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Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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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Anna-Lisa Thomson Ceramic 'Paprika' Vases (3) by Upsala Ekeby
Located in Utrecht, NL
Set of 3 large vintage ceramic 'Paprika' vases by Swedish designer Anna-Lisa Thomson. Unglazed dark brown textured ceramic covered with contrasting glazed leaves. Thomson designed...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Dansk Rustic Modern Brown Mist Pattern Dinnerware Niels Refsgaard, Denmark 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
Dansk design, Denmark rustic Mid Century Modern brown mist pattern dinnerware by Niels Refsgaard. This 48 piece Brown Mist pattern has a creamy body, brown rim and specks through out...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic, Pottery

Large Vase by Gunnar Nylund
Located in Long Island City, NY
Large vase by Gunnar Nylund, circa 1960. Glazed stoneware. Marked by artist.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Marianne Westman, Vase, Glazed firesand, Rörstands, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase. Designed by Marianne Westman for Rörstrands, Sweden, 1950s. Signed and labeled. Of the production type called "Atelje-gods", produced in very limited quantities, each example...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Bjorn Wiinblad, Oblong Ceramic Tray
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Bjorn Wiinblad oblong dish of blue-green glazed pottery, decorated with floral and geometric patterns and gold details. Signed on the underside.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Nils Thorsson Ceramic Jar with Lid for Royal Copenhagen
By Johanne Gerber, Royal Copenhagen, Kari Christiansen
Located in San Francisco, CA
A glazed stoneware jar with a geometric, abstract design in relief. Designed by Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen. Marked accordingly.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Stoneware

Large Ceramic vase Atoll by Mari Simmulson, Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden, 1966
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beige and darkblue large ceramic vase from the most popular range Atoll by Mari Simmulson in 1966 for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden. The vase has a rough and rustic surface unglazed central p...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Large Stig Lindberg Vase for Gustavsberg
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Unusually large and decorated Stig Lindberg vase with an optical pattern in a different colorway on either side of the vase. Signed to underside.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Stoneware Floor Vase from Vallåkra, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Decorative stoneware floor vase from Vallåkra, in a rustic design with smooth lines. Brown glaze with a graphic pattern.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Carl Harry Stalhane Stoneware Vase for Rörstrand, Sweden, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
A lovely vase with a wonderful form and glaze.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Stoneware

Male & Female Face Vases
Located in Fulton, CA
A pair of whimsical ceramic vases depicting a male and female face. Inscribed hair detail, facial features formed by hand. Unknown origin? Appear to be mid 20th century. In the manne...
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20th Century Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Ceramics by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of three organic shaped ceramics designed by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, Sweden. Made from stoneware. All three in blue glaze with streaks of aubergine to brown. Made in the 1...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Stoneware

Ceramic Dish with Fish Motives by Inger Waage, Stavangerflint Norway, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vintage ceramic fruit bowl or dish Omnia mod 76-140 made by Stavangerflint, Norway, 1950s. Glazed painted fish decor. Sea motives in bright colors. Measure: 32.5 cm L x 31 cm W x 7 c...
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1950s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic, 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 Pottery

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Pottery

Rare Double Teapot, Stig Lindberg Gustavsbergs Studio, Faience
Located in Stockholm, SE
A rare double teapot in faience designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg Studio. The smaller pot is 10 cm high and the larger one is 13 cm high (33 cm including the handle). They are...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Faience

Stoneware Vintage Vase Moske by Mari Simmulson, Upsala-Ekeby -Sweden 1967
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely earth colored brown pottery vase from the `Moske` range by designer Mari Simmulson- produced for Upsala Ekeby in 1967. The Moske vase has a rough and rustic surface and a spec...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Decorative Tray, Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen
Located in Norwood, NJ
A "Baca" tray/bowl by Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen. Marked 719/3884 and signed accordingly Details.  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Pottery, Ceramic

Decorative Vase, Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen
Located in Norwood, NJ
A "Baca" vase by Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen. Marked 719/3259 and signed accordingly.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic, Earthenware, Pottery

"AG" Organic Studio Pottery Double Cylinder Vase
Located in New York, NY
An unconventional form from a mysterious potter. I'm inclined to think it's Scandinavian but my research didn't confirm the name of the maker or where it was made. Regardless it's a ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Marianne Westman, Large Pot / Planter, Brown Blue Glaze, Rörstands, Sweden 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A large stoneware pot / planter. By Marianne Westman for Rörstrands, Sweden, 1950s. Signed and labeled. Likely unique. Other ceramicists of the period include Wilhelm Kåge, Axel S...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Blue Stoneware Bowl by Gutte Eriksen
Located in New York, NY
Unique stoneware bowl with blue glaze and impressed pattern by Gutte Eriksen Incised with "Gutte".  
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Stoneware Bowl by Gutte Eriksen
Located in New York, NY
Stoneware bowl with impressed patterns and spiral to the well Finished with grey and blue glazes, red and brown undertones Incised with "Gutte" monogram  Denmark, 1950s-1980s.
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Materials

Stoneware

Light Grey and Blue Stoneware Bowl by Gutte Eriksen
Located in New York, NY
Unique stoneware bowl with light grey and blue glaze by Gutte Eriksen Incised with "GE" monogram.    
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Materials

Stoneware

Large Unique Glazed Stoneware Bowl by Herman H.C. Kähler, Denmark
Located in Utrecht, NL
Large vintage Danish 1940s decorative hand painted art pottery bowl with a unique glaze by Herman H.C. Kähler (1876-1940). Kähler is a renown Danish ceramic factory since established...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Ceramic Vintage Dish by Mari Simmulsson Upsala-Ekeby 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Swedish Mid-Century Modern ceramic dish or bowl by Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden 1960s. Hand painted chamotte clay on a mustard yellow base and grey bottom. Suitable for both fruit and vegeta...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Scandinavian Modern Vase with Abstract Design by Mette Doller and Ivar Eriksson
Located in New York, NY
Large Scandinavian modern ceramic vase with abstract design by Mette Doller and form designed by Ivar Ericsson for Hoganas, Sweden. Measures: Height 20.5", diameter 7".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Clay

Michael Andersen Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Green Ceramic Vases, 1940s
Located in Modena, IT
Set of two Scandinavian ceramic vases designed by Danish artist Michael Andersen & Son, signature engraved on the bottom, 1940s Dimension big vase: diameter 15 cm, height 18 cm Dime...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Thomas Toft Abstract Petite Bowl Vase Danish Studio Pottery Mid-Century Modern
Located in Washington, DC
Wonderful and fragile Danish design relic. No damage. Any perceived imperfections are just natural to the porous clay material.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Clay

Bode Willumsen for Royal Copenhagen, Model 20148 Glazed Ceramic Vase, 1930s
Located in Milan, IT
Bode Willumsen for Royal Copenhagen, glazed earthy palette ceramic vase, 1930s, portraying Leda and the Swan. Double side motif vase with small lateral handles, decorated in sung and...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

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 Pottery

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Ceramic

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 Pottery

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Ceramic

Olle Alberius Ceramic Scandinavian Vase "Sarek" for Rörstrand, 1960
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian ceramic vase “Sarek” 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 Pottery

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Ceramic

Vintage Swedish Hertha Bengtson for Rörstrand Art Pottery Bowl, 20th Century
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine vintage Swedish art pottery bowl designed by Hertha Bengtson for Rörstrand. The bowl is glazed with a stylized seed or floral design in contrasting and tubelined design to the...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Porcelain Bottle Vase Carl Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish vintage Swedish art pottery bottle shaped vase designed by Carl Harry Ståhlane (1920-90) for Rörstrand. The porcelain bodied vase is of elegant rounded shape graduating to ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Unique Urn by Kahler Keramik
Located in Hudson, NY
This unique piece of Kahler pottery is an experimental item made by Helge Daner Jensen who worked at Kahler Keramik in Naesvedt, Denmark 1918-1937 It has figural decoration and a r...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Pottery

1960s Gunnar Nylund Scandinavian Midcentury Vase for Rörstrand
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian stoneware vase designed by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, made in Sweden, marked on the bottom, in matte enamel, 1960s. Dimensions: Height 22 cm, diameter 8 cm.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Stoneware

Pike's Mouth Vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, 1950s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Brown pike mouth vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, 1950s. Good vintage condition with light ware consistent with age and use.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Stoneware

Ceramic Vase by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, 1950s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Blue/purple vase by renowned Swedish ceramicist Stig Lindberg for his long time collaborator Gustavsberg. Inside with brown/black finish. Made in the 1950s. Very good condition with ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Stoneware

Vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, 1950s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Yellow and red stoneware vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, 1950s. Overall very good condition wit ware consistent with age and use. A few small shallow scratches and marks may occ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Stoneware

