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Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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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Lorenzo Burchiellaro Abstract Wall Panel in Aluminum and Wood
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lorenzo Burchiellaro, wall panel, wood, aluminum, Italy, 1970s Abstract wall panel in aluminum by Italian designer Lorenzo Burchiellaro. Burchiellaro is known for his metal designs ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Aluminum

Florence Knoll, Rare Wall Unit, Teak & Seagrass, 1952 for Knoll International
Located in Munster, NRW
Rare wall shelf unit by Florence Knoll. Made by Knoll International, Stuttgart in 1952. Cabinets and shelves are made of teak. The interiors are veneered with maple. Cabinet fron...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Aluminum

Modern Signed Marine Painting
By L. Marinelli
Located in Roma, IT
Underwater scene with coloured fish, rocks and corals signed Marinelli.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Wall Hanging Tapestry "The Bird And Its Nest" by Andre Minaux, Paris, Ca. 1965
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Wall hanging tapestry by Andre Minaux, Paris, France, ca. 1965. "L'oiseau et son nid" that means "The bird and its nest". Limited edition of 200, number 74. Silkscreen on linen, cott...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Cotton

Majolica Fish Sealife Platter Vallauris, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica sealife platter Vallauris, circa 1950. High relief of fish, seaweeds, shells, oyster, crab Nautical style. Measure: 11.3" diameter.    
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic, Faience, Majolica

Fritz Scholder Snake Dancer Lithograph
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Dynamic Fritz Scholder signed lithograph depicting the silhouette of a Native American dancer with a snake between his teeth. Dimensions listed are inclusive of the frame. Print it...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

Alberto Giacometti Framed Black and White Limited Lithograph "Annette", 1964
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful sketched lithograph by famed Swiss artists/sculptor Alberto Giacometti. The lithograph was printed in Paris by Mourlot Freres in 1964 and was issued in an edition of ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Woman Playing the Lute Tapestry in Frame
Located in New York, NY
Vintage (20th Century) tapestry featuring a woman playing a lute, alongside an open book and flowers, set in a wooden, bronze-finished frame carved with acanthus leaf designs.  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Textile, Wood

1970s Yellow and Orange Op Wall Art by Turner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A very groovy 1970s framed op art piece with a two colored wave of reserve painted glass that resembles a yin and yang. The piece is currently strung for hanging so the yellow is on ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Steve Schapiro Iconic Signed Silver Gelatin Print "Three Men, New York 1961"
Located in Studio City, CA
A historic and iconic, richly toned, silver gelatin print or image by prolific and renowned photographer Steve Schapiro. Perhaps his most famous image. Signed, stamped and titled ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Painting by Eduardo Rouario, Mid-Century Modern, Modern Art, 1968, Orange/Green
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful, midcentury oil painting, by Eduardo Rouario, circa 1968. Oil painting framed in an antique frame from turn of the century. Orange, grey, hunter green and nude colors.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Acrylic

After Pablo Picasso, Lithograph with Pochoir, Bacchanal 1955
Located in Rochester, NY
After Pablo Picasso, lithograph with pochoir, Bacchanal, edition of 2000 - dated 1955. Facsimile signature in green lower right. Image sheet size is 20 1/2 inches wide x 15 1/2 inche...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Chrome

Carl Auböck Model #4982 Patinated Brass Hook
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #5439 patinated brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and patinated brass by Werkstätte Car...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Unframed Thomas Lenk Series A&B 1971 Signed Serigraph 88/100
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a captivating, Op Art, vintage serigraph titled "Series A" and "Series B" from 1971, by German artist Thomas Lenk. 26.75" H x 26.75" W unframed, per artwork...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Rare Embroidered Art Mid-Century Modern on Raised Black and Brass Frame
Located in West Hartford, CT
Original all embroidered contemporary art, all hand done, in gorgeous raised frame in black and brass. From the 1970's. Parson's School of Design provenance. Color scheme is excepti...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Matsumi Kanemitsu Signed Limited Edition Lithograph Print "The Movieland"
Located in Studio City, CA
An arresting, limited edition lithograph by eminent American born Japanese artist Matsumi Kanemitsu. The print is pencil signed, dated (1970) and numbered (25/25) by the artist an...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Joan Miró Archive Photography of "Personage" Sculpture, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Archive photography of Joan Miró "Personage" Sculpture. Printed, circa 1960. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. ...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Mid-Century Modern Framed Pablo Picasso Print Printed Post-Mortem
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a large and beautiful, framed print, printed after Picasso died. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensions of the frame are 40.25" Sq.   
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

1960s French Abstract Oil Painting by Pierre Havret
Located in London, GB
1960s French abstract oil painting No 2 from a series of 4 from the same source and by the same hand, Pierre Havret (b.1913) - unsigned These four oils were framed on Foubert's Plac...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Antique Printing Drawer with Metal Numbering, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique Printing Drawer with Metal Numbering, Spain circa 1950. In original condition, wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials: Wood Metal ...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Metal

Landscape Crane Birds Brass Wall Decoration Vintage, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A beautiful vintage brass crane themed wall decoration. This decorative item would make a beautiful ornament on each wall. Made in the 1960s it displays the joy of that great era wit...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Glass and Stone Mosaic Abstract Wall Art Sculpture, by Han van Hattem 1964
Located in Den Haag, NL
Glass and Stone Mosaic abstract wall art sculpture, The Netherlands 1964, The Hague, By Han van Hattem Dated and Signed 1964.
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Stone

Space Age Black Glass Picture Frame
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stylish 1960s Space Age black glass picture photo frame. Round domed design with kinetic effect. Easel and back covered with black suede paper. The picture photo frame can only be pl...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass

Early 20th Century Palmedes Painting in Wooden Frame
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Painting by Palmedes, circa early 20th century. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. The wooden frame has some minor l...
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Wood

Italian 1970s Tortoiseshell Lucite Picture Frame
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant 1970s Italian picture photo frame. Rounded shape with clear and tortoiseshell (tortoise) pattern Lucite framing. The easel at the back is also in clear Lucite. No visible mak...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Lucite, Plexiglass, Acrylic

Erwin Blumenfeld Doe Eye "Oeil de Biche" Offset Lithograph
Located in Plainview, NY
Erwin Blumenfeld Doe eye " Oeil de Biche" offset lithograph of a closeup of the model Jean Patchett face measuring 18 5/8 x 16 1/4 inches with no apparent inscriptions or marks. The ...
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1950s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass, Paper

Karl Blossfeldt Black White Flower Photogravure Botanic Photography, 1942
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Karl Blossfeldt Photogravure from the edition of the book 'Wunder in der Natur' in 1942. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful...
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1940s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Carl Auböck #4330/1 Brass Hook
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #4330/1 brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl Auböck...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Yaacov Agam Signed Galaxy Holograph Lenticular Agamograph
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a hand signed "Galaxy" Agamograph by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, known as the father of the Kinetic Art Movement. In excellent condition. Size is 7.5" x 7.5...
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Mid-20th Century Israeli Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Carl Auböck Model #4327 Nickel-Plated Hook
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #4056 brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in nickel-plated brass by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Austria. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Nickel, Brass

Carl Auböck Model #5261 Brass Hook
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #5261 brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished brass by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Austria. P...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

1970s Colorful Flowers Glass Picture Frame
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely glass picture photo frame with "Flower Power" flair. Glass framing with colorful serigraphy design. Easel and back covered with black paper. The picture photo frame can be pla...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass

'The Endless Summer' Original US Movie Poster by John Van Hamersveld, 1965
Located in Devon, GB
With its laid back surfer silhouettes against a day-glo sunset, John Van Hamersveld's poster art for Bruce Brown's seminal surf movie "The Endless Summer" has become a cultural pheno...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Dora Maar Hand Signed Drawing, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Drawing by Dora Maar. Hand signed. Authenticity stamp of the auction that took place in 1998 in Paris. Black ink on cream white paper, 20th century, undated. Frame not include...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

1960s Austria Travel Poster by Harry Stevens Pop Art
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
1960s travel poster for Austria designed by Harry Stevens for Hants and Dorset Buses, UK rolled. Measures: L 76cm x W 51cm.
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Royal Copenhagen Diana Faience Tray, Nils Thorsson, Denmark, 1970s
Located in Bochum, NRW
Royal Copenhagen Diana Faience tray designed by the famous Danish designer Nils Thorsson. Marked to the backside. Excellent condition, retains vintage hangings, marked. Not anymore ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Unframed Infinity Yaacov Agam Signed Holograph Agamograph
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a hand signed Agamograph by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, known as the father of the Kinetic Art Movement. In excellent condition. Size is 12" x 12" unframed.  
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Mid-20th Century Israeli Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Round Gio Ponti Franco Pozzi Gallarate Decorative Plate Blue Orange, 1960
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round Gio Ponti Franco Pozzi Gallarate decorative plate blue orange, 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Midcentury Brass Wall Hooks by Hertha Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass coat, hat hooks, elegant shape and perfect quality by Hertha Baller from the 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

"Tahoma" Acrylic on Canvas by Larry Zox
Located in Stamford, CT
"Tahoma" acrylic on canvas by Larry Zox (American, b. 1937 d. 2006) signed L Zox and dated 1972.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Acrylic

Signed Original Midcentury Abstract Geometric Painting of Brooklyn Bridge
Located in West Hartford, CT
Original midcentury painting of the Brooklyn Bridge utilizing geometric shapes and bright colors of orange, brown and yellow. Signed lower right, B. Farian.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Metal

Henri Valachman "L'instant Fragile" Oil on Canvas
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Henri VALACHMAN (1925-2020) "L'instant fragile" oil on canvas.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

Mid-Century Modern Aubusson Tapestry by Maurice Ferreol
By Maurice Ferreol
Located in New York, NY
Charming Mid-Century tapestry designed by Maurice Ferreol (1906-1969) and woven at Atelier Legouiex in Aubusson, France. Woven in wool, it dates to 1953 and titled "Tropiques". The a...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Tapestry, Wool

Piero Fornasetti Adamo / Adam Porcelain Plate Number 12, Signed, Excellent
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Adamo / Adam porcelain plate # 12. Signed. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

Tony Evans Metallic on Glass Painting with Custom Frame
Located in Palm Springs, CA
We have collected Tony Evans raku pottery for decades. He unfortunately passed away in 2009. He did a few wall art pieces. This is one of the rare ones. A metallic process on glass w...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass

Final Lap Winners Circle Checkered Flag with Mobiloil Pegasus Logo Garage Art
Located in Ferndale, MI
Recently un earthed from long time attic storage. Period checkered flag with Mobiloil red Pegasus logo. Two sided flag. One edge does have flap for flag stand pole. Very nice overall...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Cotton

Woman on Majolica Tile Giovanni de Simone 1960s Italian Design
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Woman on Majolica tile Giovanni de Simone 1960s Italian design.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

French Aubusson Tapestry by Thérèse Le Guen
Located in Winter Park, FL
A Mid-Century Modern French wool tapestry by Thérèse Le Guen entitled "Soleil d'Or" (Golden Sun), in shades of orange, red, pink, blue, black and beige. Woven signature lower right: ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Tapestry

1960s NYC Skyline Painting, Oil on Board
Located in Philadelphia, PA
1960s NYC skyline, painted on a Gimbel Brothers canvas backed board! Painted in tones of blues. Looks like original wood frame from the period. Signed Sharon.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

Edouard Collin Vintage Travel Poster Transatlantique
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A Classic travel poster by Edouard Collin, circa 1950s. Allez en Corse Cie Gle Transat antique. Beautiful vivid colors, signed on lower right.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Selection of Color Modern Lithographs and Silkscreens
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of color modern lithographs and silkscreens, circa 1930s-2000s. They have been framed in clean lined black lacquer gallery frames under UV resistant glass. They are: Top ro...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Designed Bronze Gong from the 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Bronze gong with matching Hammer, designed by Levente Rékassy hungarian sculptor.
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Bronze

"Soleil" Ceramic Sculpture by Roger Capron
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A rare prototype, this beautiful wall sculpture was based on collaborative work Capron had done a couple of years earlier with the artist Jean Derval for the Hotel Byblos, St. Tropez...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Lithograph after Original Matisse Drawing
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Lithograph / Plate from the book Dessins: Themes et Variations. Edited by Martin Fabiani (Paris) in 1943. In good original condition. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French ar...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Pair of Karel Appel Curtains, 1963, Documented at Stedelijk Musem
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Super rare and impressive pair of large cotton ''gordijnstof' curtains, designed in 1963 by world renowned Dutch painter and sculptor Karel Appel (1921-2006) for the textile company ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Cotton

Asymmetric Wall Hooks by Hertha Baller Austria, 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Asymmetric wall hooks by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s Original condition Price and selling per piece.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

1960's Japanese Abstract Rug
Located in Rochester, NY
Japanese abstract modernist shag / rya style hand hooked area rug with beautiful combination of colors and great graphic design, circa 1960. Look at all pictures and read condition r...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Nylon

Italian Radiator Cover Midcentury in Perforated Iron Parts in Pure Gold, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian radiator cover midcentury in perforated iron parts in pure gold 1950s. Upper surface in mirror, truly original pieces of great elegance.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Decorations

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Crystal, Metal, Gold Plate