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Gunnar Nylund Furniture

Swedish artist-designer Gunnar Nylund — who worked at iconic porcelain manufacturer Rörstrand for decades — was never satisfied with the status quo. He played with organic shapes, rich colors and dazzling patterns to create some of the most exquisite ceramic and porcelain sculptures, vessels and other furnishings and decor of the 20th century. 

Born in Paris to artists Fernanda Jacobsen-Nylund and Felix Nylund, Gunnar lived in Finland as a child but when the Finnish Civil War broke out in 1918, he moved with his mother to her native Denmark. He initially pursued architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts but cut his schooling short when he accepted a position at the Bing & Grøndahl porcelain factory, where he worked for artist Paul Gauguin’s son, Jean, for several years, creating a range of stoneware pieces.

Dissatisfied with the factory's traditional approach to art, Nylund moved on from Bing & Grøndahl and sought to create works in a modernist style. In 1929, Nylund and chemist Nathalie Krebs opened their own ceramics workshop called Saxbo in Saxbo, Denmark. The company’s works garnered praise at a Svenskt Tenn exhibition, and the prestigious Swedish manufacturer Rörstrand offered Nylund a position as creative director.

While he later worked for Nymolle Ceramic Factory in Denmark for a short period, Nylund produced his most famous works while employed by Rörstrand. Fresh ideas and methods intrigued Nylund and he was always eager to try new techniques at the manufacturer. He worked in the Art Deco style, creating warm-toned matte-glazed stoneware sculptures and ceramic tableware that are devoid of lavish ornamentation. Later, he crafted numerous figurines and highly stylized animal sculptures. Nylund’s work can be found at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the Designmuseum Denmark and elsewhere.

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Creator: Gunnar Nylund
Dealer: Almond & Co.
Gunnar Nylund Ceramic Vase for Rörstrand
By Röstrand, Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A model 12 vase from the Rebus series glazed in brown, yellow and gray tones by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand. Inscribed on the base with the makers and the manufacturer's mark. Very ...
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1950s Swedish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Ceramic

Asymmetrical Vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A tall triangular vase in soft yellows by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand. Etched on base with the Rörstrand R and 3 crowns, GN, ASK. Very good vintage condition. No chips or cracks in ...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Ceramic

A stoneware fawn by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A stoneware figurine of a deer by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand. Incised on the base with makers mark, GN, SWEDEN.
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1960s Swedish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Stoneware

Triangular Ceramic Bowl by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A small triangular bowl in hues of dark and light browns with a bright blue accent on the base of the interior and exterior. Etched on base with the Rörstrand R and 3 crowns, Sweden...
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1950s Danish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Ceramic

Large Vase by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A brown, ochre, and auburn hare's fur glaze ceramic vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand. Signature and Studio mark to to bottom. Several firing marks are present.
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1960s Swedish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Ceramic

Pitcher by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very small pitcher or vase in hare's fur glaze of yellow and mustard by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand. Impressed on the bottom by both the creator and manufacturer's mark.
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1960s Danish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Ceramic

Pitcher by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very small pitcher or vase in hare's fur blue glaze by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand. Impressed on the bottom by both the creator and manufacturer's mark.
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1960s Danish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Ceramic

Pitcher by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A small pitcher or vase in hare's fur blue glaze by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand. Impressed on the bottom by both the creator and manufacturer's mark.
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1960s Danish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Ceramic

A rare large yellow stoneware bowl by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare large yellow stoneware bowl. Excellent vintage condition. Impressed on base. Nymolle, Denmark, N (three hearts), G. Nylund.
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1960s Swedish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Ceramic

Bud Vase by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A small bud vase with hare's fur glaze in running colors of blue and green. By Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand, and marked accordingly.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Ceramic

Vase by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A narrow stoneware blue vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand with ovoid shaped opening to neck.
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1960s Swedish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Stoneware

Large Rebus Series Vase by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
Large blue Rebus Series stoneware vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand The textural pattern is carved into the piece and finished with a matte glaze of varied light and dark blue ton...
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1960s Swedish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Stoneware

Blue Rebus Series Vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand
By Rörstrand, Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A mottled blue vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand. Elegant vase with a small stature. Inscribed on the bottom with the makers and the manufacturer's mark.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Stoneware

Stoneware Vase by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in San Francisco, CA
An elegant ceramic vase by Gunnar Nyland with a tall spouted neck and curved handle in shades of blue. Made for Rorstrand, inscribed with Rorstrand mark and GN AXQ.
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Late 20th Century Swedish Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Ceramic

Stoneware Vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Gunnar Nylund vase in hare's fur glaze of tans and cinnamon. Crafted by Rörstrand and inscribed {R Sweden GN}.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Modern Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Stoneware

Vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Gunnar Nylund vase in hare's fur glaze of tans and mossy green. Crafted by Rorstrand in the 1960s, and inscribed {R Sweden GN}.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Modern Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Stoneware

Stoneware ARO bowl by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
ARO stoneware bowl in shade of tan and brown. Inscribed with artist signature and Rorstand studio mark. Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or crazing.
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1950s Swedish Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Stoneware

Tall Stoneware Vase by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in San Francisco, CA
A long necked Gunnar Nylund ceramic vase with mottled blue and grey glaze. Incised with maker's mark and designer's initials "R, GN, Sweden, Y."
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund Furniture

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Stoneware

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Gunnar Nylund furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Gunnar Nylund furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gunnar Nylund furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Gunnar Nylund were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Rörstrand, Carl-Harry Stålhane, and Stig Lindberg. Prices for Gunnar Nylund furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $165 and can go as high as $20,573, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,200.

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