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What do we define as mid century


What do we define as mid century

by 6 years ago

Hi there - is there a widely accepted definition of what we mean by mid century in antiques that's accepted globally?  Also are there specific regions where 'mid century' goods were better made  (and are therefore now more collectable) than others?  Germany?  Czech?

6 years ago
It seems to be all a bit vague sometimes doesn't it :) . I have seen the term mid-century used for 1970s and 1980s design - but I think that is going a bit too far. Mid-Century is probably best categorised as design from the late 1940s to the end of the 1960s - but I guess we don't have a term to categorise work after that date (except to classify by decade - 70's, 80's, 90's etc. ) Denmark (and Scandinavia in general) seems to be the source of most good quality mid 20th Century products still, probably due to the sheer volume of good quality design that has come out of Denmark, and the fact that there was a focus on export - not just domestic production. So many other countries have fantastic and high quality 20th Century design though - e.g Hungarian Ceramics of the 1950s and 1960s is just breathtaking - but something that gets little exposure and is little known - compared to say West German or Italian Ceramics of the mid 20th Century......

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