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Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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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Mid-Century Modern Set of 3 Bowls Rörstrand Carl Harry Stålhane, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful set of 3 Atelje bowls made at Rörstrand and maker/designer Carl Harry Stålhane. Made in Sweden in the midcentury. Beautiful, glazed bowls in good condition. Dimensions: ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Sculpture Ceramic by Elie van Damme for Amphora, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Moulded sitting Girl sculpture, edited by Amphora, created by Elie Van Damme. Black metallic glaze.Perfect condition. Belgium 1960s.
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1965 Jaap Dommisse Netherlands Abstract Modernist Earthenware Wall Plate
Located in Pasadena, CA
Earthenware wall plate with abstract decoration created by Jaap Dommisse of Oosterbeek, the Netherlands circa 1965. Plate measures 1.5" by 10.75" in diameter. In very good vintage 19...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Earthenware

Midcentury Ceramic Vase Gunnar Nylund Rörstrand, Sweden 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
One large vase with handle designed by Gunnar Nylund at the Rörstrand Factory in the 1950s, Sweden. This vase with its wonderful glaze and leaf/relief pattern gives the sculpture lif...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Wall or Decorative Plate Fishes Design
Located in Barcelona, ES
Hand painted Naif fish design terracotta wall plate Beautiful mid-20th century terracotta plate with hand painted naif fish decoration. Signed Solé. Catalan school, Spain 1950s....
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Terracotta

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

Bruno Karlsson, Small Table Lamp, Stoneware, Linen, 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. Stated dimensi...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Bruno Karlsson, Small Vase, Stoneware, Studio Ego, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small handmade stoneware vase, executed by Bruno Karlsson in abstract form and highly artistic brown glaze. In his Studio, called "Ego Stengods Atelje". Signed at bottom. Other...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Søholm Keramik, Small Table Lamp, Glazed Stoneware, Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small table lamp produced by Søholm Keramik, located on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. Features a highly artistic green / blue glaze. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade. He...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Vintage French Ceramic Tureen by Roger Capron 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
Vintage French ceramic tureen by Roger Capron (circa 1960s). A luscious creamy white base with subtle grey-blue hues in the repeating décor pattern is graceful and charming all at on...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Decorative Ceramic Tray by Charles René Neveux for Cerenne Workshop, c. 1950s
By Charles René Neveux
Located in London, GB
Mid-century ceramic hors d'oeuvres tray by Charles René Neveux for Cerenne Workshop (circa 1950s). This rare ceramic with abstract motif is signed by Neveux himself. A tomato-red bas...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century French Ceramic Tray by Claude Vayssier for Atelier Cerenne, c. 1950s
Located in London, GB
Mid-century ceramic hors d'oeuvres tray by Claude Vayssier for Cerenne Workshop (circa 1950s). This rare ceramic with stylised horse motif is signed by Claude Vayssier, the decorator...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Ceramic Decorative Plate by Claude Vayssier for Atelier Cerenne
Located in London, GB
Mid-century ceramic decorative plate by Claude Vayssier for Cerenne Workshop (circa 1950s). This ceramic plate with a fish incised in the centre over the lustrous black background is...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century Ceramic Plates with Stylised Horses by Atelier Cerenne
Located in London, GB
Pair of French mid-century ceramic plates with stylised horses by Atelier Cerenne (circa 1950s). The Chabaneix horse designs are incised into the ceramic, the lighter lines contrasti...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid Century Lidded Bowl by Ceramiche Batignani, Italy
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A beautiful pumpkin shaped bowl with lid crowned by a brass handle by Ceramiche Batignani from the 1950's. This handmade bowl is in perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Tall, Dark and Handsome Italian Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This attenuated bottle-form vase is stoneware, less commonly seen in Italy where earthenware was generally favored for its accomodation of brightly-colored and carefully controlled g...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Ceramic Hand Painted Strawberry Motif Serving Platter, Italy
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A vintage hand-painted ceramic strawberry motif serving platter or relish dish. This serving dish features four wells that will accommodate dips, relishes or crudités. The edges and ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Paint

Studio Pottery Signed Ceramic Vase, circa 1970
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Studio Pottery Signed ceramic case, circa 1970.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Bowl by Carlo Zauli
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Rare large bowl by Carlo Zauli, Italy, 1970. Nice large bowl in a light greyish clay with nice warm taupe undertone. The bowl has nice minimal organic design at the inside of the bow...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Bud Vase by M Vlosky, USA, 1960's
Located in New York, NY
A conical bud vase by M. Vlosky in earth tones glazes.
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Keith Haring 1980s Set of Nine Tiles Wall Decoration, Germany
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of 9 decorative tiles by Steuler, Germany 1994. Abstracted dancing black and white lines and pops of color in Keith Haring style. Dimensions 9 tiles:*75 cm-*60 cm.
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1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Horse, Danish, C 1960, Mid-Century, Turquoise Color
Located in New York, NY
Decorative large ceramic horse made of heavy clay, beautiful turquoise color. Danish design from mid-century, C 1960.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vallauris France Colorful Ceramic Table Centerpiece Leaf Shaped
Located in Prato, Tuscany
A fascinating centerpiece in the shape of a leaf in colored ceramic; the craftsman has given the leaf a pleasant and well-proportioned shape, but what most seduces us is the choice a...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ruscha Keramik Germany Vintage Ceramic Vase With Japanese Decoration
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Black ceramic vase with Japanese decoration painted and enameled in relief, this vintage product was made between 1960 and 1965 by Ruscha Keramik a famous West German company, and be...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Bitossi Aldo Londi Very Large Ceramic Round Ashtray, Rimini Blu
Located in Barcelona, ES
Blue glazed (Rimini Blu) ceramic large ashtray designed by Aldo Londi and manufactured by Bitossi. Italy, 1950-1960s. It was handcrafted in Italy with hand carved geometric design ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

xxl Modernist West German Ceramic Wall Plate Object Helmut Schärfenacker, 1960
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Ceramic wall plate Decade: 1960s Producer: Atelier Schäffenacker, Ulm Germany Design: Helmut Schäffenacker original vintage ceramic wall pla...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Marianne Starck, Table Lamp, Stoneware, Michael Andersen, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp designed by Marianne Starck produced by Michael Andersen Keramik. Stated measurements excluding lampshade. Height includes socket. Upon request illustrated lampshade ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

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

Danish White Ceramic Pitcher by Anne Kjaersgaard 20th Century Design
By Anne Kjaersgaard
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Anne Kjaersgaard original 20th century ceramic pitcher by Danish artist Realised in France in La Borne and dated 1961 Signed under the base Original perfect condition ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

20th Century Design Ceramic Pitcher by Pierre Digan La Borne, 1970
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Pierre Digan 20th century ceramic pitcher by the french artist Signed under the base Elegant ceramic glazes colors effects Original perfect condition Circa 1970 in La...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Midcentury Brown Ceramic Pitcher by Jean Linard La Borne, 1975
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Jean Linard Elegant brown ceramic pitcher realised by Jean Linard Circa 1970, in La Borne Original good condition Signed at the base Measures: Height : 27 cm large : 1...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Jean Picart Le Doux, Wall Ceramic Bowl, 12/100, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French midcentury ceramic bowl by Jean Picart Le Doux, France, 1950s. Ceramic. Measures: Diameter 15" 3/4 (40cm), depth 1"(2.6cm). Limited edition. Incised on the back. "Jean Picart ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vintage Hand Painted Asymmetrical Bowl by Harsa Studios Israel
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Hand painted asymmetrical bowl by Harsa Studios. Made in Israel. Beautiful muted colors and abstract design.
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20th Century Israeli Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Studio Pottery Signed Ceramic Pitcher, 1977
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Studio pottery signed Ceramic Pitcher 1977.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Studio Pottery Signed Lidded Plate, circa 1976
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Studio pottery signed lidded plate. 1976.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Studio Pottery Signed Charger, circa 1970
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Studio pottery signed charger / plate. Circa 1970.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Harding Black Texas Artist Signed Mid-Century Modern Studio Pottery Mugs Cups
Located in Studio City, CA
A group of hand-thrown, well-crafted, piercing blue glazed large, heavy tall mugs by famed Texas-born San Antonio ceramic master Harding Black. All pieces signed and dated (1970)...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Vic Bracke California Studio Stoneware Pottery Vase with Wax Resist Glazing
Located in Pasadena, CA
Stoneware pottery vase with wax resist decoration created by Vic Bracke of Bakersfield, California. 7" high by 5" in diameter and signed Vic Bracke. Bracke was a student of Vivika an...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Mid-Century Bitossi Rimini Blue Ceramic Ball Vase, Aldo Londi, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-century Bitossi Rimini blue ceramic ball vase, Aldo Londi, Italy, 1960s. Very good condition. Gorgeous vibrant color. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Danish Ceramic Vase for Axella
Located in San Antonio, TX
Handmade vase / pottery made in Denmark and manufactured by Axella feature shades of warm browns giving it an earthy appearance. This vintage vase is in good condition.  
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Pottery

Otto and Vivika Heino Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pottery 12-Piece Goblet/Cup Set
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderfully crafted, beautifully designed set of ceramic goblets/ cups by pottery/ ceramics masters husband and wife artists Vivika and Otto Heino. The two were best known for thei...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Pottery

Vase Designed by Berndt Friberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware. H: 4.5 cm/ 1 3/4" D: 1 1/4"
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Large Mary Prack Ceramic Face Sculpture, Picasso Style
Located in Dallas, TX
Painted, glazed and bisque face sculpture by Mary Prack. Signed and dated 1988. We have two so see our other listing. Both in very good condition.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Large Mary Prack Ceramic Face Sculpture, Picasso Style
Located in Dallas, TX
Painted, glazed and bisque face sculpture by Mary Prack. Signed and dated 1988. We have two so see our other listing. Both in very good condition.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

François Gueneau French 20th Century Colored Ceramic Sculpture Vase, circa 1975
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
François Gueneau 20th century ceramic vase by François Gueneau Brown and colored ceramic glazes Realised circa 1970 Original good condition Signed at the base Measu...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Doyle Lane Mid-Century Modern Rare Colored Glass Ceramic Pottery Square Form
Located in Studio City, CA
A rare, beautifully designed glass or ceramic form by famed midcentury American artist or potter Doyle Lane. Lane was a glaze specialist much like Glen Lukens and Otto Natzler. His c...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

White and Brown Vintage Ceramic Pitcher or Vase by Accolay Potters French
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Accolay Original 20th century ceramic pitcher by Accolay potters White and brown ceramic glazes colors Original perfect condition Signed under the base Height : 25cm L...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Vase by Stig Lindberg, C 1960, Carnevale, Faience, Sweden, Mid-Century
Located in New York, NY
Ceramic vase by Stig Lindberg, Sweden, C 1960. The decorative vase comes from a group called Carnevale, which exist of many beautiful objects. The vase is in good condition. The ma...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Faience

Ceramic Vase, Sweden, C 1960, Scandinavian Mid-Century
Located in New York, NY
Ceramic vase by Gabriel, Sweden, C 1960. The vase is in good condition with its ruff ceramic finish and a beautiful orange border on the top.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Bowl, Scandinavian Mid-Century, by Stig Lindberg, C 1950, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Ceramic bowl by Stig Lindberg, Sweden, C 1950. Beautiful red, green and white colors. It is a very decorative bowl looking like an apple. The technique is faience.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Faience

Ceramic Hen, Scandinavian Mid-Century, C 1960, Danish
Located in New York, NY
Ceramic Mid-Century hen, C 1960, Denmark. Decorative turquoise hen with a floral pattern in a rustic quality.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Iridescent Glazed Sgraffiti Ceramic Vessel or Vase Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing and gorgeous vintage abstract designed and applied glazed sgraffiti work on this West German sculptural vessel, vase or ceramic is like a work of art. It is iridescent a...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Harrison Mcintosh Signed Mid-Century Modern Set of 6 Pottery Sake Liqueur Cups
Located in Studio City, CA
An exquisitely formed and deeply blue glazed set of six ceramic sake/ liqueur cups by renowned American West Coast Californian master ceramist Harrison McIntosh who was famed for his...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Collection of 1960s English Ceramics
Located in London, GB
A collection of eight English ceramic sculptures, three of which by Mary Rogers and signed (MOMA & Met). Measure: 30 cm high (tallest) x 14 cm high (smallest).  
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

1960s Pair of Vallauris Ceramic ‘Mosaic’ Vases by Jean Gerbino
Located in London, GB
A beautiful pair of ceramic ‘Mosaic’ vases, these were designed by Jean Gerbino and were made by Vallauris in France in the 1960’s. They are signed on the undersides, and they are in...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Pottery

Yellow Ceramic Ashtray by Pino Spagnolo for Sicart, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Ashtray in yellow ceramic by the Italian designer Pino Spagnolo for Sicart, Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Large Ceramic Bowl by the French Ceramist Roger Capron from the 60s
Located in Lyon, FR
Large bowl by French ceramist Roger Capron from the 1960s. Ceramic with a geometric pattern in the centre, black and yellow contrasting with the white of the bowl. Signature of the a...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Polia Pillin Ceramic Bowl, circa 1960
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Polia Pillin ceramic bowl, circa 1960.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic