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Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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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Rosenthal Hand Painted Plate with Two Cranes, 1960s
Located in Budapest, HU
Rosenthal hand painted plate with two cranes, 1960s.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Walnut and Ceramic Serving Bowl Platter
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage round tray platter in walnut manufactured by Bey-Cor Creations, U.S.A. This decorative serving dish displays rich walnut grains and includes a ceramic inset tile in chartreus...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic, Walnut

"Bathers at the Laguna Shore," Large and Extraordinary Tray w/ Nude Male Figures
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Probably the most ambitious and accomplished of a series of ceramic pieces painted and glazed by Pat Stewart in the early 1950s -- and the most beautifully realized -- this very rare...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Vintage Couroc Bird Design Barware Serving Tray
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large Mid-Century Modern Couroc of Monterey California bird design barware serving tray. A mid century beautiful Couroc barware tray featuring a bird made up of the classic Couroc i...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Resin

Large Martz Marshall Studios Incised Stoneware Bowl
Located in Round Rock, TX
A large stoneware bowl by Martz for Marshall Studios. Incised by hand with an eye-catching motif.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Bob Stocksdale Signed Monumental Mid-Century Modern Turned Exotic Wood Charger
Located in Studio City, CA
An exquisitely crafted, rare wood charger/platter by American California master Woodturner Bob Stocksdale. Signed and marked ("Harewood from England") by the artist on the verso....
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Harewood

Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver 1941 Pickle/ Mint Dish Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Tiffany & Co. sterling silver 1941 pickle/ mint dish bowl in pattern number 22974 from 1941 with ornate handles with stylized natural motifs on either end and standing on 4 balled fe...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Sterling Silver, Silver

Dansk Designs Blue Enamelware Casserole Pot with Trivet Top IHQ France
Located in National City, CA
Dansk Designs blue enamelware Kobenstyle casserole pot and cover lid with trivet top IHQ France Designed by Jens Herald Quistgaard made in France, Kobenstyle Line introduced in 1956...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Metal, Enamel

Dansk Style by Najeeb Modern Walnut Wood Lucite Salad Server Utensil Set 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Mid-Century Modern salad servers in flat walnut and clear lucite plastic fork and spoon salad toss utensils Maker stamped, reads Najeeb. In the style of Dansk Designs. Measures: 14...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Plastic, Walnut

Midcentury Tortoiseshell Plexiglass Italian Serving Tray after Willy Rizzo 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful midcentury piece of serveware, produced in Italy during the 1970s. It is a rectangular design attributed to Willy Rizzo for a Christian Dior production. It is iconic tor...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Metal

Scandinavian Teak Tray by Jens Harald Quistgaard for Dansk Design
Located in Montreal, QC
Scandinavian teak tray by Jens Harald Quistgaard for Dansk Design Marked under base: Staved teak dansk design danmark JHQ.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Set of Three Majolica Trompe L'oeil Seafood Decorative Plates / Wall Decoration
Located in Barcelona, ES
Trompe L'Oeil wall decoration / decorative wall plates, majolica, ceramic, Portugal, 1940s-1950s A colorful wall composition comprised by three Majolica glazed ceramic wall plates w...
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20th Century Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Majolica, Pottery, Ceramic

1960s French Ceramic Tray
Located in High Point, NC
Made in France, circa 1960, this ceramic tray features a turquoise mosaic against a sea of black. Slightly elevated on feet, the tray displays a rounded form, which is curved along t...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

20th Century Piero Fornasetti Sux Plates Edition Martini & Rossi of Turin
Located in Turin, IT
Set of six plates in decorated porcelain designed by Piero Fornasetti for a special edition for Martini & Rossi, very popular company in Italy, and abroad, for the production of the ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Bob Stocksdale Signed Mid-Century Modern Turned Exotic Wood Bowl Platter
Located in Studio City, CA
An exquisitely crafted, rich wood plate by American master Woodturner Bob Stocksdale. Signed and marked ("Jenisero from Guatemala") by the artist on the verso. The piece radiates...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Wood

Bitossi for Raymor Fish Tray, Ceramic, Brown and White, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Raymor fish tray, ceramic, brown and white, signed. Medium to large scale tray with yellow, blue and pink dash patterns over an earthtone terracotta body. Both the head a...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

Inlaid Wood Cats Tray by Couroc California
Located in San Diego, CA
Super cool inlaid wood "Cats" tray handcrafted by Couroc California, circa 1970s. The try is in good vintage condition and measures 12.25" D x 18" W. #1773.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Wood, Resin

Inlaid Wood Birds / Sparrows Tray by Couroc California
Located in San Diego, CA
Super cool inlaid wood "Birds / Sparrows" tray handcrafted by Couroc California, circa 1970s. The try is in good vintage condition and measures 12.25" D x 18" W. #1786.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Resin, Wood

Inlaid Wood "Farm / Barn" Tray by Couroc California
Located in San Diego, CA
Super cool inlaid wood "Farm / Barn" tray handcrafted by Couroc California, circa 1970s. The tray is in good vintage condition and measures 9.5" D x 12.5" W. #1787.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Resin, Wood

Higgins Fused Turquoise Gold, White, Green Glass Platter or Charger Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
The gorgeous colors of this signed vintage Higgins fused monumental glass plate large charger and or serving piece has the amoeba pattern. It is signed in the gold Higgins signature ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Glass

Vintage Murano Tray with Mirror by Barovier & Toso 'attr.' ca. 1940
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A beautiful Murano glass tray with mirror most probably by Barovier & Toso, Italy, circa1940s. Heavy and thick twisted clear glass with polished brass handles. Attributed to Barovier...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Art Glass

Trompe L' Oeil Crab Decorative Wall Plate in Majolica Ceramic
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching hand painted Majolica glazed ceramic crab and sea life trompe l'oeil wall plate, Portugal, 1940s-1950s. Such a realistic representation with a crab on a sea landscape b...
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20th Century Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Majolica, Pottery, Ceramic

Bob Kinzie Stoneware Pottery Planter Vase for Affiliated Craftsmen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bob Kinzie stoneware pottery planter vase for Affiliated Craftsmen.
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

1960s Peacock Serving Tray by Higgins Glass
Located in Austin, TX
1960's Higgins – Peacock Feather abstract design on this huge art glass dish/tray with 3-sectioned round and triangular bowls/dips. The fused monumental glass is a beautiful display ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Gold Leaf

Cocobolo Rosewood Tray Table by Don Shoemaker for Señal, c. 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Exquisitely crafted rectangular shape tray table designed by Don Shoemaker for Sen~al, crafted in circa 1970s Mexico. The tray has cocobolo rosewood inlays formed in a intriguing pat...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Jacaranda, Rosewood, Cocobolo

Rare Georges Briard Signed Serving Platter Mid-Century Modern 1960s
Located in New York, NY
1960s Mid-Century Modern Georges Briard signed serving platter. Black and white mod design. Brutalist Modernist design in glass.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Glass

Couroc Roadrunner Drinks and Charcuterie Snack Set
Located in Austin, TX
Very rare to have a set with this many pieces. An eighteen piece "Roadrunner" set , by Couroc. Monterey, Ca 1960s. Each centering roadrunners of brass and painted details on various ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Brass

Cartier Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Footed Plate
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver footed plate. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Round and gently curved with short and flared foot. Fully marked including maker’s (Worden-Munnis) a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Sterling Silver

Carl Auböck Model #3431 'Knopferl' Brass Tray
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3431 'Knopferl' brass tray. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese tray is executed in patinated and polished brass. This petite de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Brass

Carl Auböck Walnut Board and Cheese Knife
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck walnut board and cheese knife. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural set includes one model #4363 serving or cutting board executed in beautifully...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Steel

Mathieu Mategot Black Perforated Metal Tray
Located in New York, NY
French mid century black enameled perforated serving tray with a brass rim.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal, Brass

Vintage Belgian Ceramic Tray and Knife
Located in High Point, NC
A ceramic tray and knife from Belgium, circa 1950. The tray is glazed yellow in the style of a bamboo mat on a small platform. A glorious bit of kitsch, exuding color and character.
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Pair of Ceramic Trays by Guido Gambone
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Pair of unusual and atypically decorated Guido Gambone trays. Each tray signed Gambone with donkey mark to reverse, and with hanging wire and original foil label.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

1960s Belgian Green Art Glass Bowl
Located in High Point, NC
A glass bowl from Belgium, produced circa 1960. An elegant, hand blown decorative glass bowl in a rich rich color, veins of bubbles flowing throughout-- frozen in motion. Sat upon th...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Art Glass

French Decorative Ceramic Tray by Albert Thiry 'circa 1960s'
Located in London, GB
Mid-century decorative tray (circa 1960s) by Albert Thiry. A chalk-white glaze provides the background for a colourful thistle motif in the centre. The rim has touches of earthy gree...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

Barware Serving Tray Brass, Lucite & Rattan Christian Dior Style, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Serving tray centrepiece in the style of Christian Dior Home in wicker, Lucite featuring brass frame. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal, Brass

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 Platters and Serveware

Materials

Earthenware

Lovely Service Tray Delicate Floral on Goatskin & Brass Aldo Tura, Italy, 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Lovely Goatskin on wood service tray. Brass hardware cork bottom. Delicate Floral decoration. Vintage Italy, 1960s Measures:19.75 L x 14 W x 2 H Marked VY initials stamp. Attribut...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Brass

Unmatching Pair of Majolica Ceramic Trompe L'oeil Crab Lobster Wall Plates
Located in Barcelona, ES
Extra large spider crab and lobster seafood plates wall decoration, Majolica, glazed ceramic. Portugal, 1950s A colorful pair of fine Majolica glazed ceramic plates with seafood tro...
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20th Century Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic, Majolica, Pottery

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

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Murrine

Lucite and Brass Tortoise shell Large Tray, Italy, Mid-Century Moderne
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Lucite and brass tortoise shell large tray, Italy, mid-century moderne. This tray seems almost new, in the style of Willy Rizzo for Dior, all the chic of Hollywood Regency. A large,...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Brass

1970s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Style Light Blue Glass Bowl with Oak Leaves
Located in New York, NY
1970s very decorative glass centrepiece / platter plate, by artist Michna, handcrafted in crystal pâte de verre tinted in a sophisticated and unusual aquamarine blue. The exclusive A...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Art Glass, Cut Glass

French Vallauris Majolica Ceramic Serving Tray or Centerpiece, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Midcentury French Vallauris Majolica ceramic biscuits Appetizers serving tray Cobalt blue handcrafted glazed ceramic serving tray or centerpiece with organic design by Vallauris. Fr...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic, Majolica, Pottery

Sugar & Creamer Atomic Age Serving Set of by Metlox of California
Located in San Diego, CA
A super cool Atomic age sugar & creamer, serving set by Metlox of California, circa 1960s. The pattern is "Poppytrail" and it is has a wonderful design and color. Nice condition no c...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 12 Vintage Mid-Century Small Silver Plated Tureens by Gio Ponti for Krupp
Located in London, GB
This is a rare original midcentury set of 12 small silver plated serving tureens by Gio Ponti for Arthur Krupp Milano. (70cl) Model 03702 Arthur Krupp. All in great condition and mo...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal

Organic Wooden Vide Poche, France 1950s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Organic Vide Poche France 1950's. The platter is hand carved out of solid Mahogany in the style of Alexandre Noll. Beautiful organic which fluently flow over into each other, made wi...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Mahogany

Large Perforated Metal Tray by Mathieu Matégot, France, 1950s
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Large perforated metal serving tray by Mathieu Matégot Made in France in the 1950s Scarce in this dimension Literature: "Mathieu Mategot" Jousse Archive section.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal

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 Platters and Serveware

Materials

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 Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

Midcentury Decorative Plate Bavaria Johann Seltmann, Germany
Located in Chorzów, PL
Decorative plate Bavaria Johann Seltmann, Germany. Dimensions: H 6.5 cm / W 18 cm.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Excellent Set of Six Table Mat Rome, Italy, circa 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Vintage set of 5 of Tablemat made in italy 1970s with brass details.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Brass

Don Shoemaker Exotic Wood Inlaid Tray for Señal, circa 1970, Large Size Version
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Signed and exquisitely crafted rectangular shape tray designed by Don Shoemaker for Señal of Mexico. Taking advantage of the expertise provided by Mexican artisans, Shoemaker founde...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Jacaranda, Rosewood, Cocobolo

Arman ‘Violon’ Cutlery Service with 116 Pieces in Artistic Cabinet
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arman, service with 116 parts in an artistic storage cabinet, gold plated silver, wood, Plexiglas, France, 1971 This incredible violin service ‘Violon Menagère’, a 12-guest flatware...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Silver

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 Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Silver Plated Tray by Lino Sabatini
Located in London, GB
Stylish mid century silver plated tray designed by the famous Lino Sabatini. The tray is a useful size for serving drinks and has sturdy handles and sturdy base.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Silver Plate

Mid-Century Modern Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern abstract ceramic sculpture, signed.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

Gold Plated 24kt Service Tray Designed by Dimart, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Bronze gold plated mirrored service tray made in Italy, Milano.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Gold Plate

Jens Harald Quistgaard Wenge Board
Located in London, GB
A rare platter- presentation board by Jens Harald Quistgaard. Beautifully turned Wenge timber with circular raised centre in squared end grain and concave base. Produced in Denmark, ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Wenge