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Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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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Trio of Blue Vases by Scheurich, ES Keramik, Strehla in Splatter and Lava Glazes
Located in New York, NY
A trio of blue vases by Scheurich, ES Keramik and Strehla. The variation in glazes and shapes makes for a stunning set. Measurements: Scheurich: H 11. 5" W 6" D 4" ES Keramik: H...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vase Designed by Berndt Friberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950’s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware. Measures: H: 19.4 cm / 7 3/4" W: 10 cm / 4".    
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Søholm Stentøj, Table Lamp, Incised Blue Stoneware, Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp produced by Søholm Keramik, located on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. Features a highly artistic glazed and incised decor. Sold without lampshade. Stated dimensi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Ceramic Pink and Yellow Halltray "Bull", France, 1960s
Located in Hamburg, DE
Colorful halltray with bull motif. The square ceramic comes from France and is from the 1960s. On the yellow glaze is depicted in purple a hand-painted bull. The rim of the tray is c...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Amedeo Fiorese Yellow Sprayed Ceramic Flower Vase Sculpture, Italy, 1970s
Located in Milan, IT
Artist Amedeo Fiorese yellow sprayed ceramic flower vase sculpture, Italy 1970s.   
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Paint

Trio of White Vases by Thomas, Dansk and Rosenthal Plissee
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 Ceramics

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Marked Vallauris France Ceramic Lemon Basket Green & Yellow Mid-Century Modern
Located in Miami, FL
1970s Mid-Century Modern handcrafted ceramic, pottery lemon basket or fruit plate in glazed dark green and black with yellow lemons, made in Vallauris. Marked underneath.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Pottery

Piero Fornasetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Leo, 1965
Located in Meda, MB
This rare and the most sought after collectibles vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain lithographically-decorated and hand painted ceramic zodiac plate have a white background with word...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Gold

Søholm Stentøj, Table Lamp, Glazed Incised Stoneware, Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp produced by Søholm Keramik, located on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. Features a highly artistic glazed and incised decor. Sold without lampshade. Stated dimensi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Midcentury Vases Rörstrand Carl Harry Stålhane, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
Large midcentury vases manufactured at Rörstrand and maker/designer Carl Harry Stålhane. Made in Sweden in the 1950s. Beautiful glazed vases with nice lines. That typical hares fur g...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Pierced Blush Ceramic Tabletop Fruit Bowl, in Stock
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, this bowl is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware. The satin glaze varies subtly from blush to cream to white. Controlled, slow cooling in t...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Clay

Midcentury Ceramic Bowl Rörstrand Carl Harry Stålhane, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful bowl on a small foot. Manufactured in the 1950s at Rörstrand, designed by Carl Harry Stålhane. The bowl has a wonderful glaze and it lifts the shape of the bowls to be won...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ricard French Midcentury Ceramic Vase, Le Castellet, Bendor Island, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Midcentury ceramic vase by Ceramiques Ricard (Le Castellet and Bendor Island), France, 1950s. Hand painted by Octave Congui. Measures: Height 35 cm - 13.8 in., diameter 21.5cm - 8.5 in.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Gerd Bogelund for Royal Copenhagen Ceramic Cream Coloured Vase, 1940s
Located in Milan, IT
Gerd Bogelund for Royal Copenhagen Ceramic cream coloured vase 1940s. Please note : the "free shipping option" and/or "subsidised shipping option" if stated in the shipping quotes...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Accolay 'act. 1945-1992', Dish circa 1950, France
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Accolay (act. 1945-1992), dish with two abstract characters, Glazed and enameled grog clay, circa 1950, France. Measures: Height 13 cm, diameter 37 cm We group together unde...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Set of Mid-Century Modern Coasters by Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
Set of six porcelain coasters, series "Mitologia" depicting Greek and Roman Gods. These were designed for the New York Department store Bonwit Teller. Signed to underside.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Porcelain

Palshus Diamond Detail Ceramic Vase, Denmark, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Low neutral-toned ceramic vase by Danish manufacturer Palshus. The exterior presents a repetitive diamond motif alternating off-white and a soft sandy color.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Set of Ceramic Plates on Stands by Roger Capron
Located in London, GB
Set of five rare small plates depicting signs of the Zodiac by the celebrated French ceramicist Roger Capron (1922-2006). They are all signed to the back and are standing on bespoke ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramics Vessels by Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
This set of 3 ceramic pieces made in Sweden at Gustavsbergs Porcelain Factory was designed by Stig Lindberg and are all hand painted to be unique. The leaf formed bowls standing ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Red Glazed Ceramic Dish by Jean Lurçat for Sant Vicens Marked 1/50
By Jean Lurçat, Sant Vicens
Located in Renens, CH
Mid-century red glazed ceramic dish by Jean Lurçat for Sant Vicens marked 1/50. Jean LURÇAT was a famous French painter and ceramist whose paintings were also transposed on beauti...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ettore Sottsass Il Sestante Ceramic Vase 1966 Signed and Published
Located in Firenze, IT
Ceramic vase designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1966 mod. 609 for the Sestante and produced by the Bitossi company of Montelupo Fiorentino. This piece, which belongs to the very first s...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Royal Copenhagen Diana Faience Tray, Nils Thorsson, Denmark, 1970s
Located in Bochum, NRW
Royal Copenhagen Diana Faience tray designed by the famous Danish designer Nils Thorsson. Marked to the backside. Excellent condition, retains vintage hangings, marked. Not anymore ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Stephanie Kalan Studio Pottery Two Small Penguin Figures
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A rare and unusual vintage studio pottery small penguin figures Stephanie Kalan (1909-1978) probably dating from around 1950. The hand crafted figures are of a mother with her young ...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Midcentury Ceramic Wall Plate, 1970's
Located in Budapest, HU
Midcentury ceramic wall plate, 1970's.
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Group of Fornasetti Milano Espresso Cup & Saucer Plus 2 Fornasetti under Plates
Located in New York, NY
Group of Fornasetti Milano espresso cup & saucer plus 2 Fornasetti under plates. cup and saucer set made in Italy by Fornasetti - Milano in the Monete pattern. The set is in good con...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Fantoni Style Salt Glaze Blue, Purple Ceramic Bowl Mid-Century Modern, Italian
Located in North Miami, FL
The beautiful pattern and intricacies of this geometric textural Italian salt glaze ceramic bowl has great influence and style of the work of the great Fantoni. The colors are exquis...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vintage Leopard Small Brown Vase, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Vintage glass in very good condition. The vase looks like it has just been taken out of the box. No jags, defects etc. Only one unique piece.  
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass

Midcentury Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Rare, large handmade ceramic table lamp, with nickel plated accessories - rewired.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Modern White Raymor Ceramic Platter by Alessio Tasca, 1970s
Located in Washington, DC
A rarely seen and very appealing ceramic platter with bamboo details by Italian designer Alessio Tasca (b. 1929). There is an incised stamp and paper label to underside. Also, retain...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Earthenware, Bamboo, Wood

"Soleil" Ceramic Sculpture by Roger Capron
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A rare prototype, this beautiful wall sculpture was based on collaborative work Capron had done a couple of years earlier with the artist Jean Derval for the Hotel Byblos, St. Tropez...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Pitcher, Italy, Midcentury, Red, White and Black, circa 1950, Vintage
Located in New York, NY
Ceramic, midcentury pitcher from Italy, circa 1950. The color is red, white and black.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Natzler Ceramics a Signed Presentation Copy
Located in New York, NY
Natzler ceramics from the collection of Mrs. Leonard M. Sperry. Published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1968. Limited edition hardcover presentation copy, #122/500, specia...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Paper

Midcentury Large Ceramic Bull Sculpture
Located in Vienna, AT
Ceramic bull with glaze, marked CW 64. made in Germany in the 1960s original condition.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Bruno Karlsson, Table Lamps, Stoneware, Fabric, Studio Ego, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of stoneware table lamps, executed by Bruno Karlsson. In his Studio, called "Ego Stengods Atelje". Signed at bottom. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade. Height including ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Vallauris France Glazed Woven Ceramic Basket Emerald Green Mid-Century Modern
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Woven Ceramic, Pottery in Emerald Green from Vallauris (small village on the French Riviera). Marked at the Base and dated A-62. Beautiful as well as practical.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Porcelain Bomboniere, Venetian Lagoon, Italy
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain bomboniere, Venetian Lagoon, Italy Very good condition.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

1950s Edwin and Mary Scheier Stoneware Modernist Studio Open Bowl
Located in Pasadena, CA
1950s stoneware bowl created by Edwin and Mary Scheier of Green Valley, Arizona. Bowl measures 11.5" in diameter by 1.75" high. It is signed Scheier within the clay with a date drawn...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Aldo Londi For Bitossi Feather Plume Ceramic Bowl Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This sculptural vintage Italian Aldo Londi for Bitossi ceramic bowl or vessel has gold painted teardrop like surround shapes on the exterior over white ceramic with a short sculptura...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Tall Guido Gambone Vase
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Elegant slender vase by Guido Gambone in a solid white glaze. Signed with donkey mark.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Bruno Karlsson, Small Table Lamp, Stoneware, Rattan, Studio Ego, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stoneware table lamp, executed by Bruno Karlsson in abstract form and highly artistic brown glaze. In his Studio, called "Ego Stengods Atelje". Signed at bottom. Assorted vintage r...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Blue Vase by Vladislav Urban for Sklo Union, 20th Century, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A graduate of Karol Štipl. He studied together with František Vízner, with whom he was often compared. Vízner and urban began working as designers at Rudolf Hut after graduation, in ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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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 Ceramics

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Gold Leaf

Bjørn Wiinblad Studio Glazed Ceramic Signed Covered Tureen, 1957 Early Important
Located in Miami, FL
Bjørn Wiinblad Studio Glazed Ceramic Signed Covered Tureen, 1957 Early Important Offered for sale is an early and important example of the work of Danish artist Bjørn Wiinblad dated...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Tommaso Barbi off White Porcelain Ceramic and Brass Picture Frame
Located in New York, NY
Tommaso Barbi off-white porcelain ceramic and brass picture frame With 4.75" x 6" opening.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Vase By Knud Basse Thorn, circa 1960, Denmark
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice Knud Basse 'thorn' vase, for Michael Andersen and Son Ceramic, circa 1960, Denmark. Brown glazed ceramic. Dimensions: 18 cm height, diameter 12 cm. We ship worldwide. All purcha...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Italian Ceramic Boston Terrier and Panda
Located in Hingham, MA
Delightful large-scale ceramic figures of a nearly life-size black and white glazed Boston Terrier and a Panda bear. Marked with numbers and Made in Italy. Attributed to Eugenio Patt...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Glamorous Pair of Signed Jaru 18kt Gold Ram Sculptures Mid-Century Modern
By Jaru
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Glamorous pair of gilded 18-karat ceramic rams heads by Jaru.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Beautiful Figurine by Tieberghien Oswald
Located in Antwerp, BE
Tieberghien Oswald (born 1936) is a sophisticated Belgian artist, who has his own ceramics studio in Eeklo started in 1955. Glazed ceramic in strong yet subtle colors.  
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Midcentury Stoneware Vase Rörstrand Carl Harry Stålhane, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
This stunning piece of ceramic was produced at Rörstrand and maker/designer Carl Harry Stålhane. Made in Sweden in the 1950s. Exceptional beautiful blue glazed vases with nice lines....
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Trio of Mid-Century West German Vases by Bay Keramik & Spara Pottery, circa 1970
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Trio of tall vintage midcentury vases by West German Pottery producers - 'Bay Keramik' and 'Spara', Germany, circa 1970s. The embossed relief pattern on the pair of Spara vases is no...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Clay, Pottery

Søholm Keramik, Large Table Lamp, Glazed Stoneware, Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A large table lamp produced by Søholm Keramik, located on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. Features a highly artistic glazed decor. Sold without lampshade. Stated dimensions ex...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Pair of Enamelled Ceramic Vases, Brown, Candleholder, Signed Italy, 1970s bamboo
Located in Roma, IT
Pair of enamelled ceramic vases. Brown, with brass candleholder. Signed Italy, P 366.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Brass

Vase Seashell Vicke Lindstrand Ekeby, Sweden, 1940s
Located in Langserud, SE
Incredible vase created by Vicke Lindstrand Ekeby, Sweden in late 1940s. The seashell vase is made in ceramic and has a wonderful blue glaze to cover the front. Excellent conditio...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Marcello Fantoni Midcentury Italian Ceramic Vase Double Decoration, 1950s
Located in Firenze, IT
Large ceramic vase by master ceramist Marcello Fantoni Florence Italy from the 1950s, double decoration on one side of opaque black and white houses on the other side colored charact...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Vintage 1972 Harding Black Mug
Located in San Antonio, TX
Harding black pottery coffee mug in hues of blues and browns. Signed on bottom and dated 1972. The world renowned San Antonio potter was famous for his glazes and this specimen is a ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Marchello Fantoni Vibrant Blue Bowl
Located in Chicago, IL
Marchello Fantoni Vibrant Blue Bowl blue bowl. Signed Fanton underside.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Metal

Ceramic Fishes Wall Composition or Wall Decoration, Mid-Century Modern Period
Located in Barcelona, ES
Set of Midcentury multi color fish Plates and Platters as Wall Decoration A cool collection of nine european glazed ceramic, porcelain and terracotta fishes in different shapes and ...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Majolica, Porcelain, Terracotta

Emerald Green Vase by Vladislav Urban for Sklo Union, 20th Century, Europe 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A graduate of Karol Štipl. He studied together with František Vízner, with whom he was often compared. Vízner and urban began working as designers at Rudolf Hut after graduation, in ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Glass