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Mid-Century Modern Vases

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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A.Ve.M. Murano Cobalt Blue Clear Ribbon Italian Art Glass Ruffle Rim Flower Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown swirling cobalt blue and clear Italian art glass flower vase. Documented to Arte Vetraria Muranese (A.Ve.M.). Created in the “A Canne” technique. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Höganäs Keramik, Vases / Bottles, Glazed Ceramic, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of vases / bottles by Höganäs Keramik. Stamped.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Earthenware

Midcentury Unique Stig Lindberg Ceramic Vase and Bowl Gustavsberg Sweden, 1960s
Located in Langserud, SE
These two unique and wonderful sculptured ceramic pieces was made at Gustavberg Sweden during the 1960s and designed by famous Stig Lindberg. They both have Lindbergs signature engra...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Barbini Murano Abstract Design Scavo Texture Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large vintage Murano hand blown "Scavo" Italian art glass cylinder flower vase. Documented, labelled and signed by Alfredo Barbini. It is made with acid textured (excavated...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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

Michael Andersen, Vase, Red / Orange Glazed Stoneware, Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase produced by Michael Andersen Keramik. In stoneware. Marked. Other ceramicists of the period include Axel Salto, Arne Bang, Carl-Harry Stålhane, and Berndt Friberg.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Stoneware

1957 Spherical Flower Holder Silver Plated Metal by Gio Ponti for Christofle
Located in London, GB
This very elegant spherical flower holder was created by the great Italian designer Gio Ponti for Christofle Top luxury brand in 1957, models name "Mars". Silver plated metal with se...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Silver Plate

Barbini Murano 1950s Orange Gold Flecks Quilted Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large Murano hand blown orange and gold flecks, diamond quilted surface Italian art glass flower vase. Attributed to designer Alfredo Barbini, circa 1950s. Profusely covere...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Gold Leaf

Murano Hand Blown Iridescent Glass Vase, Signed Massimo Micheluzzi
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Very elegant Murano hand blown iridescent glass vase signed Micheluzzi Massimo, 2007 The item is signed in the bottom part. Excellent condition.
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass, Murano Glass

Trio of White Vases by Thomas, Dansk and Rosenthal
Located in New York, NY
Trio of white vases including Thomas textured bisque detail vase by Richard Scharrer, Dansk curved design vase, Rosenthal Plissee vase by Ambrogio Pozzi. The shapes and textures of t...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Striking Gunnar Nylund Magenta Chamotte, Porcelain Vase for Rorstrand, 1950s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Exceptional Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern handmade chamotte clay and porcelain vase by acclaimed Swedish designer Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand. Manufactured in the 1950s. Chamotte b...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Mid-Century Italian Murano Glass Vase Fulvio Bianconi Venini Blue Red Green
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern Italian murano glass vase designed by Fulvio Bianconi manufactured by Venini circa 1951 The Pezzato vases are among the most significant objects designed by Ful...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Mette Doller, Vase, Hand Painted Stoneware, Andersson & Johansson Höganäs, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stoneware vase produced by Andersson & Johansson Höganäs, Sweden, circa 1960s. Designed by Mette Doller.  
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Frantisek Vizner, Sklo Union Czech Art Glass, the Maze', a Good Art Glass Vase
Located in London, GB
Frantisek Vizner, Sklo Union Czech art glass. The Maze'. A good Mid-Century Modern art glass vase.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Cinese Vase, Ceramic, Blue and Gold, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Cinese vase, ceramic, blue and gold, signed. Medium tall vase, from Bitossi's China Series, glazed in a textured blue and green with a gilt glazed tapere...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Mid Century Mod Sommerso Yellow & Clear Murano Glass Pair Vases Seguso Italy 70s
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of round Mid-Century Modern Murano glass vases, by Seguso, Italy, 1970s The vintage pair of vases is made with the Sommerso technique: several layers of murano glass with contr...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Italy 1960 White Enameled Ceramic Vase in Gio' Ponti Midcentury Style
Located in Brescia, IT
Italian design 1960 white enameled ceramic vase with flowers and animals drawings in midcentury style similar to Gio Ponti style. This very nice vase is made by Deruta, an Italian f...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

