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Mid-Century Modern Vases

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 Green Italian Art Glass Forato Vase
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern green and white Murano Art glass Forato vase with pulled details. Italy, 1950s. Monumental Mid-Century Modern organic shaped green Murano glass Forato ( hole) lar...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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

Pulcino Glass Bird, Alessandro Pianon, Vetreria Vistosi Murano, 'Italy'
Located in Brussels, BE
Glass bird standing on copper feet, designed by Alessandro Pianon for Vistosi Murano in 1962. Its body is made of green glass, embellished by blue and red murrines. Its eyes are ma...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Clessidra Hourglass, Paolo Venini, Venini Murano 'Italy'
Located in Brussels, BE
The hourglasses designed by Paolo Venini in 1957 were exhibited at the Triennale di Milano the same year. This piece is a large and rare model. The two parts have a conical shape a...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Skoby Joe Textured Ceramic Vessel Wabi Sabi Mid-Century Modern Sculpture
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 Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Clay, Stoneware, Ceramic

Large Green Pink Opalescent Chalcedony Flower Italian Art Glass Centerpiece Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Gorgeous, large Murano handblown opalescent "Chalcedony" surface Italian art glass vase with large flowers and vines motif. The vase is signed underneath. Looks like "Fabio", but I c...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

Vase with Bird Decor, Roger Capron, Capron Vallauris, 'France'
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice and rare free-form ceramic vase. Decor of a white checkered bird on a black base, executed in paraffin reserve before glazing. The interior of the dark green enameled vase, ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Decorative Glass Box with Murrine Lid, Ludovico Diaz de Santillana Venini Murano
Located in Brussels, BE
Pretty and rare decorative box or candy box in transparent straw-colored glass topped with a lid with delicate murrine work in coral tones. The design of the murrine imagined by Lu...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Large Wooden Vase, 1980s
Located in London, GB
Large wooden vase, 1980s.
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1980s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Wood

“Vetro Battuto” Gray Murano Glass Vases
Located in Austin, TX
Vases - “Vetro Battuto” gray Murano glass vases originally designed by Carlo Scarpa. This set has a beautiful graphite gray color to the hand-blown glass and features the “vetro batt...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Pezzato Vase 'Model 4393', Fulvio Bianconi, Venini Murano 'Italy'
Located in Brussels, BE
This oval and irregular "carrot" shaped vase is composed of blown glass tesserae in straw color, aqua navy blue, dark gray and black. A rare color variant for the Pezzati series. T...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Saxbo
Located in San Francisco, CA
A teal Saxbo vase, with a scale-like pattern in relief. Stamped Saxbo.  
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Macchie Vase 'Model 4321', Fulvio Bianconi, Venini Murano, 'Italy'
Located in Brussels, BE
Vase in thick transparent glass, one side of the vase decorated with a "stain" forming an abstract design (macchie means stain in Italian), this stain is dark in color, on the other ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Vase Pezzame 'or a Spicchi' 'Model Number 4316', Fulvio Bianconi, Venini Murano
Located in Brussels, BE
Vase in thick transparent glass, one side of the vase decorated with a "stain" forming an abstract design (macchie means stain in Italian), this stain is dark in color, on the other ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Ovoid Turquoise Glass Vase with Optical Stripes by Holmegaard, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A handblown turquoise glass vase manufactured by Holmegaard in Denmark during the 1950s. Beautiful deep turquoise in color and decorated internally with horizontal optical stripes th...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Carl Auböck Model #3975 Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3975 brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Brass

Midcentury Painted Porcelain Flower Vase by Bassano, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
1960s. Made in painted porcelain. It is a vintage piece, therefore it might show slight traces of use, but it can be considered as in excellent original condition and ready to beco...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Porcelain

Pietro Chiesa 'Cartoccio' Glass Vase, 20th Century
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early production piece Hand blown Undulating glass sculptural form No two are alike Light texture outside, smooth inside Cream hue Two small prong holes where the glass was hel...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Richard Manz Sculptural Ceramic Vase with Earthen Colors Scandinavia Mid-Century
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Sculptural ceramic vase made by the German-Swedish-Danish ceramist Richard Manz (1933-1999). The husband of the Danish ceramist Bodil Manz. The rustic almost cylindrical vase is dec...
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1990s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

