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Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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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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 Centerpieces

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Gold Leaf

21st Century Collectible Handcrafted and Dark Cast Oxidised Bronze O'Connor Bowl
Located in Paris, FR
O'Connor bowl forged from cast dark bronze by Fakasaka.
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Bronze

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 Centerpieces

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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 Centerpieces

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Bronze

Round Rattan & Brass Plate Centerpiece, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Round centerpiece in rattan framed by brass border made in Italy in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Metal, Brass

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 Centerpieces

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Blown Glass

Marble Effect Acrylic and Frame Chrome Tray Centerpiece Italy 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Large rectangular Acrylic marble effect and frame chrome tray centerpiece, Italy, 1970s.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Metal, Chrome

Art Glass Candleholder by Staffan Gellerstedt for Pukeberg Sweden C.1970
By Staffan Gellerstedt
Located in London, GB
A textured art glass candleholder by Staffan Gellerstedt For Pukeberg Glassworks of Sweden C.1970. Designed to hold regular sized candlesticks. In excellent condition commensurate ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Art Glass

1970s Italian Resin Serving Bowl with Leaves Inclusions
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely 1970s resin decorative bowl, centerpiece, or serving dish by Resinplast, Italy. Extra thick clear resin or acrylic deep rounded bowl shape with assorted real autumn leaves emb...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Resin, Acrylic, Lucite

Cofrac Art Verrier Clear Glass Centerpiece Bowl, France
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This is one of the largest pieces of Cofrac Art Verrier glass, at 28" wide, that I have come across. Unmistakeable in its assymetrical free form design. These crystal centerpieces ar...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Glass

Dansk Teak Serving Bowl by Jens Quistgaard Denmark
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A teak serving bowl designed by the iconic designer Jens H. Quistgaard who's organic pieces including pepper mills, serving pieces and furniture were both practical and beautiful . T...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Teak

Monumental Transparent "A Mugnoni" Murano Glass Vase by Ercole Barovier, 1938
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, 1938. This is a vase from the A Mugnoni series in transparent heavy blown glass, decorated with prunts containing air bubbles. It is a rare, historical and iconic piece, a...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Large Vintage Art Glass Bowl by Frantisek Zemek for Mstisov Glassworks, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Beautiful very large mid-century coloured art glass bowl designed by Frantisek Zemek and produced by Mstisov Glassworks in 1960's. The piece is from the Rhapsody collection. Very rar...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Art Glass

1970's Italian Venetian Glass Centerpiece
Located in Paris, FR
A 20th Century vintage Italian decorative centerpiece or fruit dish made out of handblown blue/green Venetian Murano glass. Designed with a beautiful twisted spiral pedestal base. ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Fratelli Cacchione Immense Sterling Silver Centerpiece Bowl, Milan, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Magnificent reticulated Italian sterling silver centerpiece by the renown Fratelli Cacchione Silversmiths. This spectacular centerpiece measures 15 inches in diameter, depicting a ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Sterling Silver

Large Danish Smoked Handblown Selandia Bowl by Per Lutken for Holmegaard Denmark
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Wonderful large, handblown, glass bowl by Per Lutken for Holmegaard, circa 1960s. The piece entitled, "Selandia", has an abstract curved rim and a convex centre. Produced in a light ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Glass

Formia 1970 Italian Tall Yellow Green Red Blue Crystal Murano Glass Pop Art Vase
Located in New York, NY
Formia 1970s vintage Italian modern design vase or centerpiece of organic ovoid shape, in blown crystal clear Murano glass decorated with rainbow stripes in red, aqua blue, pink, app...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Blue Fruit Bowl "Model 1419" by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Blue Fruit Bowl "Model 1419" by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, 1960s Mid-Century Modern.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Glass

Murano Green Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Venetian Gentleman Candleholder Set
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful pair of large vintage Murano hand blown white, gold flecks and teal green Italian art glass figural candlestick sculptures of Venetian gentleman. They are a true matched pa...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Gold Leaf

Fratelli Toso Murano Pink Black Ribbons Large Italian Art Glass Fazzoletto Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful, and extra large, vintage Murano hand blown black / brown and pink Zanfirico ribbons Italian art glass sculptural handkerchief / fazzoletto flower vase. Documented to the F...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Ercole Barovier Toso Murano Pink Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown pink and gold flecks Italian art glass double opening flower vase. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for Barovier e Toso, circa 1950s. Create...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Gold Leaf

Large Val Saint Lambert Art Glass Green Centerpiece or Vide-Poche, 1950s
Located in London, GB
Large Val Saint Lambert art glass green centerpiece or vide-poche, 1950s.
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Art Glass

Trivet in Metal and Glass, France, 1970
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This trivet is a centerpiece in metal and glass. It has been made in France, around 1970. The pattern is a silver fish shape.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Style Venezia Green Blown Glass Bowl
Located in Brescia, IT
This beautiful piece in green blown glass is an elegant and eye catching center piece. It can be suspended on the wall as a sculpture. Manufactured in Murano, Venezia, circa 1960. Ta...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

1960 Mid-Century Modern Style Murano Black Round Glass Bowl
Located in Brescia, IT
This Mid-Century black Murano glass bowl is a decorative object with a strong presence cause its color. Manufactured in Murano, Venezia, circa 1960. Support in plexiglass included co...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Cenedese 1970 Pair of White Green Orange Murano Glass Conical Vases on Blue Base
Located in New York, NY
A striking vintage pair of modernist vases signed Cenedese, a colorful modern creation in Murano glass, precursor of the Memphis style, the conical shape is enhanced and decorated wi...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Blown Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine

Formia 1980 Italian Vintage Purple Blue White Murano Glass Modern Design Vases
Located in New York, NY
Two vases in blown Murano Art glass signed Formia, created exclusively for Roche Bobois Paris. The very modern minimalist design and execution are striking in the luxurious quality o...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Art Glass

Red Ceramic Centerpiece Signed Ceramiche Florecnce Scarperia, Italy, 1976
Located in Naples, IT
Centerpiece / coin tray in glossy glazed ceramic in the colors of red, orange, yellow, blue and black. Florence - Italy.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Alexandre Noll 1930s Turned Wood Bowl
Located in New York, NY
An original 1930s turned wood sculptural wood bowl by famed French craftsman, Alexandre Noll. Signed
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Hardwood

20th Century Angelo Mangiarotti Marble Centerpiece for Knoll '60s
Located in Turin, IT
Minimal and beautiful Centerpiece designed by the master of Marble: Angelo Mangiarotti. The vase was designed at the end of '60s for Knoll. Very good condition, fully original.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Marble

Formia 1970 Modern Italian Crystal Murano Glass Centerpiece with White Filigrana
Located in New York, NY
1970s elegant and refined Minimalist creation signed Formia Murano, crystal clear blown Murano glass dish or centerpiece decorated with swags of white mezza filigrana that creates a ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass, Blown Glass, Murrine

Massive Italian Curved Vase in Blown Murano Glass Ice Color, 1990s
Located in Villaverla, IT
Italian Venetian, vase curves, blown Murano glass, ice color, Romano Donà, 1990s. The vase is constituted by a very thick bowl entirely handcrafted in blown Murano glass, in color ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Cut Glass, Murano Glass

Fratelli Toso Murano Amethyst Green Aventurine Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large vintage Murano hand blown amethyst spots over green, and aventurine flecks Italian art glass flower vase. Documented to the Fratelli Toso Company. The piece has a pin...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Barbini Murano White Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Conch Shell Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (2 bowls available). Elegant and very large Murano hand blown gold flecks over white Italian art glass conch shell centerpiece bowl. Attributed to designer Alfredo Ba...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Gold Leaf

Murano Sommerso Blue Green Gold Italian Art Glass Duck Bird Figure Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and very large, vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso blue and green with gold flecks accents, art glass duck sculpture. Can be used as a centerpiece on any table. Mid-century...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Gold Leaf

Wood Centerpiece by Anri Form
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Charming Italian teak wood centerpiece by Anri Form, original copper mark.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Teak

Ceramic Centerpiece by Alessio Tasca
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Awesome ceramic Italian centerpiece designed by Alessio tasca. Original label.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Tommaso Barbi Rectangular Brass & Mirror Centerpiece Tray, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Rectangular centerpiece tray in bronzed mirror with brass corners and frame in ivory-colored plastic material by the Italian designer Tommaso Barbi. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Metal, Brass

1950s Glazed Ceramic Hybrid Animal Centerpiece Bowl Ice Bucket, Bitossi Era
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern ceramic fruit bowl / centerpiece hybrid animal being design. Italy, 1950s. It has an abstract or hydrid design mixing the body of a bird and the head of a goat or...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Ceramic, Earthenware, Terracotta

Handmade Sculpture in Snake Form by Los Castillo
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this beautifully handmade crafted Los Castillo turquoise sculpture in snake form, includes Los castillo signature, circa 1950.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Lapis Lazuli

Vintage Small Marquetry Round Decorative Bowl
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage small marquetry round decorative bowl. Round base and sunburst style. Measures: 9"D x 3 1/4"H 5.5"D round footed base.
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Early 2000s Polish Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Wood

1960s Mid-Century Modern Green Murano Glass Oval Centerpiece
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A particular Murano glass centerpiece made in Italy in the sixties, it's in perfect conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Murano White Pastel Colors Swirl Art Glass Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Barcelona, ES
Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano glass centerpiece, white and multicolor pastel tones This large bowl or centerpiece has free form design in handblown opaline white glass and swirl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Brass & Tortoise Shell Effect Lucite Centerpiece Serving Tray, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Rectangular centerpiece serving tray in tortoise-shell-effect lucite featuring two brass lions on two sides. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Biomorphic Orange, Purple & Clear Art Glass Centerpiece Bowl
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large and substantial biomorphic shaped art glass bowl is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Scandinavia, likely Sweden, in approximately 1970 in the period Mid-Century...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Art Glass

Glass and Metal Soliflore by Jean Keup for Op der Millen, Belgium, 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Glass and metal soliflore by Jean Keup for Op der Millen - Belgium 1970s.
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1970s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Metal

Tommaso Barbi Squared Brass & Mirror Vide Poche, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Squared vide-poche in bronzed mirror with brass corners and frame in ivory-colored plastic material by the Italian designer Tommaso Barbi. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Metal, Brass

Black Large French Blown Glass Dish, Signed, Yellow, Orange, Blue, White
Located in Valladolid, ES
Unique and very refined piece of glass, blown glass, 20th century. A large black dish, with a psicoledic design in different colors, orange, green, yellow, blue and white. It’s a cra...
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1990s French Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Blown Glass

Shell Centerpiece Lucite and Rattan Christian Dior Style, France, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Shell shaped centerpiece in lucite and rattan in the style of Christian Dior Home. Made in France in the 1970s.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Metal, Brass

Travertine Box Pier Alessandro Giusti and Egidio Di Rosa for Up & Up Italy 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Round box in travertine marble by the Italian designers Pier Alessandro Giusti and Egidio Di Rosa for Up & Up. Made in Italy in the 1970s. The box weights 5.6 kg.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Travertine

Venini Fulvio Bianconi Murano Gray Opalino Italian Art Glass Sculptural Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and rare, vintage Murano hand blown blue gray, opaline Italian art glass handkerchief sculptural vase. Documented to designer Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini. The piece is...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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

Tommaso Barbi Squared Brass & Mirror Vide Poche, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Squared vide-poche in bronzed mirror with brass corners and frame in ivory-colored plastic material by the Italian designer Tommaso Barbi. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Metal

Mid-Century Crystal Fruit Centerpiece, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Mid-century fruit centerpiece by Cristalleries de Bavière, 1950s. Heavy & thick crystal - weight : 4kgs. Crystal pedestal bowl. Centerpiece or fruit bowl. Height: 7.5"(19cm), Diamete...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Crystal

Formia 1970s Modern Italian Crystal Murano Glass Bowl with White Filigrana
Located in New York, NY
1970s elegant Minimalist creation signed Formia Murano, crystal clear blown Murano glass bowl/vase decorated with swags of white mezza filigrana that creates a very interesting desig...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Blown Glass, Murrine, Murano Glass

Lacquered and Airbrushed Ceramic Centrepiece Model Nr 182/2 by Vibi, Italy
By Vibi
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Turin, Italy, 1950s - 1960s. Made in lacquered ceramic, which has been airbrushed with a cloud pattern. It has few cracks, which are imperceptible to the touch since they are unde...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Stunning Midcentury Red and Orange Murano Glass Bowl or Centerpiece, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
This bowl/centerpiece is made in red, orange and yellow Murano glass, a beautiful combination that creates a flame effect. It is a vintage piece, therefore it might show slight tra...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Spyros Centerpiece by Eleonore Peduzzi Riva
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Rare melamine centerpiece by Eleonore Peduzzi Riza for Artemide. Sometimes referred to or used as an ashtray. Photographed with Echos magazine for scale.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Plastic

1960s Italian White Murano Glass Extra Large Platter with Orange & Blue Murrine
Located in New York, NY
Venetian extra large vintage dish charger / centerpiece by A.V.E.M in blown Murano glass, a true Work of Art for its size, decorated "a canne" (insets of colored glass rods) with a g...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Murrine