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Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

The designers of Scandinavian modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life. The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarapaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak. Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Wooden Sculpture by Danish Artist Ole Wettergren, 1980s
Located in Odense, DK
Large wooden sculpture in oak, made by Danish artist Ole Wettergren in 1980s. Ole is famous for his wooden sculptures and he has presented in international magazines like ARK Journal.
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Oak, Wood

Wooden Sculpture by Danish Artist Ole Wettergren, 1965
Located in Odense, DK
Large wooden sculpture, made by Danish artist Ole Wettergren in 1965. This is hes first wooden sculpture made. Ole is famous for hes wooden sculptures and he has presented in intern...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Tapio Wirkalla, Set of All Sizes “leaf” Art-Object, Model 3337, Ittala, 1950s
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkalla, set of all sizes “leaf” Art-object, model 3337, Ittala, 1950s Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkka...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Crystal

Group of Handmade Danish Modern Walnut Candlesticks by Rude Osolnik, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Grouping of five masterfully turned wood candlesticks by Rude Osolnik, 1970s. Graduated heights of these pieces range from 4.5" H to 10" H. This collection would make an excellent ce...
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1970s American Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Walnut

Sculpture “Tennisspelare” 'tennis player' by Vicke Lindstrand, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sculpture “Tennisspelare” (tennis player) by Vicke Lindstrand, Sweden, 1950s. Birch. Measures: H 84 cm/ 2' 9 1/2" W 31 cm/ 12 1/4" D 44 cm/ 17 1/4" Base marked with inventor...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Birch

1960s Swedish Ceramic Bronze Sculpture ‘Marlin Thrusting’ by Hjalmar Ekberg
Located in Sherborne, Dorset
Limited edition ceramic sculpture entitled ‘Marlin Thrusting’ by Swedish sculptor Hjalmar Wilhelm Ekberg, 1924-1980. Has a reinforced metal bill and dorsal fin set into the ceramic a...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Sculpture in Brass and Rosewood
Located in Malmo, SE
Sculpture in brass and rosewood.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass

Contemporary Hand Carved Sisin Vase No. 4 in Linden Wood by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
SISIN (finnish for “quiddity”) is a sculptural hand carved vessel series where the forms and textures are inspired by exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms. Hollow pedestals...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Mid-Century Swedish Stump Chair in Stained Pine, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Mid-century Swedish stump chair in stained pine. In good vintage and original condition showing beautiful patina. Honorable mentions in similar style include Roland Wilhelmsson, Pi...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Pine

Danish Georg Jensen Orb Egg Sculpture Ashtray Chrome Brass Paperweight Bowl Ball
Located in Washington, DC
Polished two metal petite orb ashtray, marked Georg Jensen Design.
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artworks and ceramics ever since. He’s been exhibited in Galerie 26 on Champs-Élysées and som...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Midcentury Fire Screen Olle Hermansson, Husqvarna, Cast Iron
Located in Stockholm, SE
Midcentury Swedish fire screen by Olle Hermansson for Husqvarna made in cast iron. It can both be placed either as a fire screen or a sculpture.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Iron

Rare Pierre Forssell for Skultuna Solid Brass Candlesticks, 1960s, Sweden
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning, modernist brass / bronze candlesticks designed by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna, Sweden. Stamped with makers mark.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Sculpture by Ole Bjørn Krüger, Own Studio, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Impressive large abstract sculpture by Danish artist Ole Bjørn Krüger (1922-2007) made in the 1960s in his own workshop. Made from white glazed stoneware with beautiful contrasts in ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stoneware

Early Original Walking Stick by Jorgen and Nana Ditzel for Kolds Savvaerk
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
A beautiful piece of Classic Scandinavian Modern design, fits perfectly in the hand feels good and the function is as good as the form as it always should be.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Beech, Teak

Ceramic Wall Sculpture, Loop series: Numbered and signed by artist
By Erin Turkoglu
Located in Helsinki, FI
Loop series Extruded ceramics 2020-2021 The piece is hand-built from two-tone extrusions layer by layer. Extrusion sculpture series plays with the idea of contrasts in clay: Pin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Glass Vase, Object by Helena Tynell for Riihimaen Lasi Oy / Finland, ca. 1970s
Located in Schagen, NL
Unusual massive multicolored glass vase, designed by Helena Tynell. The piece remains in wonderful condition and is labeled with the manufacturer’s sticker and also signed on the bot...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Glass

Mid Century Curtis Jere Bronze Skier Sculpture on Stone for Artisan House
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage original skier sculpture designed by Curtis Jere for Artisan House. This piece is made of bronze featured on a heavy striated stone base. The skis display beautifully aged tu...
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1960s American Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stone, Bronze

Sculpture
Located in Malmo, SE
A wooden sculpture by unknown artist. Signed with “F -57”.
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1950s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Arvid Källström Sculpture / Bookend Produced in Sweden
By Arvid Kallstrom
Located in Malmo, SE
Sculpture / bookend designed by Arvid Källström. Produced in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artworks and ceramics ever since. Hes been exhibited in Galerie 26 on Champs-Élysées and some...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Christian Berg Sculpture 'Blomform 1' from 1929-1930
Located in Malmo, SE
Sculpture ‘Blomform 1’ by Christian Berg. Casting stamp E. Pettersson Fud. Provenance: Rolf Schmitz.
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stone, Bronze

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artworks and ceramics ever since. He’s been exhibited in Galerie 26 on Champs-Élysées and som...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Scandinavian Modern Glass Sculpture by Mona Morales-Schildt for Kosta, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
Egg shaped glass sculpture by Mona Morales-Schildt. The sides are cut to reveal the inside, creating a fascinating depth with optical effects. Made at Kosta, Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Art Glass

Hjalmar Ekberg Unique Sculpture
Located in Malmo, SE
Unique sculpture by Hjalmar Ekberg.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Midcentury Abstract Sculpture by Thure Thörn, Sweden, 1950
By Thure Thorn
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sculpture made by Swedish sculptor Thure Thörn. Made from plaster on a base of teak. Good condition with few signs of wear and patina. Signed with the artist name T. Thörn.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Plaster

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase by danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Stoneware in green/blue glaze. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artwo...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Eva Hild, "Loop" Unique Stoneware Sculpture, 2004
By Eva Hild 1
Located in New York, NY
Eva hild. “Loop” Sweden, 2004. Stoneware sculpture. 34” W x 24” D x 27” H. Eva Hild lives and works in the south-west of Sweden. With her organic sculptures she has establish...
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Early 2000s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artworks and ceramics ever since. He’s been exhibited in Galerie 26 on Champs-Élysées and som...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Elis Borg Sculpture Form 3 Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Brutalist sculpture form 3 designed by Elis Borg. Produced in Sweden.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Bertil Herlow Svensson Sculpture ‘Sektorn Mekanik’
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare sculpture ‘Sektorn Mekanik’ designed by Bertil Herlow Svensson. Produced by Bertil Herlow Svensson in Sweden. Edition of 50 pcs.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Aluminum

Børge Jørgensen Sculpture Produced in Denmark
By Børge Jørgensen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare Brutalist sculpture designed by Børge Jørgensen (1926-1998). Produced in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Granite, Steel

Gunnar Kanevad Sculpture / Letter Knife Made Especially for Nyman & Schultz
Located in Malmo, SE
Sculpture / letter knife designed by Gunnar Kanevad. Made especially for Nyman & Schultz travel agency.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Oak, Pine

Ceramic Loop Sculpture No:10 Numbered and signed by artist
By Erin Turkoglu
Located in Helsinki, FI
Loop Series Extruded ceramics 2020-2021 The piece is hand-built from two-tone extrusions layer by layer. Extrusion sculpture series plays with the idea of contrasts in clay: Pin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Contemporary Hand Carved Sisin Vase No. 2 in Linden Wood by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
SISIN (finnish for “quiddity”) is a sculptural hand carved vessel series where the forms and textures are inspired by exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms. Hollow pedesta...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Christian Berg Sculpture 'Kungens Öra' by E. Pettersson Fud. in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Sculpture ‘Kungens öra / King’s ear’ by Christian Berg. Casting stamp E. Pettersson Fud. Provenance: Rolf Schmitz.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stone, Bronze

Set of Swedish Ahus Glass Paperweights, Signed Studio Åhus 1992 HD-AZ
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
2 Modern Swedish Åhus glass paperweights. The signed paperweights are frosted glass with colorful interior and frosted glass surface. The larger piece is oval shaped with purple mode...
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Glass

1950s Scandinavian Teak Arctic Polar Bear Figure Sculpture Cabin Modern Danish
Located in Washington, DC
Wonderful uncommon 1950s design from Denmark of an arctic polar bear. Ink stamped, with remnants of paper label. Unknown artist.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Teak

Vintage Rare Bengt Edenfalk Skruf Glass Vase
Located in East Hampton, NY
A fine and rare stylish vintage Swedish art glass vase designed by Bengt Edenfalk for Skruf Glasbruk. The tall square shaped crystal glass vase has a circle medallions design around ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Crystal

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase by danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Stoneware with bronze glaze. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artwork...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase by danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Stoneware in white glaze. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artworks a...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase by danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Stoneware in green/blue glaze. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artwo...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Ole Bjørn Krüger, Danish Sculptor and Ceramicist, Huge Sculpture
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ole Bjørn Krüger (1922-2007), Danish sculptor and ceramicist. Huge unique sculpture in glazed stoneware. Beautiful glaze in turquoise and black shades, 1960s / 70s. Measures: 52.5 x...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stoneware

Ole Bjørn Krüger, Danish Sculptor and Ceramicist, Huge Sculpture
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ole Bjørn Krüger (1922-2007), Danish sculptor and ceramicist. Huge unique sculpture in glazed stoneware. Beautiful glaze in turquoise and black shades, 1960s / 70s. Measures: 50 x 1...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stoneware

Contemporary Hand Carved Sisin Vase No. 1 in Linden Wood by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
Sisin (finnish for “quiddity”) is a sculptural hand carved vessel series where the forms and textures are inspired by exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms. Hollow pedesta...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Contemporary Hand Carved Sisin Vase No. 3 in Linden Wood by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
SISIN (finnish for “quiddity”) is a sculptural hand carved vessel series where the forms and textures are inspired by exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms. Hollow pedesta...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Contemporary Hand Carved Sisin Vase No. 5 in Linden Wood by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
SISIN (finnish for “quiddity”) is a sculptural hand carved vessel series where the forms and textures are inspired by exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms. Hollow pedestals...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

White Stoneware Sculpture by Ole Bjørn Krüger from Own Studio, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Impressive large abstract sculpture by Danish artist Ole Bjørn Krüger made in the 1960s in his own workshop. Made from white glazed stoneware with contrasts in earth colors. This ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stoneware

Scandinavian Modern Glass Sculpture by Mona Morales-Schildt for Kosta, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
Oval glass sculpture by Mona Morales-Schildt. The sides are cut to reveal the inside, creating a fascinating depth with optical effects. Made at Kosta, Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Art Glass

Sculpture in Pine Wood by Unknown Designer
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and large twisted sculpture by unknown designer.
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1950s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Pine

Danish Teak Sculpture Lovers Embraced Dancing Simon Randers, Denmark, Midcentury
By Simon Randers
Located in Washington, DC
Simon Randers for Randers Mobelfabrik. Danish "Lovers" sculpture. This abstract sculpture is made of solid old growth teak and displays excellent craftsmanship. Burnished makers mark...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Teak

Scandinavian Ceramist, a Pair of Large Unique Sculptures in Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Scandinavian ceramist. A pair of large unique sculptures in ceramics. Modernist style. Signed: FH 1978. In perfect condition. Measures: 37.5 cm x 20 cm.
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1970s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Group 1950s Orchid Vases by Timo Sarpaneva, Glass Art Object, Iittala Finland
Located in Utrecht, NL
Group of three 1950s Orchid "Orkidea" vases, glass art objects, by Finnish designer Timo Sarpaneva, unique mouth blown pieces by Iittala Oy, Finland. Awarded design with ...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Blown Glass

Stoneware Sculpture by Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Small stoneware sculpture by Bengt Berglund with a suggestive shape. A circular form at the top is glazed with gold.  
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Stoneware Sculpture by Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware sculpture by Bengt Berglund, in an organic design which draws underwater plantlife and anemones to mind. Translucent aquamarine glaze mixing with brown.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Stoneware Face Sculpture by Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware sculpture by Bengt Berglund, in a whimsical design of a face. Stone like, organic finish and patterns pressed into the material.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Stoneware Sculpture by Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Small stoneware sculpture by Bengt Berglund in a suggestive, whimsical shape, blue glaze on top, unglazed from the middle and down.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Stoneware Sculpture by Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware sculpture by Bengt Berglund, in an organic design which draws underwater plant life and anemones to mind. Thick ocean blue glaze.  
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic