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Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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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Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Black and White Eve Coasters Vintage S/8 Barware
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage set of 8 Piero Fornasetti black and white porcelain coasters are the interplay of the creation of Eve as in Adam and Eve. They are Mid-Century Modern, Italian and all nu...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates, Three Bowls in Porcelain, Dated 1953-56
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates. Three bowls in porcelain. Dated 1953-56. Largest measures: 22 x 7 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates, Porcelain Coffee Service for Four People
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates. Porcelain coffee service for four people. Dated 1953-56. Consisting of four coffee cups with saucers, a sugar bowl and a coffee pot. The cup me...
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Large Ernest Sohn Creations Coffee Pot
Located in Garnerville, NY
Large and impressive Ernest Sohn Creations porcelain coffee pot. Ribbed body. Circa 1950-60. Signed on the underside. Very good condition with no visible chips, cracks, hairlines, cr...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates, Two Porcelain Coffee Cups with Saucers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates. Two porcelain coffee cups with saucers. Dated 1953-56. The cup measures: 9.8 x 7 cm. Saucer diameter: 13.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates, Four Bowls in Porcelain, Dated 1953-56
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates. Four bowls in porcelain. Dated 1953-56. Measures: 15.5 x 5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates, Three Bowls in Porcelain, Dated 1953-56
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates. Three bowls in porcelain. Dated 1953-56. Largest measures: 21 x 5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates, Porcelain Coffee Service for Two People
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Kenji Fujita for Tackett Associates. Porcelain coffee service for two people. Dated 1953-56. Consisting of two coffee cups with saucers, a sugar bowl and creamer. The cup measures:...
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Porcelain Giraffe Figurine by Ćmielów, Poland, 1960s, Design by Hanna Orthwein
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain giraffe figurine by Cmielów, Poland, 1960s. Design by Hanna Orthwein. Dimensions: height 9.5 cm / width 6.5 cm / depth. 4 cm.   
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

White Midcentury Porcelain Vase, Germany, Royal Porzellan KPM
Located in Chorzów, PL
Vase by Royal KMP, Germany. Very good condition. No damage. Dimensions: height 22 cm / diameter. 11 cm.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Porcelain Cat, New Look Style, Chodzież, 1990s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain cat in the new look style. Manufactured in the 1990s by the polish manufacture Chodziez. Very good condition.   
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1990s Polish Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Porcelain Figurine "Penguin", Ćmielów, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Figurine Penguin Cmielów. Very good condition, no damage Penguin produced in Poland after 1962 in ZPS Cmielów according to a design by Mieczyslaw Naruszewicz from 1957. On the bot...
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Porcelain Vase Bareuther Waldsassen, Bavaria, Germany, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain vase Bareuther Waldsassen - Bavaria, Germany, 1960s Very good condition. No damage. Dimensions: height 18.5 cm / diameter 14 cm.  
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Mid-Century Pair of Mugs with Saucers by Haas & Czjzek, circa 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of pink porcelain Re-polished Original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Lagardo Tackett for Schmid, Eight Plates in Porcelain, Beautiful Orange Glaze
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
LaGardo tackett for schmid. Eight plates in porcelain. Beautiful orange glaze. Dated 1953-56. Measure: Diameter: 19.2 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain and Gilded Appetizer Bowls Midcentury Barware Set/ 6
Located in North Miami, FL
These fabulous small Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti appetizer small serving bowls are porcelain with gilded gold edges, bottom and insides. They are the complete set of 6 and ar...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Gold

Pr. Signed Sevres Porcelain, Patinated and Gilt Bronze Mounted Egyptian Obelisks
Located in New York, NY
A fabulous and quite unusual pair of original signed and marked Sevres Porcelain patinated and gilt bronze mounted Egyptian Inspired Hyroglifics biscuit Porcelain obelisks. These are...
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1920s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Bronze, Bronze

Antonia Campi Vase 1950s Italian Mic Century
Located in New York, NY
A rare porcelain vase by famed Italian artist, Antonia Campi.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

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 Porcelain

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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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

Louis Vuitton Logo Enameled Glazed Porcelain Bowl by Longwy Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This very rare enamel small porcelain glazed bowl made by Longwy Potters from France for Louis Vuitton in the 1950s has the Cassic iconic Vuitton logo as the front. This is one of th...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Enamel

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Coasters Il Mondo Alla Rovescia Mid Century Set/ 8
Located in North Miami, FL
This theatrical and colorful Piero Fornasetti complete set of 8 hand painted porcelain coasters and or small plates are Mid-Century Modern. They are for an opera. Great barware. Thes...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain, Paint

Two Substantial Vintage White Gourd-Shape Vases
Located in Houston, TX
Two substantial vintage white gourd-shape vases, circa 1960-1980. Nice robust gourd-shape with rich, milky glazed finish and gorgeous subtle patina. Sold individually and priced $2,3...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Noritake Japan Coffee / Tea Set for 4 Snowville Porcelain
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and rare set of coffee tea for 4 great condition circa 1963 in white porcelain great condition like new, no chips or cracks, 4 snack plates - 8.5" x 7" 4 tea cups - 4" W x...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain, Rattan

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 Porcelain

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Ceramic, Porcelain

1950s Raymond Loewy Quince Pattern 36 Pieces Breakfast Set by Rosenthal Germany
Located in Miami, FL
A 1950s Continental China porcelain coffee breakfast service of 36 pieces from Rosenthal, the German porcelain maker. Designed by Raymond Loewy and in production from 1956 through 19...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Christian Thomsen Porcelain Faun and Owl Figure
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very fine and scarce Royal Copenhagen porcelain figure of faun (satyr, Pan) playing pipes to a resting owl the design attributed to the renowned sculptor Christian Thomsen (1860-19...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Kenji Fugita for Freeman Lederman Ceramic Coffee Pot Pitcher
Located in Pasadena, CA
Ceramic coffee pot or pitcher with raffia handle designed by Kenji Fugita for Freeman Lederman. Pitcher measures 11.5" by 7.5". In very good original vintage 1950s condition with two...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Set of 7 Red Yellow Green Bernardaud Porcelain "Butterfly" Pattern Canape Plates
By U.C. Limoges, L. Bernardaud and Co.
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is set of seven Mid-Century Modern L. Bernadaud porcelain "butterfly" pattern canapé or dessert plates in red, yellow, green, blue and white. A tantalizing set of seven small...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Mid-Century Modernist Raymond Loewy Le Creuset, Collection Coquelle Cook Ware
By Raymond Loewy, Le Creuset
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Modernist Raymond Loewy Le Creuset, collection original Coquelle cook-ware, circa 1959. PRICE REDUCED from $8500 Iconic Culinary collection 15 midcentury vintage origin...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Metal

S/6 Black and White Fornasetti Le Oceanidi 'Women in Shells' Porcelain Coasters
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a very rare signed and numbered set of six porcelain print transfer black and white Mid-Century Modern Italian Fornasetti "Le Oceanidi" cocktail coasters with an aquatic (...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Set of 8 Gold, White & Black Fornasetti "Musicalia" Cocktail Porcelain Coasters
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed set of eight Mid-Century Modern Italian Fornasetti, "Musicalia," gold gilt, black and white porcelain cocktail coasters with a musical instruments theme that were...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bjorn Wiinblad Large Porcelain Charger Platter for Rosenthal Studio Linie
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Beautiful and large 13 inch charger designed by Born Wiinblad for Rosenthal and manufactured in Germany. This white porcelain plate has lovely imagery with gold and colorful accents....
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Gold

Theodor Karner For Rosenthal Porcelain Dachshund Puppy Figure
By Theodor Kärner
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A finely made German mid-century porcelain figure of a dachshund puppy by Theodor Karner dating from the 1950/60's. The hand made figure is modeled seated on its hind legs with its h...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Jean Cocteau Japanese Seyei Porcelain Faun Decorated Plaque
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Very stylish and scarce porcelain plaque by Seyei of Japan centred with a faun with a signature for Jean Cocteau and dated 1962 to the rim. The rounded plate shaped plaque is decorat...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Die Zauberflötte The Magic Flute Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Espresso Set
Located in Miami, FL
ROSENTHAL Studio Linie by Bjørn Wiinblad Die  Zauberflöte Expresso Coffee Set. With the design for the Rosenthal Studio Linie The Magic Flute, the Danish artist Björn Winblad in 1968...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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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 Porcelain

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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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

Set of 4 Jean Cocteau Porcelain Decorative Collectible Art Plates
Located in North Hollywood, CA
1950's Jean Cocteau Orpheus small decorative collectible plate. Set of 4 Jean Cocteau Limoges France Art Porcelain China decorative plates. Made in France. After the drawings of J...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Large Square Boat Shape Artist Decorated & Signed Vase by Rosenthal, Germany
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Beautiful porcelain Mid-Century Modern artist signed & decorated vase by Rosenthal.
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Gray Porcelain Coffee, Tea & Dessert Cups & Plates
By Metasco
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a 37-piece signed Metasco Mid-Century Modern Japanese multicolored glazed porcelain coffee and dessert service. The offered set is a refreshing pop of color (green, pink, ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

Sevres-Vincennes Vintage French Porcelain Coffee Set
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Elegant and particular coffee service in fine French porcelain, consists of eight cups with plate, a fine coffee maker from the shape pleasant and refined, a sugar bowl with lid and ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

White Porcelain Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Romance Gold Decorative Platter
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed Mid-Century Modern beautiful white textured porcelain decorative platter with gold leaf Asian / chinoiserie theme by Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal. This decorative...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Gold Leaf, Gold Leaf

Bavaria Arzberg Hutschenreuther Glazed Porcelain Vase Black, Blue & White, 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage fine art glazed porcelain bud flower vase made in Bavaria by Arzberg Hutschenreuther, Germany. The opening is 1.13 inches in diameter. Porcelain mark at the base.
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Studio Line, Porcelain Vase
Located in Bochum, NRW
Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal studio-linie, bird decor painted in shades of blue, Germany, 1970s Marked to the bottom. In perfect condition. Dimensions: Diameter 10 cm [3.9 in.] ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Mariana van Allesch 1940s American Studio Pottery Leaf Bowl
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful 1940s asymmetrical leaf platter made by American studio potter, Mariana van Allesch. Signed. Biography: Marianna von Allesch was born Maria Anna Steudel in Germany. ...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Pottery

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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

1950s Italian Vintage Red Light Blue Black White Porcelain Trinket Dishes/Trays
Located in New York, NY
Price is per item, rare set of six 1950s Italian Porcelain decorative dishes by a Ceramic Studio in Ravenna, each individually handcrafted in different attractive organic geometric s...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Enamel

19th Century Shipwreck Treasure Bowl
Located in Melville, NY
Salvaged from the 1822 wreck of a Chinese sailing ship. Porcelain bowl encrusted with barnacles and South China sea life.
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Early 19th Century Chinese Antique Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Rosenthal Continental Crown Jewel China Dining Set, 34 Pieces
Located in Plainview, NY
A classy Rosenthal white continental crown jewel china dining set of 24 pieces. The set includes the following: 7 dinner plates 10.5" diameter x 1.25" height 8 salad plates ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Tema e Variazioni Porcelain Black and White Large Dish Charger
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
The Italian artist and illustrator Piero Fornasetti was one of the wittiest, most imaginative design talents of the 20th Century. He crafted an inimitable decorative style from a per...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

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 Porcelain

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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 Porcelain

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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 Porcelain

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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 Porcelain

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Porcelain