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Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

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.

Characterized by bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries, Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with this style was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

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 and Berlin daybed, 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 Sarpaneva.

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 vintage 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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Style: Scandinavian Modern
Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Bo Arenander
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
The intuitive result of an educated dancer, choreographer and large-scale ceramicist transferring his love for the human body into clay. With extensive studies during the mid 70’s in...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Wooden Sculpture by Danish Artist Ole Wettergren, 1965
Located in Odense, DK
Large wooden sculpture, made by Danish artist Ole Wettergren in 1965. This is hes first wooden sculpture made. Ole is famous for hes wooden sculptures and he has presented in intern...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Large Ceramic, Stoneware Vase in Bronze Glaze by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
By Gertrud Vasegaard, Axel Salto, Arne Bang
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase in bronze glaze, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artworks and c...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Contemporary Hand Carved Sisin Vase No. 4 in Linden Wood by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
SISIN (finnish for “quiddity”) is a sculptural hand carved vessel series where the forms and textures are inspired by exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms. Hollow pedestals...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Hjalmar Ekberg Sculpture
Located in Malmo, SE
Unique sculpture by Hjalmar Ekberg.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stone

Organic Wooden Sculpture by Danish Artist Ole Wettergren, 1990s
Located in Odense, DK
Large wooden sculpture, made by Danish artist Ole Wettergren in 1990s. Ole is famous for hes wooden sculptures and he has been presented in international magazines like ARK Journa...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Sculpture “Tennisspelare” 'tennis player' by Vicke Lindstrand, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sculpture “Tennisspelare” (tennis player) by Vicke Lindstrand, Sweden, 1950s. Birch. Measures: H 84 cm/ 2' 9 1/2" W 31 cm/ 12 1/4" D 44 cm/ 17 1/4" Base marked with inventor...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Birch

Danish Modern Stone Figure, "Standing Man", 1980s
Located in Odense, DK
Decorative stone sculpture of a standing / resting figure. Quite large and heavy, with a fine patina. Great object for the modern interior, but can also be used a classic or more Art...
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stone

Porcelain Black Bird Figure by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegant porcelain black bird figure with matte black glaze, 1970s. Printed "Rosenthal Germany", Wirkkala signature.
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1970s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Ceramic, Stoneware Vase in Earthen Colored Glaze by Danish Artist Ole Victor
By Gertrud Vasegaard, Arne Bang, Axel Salto
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase in earthen colored glaze, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artwo...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Mid-Century Swedish Stump Chair in Stained Pine, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Mid-century Swedish stump chair in stained pine. In good vintage and original condition showing beautiful patina. Honorable mentions in similar style include Roland Wilhelmsson, Pi...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Pine

Rare "Mobile" Sculpture by Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, 1953
Located in Hägersten, SE
Rare "Mobile" sculpture by Swedish ceramic artist Carl Harry Stålhane. Handmade at Rörstrand workshop in Sweden in 1953. Made in only 25 examples. Made from porcelain with hand paint...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Porcelain

Ceramic, Stoneware Vase in Blue/Green Glaze by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
By Arne Bang, Axel Salto, Gertrud Vasegaard
Located in Odense, DK
Ceramic vase with glaze in variations of blue and green, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He c...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Large Ceramic, Stoneware Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
By Arne Bang, Axel Salto, Gertrud Vasegaard
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase with glaze in variations of green, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He crea...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Sculpture
Located in Malmo, SE
A wooden sculpture by unknown artist. Signed with “F -57”.
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1950s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Midcentury Fire Screen Olle Hermansson, Husqvarna, Cast Iron
Located in Stockholm, SE
Midcentury Swedish fire screen by Olle Hermansson for Husqvarna made in cast iron. It can both be placed either as a fire screen or a sculpture.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Large Ceramic, Stoneware Vase in Bronze Glaze by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
By Gertrud Vasegaard, Arne Bang, Axel Salto
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase in variations of dark bronze glaze, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He cre...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

PH Grand Piano PH186 Excellence Edition, Black Leather and Chrome Details
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. The Poul Henningsen-designed PH Grand Piano...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Chrome

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda. Unique Glass Block with Reindeer
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Vicke Lindstrand (1904-1983) for Kosta Boda. Unique glass block in blue-green mouth-blown art glass decorated with reindeer. 1960s. Measures: 18 x 16 cm. Depth: 6.5 cm. In excel...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Ceramic, Stoneware Vase in Blue / Green Glaze by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
By Gertrud Vasegaard, Arne Bang, Axel Salto
Located in Odense, DK
Ceramic vase with glaze in variations of blue and green, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He c...
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Elis Borg Sculpture Form 3 Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Brutalist sculpture form 3 designed by Elis Borg. Produced in Sweden.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda. Unique Glass Block, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Vicke Lindstrand (1904-1983) for Kosta Boda. Unique glass block in blue-green mouth-blown art glass. Decorated with Sami hunting reindeer. 1960s. Measures: 19.5 x 15.5 cm. Dept...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda, Two Art Glass Blocks, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Vicke Lindstrand (1904-1983) for Kosta Boda. Two mouth-blown glass blocks decorated with bird of prey and owls. 1960s. Largest measures: 11.5 x 10 cm. Depth: 4.5 cm. In excellen...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Johnny Mattsson Sculpture Produced by Johnny Mattsson in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Sculpture designed by Johnny Mattsson. Produced by Johnny Mattsson in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Rosewood, Teak

Set of Swedish Ahus Glass Paperweights, Signed Studio Åhus 1992 HD-AZ
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
2 Modern Swedish Åhus glass paperweights. The signed paperweights are frosted glass with colorful interior and frosted glass surface. The larger piece is oval shaped with purple mode...
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Glass

Johnny Mattsson Sculpture Produced by Johnny Mattsson in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Sculpture designed by Johnny Mattsson. Produced by Johnny Mattsson in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Teak, Pine

Christian Berg Sculpture 'Stenblomman 3' from 1955
Located in Malmo, SE
Sculpture ‘Stenblomman 3’ by Christian Berg. Casting stamp E. Pettersson Fud. Provenance: Rolf Schmitz.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze Oloid Sand Cast Sculpture by Labor Limae, the Netherlands 2021
Located in Utrecht, NL
This unique bronze oloid sculpture was sand cast in bronze by Labor Limae. The manually finished surface shows its distinctive imperfections that specifically show the 4000-year-old ...
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2010s Dutch Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase by danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Stoneware in green/blue glaze. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artwo...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Christian Berg Sculpture 'Blomform 1' from 1929-1930
Located in Malmo, SE
Sculpture ‘Blomform 1’ by Christian Berg. Casting stamp E. Pettersson Fud. Provenance: Rolf Schmitz.
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Stone, Bronze

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artworks and ceramics ever since. Hes been exhibited in Galerie 26 on Champs-Élysées and some...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Timo Sarpaneva, Five Glass Art-Objects "Hiidenkirnu" Series, Iittala Mid 1950's
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Timo Sarpaneva, Five glass Art-objects "Hiidenkirnu" series, Iittala mid 1950's Artist Timo Sarpaneva (Helsinki, Finland 1926-Helsinki, Finland 2006) was an influential Finnish d...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Sculpture Designed by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sculpture designed by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, Denmark, 1960s. Sterling silver and ebony. Measures: H 21 cm/ 8 1/4".
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Sterling Silver

Swedish Modern Large Wooden Carved Sculpture, By Sven Olsson, Mid 20th Century
Located in Odense, DK
Large sculptural organic shaped wooden sculpture, hand carved by Swedish artist Sven Olsson. Cold stamped "SO". Made between 1960-1980. A beautiful decorativ object for the modern...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Group of Handmade Danish Modern Walnut Candlesticks by Rude Osolnik, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Grouping of five masterfully turned wood candlesticks by Rude Osolnik, 1970s. Graduated heights of these pieces range from 4.5" H to 10" H. This collection would make an excellent ce...
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1970s American Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Walnut

