Tag Archives: mid-century ceramics

Modernist marvels from the Mid-Century

 

PKO, chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm -- modernist-mid-century chair white vinyl upholsery and chrome wire frame Mid century chair

PKO, chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm, Denmark. 1952

 

Lately, every time I glance at a furniture catalogue, I’m seeing more new furniture pieces that reflect elements of mid-century design- asymmetrical shapes, angled legs, biomorphic curves and abstract forms reaching into the future. For some collectors of the Mid-Century arts, the innovative styles never went away. I still find the bold, audacious designs which were highly original for their time, to be a continual source of fascination. The post war exuberance in the 40‘s and 50‘s and sense of freedom were flamboyantly expressed in the adventurous styles inspired by the Bauhaus design concepts, Futurism and the Atomic and Space Ages which followed WWII. The mass production of the avant-garde contemporary designs into everyday decor really influenced the spirit of the era.
The modern architecture of the Mid-Century era required similar decor to compliment its distinctive look. Home designs featured the use of bold colors displayed with flowing, open-floor plans and new futuristic materials such as aluminum, plastics, and fiberglass combined with exposed structural elements, sliding glass doors and wall-to ceiling windows. Widely embraced by interior designers and consumers, it presented numerous challenges. Most of the mid-century pieces in isolation looked brilliant but collectively there tended to be a touch of conflict from all the striking modernist shapes and angles competing for attention However with tasteful implementation, they became truly awe inspiring.
This innovative foray into contemporary futuristic design suffered from being obsolete too quickly. Fortunately this much loved era avoided being consigned to a distant obscurity by the ongoing interest from collectors and regular exhibitions. For those who desire to replicate the intriguing genre in its entirety, this groovy aesthetic still creates a wonderful impact and presence.

 

 

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Italian mid-century vase – S.Stefano

 

 

 

Vintage German Tall-Colorful-Lava Vase---Scheurich 70s

Tall Vintage German Tall Colorful Lava Vase—Scheurich

70’s

 

Jean-RIVIER ceramique 1900 modernist vase with abstract motif

Jean Rivier

Ceramique 1900

 

 

 

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Red mid century ceramic planter – Victor Cerrato

Italy 1960’s

 

 

André-Freymond----retro ceramic ewer

Andre Freymond

 

 

 

Übelacker-Keramik mid century Lava glaze pottery

Retro Lava glaze vessels – Übelacker Keramik Germany

60’s

 

 

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The City Plan of Vienna in the Year 3000, carnival party in the Künstlerhaus, ca. 1933, Design and execution master class of Prof. Siegfried Theiss

© Archiv Künstlerhaus

 

 

 

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Scheurich Prism Vase from West Germany

60s – 70’s

 

 

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Roger CAPRON ‘Vase à Oreilles Taureau’ – Ears vase Taurus

Found on thomasfritsch.fr

 

 

 

PK0,-chair-designed-by-Poul-Kjaerholm,-Denmark.-1952

PK0, chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm, Denmark. 1952

 

 

 

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 West German ‘Ceylon’ pottery jug

1950’s – retroactive.net.au

 

 

 

Large-David-Cressey-Lamp--Downtown-LA

Large David Cressey Lamp

1960’s   39 inches height

Downtown LA, 1stdibs

 

 

Room with mid century decor

Room with mid century decor and teac modernist coffee table. I like the orange highlights against the duck blue walls.

 

 

 

 

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Marc Bellaire Figures, USA

MAINLY ART VINTAGE MODERN FURNITURE Cincinnati

25 inches height –  1955

 

 

 

 

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Mid Century vessels – Aldo Londi for Bitossi

End Of History,NY

 

 

 

Mid-Century-Modern-Double-Face-Ceramic-VaseHARVEYS-ON-BEVERLY-1955earthenware-vase-features-a-woman-on-either-side.-The-women-are-painted-in-a-folk-art-manner

Mid-Century Modern Double Face earthenware vase features a woman on either side painted in a folk art manner.

1955

1stDibs HARVEYS ON BEVERLY, LA

 

 

 

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Mid Century screen, 1950’s

1stDibs Battersea, San Francisco

 

 

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Modernist painting – Bruce Yager, New Mexico

jetsetretrodesign-etsy

 

 

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Pair of Ceramic Lamps, attributed to Heifetz

1stDibs Ventura, Palm Springs

50’s

 

 

 

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Mid Century modern ceramic vase – Mado Jolain

 

 

 

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Large Ceramic Glazed Vase by Polia Pillin

50’s

LA MOD INC, CA   14.5 inches

 

 

 

 

Modern mid century wing back lounge chairs and large gold retro pottery

Mid Century decor

 

 

 

JUDY-FRANKEL-ANTIQUES Ernest D'Hossche Op Art Blue White Vase

Ernest D’Hossche Op Art Blue White Vase

1958, Belgium

1stDibs Judy Frankel Antiques, Troy, MI

 

 

 

Jacques and Dani Ruelland - Creme glazed earthenware snow trap vase & Three pink glazed earthenware bottle shape vases Vase Boule Vases Bouteille ca. 1960 Available for Sale Artsy

 Creme glazed earthenware snow trap vase & three pink glazed earthenware bottle shape vases

French artist Jacques Ruelland and his wife and creative partner Dani Ruelland created amorphous art objects in the sixties.

Thomas Fritsch Artrium

 

 

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Italian matching modernist retro vase and plate

 

 

 

André-Aleth-Masson modernist sculpture

André Aleth Masson – contemporary ceramic sculpture

 

 

 

Guido-Gambone-ceramic mid century vase in black and white

Black and White modernist vase – Guido Gambone

Guido Gambone became intrigued with ceramics as a creative medium at an early age and was was quite influential with the Italian modernist ceramics movement.

 

 

 

 

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West German mid-century vase – Dumler and Breiden

 

 

 

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Elly and Wilhelm Kuch Glazed Ceramic Vase, 1960s.

 

 

 

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German Mid-Century vase with handle – D & B

Fat Lava Wadersloh – Flickr

 

 

 

 

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Fat Lava vase – Fohr

 

 

 

François-Raty mid century ceramic bust

Mid Century sculpture bust – Francois Ray

 

 

 

 

Free-Form-Ceramic-Bowl-Signed-by-Roger-Capron in green stripes on black

Roger Capron bowl

 

 

 

GIO-PONTI-AND-PAOLO-DE-POLI---red enameled-copper-vase-60s

Gio Ponti / Paolo de Poli—enameled copper vase

60’s

 

 

 

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 Table Lamp base by Axel Salto

Height 16inches -1940

1stDibs  SAM KAUFMAN GALLERY, LA

 

 

 

Large floor vase, designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand, Sweden. 1950’s.

Floor vase, designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand, Sweden. 1950’s.

 

 

 

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Retro media unit

www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

 

 

André-Freymond--burnt orange -abstract vase

Andre Freymond

ceramic-signatures.com

 

 

 

Early 'Bellevue' side chair, from the Maison de Bellevue, Meudon, Paris, 1951 design Andre Bloc

 ‘Bellevue’ side chair – Andre Bloc

1951

Phillips Auctions, NY

 

 

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Mid Century dish

 

 

 

Carstens-Tönnieshof-lava glaze vase---Fat-Lava-Wadersloh

Carstens Tönnieshof lava glaze vase

Fat Lava Wadersloh – Flickr

 

 

 

Mid-Century-Living-Room-Designs

Chair-Modernica- rug- Dubai Vanilla, Mat-sofa- Custom design by David Galindo table- Noguchi coffee table, Design Within Reach

Photo by Tara Bussema © 2013 Houzz

 

 

 

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West Germany Pitcher with Egyptian Pharaohs – Bay Keramik

1stDibs – CAIN MODERN-West Hollywood

 

 

 

Suzuki-Osamu vintage contemporary vase

Vintage sculptural vessel- Suzuki Osamu

 

 

 

Amy-Lynne-Vogel-Photographers mid-century interior

Mid Century decor

Photo – Amy Lynne Vogel

 

 

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Design Kurt Tschörner – Glaze Otto Gerharz – Ruscha 313

Fat Lava Wadersloh, Flickr

 

 

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Marcello Fantoni ceramic bottle vase

Kim’s Lovely Antiques and More, Ebay

 

 

 

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‘Darling your taste is dreadful, I want a divorce”.

Case Study House #21 by Pierre Koenig, Photo – Julius Shulman

 

 

 

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‘Ulla’   vase Jopeko Keramik- West German retro

 

 

 

Martin-Eisler-Chair-(1955)

Martin Eisler, 1955

 

 

 

 

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The Israeli design firm Ando Studio mixed French Modern, Op-Art and Industrial pieces for this eclectic-yet-elegant St. Germain sitting room.

 

 

 

 

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The glaze is nicknamed ‘Snakeskin’. Albert Kiessling used wax resist to give the vase this appearance

Fat Lava Wadersloh – Flickr