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Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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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Murano Reddish Pink Gold Flecks Bubbles Italian Art Glass Vanity Powder Box
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown transparent reddish pink and controlled bubbles Italian art glass powder or jewelry box. The lidded jar has pulled glass on the sides, with a swir...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Gold Leaf

JE Caldwell American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Box
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver box. Retailed by JE Caldwell in Philadelphia. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover hinged and curved with molded rim. Box interior cedar lined. C...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Sterling Silver

Spanish Box with Enamel Copper Decoration by Capo Esmaltes, c. 1960s
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1960, We offer this beautiful mid century box. Made of tropical wood with enamel lid signed J. Capo. Great vintage conditions,  
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Enamel

Sterling Silver and Rosewood Hinged Box Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This sterling silver substantial hallmarked Mid-Century Modern box has a beautiful ebonized rosewood interior. The Mayan Aztec design that is drawn is symbolic of a heritage that is ...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Sterling Silver

Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, Chartreuse, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter box, ceramic, chartreuse, signed. Small scale lidded box decorated with impressed geometric patterns and glazed in chartreuse, burnt orange, green and gr...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Alfredo Barbini Murano White Gold Leaf Top Italian Art Glass Vanity Powder Box
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown white, controlled bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass vanity powder or jewelry box. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini, circa 1950s. The...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Gold Leaf

Mexican Abalone and Brass Box with Wood Liner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Small Abalone box acquired in Mexico - The sides are brass trim with a wood interior. A compliment to any desk or coffee table - or place to store mementos or jewelry.
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass

Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, White, Brown, Abstract, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter box, ceramic abstract ridges, signed. Small scale lidded box decorated with an abstract pattern of incised relief or carved ridges. Glazed primarily in o...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Vintage Decorative Italian Wood Box, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage decorative Italian wood box, 1970s.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Silver

Beige Rectangular Stone Box with Silvered Frame
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Rectangular light beige stone box with silvered frame. top-5.5" x 4" h-2 3/8"
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Stone, Silver Plate

Wood Box for Desk or Cigars, France, 1950
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This box has been done in France in the 1960's. It is in the style of Alexandre Noll. The condition is good. You can use it as, a cigar box or pen box.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Large French Silvered Bronze Box Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A silvered bronze poudrier box "Ammonite" by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). In the 1940s, Line Vautrin designed a series that was inspired by the shape of na...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Bronze

Unusual French Gilt Bronze Box Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A cast bronze box used as a poudrier (powder box) by French Parisian Art Jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1950s. The lidded box is in a form a tear drop and features a relief b...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Bronze

Large and Rare Gilt Bronze Box Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large gilt bronze poudrier box (power compact) called "Versailles or Les Paves du Roy" (The King's Paving Stone) by French Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997) circa 1940s...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Bronze

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Blue, Black, Sgraffito, Geometric Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, blue black, sgraffito, geometric, signed. Small scale lidded box with geometric sgraffito decoration, glazed in blue and black. Signed on underside of box: 2384...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Vintage Silver Decorative Box, Italy, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage silver decorative box, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Chrome

Vintage Italian Decorative Brass Box, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Italian decorative brass box, 1960s.
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass

Vintage Decorative Box Silver and Brass, Italy, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage decorative box silver and brass, Italy 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Silver, Brass

Vintage Silver and Gold Box, Italy, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage silver and gold box, Italy, 1970s.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Gold, Silver

Vintage Italian Decorative Box, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Italian decorative box, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Marble, Brass

Vintage Italian Green Stone Box, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Italian green stone box, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Stone, Brass

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Blue, Green, White Stripes, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, blue, green, white stripes, signed. Small scale colorful lidded box decorated with a tight hard edge pattern of blue, green and white stripes which play off nic...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Silver and Tropical wood William Spratling style Dominoes Set
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Amazing Wiliam Spratling Style Dominoes set made of tropical wood and silver inlay.     
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Silver

Vintage Aries Backgammon Set in a Blue Briefcase 1970s
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage collector Aries Backgammon set in a briefcase blue velvet fabric 1970s. This is an exclusive Aries of Beverly Hills Backgammon professional set crafted in an exterior blue v...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Fabric

Pair of Vintage Crackled Abalone Jewelry Boxes
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of vintage crackled abalone jewelry boxes. Unmarked. Attributed to Maitland Smith. Measures: Larger box dimension: 7 7/8". 4 7/8". 3 3/8". Smaller box dimension: 6 7/8"...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Abalone

Ceramic, Walnut & Glass Box, circa 1960
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Ceramic, walnut & glass box, circa 1960.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic, Walnut

Vintage Aries Backgammon Set in a Briefcase Blue Denim Fabric 1970s
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage collector Aries Backgammon set in a Briefcase Denim Fabric 1970s. This is an exclusive Aries of Beverly Hills Backgammon professional set crafted in an exterior denim fabric...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Fabric

Box in wood, for jewelry or candle, France 1980
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This box has a beautiful Patina. In perfect condition, you can use it as a jewlery box, or even to put a candle in the glass inside part. It has been made in France circa 1980
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Hand Painted Ceramic Trinket Box by Giovanni Desimone
Located in San Diego, CA
A wonderful and colorful Giovanni Desimone hand painted lidded trinket box, circa 1970s. The handcrafted ceramic box was made in Italy and measures 4.4"W x 4.5"D x 3"H; it is in exce...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Pottery

Italian Marble and Medallion Composition Classical Roman Box Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely and vintage Italian marble 2 part box has a classical revival medallion head on top made out of a composition material. The marble box was cleaned and polished just recen...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Marble, Composition

Carl Auböck style Wastepaper Basket of Genuine Cognac Core Leather, 1970s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Round European vintage wastepaper basket from the 1970s. in Carl Auböck style It's made of strong genuine cognac colored core leather with incised pattern and visible stitching It...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Leather

Japanese Cloisonne Jewelry Vanity Box Engraved Bronze Interior
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Japanese cloisonné jewelry box, circa 1960s. This beautiful vanity box has gilded delicate legs with petite rounded feet. It's rich floral design top on white enamel background is on...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Bronze, Enamel

Square Alessandro Albrizzi Mid Century Signed Lucite Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1970s square Alessandro Albrizzi mid-century signed Lucite box that is clear on top and white on bottom in two part box. Made in Italy. Please note of wear consistent with age ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Lucite

Rectangular Alessandro Albrizzi Mid Century Signed Lucite Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1970s rectangular Alessandro Albrizzi mid-century signed Lucite box that is clear on top and white on bottom in two part box. Made in Italy. Please note of wear consistent with...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Lucite

Jenfred-Ware Copper Box by Ben Seibel
Located in San Mateo, CA
Stash or trinket box with a copper finish designed by Ben Seibel. This box was part of the Jenfred-ware line for Raymor.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal, Copper

Tin Box with Handle, Wilh. Wilhelmsen Shipping Company, Oslo, Norway
Located in Antwerp, BE
Lithographed tin from the Norwegian Shipping Company Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Oslo, Norway. This Mid-20th Century tin has a handle to carry and a lid that can be opened. It has a picture ...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Tin

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Orange and Matte Brown, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, orange and matte brown, signed. Small scale box having a raw clay lid hash mark incising and decorated with an orange glazed pill pattern. Signed on the undersi...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Mithé Espelt Box, Ceramic, Gold and Blue Fused Glass
Located in New York, NY
Mithé Espelt box, ceramic, gold and blue fused glass. Small scale lidded box with ceramic top decorated with a gold crackle glazed perimeter and two tones of blue fused squares. Bott...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic, Wood

Allan Adler Sterling Silver Match or Trinket Box, 20th Century
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handmade with owl accent appears to be brass stamped on the side "Allan Adler Handmade Sterling" a different insert can be added for other uses actual size 1.5"h x 4 7/8"l x 2 3/4"w
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Sterling Silver

Murano Sommerso Kelly Green, Army Green and Clear Glass Bowl or Box Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This luscious Italian Murano glass 2 part bowl or box has layerings of sommerso greens against clear. The kelly green, meets army green meets emerald green is beautiful. It has forms...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Blown Glass

Vintage Tiger Oak Antique Folding Wood Puzzle Box Red Felt Lining by Singer
Located in National City, CA
Antique folding tiger oak wood box crafty roll up design. Known as Singer Puzzle Box by Singer Manufacturing Company. Originally made to house Singer Sewing Machine Parts. Maker s...
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1920s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Oak

Ceramic Box by Nanni Valentini for Ceramica Arcore
Located in Milan, IT
Remarkable ceramic box by Nanni Valentini for Ceramica Arcore. The surface finish and the beauty of colors remember the work of Lucie Rie. Other pieces from the same designer are a...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, Yellow and Orange Discs, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Rosenthal netter box, ceramic, yellow and orange discs, signed. Small scale yellow glazed lidded box decorated with a pattern of light and dark orange half circles. Retains original ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Fused Glass Higgins Style Sculptural Box Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing glass box is a special combination of Higgins style fused glass meets Brutalist design in execution. It is sculptural and unique. This is a studio piece and one of a ki...
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1950s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Blown Glass, Glass

Tiffany Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Box
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver box. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover flat, hinged, and overhanging. Box interior cedar lined. Fully marke...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Sterling Silver

Mixed Exotic Wood Trinket Box by Don Shoemaker
Located in San Diego, CA
A gorgeous mixed exotic woods trinket box by Don Shoemaker for SeÑal of Mexico, circa 1970s. The box has a removable lid and an incredible weave design of mixed inlaid woods includin...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Rosewood, Cocobolo, Jacaranda

1960s Silver Plate Extra Long Flat Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant 1960s modernist silverplate decorative covered box manufactured in Spain, reminiscent of Maria Pergay's work. Extra-long rectangular flat shape with unusual double lid openin...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal, Silver Plate

Raymor Italian Ceramic Box, circa 1965
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Raymor Italian ceramic lidded box. circa 1965.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

1960s Piero Fornasetti Mid-Century Modern Enameled Cigarette Box
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An iconic cigarette or box designed by Piero Fornasetti for Atelier Fornasetti Milano, the enameled metal and the mahogany interior are in good conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Antique Clocks and Watches, Timepieces Tin Box
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage confectionary tin with theme: Antique clocks and watches, antique timepieces This 1950s tin box is a great decorative box or storage box with beautiful design on the lid of ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Tin

Hand Carved Box in the Manner of Alexandre Noll Circa 1950 France
Located in London, GB
Hand-carved ebony box with a levered top in a manner of Alexandre Noll, unsigned.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ebony

Grainware Clear Lucite or Acrylic Magazine Rack / Caddy / Holder with Handle
By SiLite, Inc, Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern signed, "Grainware" Lucite magazine rack / stand /holder / caddy with Lucite handle. This Lucite magazine rack / holder has cut design in the Lucite m...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Lucite

Don Shoemaker Exotic Wood Inlaid Decorative Briefcase for Señal, circa 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Exquisitely crafted slim decorative briefcase designed by Don Shoemaker for Señal of Mexico. Taking advantage of the expertise provided by Mexican artisans, shoemaker founded Señal...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Jacaranda, Rosewood, Cocobolo

Bitossi Vase, Ceramic, Blue Turquoise, Impressed, Textured, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi vase, ceramic, blue turquoise, impressed, textured, signed. Medium scale chunky vase decorated with a relief pattern of impressed teardrops. Minute loss to some of the relief...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Unique Hand Painted Parchment Chest Attributed to Estrid Ericson, 1940s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Unique-hand painted parchment chest attributed to Estrid Ericson for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, Mid-Century Modern design A unique parchment and brass chest by Estrid Ericsson for Svensk...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Parchment Paper, Teak

Modernist Mexican Sterling Silver Box William Spratling
Located in Atlanta, GA
A hinged box in sterling silver made in Taxco Mexico by William Spratling, circa 1944-1946. The box features slight scalloped lines on the domed top, which is linked to the body with...
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1940s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Sterling Silver

Modernist Mexican Sterling Silver Caddy Box William Spratling
Located in Atlanta, GA
A lovely sterling silver caddy or table top box made in Taxco Mexico by William Spratling, circa 1944-1946. The box features a cube form with rounded corner with three stylized match...
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1940s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Sterling Silver

Vintage Patinated Leather and Brass Box
Located in San Diego, CA
Meticulousy crafted hexagon saddle leather box with brass. Box has great patina and craftsmanship, missing a small top hinge as pictured which is an easy repair by adding or removing...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass