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Rörstrand

Swedish

Before Rörstrand and its contemporaries introduced ceramic serveware to Europe, people primarily ate off of metal plates. The Swedish ceramics company was pivotal in bringing porcelain from China to the Western world, and today, vintage Rörstrand ceramics are highly prized by collectors. 

The company began in 1726 at Rörstrand Castle in Stockholm, under the direction of master porcelain maker Johann Wolff. Early works bore no stamp or seal to mark their origin, as the company had no competitors at the time. Once competing companies made inroads into the porcelain market, Rörstrand began to stamp its products.

With the rising demand for ceramic tableware, Rörstrand pieces filled the cabinets in the houses of the nobility, royalty and the social elite of Sweden and surrounding nations. The 1800s saw many technological advances for the company, as it began using steam presses to emboss patterns into material. The 20th century brought the company to international markets after it presented its Art Nouveau pieces at the 1900 World Exposition in Paris. 

As Sweden was a neutral country during the world wars, Rörstrand was able to continue producing, whereas other companies shut down or shifted to making items for the war effort. Swedish artist-designer Gunnar Nylund created his most famous works — warm-toned matte-glazed Art Deco stoneware and more — while employed by Rörstrand. During the 1950s, Rorstrand brought on master porcelain maker Marianne Westman, lovingly referred to as “the Porcelain Mother.” Her design, the Rörstrand Mon Amie, became one of the company’s leading sellers. It was among many popular designs that she and her team developed. Westman continued with the company through the 1960s when it brought on other notable talents, such as designer Inger Persson

In 1976, the company celebrated 250 years, and the Rörstrand Museum opened in Lidköping, holding over 15,000 pieces created by the historic ceramics manufacturer.

With almost 300 years of history, Rörstrand has survived numerous shifts in culture and design preferences, maintaining its heritage style, while smoothly adapting to new trends. With each decade, the company has debuted new designs, glazes, patterns and technologies, bringing new innovations and intriguing twists to traditional work.

Find vintage Rörstrand serveware, decorative objects, lighting and more on 1stDibs.

Mid-Century Modern Hourglass Vase Rörstrand Carl Harry Stålhane, Sweden, 1950s
By Rörstrand, Carl-Harry Stålhane
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
This vase from Rörstrand and maker or designer Carl Harry Stålhane, was made in Sweden in the midcentury. Its beautiful glazed combined with its incredible hourglass shaped form make...
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rörstrand

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Ceramic

Midcentury Modern Unique Early Ceramic Vase Carl-Harry Stålhane Rörstrand Sweden
By Rörstrand, Carl-Harry Stålhane
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
This unique vase was included within a series of vases produced in 1948 called "Frozen Ground" It was made in Sweden at Rörstrand and designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane. There is only o...
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1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rörstrand

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Exceptional Vase Rörstrand Carl Harry Stålhane, Sweden, 1950s
By Rörstrand, Carl-Harry Stålhane
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
This exceptional vase from Rörstrand and maker or designer Carl Harry Stålhane, was made in Sweden in the midcentury. Its beautiful glazed combined with its incredible hourglass shap...
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rörstrand

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Ceramic

Marianne Westman, Wall Mirror, Ceramic, Sweden, 1960s
By Marianne Westman, Rörstrand
Located in High Point, NC
A blue and grey-painted stoneware mirror designed by Marianne Westman and produced by Rörstrand, Sweden, 1960s.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rörstrand

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Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund, Table Lamp, Stoneware, Sweden, 1940s
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in High Point, NC
A blue and brown-glazed stoneware table lamp designed by Gunnar Nylund and produced by Rörstrand, Sweden, 1940s. Dimensions of Lamp (inches): 11.3” H x 5” Diameter Dimensions of Sha...
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rörstrand

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Stoneware

A Classic Elegant "Aro" Ceramic Bowl by Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, Sweden, 1960s
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in Stockholm, SE
A Classic "Aro" Ceramic bowl by Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, Sweden, 1960s. A timeless and sophisticated "Aro" bowl crafted by Gunnar Nylund showcases exquisite shades in blue and brow...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rörstrand

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Ceramic

Cylindrical Ceramic Vase in Blue, Marianne Westman for Rorstrand, Sweden, 1960s
By Rörstrand, Marianne Westman
Located in New York, NY
A beautifully glazed mid-century vase executed by Marianne Westman for the venerable Swedish based ceramics firm Rorstrand. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rörstrand

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Ceramic

Marianne Westman, Vase, Stoneware, Sweden, 1950s
By Marianne Westman, Rörstrand
Located in High Point, NC
A blue, grey and brown-glazed stoneware vase designed by Marianne Westman and produced by Rörstrand, Sweden, c. 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rörstrand

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Stoneware

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Rörstrand furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Rörstrand 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 Rörstrand furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Rörstrand 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 Carl-Harry Stålhane, Stig Lindberg, and Gunnar Nylund. Prices for Rörstrand furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $56 and can go as high as $18,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,227.
Questions About Rörstrand
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Rorstrand was made in Sweden and was considered one of Sweden’s oldest porcelain manufacturers, founded in 1726. Unfortunately, the company decided to close down their manufacturing plants in Sweden and move them to Hungary and Sri Lanka. The old factory is a Rorstrand museum today and owned by Fiskars. Shop a collection of authentic Rorstrand porcelain from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.

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