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Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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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Pewter Tray from Svenskt Tenn
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful pewter tray from Svenskt Tenn. Oval form with a brass rim around the edge. Large, decorative handles.
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Brass, Pewter

Dansk Big Staved Teak Serving Tray Carving Board Platter by Jens Quistgaard 1965
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC presents: Dansk IHQ Large Checkerboard meat carving cutting board tray serving platter mosaic of staved solid teak by designer Jens Quistgaard, Denmark 1965. Modern vintage...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Vintage Teak Dansk Serving Tray Platter by Jens H. Quistgaard
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern charcuterie board designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, Denmark. This piece is crafted of solid planked teak with a hardwood end grain section perfect for cutting...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Aqua "Festivaal" Cutting Board Serving Tray
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Brightly lacquered, Danish modern, oval serving tray with a raised teak cutting surface by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk with early Dansk mark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak, Lacquer

Molded Plywood Trays by Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Two "Fincraft" molded plywood trays (one large, and one medium-sized), designed in the 1950s by Tapio Wirkkala for Soinne et Kni, Helsinki. Soinne was the same company which produced...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Plywood

Solid Swedish Teak Tray Produced by Karl Holmberg, 1960s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Solid Swedish teak tray produced by Karl Holmberg i Götene AB. Marked by maker with sticker on the underside. Light ware consistent with age and use.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Pair of 1940s Pewter Trays by Nils Fougstedt for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of pewter serving platters by Nils Fougstedt, in a crisp modernist design. Clean lines with rounded corners, rims framed with brass lines. One is more matte while the other has ...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Brass, Pewter

Arabia Porcelain Tray Decorated with Kitchen Utensils, Finnish Design
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arabia porcelain tray decorated with kitchen utensils. Finnish design, 1960s / 70s. Measures: 24 x 22 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Ceramic Platter by Raija Tuumi for Arabia, Finland
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A hand-thrown studio-made by Raija Tuumi for Arabia, Finland. Stoneware platter with a rustic and textured purple and blue glaze.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Vintage Denmark Royal Copenhagen Fajance Peacock Bird Pottery Platter Signed BA
Located in Miami, FL
Scandinavian Modern glazed Denmark Royal Copenhagen Fajance Peacock Bird Pottery, Ceramic Serving Platter. Marked on the underside, numbered and signed BA.
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Mid Century Digsmed Teak Charcuterie and Cheese Board Serving Tray
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage teak serving board platter manufactured by Digsmed circa 1960's, Denmark. This handcrafted piece includes a handle for serving and wall hanging. The perfect size tray for ent...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Sterling Silver Blossom Tray, circa 1930
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Sterling silver tray, C.1930. The tray of circular form, plain welled interior, the border and handles of Jensen style blossom leaf decoration. Stamped on underside Sterling H 112. L...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Sterling Silver

Hanging Serving Tray Danish Modern
Located in San Diego, CA
Sculpted teak wall hung tray by Digsmed, from the midcentury. Hangs on a brass hook. Denmark, 1950s.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

1950s Danish Palette Serving Tray
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A sculpted hand formed teak tray in the shape of an artist's palette.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Midcentury Serving Tray in Teak and Formica by Finn Juhl, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Serving tray, designed by Finn Juhl and made by Torben Orskov, Denmark. Great original condition.
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Porcelain Lobster Plate from Royal Copenhagen, 1958
Located in Chorzów, PL
A vintage porcelain bowl featuring a gray lobster on the edge of the bowl. The white porcelain is thick and its surface is colored with the typical for Royal Copenhagen, "hazy" blue...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Danish Modern Solid Teak Freeform Lazy Susan Catch it All Tray
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and rare solid teak rotating tray, perfect for chips, peanuts, nuts, etc. great condition circa the 1960s.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Swedish Vintage Plate Spectra by Anna-Lisa Thomson, Upsala-Ekeby, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Precious Swedish Mid-Century Modern ceramic plate model Spectra by Anna-Lisa Thomson for Upsala Ekeby Sweden 1960s. Handpainted chamotte ceramic with a rectangular curved shape. Grea...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Large Oval Serving Dish, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, White. Large oval serving dish. 1960s. Three dishes are available. Measures: 38 x 29.5 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality. Designed ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Large Round Serving Dish, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, White. Large round serving dish. 1960s. Diameter: 34.5 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality. Designed by Axel Salto in 1956.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Stoneware Platter by Birger Kaipiainen for Arabia, Finland, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Amazing, unique stoneware platter by Birger Kaipiainen in an oval form. Otherwordly motif of purple roses and rose petals against a starry night sky. Iridescent glaze adds to the eth...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Two-sided Maple Wood Cutting Board and Serving Plate, Rettangolo, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beauty meets function. The two-sided cutting board is made with European maple butcher block and carved at the corners with an ergonomic shape for easy handling. It’s a dinner party ...
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2010s Italian Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Maple

Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Rare Woods Palisander Bow Tie Shaped Tray Rosewood
Located in Chicago, IL
Tripart rosewood tray in the form of an elongated bow tie, designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. The bow tie shape is repeated on the tray as little inlaid pieces running perpendicu...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Palisander

Stoneware Platter by Birger Kaipiainen for Arabia, Finland, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful, unique stoneware platter by Birger Kaipiainen in an oval form. Motif of a pale yellow poppy with black round seeds in relief, contrasting in a suggestive way against a dar...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Ceramic

Lars Holmström Tray in Brass by Lars Holmström in Arvika, Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Large tray in brass designed by Lars Holmström. Produced by Lars Holmström in Arvika, Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Brass

Danish Modern Teak Capped Carafe by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in San Diego, CA
Danish modern teak capped carafe by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, circa 1970s.
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Mid-20th Century Thai Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Unique Stoneware Platter by Birger Kaipiainen for Arabia, Finland, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Amazing, unique stoneware platter by Birger Kaipiainen in an oval form. Beautiful composition of yellow sunflowers against a rich red background, surrounded by a pattern of round bla...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Stoneware Platter by Birger Kaipiainen for Arabia, Finland, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Unique stoneware platter by Birger Kaipiainen in an oval form. Striking motif of red flowers encircling a large seed pod with a graphic pattern in golden tones. Round seeds in the ce...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Dansk Staved Teak Wood Centerpiece Bowl Denmark Jens Quistgaard, 1970s
Located in National City, CA
Dansk designs Staved teak wood fruit salad centerpiece bowl Denmark 1970s Mid-Century Modern By Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs. Exceptional wood grain beauty. Measures: 5.75 hei...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Danish Modern Pair Dansk Designs Brown Koben Style Enameled Bowls IHQ 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs Mid-Century Modern pair of enameled Koben style bowls.  Barrel shaped with brown enamel over iron bowls from the early 1970s.  Koben Style pieces we...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Enamel, Iron

Jens Quistgaard, Sculptural Tray for Dansk Design
Located in Munster, NRW
A sculptural high end tray, designed by infamous Danish sculptor and designer Jens Harald Quistgaard and manufactured by Dansk Design. Made of rosewood, this tray is showing an outst...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Wood

Birger Kaipiainen for Arabia, Large Paratiisi Dish, Late 20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Birger Kaipiainen for Arabia. Large Paratiisi dish, late 20th century. Measures: 36 x 31.5 cm. In very good condition. Stamped.
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Danish Modern Teak Butcher Block Cutting Board by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful solid teak large tray for cheese with edge for placing the crackers, nice condition early production made in Denmark.     
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Two Oval Dishes
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, white. Two oval dishes. 1979-83 Largest measures: 28 x 21.5 cm. In excellent condition. 1st sorting. Designed by Axel Salto in 1956.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Large Round Serving Dish, 1962
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, white. Large round serving dish. Dated 1962 Diameter: 34.5 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality. Designed by Axel Salto in 1956.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Large Oval Serving Dish, 1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, white. Large oval serving dish. 1974-78 Measures: 38 x 29.5 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality. Designed by Axel Salto in 1956.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Scandinavian Modern Teak Wood Cheese Cutting Board Wood Platter Dansk 1970s
Located in National City, CA
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern teak wood cheese cutting board serving tray platter Attributed to Dansk Designs. Unmarked Size: 7.63 W x 12.88 H x .38 thick Unrestored vintage con...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Danish Modern Digsmed Set of 2 Teak Cutting Boards Platters
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Beautiful set of two Digsmed of Denmark teak cutting boards. The larger one is 22 inches long and the smaller is 18.5 inches long. They have a triangular shape with inset magnets to ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Magnets

Complete Picnic Basket in Solid Teak by Bing & Grøndahl, Midcentury Design, 1960
Located in Lejre, DK
Picnic basket in solid teak, the top of the box works as a tray. Designed and made by Bing & Grøndahl. Made in Denmark in the 1960s. Great original condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Teak, Porcelain

Vintage Danish Teak Charcuterie Serving Tray Board
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern serving tray platter manufactured by Wiggers, Denmark. Unlike most Danish trays, this was constructed of one solid piece of teak with clever cutout handles underne...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Nanna Ditzel Ceramic Salad Bowl & Plates for Søholm, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Scandinavian Palm three shaped pottery table light. This light with is distinct art deco styling was probably made by either Michael Andersen & Son or Søholm in Denmark during the 19...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Serving Plate or Cheese Board Similar to Bojesen
Located in London, GB
A pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian design serving platters or cheese boards in the style of Kay Bojesen. A sleekly designed handle with a hole for a strap to hang, glid...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Teak

Midcentury Colorful Centerpiece Six Enamel Krenit Party Bowls by Krenchel, 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian entertaining with colorful hand carry centerpiece holding six festive enamel Krenit bowls. Attribution Herbert Krenchel Denmark, 1960s No marking pre...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Copper, Enamel, Iron

Midcentury Serving Tray in Rosewood, Danish Modern, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Rosewood serving tray, designed and made in Denmark. Great original condition.
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Rosewood

Swedish Terracotta Vintage Plate by Thomas Hellström for Nittsjö Keramik, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A unique Swedish Mid-Century Modern ceramic plate by Thomas Hellström for Nittsjö Ceramics, Sweden, 1960s. Handpainted terracotta clay with a rectangular curved shape. Great rustic c...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Terracotta

Jackie Lynd for Rörstrand, Three Birgitta Serving Dishes, 1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jackie Lynd for Rörstrand. Three Birgitta serving dishes in hand painted glazed stoneware, 1970s. Largest dish measures: 31.5 x 25.5 x 4.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. 1s...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Stoneware

Scandinavian Modern Teak Sculptural Tray
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This vintage original Danish modern teak tray has a softly cupped surface and undulating edge detail that is easy on the eyes. This piece has been finished in non-toxic oil suitable ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Teak

Staved Teak Bowl by Jens H. Quistgaard for Dansk Design, Denmark
Located in Stockholm, SE
Large bowl designed by Jens Harald Quistgaard. Produced in Denmark by Dansk during the 1950s. Made from solid staved teak. Good vintage condition with signs of usage and patina.
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1950s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Teak

Vintage Rattan and Wood Round Danish Serving Tray with Rattan Handles
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage Mid-century modern rattan and wood round Danish tray with rattan handles. Round Danish flat tray in wood with rattan handles. Size: 19.5” D x 0.50”.  
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Rattan, Wood

Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Teak Tray
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury teak serving tray designed by Jens Quistgaard / JHQ for Dansk. Perfect for Charcuterie. Markings on bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Teak

Georg Jensen La Paglia Danish Modernist Sterling Silver Cream & Sugar Set, 1940s
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A midcentury sterling silver hollow ware cream and sugar set showing a mark attributed to Alphonse La Paglia, circa early 1940s. La Paglia (1907-1953) was born in Sicily and studi...
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1940s North American Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Vintage Enamelled Copper Dish by Drangsgaard, Norway, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely Norwegian copper dish with the most beautiful decorations. Handmade and decorated with abstract enamel patterns in earth colors. Nice example of mid-20th century Scandinavian ...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Copper, Enamel

Bowl Designed by Saara Hopea, Finland, 1963
By Saara Hopea-Untracht
Located in Stockholm, SE
Glass enamel on copper. Measures: H 4 cm/ 1 ½” D 29 cm/ 11 ½”.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Copper, Enamel

Sterling Silver Platter by Frantz Hingelberg
Located in Dallas, TX
Large platter or tray designed by Svend Weihrauch for Hingelberg Studios. Sterling silver hammer made, with polished top. Chain link decoration edging, stamped on bottom with manufac...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Vintage Danish Large Decorated Porcelain Dish by Bjørn Wiinblad, 1970s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish large decorated porcelain dish by Bjørn Wiinblad, 1970s. Large rectangular white dish designed by famous Danish designer Bjørn Wiinblad and made by Danish manufacture...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

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Porcelain

Handcrafted Danish Birch Dish with an Organic Design, 1960s
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Danish handcrafted birch dish with a beautiful grain and an organic design, 1960s. Labeled made in Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Birch

Scandinavian Modern Teak Serving Board Platter by Jens Quistgaard, Dansk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Scandinavian Modern teak serving board platter by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Teak

Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Purple "Festivaal" Cutting Board Serving Tray
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Brightly lacquered, Danish modern, oval serving tray with a raised teak cutting surface by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk with early Dansk mark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Teak, Lacquer