21st Century Brutalist Revival Chalice Style Oxydized Cast Dark Bronze Vessel
Located in Paris, FR
Harkening back to a time dominated by knights and warriors, this XXI century revival collectible design vessel by Fakasaka is cast in bronze reminds one of the Medieval chalice- a ve...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Bronze

1960's Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Vases, Set of Two
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of 20th-century vintage Italian brown Sommerso clear brown and amber shade vases in lovely condition. One is slightly darker than the other in tones. Quite heavy with 1 weighin...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

French Vintage Midcentury Gold Leaf Ceramic Vase, 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
French 20th century vintage statement ceramic vase of spherical design with gold leaf details and hues of green and blue. Signed Loyan at the base. France, circa 1960-1970s. ------...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Gold Leaf

Handcrafted Oxidised Dark Cast Bronze Bowie Vase
Located in Paris, FR
Bowie vase forged from cast dark bronze by Fakasaka.
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Bronze

Handcrafted and Dark Cast Bronze Garrym Vase
Located in Paris, FR
Garrym vase forged from cast dark bronze by Fakasaka.
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Bronze

Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala Finland Faceted Crystal Bud Vase
Located in New York, NY
Stylish crystal bud vase by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala Finland. The petite and elegant shape looks stunning in any setting.
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Crystal

Pierced Ceramic Orb- Black
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by midcentury modern design, the pierced collection is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and the...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Clay

Bruno Gambone Unique Set of Two Stoneware Vases, Italy, 1990s
Located in New York, NY
Bruno Gambone set of two stoneware or ceramic vases or vessels . One of trapezoid form the other of bottle form, banded in multi colored stripes. Each marked with glazed signature to...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Brown Stoneware Ceramic Vase by Alain Girel La Borne 1970 Mid Century Design
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Alain Girel Brown stoneware ceramic vase by the french artist Original good condition XXth century pottery ceramic vase Signed under the base Measures: Height : 20 cm ...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Pierced Ceramic Vase/Sculpture-White
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, the pierced collection is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Clay, Porcelain

Pierced Ceramic Teardrop Vase/Sculpture-Blush/Pink
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by midcentury modern design, the pierced collection is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and the...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Clay

Mid Century Vecchia Blue Scavo Style Murano Glass Vase
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1980s scavo style Murano glass ball vase in cobalt blue by Vecchia. Accented with flared lip and applied medallions. Original manufacturers document included. No flaws found.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Inciso Bottled Vase by Paolo Venini, Venini, Italy
Located in Brussels, BE
About this "inciso" bottled vase, know as model number 4815 "erba" color variation by Paolo Venini Large bottle in “erba” color variation, (pale green and straw-colored glass finish...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Giulio Radi Amber Glass Vase with Silver Foil, Ca 1950
Located in New York, NY
Hand-blown glass vase, amber with silver foil and spiral design, by Giulio Radi for A.V.E.M., Murano Italy, ca 1950. The coloration and silver foil make this piece sublime. Refere...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Foil

Pierre Pigaglio Brown and Green Stoneware Ceramic Vase circa 1950
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Pierre Pigaglio Realised circa 1950 Elegant brown and greeen stoneware ceramic vase XXth century ceramic decoration Signed under the base Original perfect condition ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Celadon Xxth Century Abstract Porcelain Ceramic Vase by Askett French Design
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Askett Realised circa 1970 French porcelain ceramic vase Original good condition Signed Measures: Height : 24 cm Large : 23 cm.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Porcelain

Mid Century Tall Slender Murano Vase in Red Satin Glass with Blue Lip
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1960s Murano vase in red satin glass features a tall, slender neck accented with a wide, flat lip in deep cobalt blue. No signature found. Unknown maker. Very good vintage c...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

European Studio Ceramist, Unique Vase in Glazed Ceramics, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
European studio ceramist. Unique vase in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in brown shades. 1960s. Measures: 24,3 x 8,5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1960s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Jean Cacheleux 'B. 1943', France, Large Unique Vase in Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jean Cacheleux (b. 1943), France. Large unique vase in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in brown and cream shades. 1960s / 70s. Measures: 38 x 11.5 cm. In excellent condition. S...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Five Belgian Miniature Vases in Glazed Ceramics, Mid-20th C
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Five Belgian miniature vases in glazed ceramics. Mid-20th century. Largest measures: 13 x 7.8 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Six Belgian Miniature Vases in Glazed Ceramics, Mid-20th C.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Six Belgian miniature vases in glazed ceramics. Mid-20th century. Largest measures: 7 x 4.8 cm. In excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Hand Painted Rosenthal Vase in Multicolors
Located in Kansas City, MO
Abstract hand painted ceramic pottery vase by Rosenthal, Germany, 1960s. No chips, cracks, or repairs. Small areas of discoloration from use over time. A fine example and ready to use.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

French Stoneware Ceramic Vase in Style of George Jouve, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare french vase in a warm red color and in style of George Jouve produced in the 1950s. In good vintage condition with small signs from age and use. Dimensions: H: 21 cm W: 8...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Bitossi for Raymor Vase, Ceramic, Matte Black, Yellow and Orange, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Raymor vase, ceramic, matte black, yellow and orange, signed. From Bitossi's Genovese series, designed by Aldo Londi. The simple ovoid form is decorated with 3 impressed ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

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 Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

Vintage Studio Crafted Oil Lamp Vase, circa 1970s
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage studio crafted oil lamp/ vase. Circa 1970s. Signed by the artist. Can be used as a vase or weed pot or be filled with oil and used as a lamp.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Studio Crafted Weed Pot Bud Vase, circa 1970s
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage studio crafted weed pot. Circa 1970s. Beautiful glazing and composition. Unsigned.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Kremlin Bells Blown Glass Double Decanter by Kaj Franck Mod. KF 1500, 1959
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Finland, 1959. Designed by Kaj Franck and manufactured by Nuutajärvi Notsjö. Green, plum purple and smoked blown glass in three parts, signed K. Franck, Nuutajärvi Notsjö, -59. Tot...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Round Zsolnay Vase in Glazed Stoneware, Beautiful Eozin Glaze, Mid-20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Round Zsolnay vase in glazed stoneware. Beautiful eozin glaze. Mid-20th century. Measures: 9.5 x 7 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Vintage Geometric Earthtone Studio Pottery Vase Signed
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Studio Pottery vase in copper, gold & bronze colored earthtones, with a geometric pattern. Extremely well made with thin edge lip. Signed on underside with illegible signature.
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Late 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Pottery

Mid-Century Art Glass Vase, Chribska, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of metallurgical glass Re-polished Original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Emerald Green Vase by Vladislav Urban for Sklo Union, 20th Century, Europe 1960s
Located in Budapest, HU
Emerald green vase by Vladislav Urban for Sklo Union, 20th century, Europe 1960s.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Large Mid-Century Brutalist Style Floor Vase, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Large mid-century brutalist style floor vase, 1970s.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Venini Murano Fulvio Bianconi Sorriso 'Smile' Mouth Blown Vase, Clear Color
Located in Brussels, BE
Sorriso is the result of the last series of vases designed by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini at the end of the 80s. It is a mouth-blown glass vase, on which is applied a milk-white smile...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

Timo Sarpaneva Orchid Vases for Iittala Finland
Located in San Mateo, CA
Large and small size orchid vases designed by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala. This form was designed in 1953. The large vase is an earlier example and slightly darker glass. The small va...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Large, Mid-Century Modern Floor Vase, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Large, Mid-Century Modern floor vase, 1970s.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Murano Art Glass Vase, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Murano art glass vase, 1970s.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Vetro Artistico Murano Blown Glass Decorative Vase Colorful Swirls, Italy, 1970
By Vetro Artistico 1
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Italian blown Murano vase in swirl design motif of red, white, blue, yellow and clear coloring. Marked with foil label, Vetro Artistico Murano.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Murano Glass

Barbini Orange, White and Gold Aventurine Striped Large Bottle or Vase Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This very heavy and very fabulous bulbous Italian murano mid century modern striped orange, white and interspersed gold aventurine vase or bottle is the work of Alfredo Barbini. The ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Beatrice Wood Signed Mid-Century Monumental Large Figurative Luster Glaze Vase
Located in Studio City, CA
We try not to use the term "museum quality" often but in the case of his particular work, it is more than Apt. A simply breathtaking piece by famed American ceramist Beatrice Wood...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Earthenware

Elongated Teardrop-Black
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, this piece is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a black satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and then eac...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Clay, Stoneware

White Pierced Ceramic Double Gourd Vessel/Sculpture
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, the pierced collection is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and th...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Clay