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Mid-Century Modern Urns

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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Large Midcentury West German Matte Glazed Ceramic Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning large midcentury West German matte glazed ceramic vase. This handsome vase has the most interesting geometric design in black over a beautiful steel blue. Just one of our la...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Ceramic

Large Midcentury Drip Glaze Ceramic Urn
Located in Houston, TX
Huge white Mid-Century Modern drip glaze ceramic urn, vessel or vase. This large, 27 inch urn is a fabulous decorative accessory or could easily be converted into a table lamp.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Glazed Pottery Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Mid-Century Modern West German tomato red glazed pottery vase with great stylized geometric design.  
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Pottery

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Gold mirrored Murano Glass Large Vases
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of large gold Murano glass vases, mixed technique: Molded and blown Murano glass. The gold color has a mirrored opaque effect. Their pure and simple lines, create elegance. M...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Murano Glass

19th Century Travis Amphora
Located in Melville, NY
19th century wabi-sabi terra-cotta amphora.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Terracotta

19th Century Kourt Amphora
Located in Melville, NY
19th century wabi-sabi terra-cotta amphora.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Terracotta

Kosta Mid-Century Smoke Colored Urns
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa mid-20th century pair of Kosta smoke colored urns. 8.25 inches high. Emblem of Sweden cut in faceted rim. Signed initials. Made in Sweden by Kosta, Elis Bergh.
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Crystal

West German Glazed Pottery Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Mid-Century Modern West German glazed pottery vase with a great abstract decoration.  
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Pottery

19th Century Seabrook Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century shell & barnacle encrusted pot. Natural details designed by the sea, never to be duplicated.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Clay

19th Century Sébastian Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century shell & barnacle encrusted pot. Natural details designed by the sea, never to be duplicated.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Clay

19th Century KJ Amphora
Located in Melville, NY
19th century wabi-sabi terra-cotta amphora.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Terracotta

19th Century Marsh Gate Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century shell & barnacle encrusted pot. Natural details designed by the sea, never to be duplicated.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Terracotta

19th Century Crows Nest Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century shell & barnacle encrusted pot. Natural details designed by the sea, never to be duplicated.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Terracotta

19th Century McConaughey Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century shell & barnacle encrusted pot. Natural details designed by the sea, never to be duplicated.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Terracotta

19th Century Summer Amphora
Located in Melville, NY
19th century wabi-sabi terra-cotta amphora.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Terracotta

19th Century Mermaid Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century shell & barnacle encrusted pot. Natural details designed by the sea, never to be duplicated.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Terracotta

Large Blue Faceted Murano Glass Vase, Mid Modern by Simone Cenedese, 1980s
Located in Dallas, TX
Very large blue translucent Murano glass vase, or urn. By Simone Cenedese, Murano, Italy, 1980s. The Murano glass is faceted outside, creating a matt effect. A beautiful piece of ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Murano Glass

Antique Wabi Sabi Black Clay Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century antique wabi sabi natural clay amphora. Black clay with heavy patina.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Clay

Antique Wabi Sabi Clay Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century antique black wabi sabi amphora. Heavy patina, incredible one of a kind sculptural piece.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Clay

Antique Wabi Sabi Clay Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century antique black wabi sabi amphora. Heavy patina, incredible one of a kind sculptural piece.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Clay

Antique Wabi Sabi Natural Clay Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century antique wabi sabi natural clay amphora. Decorative painted rings with an ombre faded patina.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Clay

Antique Wabi Sabi Natural White Clay Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century antique wabi sabi natural clay amphora. White clay with decorative painted rings, beautiful patina.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Clay

Antique Wabi Sabi Orange Clay Pot
Located in Melville, NY
19th century antique orange wabi sabi amphora. Heavy patina, incredible one of a kind sculptural piece.
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19th Century Antique Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Clay

Mid-Century Black and White Murano Glass Vase by Formentello
Located in Houston, TX
Lovely hand blown midcentury black and white murano glass vase by Formentello. This gorgeous modernist murano glass vase retains it's original makers label.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Midcentury West German Glazed Ceramic Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Great Mid-Century Modern West German glazed pottery vase. This stunning modernist urn form vase has an unusual abstract design and a beautiful glaze.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Ceramic

Hand Blown Italian Murano Swirl Decanter with Gold Leaf Inclusions
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hand blown Italian Murano swirl decanter with gold leaf inclusions - a compliment to any bar or even the breakfast table. Tall and sophisticated with swirls that catch the light with...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Murano Glass

Hand Turned Afrormosia Wooden Pot 1950s Signed
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Wonderful hand turned pot dating from the 1950s. Made from solid Afrormosia. Dated to the underside in pencil 9 /10/56 ST1368.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Teak

Large Hand Produced Studio Pottery Vase, 1970s
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
1970s hand produced studio pottery vase. Very good quality, hand textured finish with varied bronze glaze finish. In good vintage condition. Signed X. ST1367.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Pottery

Egidio Casagrande Hammered Italian Silver Plated Urn Pitcher
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hammered Italian silver urn pitcher signed Egidio Casagrande - Pitcher perfect, architecturally stunning as a stand alone art piece, or an elegant addition to any setting, from picni...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Silver

Very Chic English Mid-Century Urns of Great Scale and Proportions
Located in Buchanan, MI
Very chic English Mid-Century urns of great scale and proportions.
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Ceramic

Large Mid-Century Modern West German Glazed Pottery Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning large Mid-Century Modern West German tomato red glazed pottery vase with a great stylized geometric decoration.   
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Pottery

Pair of Midcentury English Carved Walnut Lidded Urns with Large Handles
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of English vintage carved walnut lidded urns from the mid 20th century, with large handles and fluted motifs. Created in England during the midcentury period, each of this pai...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Urns

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Walnut

Cenedese Large Green Vintage Italian Venetian Murano Glass Vase
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Wonderful tall green vase or urn by Cenedese Vetri of Murano, Italy. A fun, funky and bright way to add a touch of bold colour / color to your interior - imagine glass like this on o...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Blown Glass, Murano Glass

1960s Danish Michael Anderson & Sons Ceramic Yellow and Green Crazed Urn
Located in London, GB
An unusual vintage, 1960s, Michael Anderson & Son, ceramic urn or lidded vase. The yellow urn is overlaid with a crazed green crackle effect design over its surface. A rounded conica...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Ceramic

"Diabolo" Vase by Roger Capron, Vallauris
Located in Paris, Ile-de-France
Large "Diabolo" vase White glazed ceramic decorated with black and polychrome motives Vallauris, France, 1960's. Capron produced this type of "Diabolo" vases in 4 sizes. This is ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Ceramic

Large Hexagonal Ceramic Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful and in excellent condition, hexagonal shape, mustard yellow exterior and white interior. Measurements: 18 inches high x 11 inches wide x 11 inches deep.   
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Ceramic

Large Hexagonal Ceramic Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful and in excellent condition, hexagonal shape, mustard yellow exterior and white interior. Measurements: 18 inches high x 11 inches wide x 11 inches deep.  
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Ceramic

Hugh Acton Spun Aluminum Planter Pot in Chrome Steel Stand
Located in Ferndale, MI
Half round spun aluminum dome mounted in chrome steel base. Drilled for drainage.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Tall Tortoise Shell Pattern Italian Modern Monumental Glass Urn with Top, 1960
Located in Miami, FL
Classic and elegant, very tall and large handmade Italian glass covered urn in a tortoiseshell design from late the 1960s and early 1970s, a period when modern decorative arts from I...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Blown Glass

Lidded Bottle Designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Stoneware

Pair of Vivai del Sud Italian Rattan Vases with Handles
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Vivai del Sud Greek & Roman inspired rattan two handled vases in the shape of an amphora meaning, ”to carry on both sides.” Amphorae were traditionally used for carrying an...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Rattan

One of Three Stunning Murano Glass Vases with Ornately Crafted Bodies, Medium
Located in GB
We are delighted to stunning medium Murano glass vase with abstract body This vase is one of three, it’s the medium, the other two are listed under my other items This piece lo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Glass

One of Three Stunning Murano Glass Vases with Ornately Crafted Bodies, Large
Located in GB
We are delighted to stunning large Murano glass vase with abstract body This vase is one of three, it’s the large, the other two are listed under my other items This piece look...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Glass

ONE OF THREE STUNNING MURANO GLASS VASES WiTH ORNATELY CRAFTED BODIES - SMALL
Located in GB
Wimbledon-Furniture Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for sale stunning small Murano glass vase with abstract body This vase is one of three, it’s the small, the other ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Glass

Collection of Mid Century Modern Pottery Vessels
Located in Framingham, MA
Nice collection of regional artist pottery from the 1960s. I've had these in my collection of Florida art for years and have forgotten the artists - I just know they are from Florida...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Pottery, Ceramic

Aldo Londi Chinese Modern Lidded Vessel for Rosenthal Netter Bitossi Italy 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
An Aldo Londi Chinese Series vessel retailed by Rosenthal Netter and produced by Italian manufacturer Bitossi. This Mid-Century Modern line of pottery vessels and figures, Chinese wa...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Lorin Marsh Seguso Italian Murano Art Glass Lidded Urn Shell Vessel Gold Fleck
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful Lorin Marsh Seguso Italian style Murano art glass lidded urn topped with coral and sea shell vessel with gold fleck Dimensions: 25" height x 10" diameter.
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid Century Modern Ceramic Opium Vice Jar by Alvino Bagni for Raymor
Located in Framingham, MA
Hard to find large version of Alvino Bagni's 'dope jar' ceramic canisters made in Italy in the 1950s-1960s and retailed by Raymor. This jar is in excellent condition - signed - with ...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Collection of Wooden Urns, circa 1960, Greece
Located in Girona, Spain
Collection of wooden Urns. Made with olive wood. Turned, sculpted wood Classic Greek designs circa 1960, Greece. Very good vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century Greek Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Wood

Large Ovoid Shape Silver Plate Mounted Young Penn Shell Vessel or Vase, 20th C.
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This large ovoid shape silver plate mounted vessel or vase consists of a resin-like inner body totally clad with a mosaic of young crackle pen shell. It is a distinct design of great...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Silver Plate

Stoneware Vase by Axel Salto with Incised Paisley Form
Located in Stamford, CT
A Danish vase designed by Axel Salto, Royal Copenhagen Stoneware, Signed on base.  
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Stoneware

Italian Large Handled Planter / Urn by Ruffo Giuntini, Mid-20th Century
By Ruffo Giuntini
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large orange planter / urn with handles. Shows signs of age and small chips in the lacquer.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Earthenware

Martin Freyer Vase Porcelain Pleated Plissee Black 1968
Located in Eversholt, Bedfordshire
Martin Freyer for Rosenthal Studio: Massive, black, porcelain, pleated or plissee vase, 1968 - The pleated vase is known as Martin Freyer’s best work working with the ancient them...
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Porcelain

Orange and White Ceramic Urn
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Orange and white ceramic urn Depicting peacocks and trees Trellis border on the base and the top ring Size: 14" H x 10" D Base size: 6" x 6".
Category

Early 2000s Asian Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Ceramic

Set of '3' Decorative Hand Painted Ceramic Urns
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Orange and white ceramic urn Depicting peacocks and trees Trellis border on the base and the top ring, 20th century Size: 14" H x 10" D Base size: 6" x 6" Smaller urns: Pair o...
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Early 2000s Asian Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Bitossi Twin Handled Pottery Campana Turquoise Glazed Vase, circa 1950
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish midcentury Italian art pottery twin handled vase attributed to Bitossi. The finely made vase is of campana shape standing raised on a rounded pedestal base with folded loop...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Pottery

Pair of Marble Vases by Giuliani Lazzotti, Castigliani Turin, Italy, 1980s
By Giuliani Lazzotti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of vases by Giuliani Lazzotti, Castigliani Turin, Italy, 1980s Marble 5.5 by 7 in. 5.5 by 5 in.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Marble

Blue Volcanic Glazed Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Midcentury vase in Blue volcanic glaze, a unique blend of both blue to black nuances of color. A large and beautifully shaped piece makes a statement as a standalone piece or practic...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Urns

Materials

Pottery