Vintage ceramic flower dish from Upsala-Ekeby Sweden 1960`s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vintage Upsala Ekeby ceramic bowl in rough and glazed ceramic. Rose painted decor. Sweden, early 1960s. Suitable for both fruit and vegetables or other things you might like. Good v...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Pair of Lidded Bowls for St Ive’s Pottery, England, 1980s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of stoneware lidded bowls, 1980s.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Fine Hertha Bengtson Stoneware Vase Hoganas Atelje, Sweden
Located in Miami, FL
Wonderful stoneware vase in her 1960s signature style from noted 20th century Swedish potter/ceramicist Hertha Bengtson (1919-1993) for A&J Hoganas Atelje. Having worked for Hackfors...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Stoneware

Bjorn Wiinblad Unique Ceramics Candlestick, Pink and Green Glaze, 1988
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjorn Wiinblad unique ceramics candlestick, pink and green glaze. Measures: 17 cm. x 9.5 cm. Model number L 202. Dated 1988. In perfect condition.
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Stig Lindberg, Gustavberg Studio Hand, Ceramic Miniature Vase
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Stig Lindberg (1916-1982), Gustavberg Studio hand, ceramic miniature vase. Fine glaze, rare form. Measuring 4 x 3 cm. In perfect condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Friberg "Selecta" Ceramic Vase, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Friberg "Selecta" ceramic vase, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s. Fine glaze in shades of brown. Perfect. 1st. factory quality. Size: 12 cm.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Gustavsberg Lisa Larsson Pottery, Three Child Figures "Sweden"
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gustavsberg Lisa Larsson pottery, three child figures "Sweden". Lisa Larson is a Swedish ceramic designer who started in Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory in 1953. Lisa Larson is best...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Axel Salto Circular Roche Stoneware Vase for Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Axel Salto, circular roche stoneware vase. Modelled with leaf-shaped patterns. Signed Salto. Royal Copenhagen mark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Materials

Stoneware

Gunnar Nylund Ceramic Bowl by Rörstrand
Located in Malmo, SE
Midcentury ceramic bowl by Gunnar Nylund for Swedish Rörstrand. The bowl is in very good vintage condition with signs of usage consistent with age.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Royal Copenhagen Stoneware Jeanne Grut Monkey Baby Figurine
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen stoneware Jeanne Grut (Designer) monkey baby figurine. Measures: 3.5cm / 1 4/10 inches. Perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Materials

Porcelain

Danish Art Pottery Vase by Soholm Bornholmsk Stentoj
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Danish Art pottery vase by Soholm Bornholmsk Stentoj. Mid-Century Modern / Scandinavian Modern
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic

Scandinavian Modern Bowl by Wilhelm Kage for Gustavsberg Gold and Green
Located in New York, NY
Large Scandinavian Modern ceramic bowl glazed in gold and green glazes. Designed by Wilhelm Kage for Gustavsberg, circa 1920s. Measure: Height 3", diameter 12".
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20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Ceramic

Gustavberg Lisa Larson Paloma Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Very nice example of Lisa Larsons "Paloma" series in perfect condition. Less whimsical than much of Lisa Larsons work. Measures: Interior diameter 5.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Pottery

1950s Norwegian Potter Erik Ploen Rare Snowflake Bowl Mid-Century Modernist
Located in Washington, DC
Hand built stoneware bowl or ashtray with white and blue speckled and dappled glazes, signed and dated, 1950.
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1950s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Stoneware

Carl Harry Stalhane Vase for Rörstrand
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Rare Carl Harry Stalhane glazed stoneware vase for Rörstrand. Free shipping within the United States and Canada.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Large Herman Kahler Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large Herman Kahler vase.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Large Berndt Friberg Studio Pottery Vase
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Large Berndt Friberg Studio pottery vase. Unique and handmade. Amazing Aniara glaze, 1978. Perfect. 1st. factory quality. Measures: 21 x 7 cm.
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1970s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Stig Lindberg Gustavsberg Studio, Art Pottery Vase
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Stig Lindberg (1916-1982), Gustavsberg Studio, art pottery vase. Dimensions 13 x 9 cm. Beautiful oxblood glaze. In perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Pottery

Saxbo, Large Ceramic Dish or Bowl, Beautiful Brown Glaze
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Saxbo, large ceramic dish or bowl, beautiful brown glaze. Yin yang stamp. Model No. 66. In perfect condition. Measures: 23 x 4.5 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Pottery