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Mid-Century Modern Glass

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Murano Red Opalescent White Italian Art Glass Centrepiece Fish Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Large vintage Murano hand blown opalescent white and red striped Italian art glass flat fish sculpture. Attributed to the Cenedese Company. The piece has a wavy red stripe on the top...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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

Murano Reddish Pink Gold Flecks Bubbles Italian Art Glass Vanity Powder Box
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown transparent reddish pink and controlled bubbles Italian art glass powder or jewelry box. The lidded jar has pulled glass on the sides, with a swir...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold Leaf

Set of 4 Salviati Venetian Glass Medium Wine Goblets
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a gorgeous Set of 4 Salviati Venetian glass medium wine goblets. Made in Venice, Italy circa 1960 by the world famous Salviati Glassworks. In near mint condition wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold

Barovier Murano Green Gold Flecks Swirl Cloud Design Italian Art Glass Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large Murano hand blown gold flecks and green swirling design Italian art glass bowl. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for the Barovier e Toso company, circa 1955-196...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold Leaf

Timo Sarpaneva, Crystal Art-Object "Orkidea" (Orchid), Model 3568, Iittala, 1957
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Timo Sarpaneva, crystal art-object "Orkidea" (Orchid), model 3568, Iittala, 1957 Artist Timo Sarpaneva (Helsinki, Finland 1926-Helsinki, Finland 2006) was an influential Finnish ...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Crystal

Murano Formia for Marta Marzotto Green Art Glass Cactus Plant, 1990
Located in Rome, IT
Italian design by Marta Marzotto creator of style, this cactus is a fashion icon of the Italian style, emerald green with a blue and azure colored spot, the flower. In limited edi...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Midcentury Pair of Sven Palmqvist Orrefors Heavy Crystal Vases Clear Blue
Located in Langserud, SE
Orrefors heavy dropped formed blue vase and one large rounded heavy vase designed by Sven Palmqvist. Wonderful glass with exceptional blue color that collaborates with the clear gl...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass

Set of 12 Salviati Venetian Green and Gold Flecked Beer or Water Glasses
Located in Dallas, TX
presenting a gorgeous Set of 12 Salviati Venetian green and gold flecked beer or water glasses. Made in Venice, Italy circa 1940-50 by the World famous Salviati Glassworks. In ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold

Toso Murano Green Orange Millefiori Flower Italian Art Glass Paperweights Set
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (3 ppwts available as shown). Beautiful Murano hand blown flower design Italian art glass paperweights. Documented to the Fratelli Toso Company. Top is called a "Crow...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Murrine

Etched Circle Crystal Wine Glasses, Set of 6
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Up your bar game and entertain with this beautiful set of glassware. This set includes six wine glasses, each with circular etching around the bodies. Dimensions: 2.5" Diameter ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Barovier et Toso Murano Gold Aventurine Glass Bowl Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This stunning Italian Murano Barovier et Toso glass bowl has a beautiful shape with abundance of gold aventurine and many abundant tiny bubbles. The bowl reads gold. Perfect for serv...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Murano Mid Century Glass Fish with Green Bends
Located in Firenze, IT
Handmade transparent Murano glass fish with a stylized shape and green face in the body and application with still warm glass of the eyes. Murano Venice Italy 1950's.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass

1 of the 6 Murano Venetian Crystal Signoretto Wine Glasses
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 6 gorgeous hand-blown Signoretto wine glasses with a wonderful clear and gold infused in the glass. Get a feel for how Venetian nobles lived and entertained centuries ago an...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

1 of the 6 Murano Venetian Crystal Signoretto Wine Glasses
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 6 gorgeous hand-blown Signoretto Glass/Goblet set with a wonderful color green, clear and 24K gold infused in the glass. Get a feel for how Venetian nobles lived and enterta...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

1 of the 6 Murano Venetian Crystal Signoretto Wine Glasses
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 6 gorgeous hand-blown Signoretto wine glasses/goblets with a wonderful clear and gold infused in the glass. Get a feel for how Venetian nobles lived and entertained centurie...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

1 of the 6 Murano Venetian Crystal Signoretto Wine Glasses
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 6 gorgeous hand-blown Signoretto wine glasses with a wonderful clear and gold infused in the glass. Get a feel for how Venetian nobles lived and entertained centuries ago an...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Set of 6 Murano Venetian Crystal Signoretto Wine Glasses
Located in Rijssen, NL
Set of 6 gorgeous hand-blown Signoretto wine glasses/goblets with a wonderful clear and gold infused in the glass. Get a feel for how Venetian nobles lived and entertained centuries ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

1 of the 6 Murano Venetian Crystal Signoretto Wine Glasses
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 6 gorgeous hand-blown Signoretto cocktail glasses with a wonderful clear and gold infused in the glass. Get a feel for how Venetian nobles lived and entertained centuries ag...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

1 of the 6 Murano Venetian Crystal Signoretto Wine Glasses
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 6 gorgeous hand-blown Signoretto wine glasses/goblets with a wonderful clear and gold infused in the glass. Get a feel for how Venetian nobles lived and entertained centurie...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

1 of the 6 Murano Venetian Crystal Signoretto Wine Glasses
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 6 gorgeous hand-blown Signoretto glass/goblet set with a wonderful clear and gold infused in the glass. Get a feel for how Venetian nobles lived and entertained centuries ag...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

1 of the 6 Murano Venetian Crystal Signoretto Wine Glasses
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 6 gorgeous hand-blown Signoretto cocktail glasses with a wonderful clear and gold infused in the glass. Get a feel for how Venetian nobles lived and entertained centuries ag...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Group of 3 Italian Murano Vases, including Venini
Located in Hudson, NY
c. 1950s, including a small Fazzoletto handkerchief vase retaining a Venini label to the underside, attributed to Fulvio Bianconi (5" diameter, 3" high); a similar unmarked Zanfirico...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass

Large Midcentury Murano Glass Multi Color Center Bowl
Located in Troy, MI
Circa late 1960s / early 1970s large mid century Murano glass center bowl features heavy glass of layered colors: red, green, smoky purple, blue and deep amethyst at the base with th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass

Giulio Radi Hand Blown Glass Vase with Murrhines and Gold Foil, circa 1950
Located in New York, NY
Hand blown blue glass vase with murrhines and gold foil by Giulio Radi for Arte Vetraria Muranese (A.V.E.M.), Murano, Italy, circa 1950. Radi's works are beautiful and rare. The gold...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold, Foil

Seguso Vetri d'Arte Murano Red Gold Italian Art Glass Ribbed Flower Bud Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown red and gold flecks Italian art glass ribbed flower vase. Documented to the Seguso Vetri d'Arte company. Published in the company book, with model...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold Leaf

Fratelli Toso Murano Pink White Blue Italian Art Glass Fazzoletto Flower Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Gorgeous vintage Murano hand blown pink, sky blue, and white ribbons Italian art glass handkerchief / fazzoletto vase. Documented to the Fratelli Toso company. Made with pink, blue a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Murano Formia for Marta Marzotto Green Art Glass Cactus Plant, 1990
Located in Rome, IT
Italian design by Marta Marzotto creator of style, this cactus is a fashion icon of the Italian style, emerald green with a blue and black colored spot, the flower. In limited edi...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass

Tapio Wirkkala Mid-Century Glass Footed Bowl, Inari
Located in Downingtown, PA
Tapio Wirkkala glass footed bowl, Inari, Model number 3543. Impressive cut and blown-molded footed bowl cast in clear glass by Finnish artist and designer, Tapio Wirkkala. Mode...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Seguso Vetri D'Arte Triple Cased Pulegoso Murano Bowl Teal Turquoise, Gold Black
Located in North Miami, FL
This heavy chunky rare Italian triple cased Pulegoso Murano vintage Mid-Century Modern glass bowl is by Seguso Vetri d'Arte with a partial sticker still left on. It is from the 50's ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold

Strömbergshyttan, Sweden, Two Vases in Purple Mouth-Blown Art Glass, 1960s / 70s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Strömbergshyttan, Sweden. Two vases in purple mouth-blown art glass. 1960s / 70s. Largest measures: 18.5 x 6 cm. In excellent condition. Sticker.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass

Italian Handmade Murano Glass Vase, Signed Camozzo
Located in Vilnius, LT
Vintage Italian handmade Murano glass vase, signed Camozzo. The glass is emerald green colour. This vase is solid and heavy.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass

S/8 Handmade Frosted Etched Deco Style Accent Over Clear Glass Champagne Coupes
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern set of eight handmade frosted etched accent over clear glass champagne coupes. Even though this set of champagne coupe glasses were likely made in the...
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Mid-20th Century Irish Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Barovier Murano Shell Bowl with Gold Flecks and White Interior
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful shade of Blue, this Murano Glass Bowl is a wonderful decorative piece standing alone or for use as a serving piece. Gold flecks add to the overall stunning appearance, in...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold

Blue Design Glass Vase by Alain & Marisa Bégou, 20th Century
By Alain Begou
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Alain and Marisa Bégou Elegant blue glass vase circa 1970 Handmade glass vase Signed under the base Original perfect condition In the style of Claude Morin Measures...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass

Italian Handmade Sommerso Murano Glass Vase, signed Signoretto
Located in Vilnius, LT
Vintage Italian handmade sommerso vase is handmade of multi-colour layers of Murano glass. The heart form vase is signed Signoretto on the base.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass

Heavy Murano Bicolor Glass Vase, Hand Made, 1970's
Located in Budapest, HU
Heavy murano bicolor glass vase, hand made, 1970's.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass

Vintage Sculptural Crystal Vase, French, 1950s
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful asymmetrical shaped crystal vase A great piece of sculpture as well as functional. Good size, perfect condition. Makers mark on the base. Not clear but it is prob...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass

Two Vases in Blue Mouth-Blown Art Glass, 20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Two vases in blue mouth-blown art glass. 20th century. Measures: 19 x 8.5 cm. In excellent condition.
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass

Anzolo Fuga for Avem Opalescent Murano Red, Purple Murrine Glass Vase Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This absolutely stunning and rare Italian Murano opalescent glass vase by Anzolo Fuga for Avem has glorious applied murrines of colors of reds, browns with a purple hint. The origina...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Murano Seguso Glass Floor Lamp with Brass Column Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano polished brass and glass floor lamp has a simplicity and elegance to it. It can go into any interior. The swirled hand blown original glass lam...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Brass

Carlo Nason Blue Murano Glass "Collection" Ashtray for Cleto Munari, Italy 1980s
Located in Roma, IT
Blue Murano glass "Collection" ashtray for Cleto Munari. This fantastic piece was designed and signed by Carlo Nason in Italy during the 1980s. The way this incredible piece incor...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Dino Martens for Vetreria Aureliano Toso, Golden Dove Pair, Murano, Italy, 1940s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dino Martens for Vetreria Aureliano Toso, Golden Dove pair, Murano, Italy, 1940s. Rare early Dino Martens (1894-1970) for Vetreria Aureliano Toso; Colombella Aurata (Golden Doves)...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold

Galliano Ferro Murano Turquoise, Blue, Red Fused Caned Glass Bowl Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
The amazing colors of this sculptural masterpiece of an Italian vintage Murano glass bowl ring with great technical glass blowing expertise by Galliano Ferro. Each cane of different ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

22-Carat Gold-Plated Shoju Screen Greek Key Overlay Glass Signed Vase, 1960s
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful vintage signed Imperial glass vase from the 1960s has 22-carat gold-plated Greek key shohju screen overlay over the clear glass cylinder. This vase now is hard to come...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Gold Plate

Midcentury Murano Glass American Buffalo Ascribable to Seguso, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, circa 1960s. It is made in blown glass. This is a vintage piece, therefore it might show slight traces of use, but it can be considered as in excellent original condition a...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass

Set of Six Vintage Murano Highball Glasses in Yellow Amber Glass, c. 1980s
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Set of six Mid-Century Modern hand blown Murano barware or dinnerware glasses. Sommerso cased glass design in yellow amber over clear glass. Exquisite design in heavy weight glass. M...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Unique Piece Murano Aventurine Glass Sculpture
Located in Bochum, NRW
A wonderful Mid-Century Modern Murano glass unique sculpture, Italy, 1960s-1970s. Shaped as a double sided shield, made of aventurine glass, mounted on a black painted metal holder....
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Orrefors Glass Vase
Located in Bochum, NRW
Beautifully shaped, very heavy glass bottle vase, by Orrefors, Sweden, 1970s. Excellent condition. Original manufacturer label Dimensions: 24 x 10 x 26.5 cm Mid-Century Modern Sc...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Glass

Pair of Midcentury Spheric Murano Glass Table Lamps by Venini, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
1970s. Made in Murano glass and brass. These table lamps are vintage pieces, therefore they might show slight traces of use, but they can be considered as in excellent original con...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Brass

Vintage Round Light Blue Murano Glass Bottle by Alfredo Barbini, Italy 1980s
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
1980s. This bottle is designed by Alfredo Barbini and it is made in Murano glass and etched glass. It is a vintage piece, therefore it might show slight traces of use, but it can ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Murano Glass, Glass

Nordiska Pair of Red Glasses
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nordiska pair of red glasses Glass material Origin Sweden Circa 1950 perfect condition Stamped on their bases.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Art Glass

Italian Green Glass Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Italian green glass vase by Empoli, circa 1960. Vase’s surface is decorated in dimples.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Italian Green Glass Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Italian green glass vase by Empoli, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Italian Green Glass Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Italian green glass vase by Empoli, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Italian Green Glass Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Italian green glass vase by Empoli, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Italian Green Glass Vase
Located in Houston, TX
Italian green glass vase with flared liap, by Empoli, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Italian Green Glass Vase by Empoli
Located in Houston, TX
Italian green glass vase by Empoli, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass

Italian Green Glass Vase by Empoli
Located in Houston, TX
Italian green glass vase by Empoli, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Blown Glass