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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Hamsa Carlo Moretti Contemporary Mouth Blown Murano Glass Vase
By Carlo Moretti
Located in New York, NY
Carlo Moretti Hamsa contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in clear glass with white and red stripes. Part of the I Piccoli collection, the objects are small in size but give co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Handmade Midcentury Ceramic Vase / Interior Sculpture / Wabi Sabi Vessel
By Skoby Joe
Located in La Jolla, CA
Joseph Skoby is a Southern Californian whose work is inspired by the nature of his native state. His ceramics, created in his own lush garden, recall his intimate dance with the ocea...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Clay, Stoneware

Stargazer Candleholders, Verde Guatemala Marble and Brass, Set of Two, in Stock
By Lara Bohinc
Located in London, GB
A beautiful union of brass and marble, the ‘Stargazer’ candleholders are inspired by orreries - mechanical models of the solar system used since classical times. Available in two des...
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2010s British Modern Decorative Objects

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Marble, Brass

Motion
By Barlas Baylar
Located in New York, NY
Dimensions approximate: 15.6' L x 40" D x 29" H Bronze bench Artist Proof (Limited Edition).
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2010s Modern Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Agresti Solo Lui Black Armoire with 54 Watch Winders
By Agresti
Located in New York, NY
Armored armoire in polished Ebony, brass accessories in Ruthenium. Safe with biometric opening device, drawers and trays lined for watches and jewelry. Available with 54 Swiss made w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ebony

STACKED California Redwood Vase by Richard Haining, Available Now
By Richard Haining
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Part of Richard Haining's Stacked collection, this vase was made using reclaimed California redwood salvaged from a decommissioned NYC water tower. The wood's natural coloring shows ...
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2010s American Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Pottery, Wood, Hardwood, Softwood, Reclaimed Wood, Scrap Wood

Millebolle Carlo Moretti Contemporary Murano Clear Glass Hand Etched Vase
By Carlo Moretti
Located in New York, NY
Oval free hand shaped vase in transparent Murano glass with detailed hand cut irregular opaque bubbles designed in 1976 by Carlo Moretti. Carlo Moretti: An artisan factory Stro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

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Glass, Murano Glass

Authentic Tiger Skull Mounted on Brushed Steel Base, 1970s
Authentic tiger skull mounted on Lucite stem with brushed steel base, American, 1970s (this piece was decommissioned from a museum). It is beautifully mounted. Base: W 9 inches, ...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Decorative Objects

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Steel

Italian Modern Design Picture Frame in Blue Plexiglass, Sharing Blue
By Laura G Art with Heart
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Sharing blue is a square Italian pop design picture frame in blue plexiglass of Art with Heart collection of photo frames by Laura G ,Italy. It is realized into plexiglass royal blue...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

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Plexiglass

Murano Glass Vase by Franco Ongaro
Murano glass vase by Franco Ongaro. This hand blown piece has light gray interlaced blown glass work with 23-carat gold flecks fused throughout.
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Agresti Al Centro Armored Chest in Polished Walnut
By Agresti
Located in New York, NY
Polished walnut armored chest with leather inserts and 24-karat gold-plated accessories. Biometric opening device and emergency key system. Bullets proof certified P6B glasses. Gentl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

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Leather, Walnut

Bronze Sculpture After Le Grande Venus Victrix by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Located in Stamford, CT
Le Grande Venus Victrix by Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841-1919 In collaboration with Richard Guino Designed 1914-1916 Date of casting 1992 This is a brown patina bronze cast in the ...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Vase Sculpture White Arabescato Marble from Carrara by Pieruga Marble
By Barberini & Gunnell
Located in Ancona, Marche
Important sculptural vase carved by hand from a solid block of Arabescato marble. Vase dimension: D52 H45 cm, available in different marbles. Limited edition of 35. Each vase is han...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

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Marble

Modern Copper Straw Bar Set Presented in an Agate Decorated Lucite Box
By Egg Designs
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
These modern copper straws are presented in a Lucite box decorated with a Rose Quartz Agate cabochon. This unique and bespoke copper straw set is part of the Egg Designs Dawa lux...
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2010s South African Modern Decorative Objects

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Quartz, Copper, Brass

Philip & Kelvin Laverne One of a Kind Torso Table Lamps, circa 1970
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
One of a kind male and female torso table lamps in Hydro Stone plaster on patinated bronze bases by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, American, circa 1970 (signed on bases). These table lamps...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Nero Millemolature Carlo Moretti Contemporary Murano Glass Hand Etched Vase
By Carlo Moretti
Located in New York, NY
Oval free hand shaped vase in black Murano glass with detailed diamond wheel work designed in 1976 by Carlo Moretti. Carlo Moretti: An artisan factory Strolling afoot throug...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Murano Glass, Glass

Amber Coil, Hand Built Ceramic Sculptural Organic Form in Subtle Earth Tones
By Jerilyn Virden
Located in Chicago, IL
This dynamic coil form object is hand created and fired. The artist achieves the beautiful yellow amber matte surface by sandblasting the sculpture after removing it from the kiln. ...
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2010s American Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Earthenware

Pair of Candlesticks Cover with Parchment
Pair of candleholders with antique brass finish top and goatskin. Parchment is in varying shades of light and brown, beige, dark natural. (High gloss polyester resin filled finish)....
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

Agresti Magia Basic Jewelry Armoire
By Agresti
Located in New York, NY
Armored jewelry armoire with safe inside. Gold plated accessories. Safes to be anchored to the wall with metal screws. Biometric opening device (up to 99 authorized users) and emerge...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

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Wood

Modern Glass Swizzle Stick Bar Set Presented in an Agate Decorated Lucite Box
By Egg Designs
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
These modern hand forged glass swizzle sticks have a clear glass stem with zebra striped glass heads. They are presented in a Lucite box decorated with a Rose Quartz Agate cabochon. ...
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2010s South African Modern Decorative Objects

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Quartz, Brass

Still, Hand Carved Wenge Wood Diagonal Half Moon Sculpture on Granite Base
By Steve Turner
Located in Chicago, IL
Wenge is a dense African hardwood with a rich dark color and distinctive pattern. This hand carved and shaped sculpture brings out the natural beauty of the wood's graceful structure...
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2010s American Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood, Wenge

Lara Bohinc, Fortress Treasury Box, Iron Ceramic, in Stock
By Lara Bohinc
Located in London, GB
Lara Bohinc continues to work with ancient and futuristic forms with new fortress designs, further exploring the complex geometry of this range. The hexagonal shapes interlock and em...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Monde Carlo Moretti Contemporary Mouth Blown Murano Glass Vase
By Carlo Moretti
Located in New York, NY
Carlo Moretti Monde contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in white, orange and gray. Part of the I Piccoli collection, the objects are small in size but give considerable cause...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Murano Glass

Murano Glass Sink - Washbasin
By Roberto Beltrami
Located in Murano, IT
Spike, is a massive vase blown using the "Rostrato" technique. The sink is covered by buts if hot glass and each spike us then pulled and sculpted by the glass master Roberto Belt...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Roger Phillips Kinetic Mobile Sculpture, 21st Century
By Phillips
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Phillips is an American artist who has been working with metal since he was a child, 1930. His art education and hands-on approach to metal has been refined throughout the years....
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Decorative Objects

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Metal

Red Egg, Multi Drawer Mini Chest, Hand Carved Wood Sculpture by Steve Turner
By Steve Turner
Located in Chicago, IL
White ash is a hardwood native to North America with light color and even grain, this ovalular sculpture is created from laminating layers of wood and hand carving and shaping the su...
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2010s American Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood, Ash

Modern Etched Brass Coaster Bar Set Presented in an Agate Decorated Lucite Box
By Egg Designs
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
These modern brass coasters are etched with a snakeskin animal pattern and are presented in a Lucite box decorated with a Rose Quartz Agate cabochon. This unique and bespoke coas...
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2010s South African Modern Decorative Objects

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Quartz, Brass, Brass

Agresti Metal Top G2 Black Armored Chest with 6 Drawers
By Agresti
Located in New York, NY
Metal top chest with GRADE 2 safe. Shiny black steel. Contents 6 drawers lined to store all sorts of jewels and necklace bar. Brass plated 24-karat gold accessories. Unique featur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

Stargazer Candleholders, Carrara Marble and Brass, Set of Two, in Stock
By Lara Bohinc
Located in London, GB
A beautiful union of brass and marble, the ‘Stargazer’ candleholders are inspired by orreries - mechanical models of the solar system used since classical times. Available in two des...
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2010s British Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble, Brass

Ettore Sottsass Twenty-Seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flower Vase T
By Design Gallery Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese artificial flower vase T by Ettore Sottsass, edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 signed and numbered pieces, number 4 / ...
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1990s European Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

Seros Carlo Moretti Contemporary Murano Glass Mouth Blown Vase
By Carlo Moretti
Located in New York, NY
Carlo Moretti Seros contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in clear glass with beige and white stripes. Part of the I Piccoli collection originating from the idea of offering a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Murano Glass

Modern Cast Brass, Chiseled Timber and Resin Dawa Ice Bucket
By Egg Designs
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
This modern ice bucket is part of the egg designs Dawa luxury bar collection and is a great addition to any home cocktail bar, or simply as a place to keep a bottle of your favorite ...
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2010s South African Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass, Brass

"USD 100 Dollars" Bank Note by Wang Jin
By Wang Jin
Located in Chicago, IL
Acclaimed Beijing-based artist Wang Jin chronicles the curious intersection of history and contemporary life in conceptual, thought-provoking compositions. As part of The Censor Amer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stone, Steel

Agresti Il Passatempo Chest with 4 Watch Winders
By Agresti
Located in New York, NY
Agresti Il Passatempo chest with 4 watch winders. Available in two variations, please see information below for variation details. Ebony: Polished ebony chest with 4 watch winders e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Leather, Wood

Ettore Sottsass Twenty-Seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flower Vase E
By Design Gallery Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese artificial flower vase E by Ettore Sottsass, edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 signed and numered pieces, number 4 / 1...
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1990s European Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass, Wood

Vase Medium in Black Marquinia Marble by Ivan Colominas, Italy
By Ivan Colominas
Located in Milan, IT
A vase that’s an homage to design and to marble itself, the Marquinia veins look skyward, toward the crater defined by round shapes and sinuous profiles, toward the reinterpretation ...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Vase, Medium in Green Guatemala Marble by Michele Chiossi, Italy
By Michele Chiossi
Located in Milan, IT
A zigzag line defines the illusory border between art and design. Chiossi crosses it entirely by creating a collection of vases and candleholders, inspired by nature and the harmonio...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Vase in Rosso Levanto and Bianco Michelangelo Marble, by Matteo Cibic, Italy
By Matteo Cibic
Located in Milan, IT
Business cardholder / small vase in Rosso Levanto and Bianco Michelangelo Marble. Size: 16.3 x 4 x 10.6 cm, smooth finishing. Commercial name: Arturo, Homage collection by the Italia...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Vase in Nero and White Marbles by Matteo Cibic, Made in Italy
Vase in Nero Marquinia and Bianco Michelangelo Marble, Size: 38.2 x 23.4 x 7.3 cm, smooth finishing. Commercial name: Tacca, Homage Collection by the Italian Designer Matteo Cibic. M...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Vase ‘Small’ in Black Marquina Marble by Michele Chiossi, Italy
By Michele Chiossi
Located in Milan, IT
A zigzag line defines the illusory border between art and design. Chiossi crosses it entirely by creating a collection of vases and candleholders, inspired by nature and the harmonio...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Vase in White, Black and Red Marbles by Matteo Cibic, Made in Italy
By Matteo Cibic
Located in Milan, IT
Vase in Bianco Michelangelo, Rosso Levanto and Nero Marquinia marbles. Size: 27.3 x 38.4 x 7.3 cm, smooth finishing. Commercial name: Pietro, Homage collection by the Italian design...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Vase in Nero Marquinia and Bianco Michelangelo Marble by Matteo Cibic, Italy
By Matteo Cibic
Located in Milan, IT
Vase in Nero Marquinia and Bianco Michelangelo Marble, Size: 38.2 x 23.4 x 7.3 cm, smooth finishing. Commercial name: Tacca, Homage Collection by the Italian Designer Matteo Cibic. M...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Vase in White and Black Marbles by Matteo Cibic, Made in Italy
By Matteo Cibic
Located in Milan, IT
Vase in Bianco Michelangelo and Nero Marquinia marbles. Size: 27.3 x 38.4 x 7.3 cm, smooth finishing. Commercial name: Pietro, Homage Collection by the Italian designer Matteo Cibic....
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Large Candleholder in Green Guatemala Marble by Michele Chiossi, Italy
By Michele Chiossi
Located in Milan, IT
A zigzag line defines the illusory border between art and design. Chiossi crosses it entirely by creating a collection of vases and candleholders, inspired by nature and the harmonio...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Contemporary Pair of Gilded Steel "Tusk" Candelabras by Alex Drew & No One 2016
By Alex Drew & No One
Located in Ferndale, MI
The “Tusk” Candelabras are from the 2016 collection of Alex Drew & No One. Inspired by traditional craftsmanship while incorporating a modern edge, AD&NO's work plays on light, textu...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal, Steel

X Veneciano White Marble Bookend
Bookend in Veneciano white marble. Handmade in Mexico with local craftsman.
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2010s Mexican Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Tall Handmade Dripped Contemporary Ceramic Vase / Large Interior Sculpture
By Skoby Joe
Located in La Jolla, CA
Joseph Skoby is a Southern Californian whose work is inspired by the nature of his native state. His ceramics, created in his own lush garden, recall his intimate dance with the ocea...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Clay, Stoneware

Set of 3 Ceramic Vases with Nautical Motifs, Bouteilles Rondes
Set of 3 hand-turned ceramic vases by artist Valérie Le Roux. These pieces are hand painted and glazed, decorated with graphic nautical motifs : kelp and sea fronds in cobalt blue an...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Two Black Marble Carved Bowls Set
Large and small bowl in carved Monterrey black marble. Set of 2. Handmade in Mexico by local craftsmen. Dimensions: Small: 20 D x 20 W x 10 H cm Large: 30 D x 30 W x 15 H cm.
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2010s Mexican Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Cónico Black Marble Carved Candleholder Set
Two candleholders in Monterrey black marble. Handmade in México by local craftsmen. Dimensions: Small: 10 D x 10 W x 10 H cm Large: 6 D x 6 W x 15 H cm.
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2010s Mexican Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Cónico White Marble Carved Candleholder Set
Two candleholders in Veneciano white marble. Handmade in Mexico by local craftsmen. Dimensions: Small: 10 D x 10 W x 10 H cm Large: 6 D x 6 W x 15 H cm.
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2010s Mexican Modern Decorative Objects

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Marble

Abalone Shell Box by Maitland Smith
By Maitland Smith
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish and chic little Maitland Smith domed storage box is fabricated in abalone shell and will make a wonderful catchall for keys, jewelry or just as a beautiful object. N...
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1980s Philippine Vintage Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Abalone

Galucharme Magnifying Glass and Letter Opener Set by Nino Basso
By Design Centre
Located in Milan, IT
Keep the tradition of written correspondence alive with this set of letter-reading accessories designed by Nino Basso. In shagreen leather, or stingray skin, made popular by Louis XV...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Leather

Vintage Bronze Childs Hand Sculpture Pop Art by British Artist Kate Braine
Child's hand sculpture made by British artist Kate Braine (B. 1964). Hollow bronze form. Stamped 'Braine 1994'. Measures: H 5cm x L 15cm x W 5cm.
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1990s English Modern Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Artisan Storage Box by Nierman
This stylish artisan created storage box dates to the 1990s and was created in a limited edition (23/200) and is fabricated in a marbalized paper (on the inside) and printed paper (o...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Paper, Paper

Set of Two Maitland Smith Tessellate Bone Boxes
By Maitland Smith
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish set of tessellated bone storage boxes were created in the 1980s by Maitland Smith and they will help to keep your desk or vanity organized and also could be used simply ...
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Late 20th Century Philippine Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Geometrie 2 Modern Mosaic Tableau by Nino Basso
By Design Centre
Located in Milan, IT
Roman floors and Byzantine mosaics make a contemporary reappearance in this Nino Basso handmade mosaic tableau. Irregularly shaped Venetian enamel mosaic tiles in red, black, and a s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Geometrie 1 Mosaic Tableau by Nino Basso
By Design Centre
Located in Milan, IT
The clean, transparent lines of the crystal acrylic frame of this Nino Basso mosaic tableau enclose in their centre a lively-colored, handmade geometrical mosaic composed of Venetian...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

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