken was trying to create a glass cone, but somehow forgot to let the steam out of the molten glass. The result was flat like a p...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Art Glass

Alfredo Barbini Murano Blue Bubbles Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Heart Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown blue, controlled bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass heart shaped bowl / vide poche. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini. The bowl is cov...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Gold Leaf

Mid-Century Ceramic Decorative Plate by Claude Vayssier for Atelier Cerenne
Located in London, GB
Mid-century ceramic decorative plate by Claude Vayssier for Cerenne Workshop (circa 1950s). This ceramic plate with a fish incised in the centre over the lustrous black background is...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Raymor Ashtray, Ceramic, Geometric, Yellow, Gray, White, Black, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Raymor ashtray, ceramic, geometric, yellow, gray, white, black, signed. Medium scale ashtray, decorated with geometric puzzle pieces and glazed in gray, charcoal, yellow, white, and ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

1960s Belgian Glass Bowl
Located in High Point, NC
A glass bowl from Belgium, produced circa 1960. An elegant, hand blown decorative glass bowl with a ribbon of golden yellow running through its body. It’s like a cubist painting, cat...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Glass, Art Glass

1960s Belgian Magenta Glass Bowl
Located in High Point, NC
A glass bowl from Belgium, produced circa 1960. An elegant, hand blown decorative glass bowl in a rich magenta color. Sat upon the table like the symbolic divine chalice, the sacred ...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Glass

Seguso Murano Millefiori Flower Canes Italian Art Glass Pink Incalmo Rim Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and rare, vintage Murano hand blown Millefiori canes and pink "Incalmo" rim Italian art glass bowl. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso. The piece has a squared shape, ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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

Salvatore Polizzi Cobalt Blue Controlled Bubble Art Glass Dish Los Angeles 1970s
By Salvatore Polizzi
Located in National City, CA
For you: Salvatore Polizzi cobalt blue controlled bubble art glass dish signed Salvatore Polizzi. Los Angeles California 1970s Italian artist Salvatore Polizzi a California based gl...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Glass

Danish Modern Colorful Mosaic Vide-Poche or Charger
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Danish modern colorful Mosaic Vide-Poche or Charger, a unique circular mosaic dish with numerous inlaid colorful porcelain tiles, stamped 'Made in Denmark'.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Porcelain

Dish by Birger Kaipiainen for Arabia, Finland, 1970’s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware. Unique. Measures: D: 25.5 cm/ 10" H: 4 cm/ 1 1/2".
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1970s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Stoneware

Formia 1970 Modern Italian Crystal Murano Glass Centerpiece with White Filigrana
Located in New York, NY
1970s elegant and refined Minimalist creation signed Formia Murano, crystal clear blown Murano glass dish or centerpiece decorated with swags of white mezza filigrana that creates a ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Murano Glass, Blown Glass, Murrine

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Red Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Artimeta (Holland), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal, seem to be repainted many years ago. In good origin...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Metal

Italian Clam Shell Duck by Gabriella Binazzi
Located in Hastings, GB
This beautiful clam shell duck designed and made by Gabriella Binazzi, Italy circa 1970s. The natural shell is mounted on a silver plated pair of feet and decorated with a fantastica...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Silver Plate

Large Ceramic Bowl by the French Ceramist Roger Capron from the 60s
Located in Lyon, FR
Large bowl by French ceramist Roger Capron from the 1960s. Ceramic with a geometric pattern in the centre, black and yellow contrasting with the white of the bowl. Signature of the a...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Vide Poche or Bowl in Wood, Old Patina, France 1950
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This item is in Olive wood. It has been made in France circa 19510. It can be used as a vide poche or a decorative bowl. It is in the style of Alexandre noll.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Wood

Mid Century Blenko Amorphic Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Buchanan, NY
Blenko 1963 heavy free form amorphic centerpiece bowl in green. Very good condition.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Art Glass

Italian White and Brown Alabaster Marble Tazza Compote Bowl
Located in New York, NY
An Italian Modern white and brown alabaster marble tazza, fruit compote, bowl, catchall vide-poche, etc. circa mid-20th century, Italy. Piece is predominantly white with brown veinin...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Alabaster, Marble

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 Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Murano White Opaline, Pink and Gold Art Glass Bowl by Fratelli Toso Co.
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful Modern Italian Murano white opaline, pink and gold art glass bowl attributed to Fratelli Toso company, circa mid-20th century, Italy. A beautiful oblong piece with a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Art Glass

Murano White Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Decorative Duck Jewelry Ring Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown gold flecks Italian art glass decorative bowl, with baby duck decoration. The piece is profusely covered in gold leaf, with ribbed design on the b...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Gold Leaf

Solid Silvered Bronze Benitier Vide-Poche, Italy, 1970's
Located in New York, NY
Cast from an actual shell this solid silvered bronze Benitier is an ideal vide-poche or paperweight or curio table object. It is highly detailed and has a wonderful patina. See our o...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Bronze

Large Yellow and Lime Green Murano Glass Dish
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Large yellow and lime green murano glass dish.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Murano Glass

Ward Bennett for Tiffany Bowl, Glass, Crystal, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Ward Bennett for Tiffany bowl, glass, crystal, signed. Small scale minimalist catch all with recessed center, chunky 1 inch edge, and executive style. Signed with an etched signature...
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1980s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Crystal

Roger Capron French Ceramic Dish or Coupe Vallauris, Circa 1960
Located in Chicago, IL
Roger Capron milky white enamel glazed exterior with pale blue interior glazed with Minimalist decoration c 1960, Vallauris. Signed. Numbered. Similar glazed pieces are shown in ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Ceramic

Vide Poche or Ashtray in Bubled Glass, France 1950, Saint Gobain Style
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This vide poche or astray, is in an art glass, in the style of Saint Gobain, the work in the glass and the green color are fantastic. The condition is good.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Art Glass

Holmegaard Glass Bowl, Denmark, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
A large double walled bowl by Holmegaard of Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Art Glass

Green Cast Glass Vide-Poche by Lumax, France 1960s
Located in New York, NY
A heavy cast glass by French maker Lumax, supplier glass to everyone from Corbusier to Adnet. You can see their work in examples of architecture from the period as well as in leather...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Art Glass

Murano White Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Fish Decorative Ring Dish Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown controlled bubbles and white fish Italian art glass decorative bowl, vide-poche. Attributed to designer Alfredo Barbini, for Salviati. Profusely c...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Gold Leaf

Flavio Poli Seguso Murano Sommerso Pink Art Glass Geode Bowl
Located in Barcelona, ES
Italian Murano art glass triangular shaped geode bowl attributed to Flavio Poli for Seguso Vetri d'Arte. Italy, 1950s. Beautiful hand blown Murano glass piece combining yellow, blue...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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

Aldo Tura for Macabo Wooden Tray, Italy 1970s
Located in Naples, IT
Beautiful wooden serving tray by the designer Aldo Tura for the Macabo Milano Design company and bears the Cappelli label.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Wood

Fontana Arte Italian Transparent Large Amber Glass Dish Model 1528, Circa 1959
Located in Chicago, IL
Fontana Arte very unusual elongated oval form Italian amber brown glass dish. This dish is very large for a Fontana Arte dish and is in excellent condition with very little signs of...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Glass

Fontana Arte Italian Glass Dish Model 2036
Located in Chicago, IL
Fontana Arte Italian glass dish Model 2036 in very thick dark blue glass. Circa 1964 Signed with foil distributor's label to underside 'R. Pecchio Concessionario Rosenthal Via XX Se...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Glass

Geometric 20th Century Brown and White Cup or Plate by Barbara Delfosse La Borne
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Barbara Delfosse Realised in La Borne circa 1970 Original and design stoneware ceramic vide-poche or plate by the french artist Signed under the base Original perfect con...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Majolica Style Set of Fish and Oyster Plates, by Vallauris with Drip Glazes
Located in Verviers, BE
Majolica-style oyster plate or seafood platter by Vallauris Faience with a traditional-style impressed design but a distinctly midcentury decor of 'fat-lava' glazes. The earthenwa...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Ceramic, Ceramic

Green Vortex, Murano Shell Bowl with Four Lobes in the Style of Seguso
Located in Verviers, BE
Four-lobed shell bowl with opaline casing. In the Seguso style, this biomorphic four-lobed Murano glass bowl is handcrafted with an inner bowl in bright green and cased in an opaque...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Modernist Heavy Top Quality Crystal Lipped Bowl, 1970s
Located in Verviers, BE
Heavy lipped bowl made of top crystal in the 1970s in the Czech Republic. The dramatic olive green and cobalt blue bowl have been handmade from top quality crystal with a mastery of ...
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Art Glass

Murano Glass Biomorphic Lobed Geode with Three Lobes Attributed to Flavio Poli
Located in Verviers, BE
Attributed to Flavio Poli for Seguso d'Arte, this biomorphic lobed Murano glass bowl is handcrafted with yellow/green highlights fading through to a grass-green base, bringing life i...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Art Glass, Murano Glass