Large Ceramic Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
Located in Odense, DK
Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artworks and ceramics ever since. He’s been exhibited in Galerie 26 on Champs-Élysées and som...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Jonas Bohlin Concrete Chair
Located in Dronten, NL
Made in solid natural ash with black lacquered steel frame. Sculpture in the form of a functional chair. Branded on the bottom.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Bo Arenander
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
The intuitive result of an educated dancer, choreographer and large-scale ceramicist transferring his love for the human body into clay. With extensive studies during the mid 70’s in...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Bo Arenander
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
The intuitive result of an educated dancer, choreographer and large-scale ceramicist transferring his love for the human body into clay. With extensive studies during the mid 70’s in...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Bo Arenander
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
The intuitive result of an educated dancer, choreographer and large-scale ceramicist transferring his love for the human body into clay. With extensive studies during the mid 70’s in...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Bo Arenander
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
The intuitive result of an educated dancer, choreographer and large-scale ceramicist transferring his love for the human body into clay. With extensive studies during the mid 70’s in...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Bo Arenander
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
The intuitive result of an educated dancer, choreographer and large-scale ceramicist transferring his love for the human body into clay. With extensive studies during the mid 70’s in...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Bo Arenander
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
The intuitive result of an educated dancer, choreographer and large-scale ceramicist transferring his love for the human body into clay. With extensive studies during the mid 70’s in...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Bo Arenander
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
The intuitive result of an educated dancer, choreographer and large-scale ceramicist transferring his love for the human body into clay. With extensive studies during the mid 70’s in...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Bo Arenander
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
The intuitive result of an educated dancer, choreographer and large-scale ceramicist transferring his love for the human body into clay. With extensive studies during the mid 70’s in...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Rare Pierre Forssell for Skultuna Solid Brass Candlesticks, 1960s, Sweden
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning, modernist brass / bronze candlesticks designed by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna, Sweden. Stamped with makers mark.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass

1950s Scandinavian Teak Arctic Polar Bear Figure Sculpture Cabin Modern Danish
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Wonderful uncommon 1950s design from Denmark of an arctic polar bear. Ink stamped, with remnants of paper label. Unknown artist.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Teak

Scandinavian Modern Glass Sculpture by Mona Morales-Schildt for Kosta, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
Oval glass sculpture by Mona Morales-Schildt. The sides are cut to reveal the inside, creating a fascinating depth with optical effects. Made at Kosta, Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Midcentury Fire Screen Olle Hermansson, Husqvarna Cast Iron The Thunder God Tor
Located in Stockholm, SE
Midcentury Swedish fire screen by Olle Hermansson for Husqvarna made in cast iron. It can both be placed either as a fire screen or a sculpture. The fire screen is 48 cm high and 50 ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Stoneware Face Sculpture by Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware sculpture by Bengt Berglund, in a whimsical design of a face. Stone like, organic finish and patterns pressed into the material.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Sculpture in Pine Wood by Unknown Designer
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and large twisted sculpture by unknown designer.
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1950s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Pine

Sculpture in Brass and Rosewood
Located in Malmo, SE
Sculpture in brass and rosewood.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Contemporary Hand Carved Sisin Vase No. 2 in Linden Wood by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
SISIN (finnish for “quiddity”) is a sculptural hand carved vessel series where the forms and textures are inspired by exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms. Hollow pedesta...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Hand Carved Sisin Vase No. 1 in Linden Wood by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
Sisin (finnish for “quiddity”) is a sculptural hand carved vessel series where the forms and textures are inspired by exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms. Hollow pedesta...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Hand Carved Sisin Vase No. 3 in Linden Wood by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
SISIN (finnish for “quiddity”) is a sculptural hand carved vessel series where the forms and textures are inspired by exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms. Hollow pedesta...
Category

2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Hand Carved Sisin Vase No. 5 in Linden Wood by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
SISIN (finnish for “quiddity”) is a sculptural hand carved vessel series where the forms and textures are inspired by exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms. Hollow pedestals...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Lovely Black Wooden Sculpture, Johnny Mattsson, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely wooden sculpture designed by the famous wooden sculptor Johnny Mattsson in Gävle, Sweden in the midcentury. It is in very good condition except from that one of its legs is ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Unique Stoneware Sculpture by Bengt Berglund, Gustavsberg, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Unique stoneware sculpture by Bengt Berglund, in a whimsical, organic form reminiscent of a human figure. Beautiful jade colored glaze with a glossy surface.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Stoneware

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