1970s Danish Hand Blown Holmegaard Encased Green Glass Hourglass Shaped Vase
Located in London, GB
1970s Danish hand blown Holmegaard hourglass shaped dark green vase with an encased white glass interior. The outer green glass of the vase is 5mm thick, the white glass 2mm with a 1...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Cylindric Lucite Vase with Twisted Brass Snake, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Cylindric vase in Lucite featuring twisted snake in brass. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Metal, Brass

Fasce Orizzontali Vase 'Model Number 4315', Fulvio Bianconi, Venini Murano
Located in Brussels, BE
Large green blown glass bottle vase decorated with three hot applied red bands (on a white background). Very imposing by its size of 61. cm, we have not found the similar model ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Swedish Glass Sculpture Sailboat
Located in Vienna, AT
Hand blown glass sculpture in the shape of the sailboat manufactured in Sweden by Pukeberg in the 1960s.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Ceramic Vessel by Waistel Cooper
Located in London, GB
Ceramic vessel by British potter Waistel Cooper (1921 - 2003). Second half twentieth century. Glazed inside and out in a combination of natural tones. Signed "Waistel" to the base...
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20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vintage French Ceramic Vase by Alexandre Kostanda 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
French ceramic decorative vase by Alexandre Kostanda, Vallauris, France (circa 1960s). In his trademark natural clay and rustic style, Kostanda created beautifully original vessels, ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vintage French Ceramic Vase with Flower Motif by Dominique Guillot 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
French ceramic vase by Dominique Guillot (circa 1960s). Delightfully decorated with a colourful flower motif, the vase is utilitarian and beautiful all at once. The sensuous, spheric...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Pierced Ceramic Tabletop Sculpture-White
Located in Oakland, CA
Cosette is part of the Femme Series, a sculptural exploration celebrating the female form. This hand pierced sculpture are made from wheel thrown white stoneware and fired with a whi...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Antonio da Ros for Cenedese Vase, Sommerso, Glass, Blue, Chartreuse Yellow
Located in New York, NY
Antonio da Ros for Cenedese vase, sommerso, glass, blue and chartreuse yellow. Medium scale chunky bottle form vase with thick walls and bold contrasting colors. Light scratches to u...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

1970s German OP Art Hutschenreuther White Bisque Limpet Seashell Vase
Located in London, GB
1970s, Op Art, German, Hutschenreuther, white bisque vase decorated with a wonderful limpet seashell pattern which resembles the seabed. The interior has a white polished glaze which...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

1960s Blenko Style Tangerine Art Glass Vase
Located in London, GB
A small 1960s Blenko style hand blown tangerine or amberina glass vase. I am sure it's Blenko but with no manufacturer's label I can't be 100% certain. In very good vintage condition...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Aldo Lodi and Flavia Montelupo Bitossi Rimini Blue Vase
Located in Vienna, AT
Rimini blue glazed ashtray. Designed by Aldo Londi, manufactured in Italy by Bitossi Ceramiche in the 1950s. Handcrafted with hand carved geometric design in a glazed vibrant turquoi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Pier Alessandro Giusti and Egidio Di Rosa for Up&Up Travertine Vase Italy, c1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Pier Alessandro Giusti and Egidio Di Rosa for Up&UP Italy sculptural travertine vase circa 1980. This vase is highly scored or incised from bottom to top in a circular motif making i...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Travertine

Ceramic Polychrome Vase Italy Raymor Attributed to Marcello Fantoni
Located in Chicago, IL
Italian ceramic vase for Raymor, most likely by Fantoni considering the amount of design work he did for Raymor and a faint trace of his signature on the base. Pale watery blue and...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Robert Arneson Studio Vase, 1961
Located in Chicago, IL
Robert Arneson Studio vase, 1961 Glazed earthenware, (signed in black on underside 'ARNESON 61').   
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Earthenware

Vintage French Ceramic Vase / Decanter by Jacques Blin, 'circa 1950s'
Located in London, GB
Vintage French decorative ceramic vase / decanter by Jacques Blin, (circa 1950s). In an elegant shape calling to mind a graceful bird, this piece by Blin is a stunning work of art. U...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vintage French Ceramic Vase by Roger Capron 'circa 1950s'
Located in London, GB
Vintage French ceramic vase by Roger Capron (circa 1950s). A captivating piece with milky-white base accented with colourful U-shaped lines in black and a diluted clay-hued orange. P...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Carl Auböck Model #3794 'Aorta' Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3794 'Aorta' brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkstät...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #7235 Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #7235 brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #7231 Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #7231 brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck #3632 Watering Can in Patinated Brass and Cane
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck #3632 watering can in patinated brass and cane. Designed in the 1940s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese watering can is executed in handwoven cane, polished and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #7240 Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #7420 brass vase designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in darkly patinated and polished brass by Werkstätte Carl A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #7228 Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #7228 brass vase designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in darkly patinated and polished brass by Werkstätte Carl A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3853 Brass Vase
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3853 brass vase designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in darkly patinated and polished brass by Werkstätte Carl A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Brass

Carl Auböck #3632 Watering Can in Polished Brass and Cane
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck #3632 watering can in patinated brass and cane. Designed in the 1940s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese watering can is executed in handwoven cane, polished and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Brass

Glit Lava Brutalist Cylinder Vase, Iceland
Located in Chicago, IL
Glit pottery cylinder vase with Brutalist lava texture, circa 1960s, Iceland. Glazed in muted tones of brown, gray and black. Horizontal striations create even more texture to the ch...
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1960s Icelandic Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Earthenware, Stoneware

Beautiful Signed Pottery Vase Glazed California Design
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful glaze well-done piece and shape circa 1970's no chips or cracks.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pottery

Amber Glass Mid Century Small Vase
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A small mid-century amber hue glass vase. Perfect for displaying small blooms. Dimensions: 6" tall 2.5" diameter at top.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Pair of Italian Midcentury Glazed Terracotta Vases
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of Italian midcentury glazed terracotta vases. Six indented circles which makes them extremely interesting and each with a different color palette including dark green, rust, li...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Terracotta

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 Vases

Materials

Pottery

Murano Vase
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage Italian Murano glass vase with dark red exterior and yellow interior, hand blown with black stripes throughout, infused with gold flecks and decorated with shell like figures...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Large Glass Vase GullaSkruf Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
This wonderful large vase made in Sweden at GullaSkruf was designed by Kjell Blomberg in the 1950s. It has a lovely color and as many of the designers from Sweden the light has a ce...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Geometric Murano Vase
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Memphis group inspired Murano glass vase, with a large dark blue cone shaped top infused with silver flecks, a round light blue disk, and a black dome shaped base / Made in Italy in ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Wide Rimmed Italian Pale Green Blown Glass Olive Jar Vase
Located in New York, NY
Italian pale green blown glass olive jar vase with handles and wide rim. Lovely ancient form in Mid-Century Modern design.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Midcentury Modern Large Glass Vase GullaSkruf Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
This wonderful large vase made in Sweden at GullaSkruf was designed by Kjell Blomberg in the 1950s. It has a lovely color and as many of the designers from Sweden the light has a ce...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Midcentury Large White and Grey Vase Rörstrand by Gunnar Nylund, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
This large, unusual stoneware vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, 1950s is gifted with light grey and white harefur glaze. And it has that stunning look of Nylunds great craftsmansh...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Midcentury Set of 3 Ceramic Pieces Rörstrand Gunnar Nylund, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
Three wonderful pieces, three vases from Rörstrand and maker, designer Gunnar Nylund. Made in Sweden in the midcentury. Exceptional glazed vases with wonderful curves. This set of th...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Rosenthal Netter Vase, Ceramic, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Onion, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Rosenthal Netter vase, ceramic, yellow, orange and brown onion, signed. Tall chunky yellow and brown cylinder vase decorated with an organic onion pattern of yellow, orange, chartreu...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Extraordinary Zig Zag Pottery Fat Lava Vase Made by Scheurich, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Fat lava art vase super rare green white coloration Model: 203-26 Producer: Scheurich, Germany Decade: 1970s This original vintage vase wa...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Ceramic

2 Tiny Ittala Vases Alvar Aalto "Savoy" & Timo Sarpaneva "Orkidea"
Located in Sharon, CT
The Sarpaneva "Orkidea" -Bud vase is 5 3/8" x 2" x 2". The Aalto "Savoy" is 3 9/16"x 4 7/16" x 3 3/4". Probably the smallest sizes these celebrated vases were produced in.
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass