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Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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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Laura de Santillana, Italy, Numeri Murrine Plate
Located in Brussels, BE
Hand welded and ground Murano glass plate with an arrangement of polychrome murrines depicting numbers from zero to nine and nine to zero. Designed in 1975 and awarded during exhi...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Art Glass

Minton Mirabeau Dining, Salad, Saucer Plates & Cups 8
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Materials: Bone china Marks: Maker’s Mark Origin: England Pattern: Mirabeau This is a set of 8 dining plates, 8 bread or salad plates, 8 saucers and 8 cups. All of the pieces ...
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Late 20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Bone, Paint

Mason's Ironstone Mandarin Bowls, Salad Plates, Saucer Plates and 2 Cups
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 6 soup bowls, 5 salad or bread plates, 10 saucer plates and 2 cups, made in England by Mason's and part of the Mandarin collection. The pieces have beautiful hand-painted des...
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Early 20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ironstone, Paint

6 Pieces of Porcelain Plates, Rozenthal, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original conditions.  
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Malachite Green Plate Stoviglie No. 4, Milano, Italy, 1955
Located in Graz, AT
A ceramic or porcelain dish with an emerald green faux malachite ground and painted in gold by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, manufactured in midcentury in 1950s. This hand-colored decora...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Aquarius Zodiac Porcelain Plate, Aquarius, Dated 1966
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Aquarius Zodiac porcelain plate, Aquarius, Dated 1966. The Piero Fornasetti porcelain Zodiac plate is in black and gold depicting the astrological sign Aquarius...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Zodiac Porcelain Plate, Virgo, Dated 1969
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Zodiac Porcelain plate, Virgo, Made for Corisia and Dated 1969- #6 in series. The plate in black and gold depicts the astrological sign Virgo with words, intert...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Vintage 1955 Piero Fornasetti Set of 6 Malachite Green & Gold Plates
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Set of 6 vintage Piero Fornasetti malachite green and gold 10" plates. This includes #1, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 of the set. Each plate is marked Made in Italy, 1955 Piero Fornasetti with...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Mid Century 99 Piece Set of Porcelain China Rosenthal Parisian Spring Germany
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous sets of beautiful and elegant china by Rosenthal. 99 PCs which consist of 12 each of the following, dinner plates, salad plates, bread/desert plates, fruit cups, soup bowls,...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

White Murano Dining Set of 16
Located in Austin, TX
This Murano set glistens in the light and is perfect for those that love to entertain because this is a set of 16 plates and bowls! The glass is a perfect balance between delicate an...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Piero Fornasetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Tavrvs, 1968
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 Dinner Plates

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Scorpio, 1967
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 Dinner Plates

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Capricornvs, 1964
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 Dinner Plates

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Gold

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 Dinner Plates

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Gold

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 Dinner Plates

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Aqvarivs, 1966
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 Dinner Plates

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Cubist Rosenthal Plate, Motiv 33, Themes & Variation
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti cubist rosenthal plate, Motiv 33, Themes & variation The unusual Cubist vision of Lina Cavatelli is number Motiv 33 and depicts the famous face of the opera si...
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1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Gio Ponti Plate for Ceramiche Franco Pozzi
Located in New York, NY
Decorative plate designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramiche Franco Pozzi as part of his “Fantasia Italiana” series. Signed on the back. Two others with different pattern also available. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Gio Ponti Plate for Ceramiche Franco Pozzi
Located in New York, NY
Decorative plate designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramiche Franco Pozzi as part of his “Fantasia Italiana” series. Signed on the back. Two others with different pattern also available. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

French Mid-Century Decorative Plate by Albert Thiry 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
Mid-century decorative plate (circa 1960s) by Albert Thiry. A chalk-white glaze provides the background for a colourful thistle motif in the centre recess of this piece of ceramic. T...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

French Mid-Century Decorative Plate by Albert Thiry 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
Mid-century decorative plate (circa 1960s) by Albert Thiry. A chalk-white glaze provides the background for a colourful thistle motif in the centre recess of this small dish. The inc...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Set of Six French Vintage Ceramic Plates by Albert Thiry 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
Set of six French vintage ceramic plates (circa 1960s) by Albert Thiry. With the trademark Thiry design and decoration scheme, these plates' base colour is done in a chalky-white gla...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

1960s French Provençal Saint-Pol-de-Léon Floral Seven-Piece Oyster Service
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A French Provençal mid-century oyster service, a master server with six plates, marked St.-Pol-De-Leon, circa 1960s. Saint-Pol-de-Léon is a commune in the Finistère department of Br...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Earthenware

Laura de Santillana, Italy, "Wisteria" Murrine Plate
Located in Brussels, BE
Hand welded and ground murano glass plate with an arrangement of polychrome murrines depicting the shape and colors of wisterias. This piece is one the 3 plates designed by Laura ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Art Glass

Arabia "Ruija" Pattern, Service for Four, Finland, circa 1975
Located in New York, NY
Four settings of Arabia's brown flowered "Ruija" Finnish porcelain made circa 1975. Each setting consists of a dinner plate, salad plate, dessert plate and a cup & saucer. Also inclu...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Mid Century 125 Piece Dinner Set by Raymond Loewy for Rosenthal Germany
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Amazing set of porcelain china by Rosenthal and designed by Raymond Loewy. Made in Germany. Quince is the pattern as it has a definite Asian influence. In excellent condition, no chi...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Italian Porcelain Richard Ginori 1960's Dinnerware Set
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A rare beauty, Richard Ginori Italian porcelain dinnerware set with a rich and bold mocha stripe. The set consisting of 12 dinner plates, 12 salad plates, 12 dessert plates, 8 soup b...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Laura de Santillana, Italy, "Geranio" Murrine Plate
Located in Brussels, BE
Hand welded and ground Murano glass plate with an arrangement of polychrome murrines depicting the shape and colors of geraniums. This piece is one the 3 plates designed by Laura ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Art Glass

6 Paul McCobb 6-Piece Contempri Place Settings by Jackson China Co
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A fine 6 place setting of vintage china each having 6-pieces per place setting totaling 36 pcs. designed by Paul McCobb with dark gray and black ,mid century graphics produced in 195...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set 9 Rosenthal Dinner Plates Die Zauberflötte The Magic Flute, Bjørn Wiinblad
Located in Miami, FL
Rosenthal Studio linie by Bjørn Wiinblad, Die Zauberflöte pattern set of 9 dinner plates. With the design for the Rosenthal Studio Linie The Magic Flute, the Danish artist Björn Winb...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

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 Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

German Modern Rosenthal Birds on Trees 10 Dinner Plates Raymond Loewy 1961-64
Located in Miami, FL
Another exquisite pattern Birds on Trees by Raymond Loewy for Rosenthal. Birds on Trees was only produced from 1961- 1964. Elegant and modern depiction of 3 birds resting on some sty...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variations Porcelain Plate, #8
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variations porcelain plate, #8, Lina Cavalieri with Eye Patch, 1970s-80s. Piero Fornasetti Tema E Variazoini Plate as it is known in Italian depicts th...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Georges Pelletier '1938', Set of Seven Plates, circa 1970, France
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Georges Pelletier (1938), Set of seven plates, Black, gold and red enamelled ceramic with solar decoration, Signed on the back, circa 1970, France. Measure: Depth. 26,8 cm Georges...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Modern Rosenthal Quince Pattern Raymond Loewy 14 Dinner Plates, Germany, 1956
Located in Miami, FL
A popular pattern, Quince, for Continental China, Rosenthal, the German porcelain maker was designed by Raymond Loewy and in production from 1956 through 1964. Mid Century Modern dep...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Porcelain with Bird Hunting Objects-Set of Six Plates
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain with bird hunting objects, Oggetti Caccia, Set of six plates, 1950s. The Piero Fornasetti porcelain plates, numbered 1-6, are each decorated...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Joseph Albers "Study for Homage to the Square" Plate
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Study for Homage to the Square", 1954, Oil on Masonite. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Gift of the American Art Foundation. Reproduced with the kind permission of The J...
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1990s Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti Plate for Ceramiche Franco Pozzi
Located in New York, NY
Decorative plate designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramiche Franco Pozzi as part of his “Fantasia Italiana” series. Signed on the back. Condition: Excellent vintage condition, minor wear...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

12-Piece Dessert Plates and a Cake Plate by Johann Seltmann, Bavaria 1950s
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
This is a beautiful gold porcelain dessert set by Johann Seltmann, Bavaria, 1950s. The set features 12 plates for serving and a cake plate. In person the decoration looks shinier...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

MCM Piero Fornasetti Astrolabe Porcelain Plate, #1, Astrolabio Pattern
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti astrolabe porcelain plate, #1 in Astrolabio pattern, 1960s-mid 1970s.   The Piero Fornasetti plate depicts an astrolabe, it is number 1 in the series....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Astrolabe Plate, Numbered #7 in Series 1960s-mid 1970s
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti astrolabe plate, Numbered #7 in Series 1960s-mid 1970s. The Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate depicts an astrolabe in a gilt ground. Dimensions: 8 1...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Pivotal Dinnerware by Ben Siebel for Mikasa, Service for 6
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful set of vintage Ben Seibel's Pivotal dinnerware for Mikasa in the Montina color way. Modern elegance with a clean white glaze and striking black and silver stripes that ar...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

60s Raymond Loewy Jet Rose for Rosenthal 12 Dessert / Salad Plates
By Rosenthal, Raymond Lowey
Located in Miami, FL
A 1960s set of 12 Salad / Dessert plates (three sets available) in Raymond Loewy Jet Rose pattern and his iconic “2000” form for Rosenthal from the 1960s. The decoration on the 7 3/4...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

12 Raymond Loewy Mid-Century Modern Rosenthal Form 2000 Dinner Plates Grasses
Located in Miami, FL
Raymond Loewy for Rosenthal, Germany Mid Century Modern set of 12 porcelain Dinner plates The form is the iconic 2000 Pattern: Grasses 3687. introduced in 1958. An elegant reminde...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

6 Paul McCobb 6-Piece Contempri Place Settings by Jackson China Co.
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A fine 36-piece midcentury China set with six 6-piece place settings designed by Paul McCobb with dark gray and black graphics produced in 1959-1960. The china is in a restaurant sty...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Natural Clay Dinnerware Set, by Brendan Tadler
Located in Melville, NY
Handmade clay dinnerware set made from our Artisans in Mexico. Set consists of: 4 small plates (6" D) 4 large plates (11" D) 4 bowls (5" D x 3" H) 4 smoke glass tumblers (4" H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Clay, Glass

Natural Clay Dinner Plate, by Brendan Tadler
Located in Melville, NY
Handmade clay dinner plate made from our Artisans in Mexico.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Clay

Natural Clay Plate, by Brendan Tadler
Located in Melville, NY
Handmade clay plate made from our Artisans in Mexico.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Clay

Robert Picault Octagon Plates
Located in Chicago, IL
8 Plates total. One plate has a hairline damage as shown.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Robert Picault set of Set of 6 Round Dinner Plates
Located in Chicago, IL
Robert Picault set of set of 6 round dinner plates. Including an additional 7th plate that has a hairline on edge as shown. first plate has some general ware to the glaze finish ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Zodiac Plate, Cancer, Dated 1974, Astrali Ptn
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti Porcelain zodiac plate, Cancer, Astrali Pattern, Made for Corisia, Dated 1974, No 11. The plate for the sign CANCER is dated 1974 and is numbered #11....
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Rosenthal Porcelain Themes & Variations Plate, Motiv 15
Located in Downingtown, PA
Fornasetti Rosenthal porcelain themes & variations plate, Motiv 15, 1980s With original box, The striking Rosenthal Fornasetti gold-rimmed black and white printed plate with t...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

MCM Piero Fornasetti Rosenthal Themes & Variations Porcelain Plate, Motiv 32
Located in Downingtown, PA
Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Rosenthal themes & variations porcelain plate Motiv 32, Original Rosenthal Fornasetti box included, 1980s From a select group of porcelain...
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1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Rosenthal Themes & Variations Plate, #22
Located in Downingtown, PA
Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Rosenthal Themes & Variations Plate, Motiv 22, 1980s From a select group of porcelain plates made by Rosenthal from Piero Fornasetti's catal...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Eva Zeisel Scarce Ironstone Dinnerware Set for 10 by Schmid NKT, Japan
Located in Chicago, IL
A large set of pieces including: 10 dinner plates 10 small plates 10 small bowls 2 large serving platters 1 large serving bowl A whimsical, Mid-Century set designed by Eva ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Fornasetti for Fleming Joffe “Iguana and Chicken Breasts” Recipe Plate, 1960s
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare 1960s Piero Fornasetti for Fleming Joffe Ltd. “Iguana and Chicken Breasts” recipe hand-decorated and gilt porcelain “Cook Plate”. Wonderfully wry recipe for an absurdly impro...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Aldo Tura Goatskin and Chrome Placemat or Charger, 6 Pieces
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant lacquered goatskin and chromed metal placemat or plate charger, a set of 6 pieces by Italian designer Aldo Tura, Milano. A beautiful 1970s square wooden base with lacquered o...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Metal, Chrome

Piero Fornasetti Rosenthal Temi E Variazioni 'Themes & Variations' Plate
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Rosenthal Temi E Variazioni (Themes & Variations) porcelain plate, Motiv 31- Map. 1980s. (Ref: NY9635-cnp) The Fornasetti porcelain plate from the Themes & Va...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain