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Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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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Arctic Opal Blown Glass Vase by Gunnar Cyrén for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
Beautiful oval vase in mouth-blown opal opaque glass. The arctic vase was originally designed in the 1960s by the acclaimed Swedish glass artist and silversmith, Gunnar Cyrén and is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Pair of Brass and Blue Glass Candlestick
Located in Bochum, NRW
A pair of candle holders designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. A double light candleholder flower shaped, with blue transparent art glass, mounted on a brass/br...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

Henning Koppel Teak Bowl for Georg Jensen
Located in San Francisco, CA
Henning Koppel staved teak bowl for Georg Jensen, Denmark. This seems to be the largest size offered at 19"in. Diameter and 4.75"in. height. In very good original condition, signed.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Teak

Ystad Brons, Vase, Bronze, Ystad Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase designed and produced by Ystad Brons, Sweden, 1940s. With 3 grips. Stamped with makers mark.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Art Glass Bird Sculpture by Oiva Toikka for Iittala of Finland
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous art glass bird sculpture by Oiva Toikka for Iittala of Finland, circa 1990s. This sculpture is mouth blown and is in great vintage condition with no chips or cracks. The pie...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Faience Vase by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool faience vase by Stig Lindberg, in a lively, fun form. Graphic pattern of black and green stripes, elegantly hand-painted.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Vintage Scandinavian Bull Sculpture in Brass, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Scandinavian figurine or small sculpture of a young bull. It is made from cast brass and shows great details and rich patina consistent with its age. Measurements: W/L: 19 cm, H: 12....
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1960s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

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 Decorative Objects

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Oak, Wood

Børge Mogensen Desk Organizer, Karl Andersson & Söner, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Desk organizer designed by Børge Mogensen. Produced in Sweden by Karl Andersson & Söner during the 1950s. Made from solid light oak with insert boxes in red, white and grey/green pai...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Oak

Kaj Franck, Large Blue Glass Art-Object, Model KF 261, Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, c.1965
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Kaj Franck - Large blue glass art-object, model KF 261 - Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, circa 1965 Artist Kaj Franck (Vyborg, Finland 1911 – Santorini, Greece 1989) was an influential Finnis...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Cut Glass, Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Gunnar Nylund "Iller" Stonewear Weasel with Stand for Rörstrand Sweden 1960's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gunnar Nylund "Iller" Stonewear Weasel with stand for Rörstrand Sweden 1960's A beautiful vintage weasel in stoneware by Gunnar Nylund for Ro¨rstrand, Sweden, circa 1960 in perfec...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Wood

Scandinavian Modern Pair of Heart Shaped Holmegaard Vases by Per Lutken
Located in London, GB
A pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern heart shaped vases in light blue hand blown art glass. Both vases are intact and in beautiful colour and bright condition. By designer and artisti...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

Herman A. Kähler Vase
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Herman A. Kähler vase in glazed stoneware. Signed.
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Henning Koppel Teak Bowl for Georg Jensen, 1950s
Located in San Diego, CA
Henning Koppel staved teak bowl for Georg Jensen. Signed, Denmark, 1950s.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Teak

Large Danish Modern Carved Teakwood Fruit / Serving Bowl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Danish hand carved teak serving / fruit bowl with exquisite grain and an impressive size: H: 5.13" x L: 18.63" x D: 11. Excellent, vintage condition with only a few light spots of f...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Teak

Gold-Plated Candleholders by Hugo Asmussen, Denmark, Set of 3
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of three gold-plated candleholders designed by Hugo Asmussen, produced by Asmussen in Denmark during the 1970s. Drop shaped candlesticks with 24-carat gold plating. Engraved u...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Gold Plate, Brass

Herman Bergman, Jar, Stockholm, 1940
Located in Stockholm, SE
Jar in pewter and brass, with figurative motif. Made by Herman Bergman Konstguteri, Stockholm, 1940 (08).
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass, Pewter

Beech Paper Bin, Danish, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and beautiful paper bin in beech in good vintage condition with signs from use and patina.   
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Metal

Glass Vase with Spiral Pattern by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
When Vicke Lindstrand came back to the glass in 1950s after a decade as artistic leader at the ceramic factory Upsala-Ekeby, he exploded in a creative burst of new shapes and pattern...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Glass Vase by Vicke Lindstrand from Kosta, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
Handcrafted glass vase by Vicke Lindstrand, made during the 1950s at Kosta Glasbruk. Signed Kosta LH 5864.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

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 Decorative Objects

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Crystal

Max Brüel for Torben Ørskov, Five Hi-Fi Brass Candlesticks, Danish Design, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Max Brüel for Torben Ørskov. Five Hi-Fi brass candlesticks. Danish design, 1960s. Measures: 13 x 8.5 cm. In good condition. Stamped.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

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 Decorative Objects

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Wood

Ceramic Vase by Gertrud Lönegren, Rörstrand, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceramic vase by Gertrud Lonegren in golden glaze and a highly textured surface. Measures: Diameter 21 cm Height 21.5 cm Lonegren studied in Vienna and Stockholm during the 19...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Danish Modern Mobach Ceramic Vase Table Lamp
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Splendid Mid-Century Danish modern ceramic vase produced by Mobach in Utrecht. Features a hand-shaped cylinder form with a fantastic crackle glaze in an array of muted reds with teal...
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20th Century Dutch Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

Ceramic Figurine 'Summer', M21, Designed by Bjørn Wiinblad, 1976
Located in Lejre, DK
Ceramic figurine "Summer", M21, from the series "The Four Seasons" designed by Bjørn Wiinblad. This figurine was made in 1976 and is decorated in blue and white colors.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Jar Produced by GAB in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Pewter jar. Produced by GAB in Sweden.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Pewter

Scandinavian Modern Adjustable Candleholder, Model Variation by Pierre Forsell
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavian Modern adjustable candleholder. Model "Variabel", in solid brass by Pierre Forsell, Skultuna, Sweden. No 1607. Forssell (1925-2004) was a trained silversmith. During th...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

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 Decorative Objects

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Birch

Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, Bowl in Glazed Ceramics with Checkered Pattern
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand. Bowl in glazed ceramics with checkered pattern. Beautiful glaze in blue and brown shades. Mid-20th century. Measures: 20 x 5 cm. Stamped. In excelle...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Handwrought Iron Candlestick by Bertil Vallien
Located in Providence, RI
Bertil Vallien handwrought iron candlestick, circa 1960s, for Boda Smide Sweden. Stands 28 3/4" tall, and is 9" wide. Can be placed on the floor, a cabinet or table. Fully signed. Wo...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Wrought Iron

Alev Siesbye for Royal Copenhagen, Bowl of Porcelain Decorated with Blue Glaze
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Alev Siesbye for Royal Copenhagen. Bowl of porcelain decorated with blue glaze and border decorated with gold. Model number 1185577. Measures: 22 x 13 cm. In very good condition. ...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Nils Thorsson for Aluminia, "Marselis" Faience Bowl with Geometric Pattern
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nils Thorsson for Aluminia. "Marselis" faience vase with geometric pattern in beautiful blue glaze, mid-20th century. Measures: 19 x 4 cm. In very good condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Faience

Set of Three Stoneware Vases by Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Set of htree vases designed by Carl.Harry Stålhane. hand made at Rörstrand in Sweden during the 1950s. Made from stoneware with abstract decor on light green glazes. Very good condit...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Stoneware

Asbo Stentøj Art Pottery of Køge Denmark Green Stoneware Vase, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Asbo Stentøj stoneware vase from the Asbo art pottery of Køge Denmark, marked on the bottom, 1950s.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

1960s Per Lutken Scandinavian Midcentury Glass Candlesticks for Holmegaard
Located in Modena, IT
Pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern glass candleholder designed by Per Lutken and production by Holmegaard, circa 1960s.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Glass

Pewter Jar by Oscar Antonsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Striking pewter jar by Oscar Antonsson, with brass at the base and around the edge of the lid. Adorned with a beautifully sculpted kneeling woman.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass, Pewter

Scandinavian Modern Glass Sculpture by Swedish Designer Mona Morales-Schildt
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavian Modern glass sculpture signed by Mona Morales-Schildt for Kosta. Two red paperweights. One with a bubble in the middle. The other with a carved shape in orange and pink....
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Swedish Grace Pewter Jar from Schreuder & Olsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare, elegant pewter jar from the Swedish Grace period, made by Schreuder & Olsson. Decor of woman in different poses around the body and a Classic meandering pattern around the base...
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Pewter

Set of 2 Modernist Vintage 1970s Sculptural Brutalist Metal Candleholder, France
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Brutalist candleholder set of 2 Origin: France Material: Metal iron Decade: 1970s Description: This original vintage candleholder, was produced in the 1970s in ...
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Mid-20th Century French Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Metal

Nils Thorsson Royal Copenhagen Mirco Bud Vase Double Gourd Danish Midcentury
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Rare small vase. Excellent condition, no damage. Measures: Height 3 3/4" (9.5 cm), width 2 1/8" (5.5 cm) Painted "21399", three waves, "NT" monogram. Printed "Denmark U".
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Vase and Jug Erik Höglund Boda, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful jug and vase designed by Erik Höglund, Sweden. The green glass is filled with air bubbles which is significant of Erik. They are both in very good condition. And the vas...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Glass

Hans Hansen Sterling Silver Decorative Bowl from, 1987
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans Hansen Sterling Silver Bowl by Karl Gustav Hansen from 1987. The bowl is #25 out of 100 made. It measures 9.5 cm high and is in perfect condition. Hans Hansen (1884-1940) was...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Sterling Silver

Kähler, Denmark, Large Glazed Stoneware Floor Vase in Modern Design, 1940s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Kähler, Denmark, large glazed stoneware floor vase in modern design. 1940s. Stamped. Measures: 49 cm. X 41.5 cm. In perfect condition.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Royal Copenhagen Stoneware Vase in Oxblood Glaze Sang de Boeuf #97/43
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen stoneware vase in oxblood glaze Sang de Boeuf #97/43. Measures 19.2 cm and is in good condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Stoneware

Vase Designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vase designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s. Unique. Measures: H 12 cm/ 4 3/4".
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Swedish / Scandinavian Modern Studio Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian modern studio vase by master ceramicist Wilhelm Kåge made at the Kåge Work Studio. Measures: Height 8.25", diameter 5.75". Signed on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Danish Mid-Century Modern Bowl or Vase by Kylle Svanlund, Holmgaard
Located in New York, NY
A large Danish Mid-Century Modern bowl / vase by Kylle Svanlund for Holmgaard Glasværk, circa 1960s. The piece features a softly folded form in clear to pale gold color glass. Marked...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Kaj Franck Arabia Metal Bowls Set, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Bowls set designed by Kaj Franck for Arabia and made by Finel of Finland, metal painted, circa 1950s Signed under the base. Available 3 large: Diameter 21 cm, height 14 cm Availab...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Metal

Bowl by Per Lutken for Holmegaard
Located in Long Island City, NY
A clear glass bowl designed by Per Lutken for Holmegaard, Denmark, circa 1960s. Dimension: 10"; H-6".
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden, Vase in Mouth-Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden. Vase in mouth-blown art glass decorated with women's face. Swedish design, 1980s. Measures: 20 x 11.5 cm. In perfect condition. Signed.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Anna-Lisa Thomson, "Flora" Vase, Stoneware, Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden, 1949
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early modernist vase model Flora. Designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson, for Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden. With stamp including artist's initials. Only produced in 1949. Other designers of the...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Stoneware

Sky Box Stainless Steel, Tall
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural and organic, this beautiful stainless-steel box has a tactile quality that invites touch. It makes for an unusual and striking addition to a hallway table, perhaps holding...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Steel

Otto Breuer for Holmegaard Glass Set of 2 Bottle Vases
Located in Langserud, SE
Set of two amber color glass vases designed by Otto Breuer for Kastrup Holmegaard in Denmark during the 1950s. Some dirt in the smaller one. The big one H 30 cm, W 12 cm Small on...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Glass

Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand Scandinavian Pottery Ceramic Vase, 1950
Located in Modena, IT
Beautiful Scandinavian stoneware jugs / vase in matt enamel designed by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, made in Sweden, marked on the bottom, 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Estrid Ericsson Pewter Jar by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden
By Estrid Ericsson
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pewter jar designed by Estrid Ericsson. Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass, Pewter

Decanter / Sculpture, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsbergs Studio
Located in Stockholm, SE
An unusual decanter / sculpture designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsbergs studio. It is made in black and brown stoneware and signed below with Stigs signature. The hands and the hea...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Stoneware

Gunnar Ander Candlestick Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Candlestick designed by Gunnar Ander. Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass