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Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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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Nanny Still for Riihimäen Lasi, Vase in Gray and Clear Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nanny Still (1926-2009) for Riihimäen Lasi. Rare vase in gray and clear mouth-blown art glass. Finnish design, 1960s. Measures: 11 x 9.2 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Art Glass

Tapio Wirkkala, A Sterling Silver Art-Object, Model TW 36, Kultakeskus, 1959
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala, A sterling silver art-object, Model TW 36, Kultakeskus, Finland 1959 Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland-1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design,...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Set of Three Stoneware Vases by Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, 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 Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Faience Vase by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool faience vase by Stig Lindberg, in an asymmetrical, fun form. Graphic, hand-painted pattern of black and aquamarine stripes.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

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 Vases and Vessels

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Blown Glass

Royal Copenhagen Vases and Dish by Ivan Weiss, Denmark
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Set of 2 vases and a dish designed by ceramist Ivan Weiss for Royal Copenhagen from the series "Duet" 1970s. Measures: Vase: H 23 cm x W 10.5 cm x D 7.5 cm Vase: H 19 cm x W 9....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Inger Persson for Rörstrand, Vase in Partially Glazed Ceramics, 1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Inger Persson (b. 1936) for Rörstrand. Vase in partially glazed ceramics. Swedish design, 1970s. Measures: 22.5 x 10 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

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 Vases and Vessels

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Brass, Pewter

Rubus Vase by Gunnar Nylund 1960s Rörstrand, Sweden
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Swedish stoneware vase designed by Gunnar Nylund. Part of the "Rubus" series. Manufactured by Rörstrand during the 1960s. Ceramic with brown mottled matte glaze.   
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Olle Alberius for Rörstrand, Sarek Vase in Hand Painted Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Olle Alberius for Rörstrand. Sarek vase in hand painted glazed ceramics. Swedish design, 1960s-1970s. Measures: 22 x 9 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

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 Vases and Vessels

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Blown Glass

Round Porcelain Lidded Trinket Box by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Studio Line
Located in San Diego, CA
Round porcelain lidded trinket box by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Studio Line, circa 1970s. The box is 5" D x 6.5" H made of white porcelain decorated with a geometric gold leaf mot...
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Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

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 Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

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 Vases and Vessels

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Art Glass

Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Vase by Einar Johansen for Søholm, 1960s
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Stoneware vase designed by Einar Johansen for Søholm, 1960s. Glaze in various blue tones. Stamp from the maker on the bottom. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Edvin Ollers Jar with Lid in Pewter Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Pewter jar with lid designed by Edvin Ollers. Produced in Sweden.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Pewter

Nils Landberg Elongated "Tulip" Vase
Located in New York, NY
Delicate and ethereal 'Tulipglas' vase with dramatically elongated, fluting body on a slender column and flaring base. Rose/clear coloration. Designed by Nils Landberg and produced b...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Glass

Black Stoneware Vase by Carl-Harry Stålhane
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool, small stoneware vase by Carl-Harry Stålhane. Straight, long neck extending from the plump body. Smooth black glaze.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Set of Three “Reptil” Vases Designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sweden. 1950s. Stoneware. H: 31 cm/ 12 1/4" W: 8 cm/ 3 1/8" D: 6 cm/ 2 3/8"
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

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 Vases and Vessels

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Glass

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 Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Midcentury Modern Stoneware Vase by Carl-Harry Stålhane
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegant unique stoneware vase by Carl-Harry Stålhane. Slender shape and a pale, grey glaze. Carl-Harry Stålhane was one of the stars among Swedish ceramic artists during the 1950s...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

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 Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Chalk White Danish Modern Ceramic Vase by Karsten Nielsen, 1980s
By Karsten Nielsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Scandinavian Modern matte, chalk white spherical ceramic vase with anthracite and light blue running accents, and small light blue tear drops. Designed and handmade by Danish ceramic...
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Kjell Engman For Kosta Boda Swedish Modern 'Fossil' Art Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Swedish modern "Fossil" art glass vase designed by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda. The piece is signed on the underside: "Kosta Boda K. Engman 40013." In great vintage condition with ag...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Art Glass

Isak Isaksson, Black Crystalline Glaze, Contemporary Swedish Ceramicist
By Isak Isaksson
Located in Stockholm, SE
A unique vase in a black with a metallic-tone of crystalline glaze designed by the contemporary Swedish artist Isak Isaksson in his own studio. The vase is 22 cm (8,8") high and in m...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden, Vase in Mouth Blown Art Glass
Located in Bochum, NRW
Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden. Vase in mouth blown art glass decorated with women's face. Swedish design, 1980s. Measures: 9.5 x 5 cm. In perfect condition. Signed.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Blown Glass

Finnish Modern "Stromboli" Vase
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Finnish modern amber glass Stromboli vase.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Glass

Gunnar Borg 100 Mini Stoneware Vases for Anderson & Johansson Höganäs
By Gunnar Borg, Höganäs Keramik
Located in Dallas, TX
Priced per piece Gunnar Borg 1926-2007 he work for Anderson & Johansson for 28 years and the last 14 years he developed technic to make only small mini objects Measure: Smallest 1...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Arne Bang, Denmark, Fish in Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arne Bang (1901-1983), Denmark. Fish in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in blue-green shades, 1940s / 50s. Measures: 13 x 7.5 cm. In excellent condition.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund "ARO" Ceramic Stoneware Bowl Blue Brown for Rörstrand, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare bowl by Gunnar Nylund blue brown bowl for Rörstrand produced in the 1950s. In good vintage condition showing small signs from age and use. Signed.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Fajance Vase by Johanne Gerber Royal Copenhagen
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Baca fajance/ceramic vase designed by Johanne Gerber and produced in 1960s at Royal Copenhagen, Denmark. Complexed and detailed patterns which in creation from Scandinavia have beco...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Porcelain, Pottery

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 Vases and Vessels

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Brass, Pewter

Beautiful unique handmade stobewear vase by Karan Boel, Denmark 1960s.
Located in Haderslev, DK
Sculptural and functional handmade ceramic vase made by Karen Boel, Denmark 1960s. Both shape, geometric figures and the different stonewear methods are just outstanding. Cubi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic, Pottery

Gustaf Ahlberg, Vase, Glazed Earthenware, Höganäs, circa 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase, in glazed earthenware, by Gustaf Ahlberg for Höganäs, circa 1930s. Stamped.   
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Earthenware

Pewter 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 Vases and Vessels

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Pewter

Gjutmästare A. Frost, Vase for Guild Exhibition, Patinated Bronze, Sweden, 1941
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A heavy-alloy bronze vase of exceptional quality, by foundryman A. Frost. With engraved description, signature and dating, 20/3, 1942. Produced for Svenska Gjutmästarförbundet, Malmö...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Bronze

Studio Vase by Stig Lindberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The centaur was Stig Lindberg's favorite mythological figure, one he returned to in his work repeatedly. The surface of this unique studio vase, which was made in 1961, is decorated ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Vintage Scandinavian Grey Glazed Studio Pottery Vase, 20th Century
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish vintage Scandinavian Studio Pottery vase of rounded bulbous shape attributed to Gunnar Nylund. The rounded stoneware vase has a cut rounded top and is constructed from a te...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Pottery

Swedish Concrete Garden Pot, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare garden pot in concrete produced in Sweden by unknown designer showing beautiful patina from age and use. In good vintage condition.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Concrete

Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, Green Midcentury Stoneware Atelier Vase
Located in Stockholm, SE
Midcentury Swedish vase in stoneware by Rörstrand, designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane. The vase has an excellent glaze and is in very good vintage condition.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Scandinavian Cut Crystal Vase, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A cut crystal torpedo shaped vase presumably from either Kosta Boda or Orrefors. The vase features diffrent techniques most prominent is the mix of vertical ribbing to one side and a...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Crystal

“Pungo” Vase by Stig Lindberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely “Pungo” vase by Stig Lindberg, made in smooth carrara stoneware. Streamlined, plunging, ingenious design.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Kristina Riska Ceramic Floor Vase, Finland, 2015
Located in New York, NY
Tall waited floor vase by Finnish ceramic artist Kristina Riska for Arabia Studios, 2015. This is a unique piece made by the coil method. Part of her show, "New Work" May 6-June 5, ...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Rocky Ceramic Pillar Vase
By Erin Turkoglu
Located in Helsinki, FI
Pillar-vase takes inspiration from the ancient human-made rock formations. It references the ancient architecture and the human touch in carved stones. The sculptural vase displays f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Porcelain

Group of 5 Blue Stoneware Vases, Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
A group of five vases designed by Berndt Friberg from Gustavsberg. The vases are 18 cm, 11 cm, 10 cm, 9.5 cm, and 9.5 cm. They are in very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Large Blue Ceramic Floor Vase by Rigmor Nielsen for Søholm, 1960s Danish Modern
Located in Odense, DK
Hand painted floor vase from the 1960s by Danish artist Rigmor Nielsen at Søholm ceramics workshop, Bornholm. Each of these vases were made by hand and are unique in their decoration...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Gunnar Nylund Ceramic Set Vase + Bowl ARO for Rörstrand Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare set of a bowl and vase in great vintage condition with small signs from age and use. Produced in the 1950s by Rörstrand Sweden. Both ceramics are signed. Measurements: Vas...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund Vase Produced by Rörstrand in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Ceramic vase designed by Gunnar Nylund. Produced by Rörstrand in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Large Stoneware Vase, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, Blue
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand. The vase is 36 cm high and in mint condition, it has a beautiful glaze.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Ewald Dahlskog, Green Art Deco Globose Vase, Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A globose vase designed by Ewald Dahlskog at Bo Fajans in Gefle in the 1930s. This vases was first presented at the Stockholm exhibition in 1930, that was the start for the functiona...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Stoneware Floor Vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Large floor vase designed by Gunnar Nylund. Rare model and the largest that was designed by Nylund and serially produced by Rörstrand during the 1950s. Rare polychrome glaze shifting...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

1960 Tall Paul Kedelv Coquille Vessel for Flygsfors, Sweden
Located in Miami, FL
A stunning large Scandinavian free-form glass sculpture or vase. Green and white glass encased in clear glass. Made by the Swedish firm Flygsfors in 1960 and designed by Paul Kedelv,...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Blown Glass

Scandinavian Modern Flygsfors Coquille Vase
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This Kedelv vase is sold individually, but we have two other items available in the same color. Professional, skilled furniture restoration is an integral part of what we do every...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Glass

Group of 3 Stoneware Vases, Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
A group of three vases designed by Berndt Friberg from Gustavsberg. The vases are 37.5 cm, 27 cm and 12.5 cm. They are in very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Otto Brauer Set of Six Blue Glass Vases for Holmegaard, Denmark
Located in Maastricht, NL
A set of six blue glass Gulvases in varying sizes, designed by Otto Brauer for Danish company Holmegaard. Measures: The smallest vase is 25 cm high with a 9.5 cm diameter. The tal...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Glass

Alvar Aalto "Savoy" Vase in Caramel-Tinted Glass, Iittala, Finland
Located in Odense, DK
A "Savoy" glass vase signed Alvar Aalto, Iittala 1936-1996. 60 years anniversary edition. Blown in wooden mold. Caramel / light pink -tinted glass. Great vintage condition.
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Art Glass

Arne Bang, Ceramic Vase No. 121
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Arne Bang (1901-1983). Ceramic vase with square corpus adorned with two small handles. Decorated with crawling glaze in light sand and earth tones. Signed wiht monogram "AB" and mo...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic