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Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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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1956 "Farsta" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Located in Los Angeles, CA
By Wilhelm Kåge, student of Matisse, grand old man of Swedish ceramics, and creator of the 20th century's greatest series of studio ceramics: his famous Farsta collection of the 1940...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, Yellow Unique Stoneware Vase, 1963
Located in Stockholm, SE
A multicolored vase that has a yellow-tone designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane at Rörstrand, it´s 16 cm high and 17,5 cm in diameter. It´s in mint condition. It´s dated 1963 and it is a ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, Midcentury Grey Stoneware Vase
Located in Stockholm, SE
A vintage vase designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane at Rörstrand in the 20th midcentury, it´s 10,5 cm high and in very good condition except from some marks in the glaze from the producti...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Purple Vase, Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg, Aniara Glaze
Located in Stockholm, SE
A multicolored (purple tone) vase in aniara glaze designed by Berndt Friberg at Gustavsberg in Stockholm, the vase is 8,5 cm high and about 6 cm in diameter. It´s marked as on pictur...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Swedish Stoneware Floor Vase by Gunnar Nylund
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware floor vase designed by Gunnar Nylund. Manufactured by Rörstrand, Sweden during the 1950s. Hare fur glaze in light brown and green.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Johannes Hedegaard for Royal Copenhagen, Rare Colossal Sculpture, Mid-20th C
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Johannes Hedegaard for Royal Copenhagen. Rare colossal sculpture in glazed stoneware. Beautiful sung glaze. Mid 20th century. Measures: 55 x 31 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Bjørn Wiinblad, Denmark, Giant Vase in Hand-Painted Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006), Denmark. Giant vase in hand-painted glazed ceramics. Lady with a hat. Model number V32. Dated 1971. Measures: 121 x 44 cm. In excellent condition. ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

White /Creme Stoneware Vase, Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
A white/creme vase designed by Berndt Friberg at Gustavsberg in Stockholm, the vase is 31,5 cm high. It has a beautiful white/creme glaze, it´s marked as on picture. It´s in very goo...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Stoneware Vase, Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
A yellow and green/grey vase designed by Berndt Friberg at Gustavsberg in Stockholm, the vase is 16,5 cm high. It ´s marked as on picture and it is in mint condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Bjørn Wiinblad Unique Candle Holder Wall Sconce /Plaque, 1974
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006). Unique candle holder wall sconce /plaque with two light arms made of green glazed ceramic tiles. Decorated with a woman holding a flower basket. Dated ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Tällberg, Sweden, Figure in Glazed Stoneware, Young Girl with Basket, 1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Tällberg, Sweden. Figure in glazed stoneware. Young girl with basket. 1970s. Measures: 26 x 14 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Friedl Holzer Kjellberg for Arabia, Unique Miniature Bowl, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Friedl Holzer Kjellberg (1905-1993) for Arabia. Unique miniature bowl in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in red and brown shades. Finnish design, 1960s. Measures: 7.7 x 4.4 cm....
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Large Vase, Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand Atelier
Located in Stockholm, SE
A really large vase designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane at Rörstrand, it´s 25 cm in diameter, 30 cm high and it´s in very good condition except from some minor marks from the production ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vase Argenta Wilhelm Kåge Gustavsberg Green, Silver Decor of a Girl with Swan
Located in Stockholm, SE
A vase of model Argenta, designed by Wilhelm Kåge at Gustavsberg. The vase is green with a silver decor.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

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 Ceramics

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Ceramic, Stoneware

"Carrara" Lided Ceramic Jar by Wilhelm Kåge, Gustavsberg, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lidded jar from the "Carrara" series designed by Wilhelm Kåge. Produced in Sweden by Gustavsberg during the 1940s. This example made from Carrara ware without glaze. Possibly test ex...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

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 Ceramics

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Stoneware

Noomi Backhausen for Søholm Stentøj Dornholm Scandinavian Ceramic Vase, 1960
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern design ceramic vase designed by Noomi Backhausen for Søholm Stentøj Dornholm, Denmark 1960s. Mark under the base. Please note that the item is ori...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Stoneware Vases, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, 1950-1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand, the vase is 10.5 cm high and it is in very good condition except from some minor marks.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Black Stoneware Vase Caolina, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, 1950-1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A black vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand of model Caolina, the vase is 31.5 cm high and it is in mint condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Miniature Vase Blue Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, 1950-1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A miniature vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand, the vase is 7.5 cm high and it is in mint condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Ceramic Figurine Green Ferret, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, 1950-1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A figurine of a Ferret designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand, it is 29.5 cm high and in very good condition except from some minor marks. It is marked as 2nd quality.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Large Stoneware Vase, Brown, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, Midcentury
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand, the vase is 33 cm high and it is in very good condition except from some scratching marks below (see photo) therefore it is marke...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Sven Wejsfelt, Gustavsberg Studiohand, Bowl in Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sven Wejsfelt (1930-2009), Gustavsberg Studiohand. Unique bowl on base in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in shades of blue. Dated 1986. Measures: 12 x 6.3 cm. In excellent cond...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Sven Wejsfelt, Gustavsberg Studiohand, Unique Bowl on a Base
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sven Wejsfelt (1930-2009), Gustavsberg Studiohand. Unique bowl on a base in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in blue-green and earth tones. Dated 1987. Measures: 17.5 x 6.3 cm. In ...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Sven Wejsfelt, Gustavsberg Studiohand, Bowl in Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sven Wejsfelt (1930-2009), Gustavsberg Studiohand. Unique bowl in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in blue-green and earth tones. Dated 1980. Measures: 14.8 x 6.5 cm. In excellent...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Sven Wejsfelt, Gustavsberg Studiohand, Unique Bowl on a Base
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sven Wejsfelt (1930-2009), Gustavsberg Studiohand. Unique bowl on base in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in light blue and green shades. Dated 1984. Measures: 11.5 x 5.5 cm. In...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Rörstrand Scandinavian Ceramic Bowl Centerpiece, Swedish 1970s
Located in Modena, IT
Large Rörstrand scandinavian bowl or centerpiece with mark engraved on the bottom, 1970s.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Sven Wejsfelt '1930-2009' Gustavsberg Studiohand, Unique Vase in Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sven Wejsfelt (1930-2009), Gustavsberg Studiohand. Early unique vase in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in shades of blue and green. Dated 1974. Measures: 8.5 x 8 cm. In excelle...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Royal Copenaghen Scandinavian Midcentury Ceramic Vase 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern design ceramic vase produced by Royal Copenaghen, Denmark 1960s. Manufacturer’s mark under the base. Please note that the item is original of the pe...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

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 Ceramics

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Ceramic

Edith Sonne Bruun, Nathalie Krebs Saxbo Vase
Located in Sharon, CT
Danish midcentury stoneware brown 'mouse-skin' glaze vase by Edith Sonne Bruun, executed in the famous Nathalie Krebs studio Saxbo. Signed (retains original price label).
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Large Stoneware Vase by Berndt Friberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1978
Located in Stockholm, SE
Large stoneware vase by Berndt Friberg, in a round, plump shape. Dark blue hare’s fur glaze with light blue streaks.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Bowl with Blue and Brown Glace by the Artist Gunnar Nylund for Rørstrand
Located in Lejre, DK
Ceramic bowl with blue and brown glace by the artist Gunnar Nylund for Rørstrand. The bowl is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Vase with Black Glaze and Decorated with Flowers
Located in Lejre, DK
Ceramic vase with black glaze and decorated with flowers. The vase is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Round Ceramic Dish in Green Colors by Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rørstrand
Located in Lejre, DK
Round ceramic dish in green colors by the Swedish artist Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rørstrand. The dish is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Dish in Brown Colors by the Artist Eva Stæhr-nielsen for Saxbo
Located in Lejre, DK
Ceramic dish in brown colors by the artist Eva Stæhr-Nielsen for Saxbo. The dish is in great vintage condition.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Vase with Light Glaze and Simpel Pattern of Unknown Danish Artist, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Ceramic vase with light glaze and simpel pattern of unknown Danish artist from the 1960s. The vase is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Vase in Dark Nuances by Loevemose Ceramics from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Ceramic vase in dark nuances by Loevemose Ceramics from the 1960s. The vase is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Stoneware Bowl in Brown Colors, No. 21567 by Gerd Bøgelund for Royal Copenhagen
Located in Lejre, DK
Stoneware bowl in brown colors, no.: 21567 by Gerd Bøgelund for Royal Copenhagen. The bowl is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Vase with Dark Glaze of Unknown Danish Artist, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Ceramic vase with dark glaze and floral pattern of unknown Danish artist from the 1960s. The vase is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Stoneware Vase with Dark Glaze, No. 231 by Bing and Groendahl
Located in Lejre, DK
Stoneware vase with dark glaze, no.: 231 by Bing and Groendahl. The vase is in great vintage condition.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Large Scandinavian Modern Ceramic Floor Vase by Ulla Winblad, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Unique piece of Scandinavian Modern design made by artist Ulla Winblad at "Alingsås Keramik" in Sweden in the 1960s. Handmade and hand decorated stoneware in chalk white glaze by Win...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Midcentury Unique Ceramic Bowl Sven Wejsfelt Gustavsberg, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
This bowl was handmade and glazed in the G-studio factory at Gustavsberg by Sven Wejsfelt. At the K-studio designers was given the spirit to produce unique art for Gustavsberg. The...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Arne Bang Bowl with Wavy Edge
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Arne Bang 1901-1983. Bowl in glazed ceramic with wavy edge. Beautiful running glaze in bluish and greenish hues. Signed with monogram. Presumably manufactured at Carl Halier's stu...
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Sarek by Olle Alberius for Rörstrand Scandinavian Blue Midcentury Vase, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
“Sarek” Scandinavian midcentury ceramic vase in matt enamel designed by Olle Alberius for Rörstrand, made in Sweden, marked on the bottom, 1960s.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Scandinavian Ceramic Vases by Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenaghen, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian ceramic vases set designed by Nils Thorsson and produced by Royal Copenhagen from 1960s Signature of the producer under the base. Measures: Height 24 cm, width 12 cm,...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Bowl, Stig Lindberg Gustavsbergs Studio, Brown Stoneware
Located in Stockholm, SE
A brown bowl made in stoneware designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsbergs Studio. It is 14.5 cm in diameter and 3.2 cm high.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Wall Plaque, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
A wall plaque designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. The wall plaque is 34 x 31,5 cm and is in very good condition. It is marked Stig L at the front and stamped Gustavsberg at the...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Rare Wall Plaque, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
A wall plaque designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. The wall plaque is 34 x 31,5 cm and is in very good condition. It is marked Stig L at the front and stamped Gustavsberg at the...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

White Vase, Ceramics by Hans Hedberg, Biot, France
Located in Stockholm, SE
A vase designed by Hans Hedberg in his studio in Biot. The vase is 16.5 cm high and in very good condition except from some minor marks and scratches. The vase has a lovely white spe...
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1960s French Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Johanne Gerber & Nils Thorsson, Two "Baca" Fajance Dishes and a Vase, 1968-1979
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Johanne Gerber & Nils Thorsson, Two "Baca" Fajance Dishes and a vase, 1968-1979 Artist: Johanne Gerber (Decor design) and Nils Thorsson (Artistic Director) for Royal Copenhagen...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Five Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti Plates in Turquoise Glazed Faience
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Five Royal Copenhagen / aluminia confetti plates in turquoise glazed faience. Mid-20th century. Diameter: 17.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. 1st factory quality.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Faience

Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti Jug in Burgundy Red Glazed Faience
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti jug in burgundy red glazed faience. Dated 1958. Measures: 16 x 12 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. 1st factory quality.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Faience

Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti Dish and Two Plates, Mid-20th C.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti dish and two plates in black and blue glazed faience. Mid-20th century. The dish measures: 23 x 14.5 cm. Plate diameter: 17.5 cm. In excellent...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Faience

14 Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti Coffee Cups with Saucers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti coffee cups with saucers in black glazed faience with gold inside. Mid-20th century. The cup measures: 7 x 5.3 cm. Saucer diameter: 12 cm....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Faience

11 Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti Plates in Yellow Glazed Faience
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
11 Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti plates in yellow glazed faience. Mid-20th century. Diameter: 17.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. 1st factory quality.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Faience

Four Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti Coffee Cups with Saucers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Four Royal Copenhagen / aluminia confetti coffee cups with saucers in glazed faience. Mid-20th century. The cup measures: 7 x 5.3 cm. Saucer diameter: 12 cm. In excellent conditio...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Faience