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Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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
Danish Designer, Vase, Bronze, Denmark, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A cast bronze vase designed and produced in Denmark, c. 1930s.
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Bronze

Just Andersen, Vase, Disko Metal, Denmark, 1951
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A "Disko" metal vase by Just Andersen, Denmark with engraving. Base marked "Just A Denmark".  
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Metal

Beautiful Vase Created by Swedish Ceramic Artist Claes Thell
Located in Stockholm, SE
A vase. Produced and designed by Claes Thell, in the Artist's studio, in Höganäs, Sweden. Stoneware. Glazed in different brown colors. Signed Thell. Exhibitions: Östasiatiska Muse...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Swedish Grace Bawl by Thorild Knutsson
By Thorild Knutsson
Located in Long Island City, NY
Swedish Grace style pewter bawl by Thorild Knutsson, Granna 1931. Marked by manufacturer.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Pewter

Large Vase by Gunnar Nylund
Located in Long Island City, NY
A vase designed by Gunnar Nylund (1904-1997). Sweden. Chamottered stoneware with blue glaze. Marked by manifacturer. Minor chip.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Hand Painted Vase with Lily of the Valley Motif
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Designed by Sven Jonson for Gustavsberg, of Sweden. From "Lagun" series. 1950's. Heavyweight sunset blue glaze with raised floral details in pewter/earth tones. Professional, ski...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Porcelain

Andersson Johansson, Floor Vase, Green Glazed Earthenware, Höganäs Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizable floor vase, produced by Andersson Johansson, Höganäs, Sweden, 1930s-1940s. Features green glaze and finely incised decor.  
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Earthenware

Faience "Karneval" Vase by Stig Lindberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
Faience “Karneval” vase by Stig Lindberg, in a strict block shape. Beautiful, playful motif of three people on one side, and a man riding a rooster on the other. The rim is unglazed,...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Faience

Berndt Friberg for Gustavsberg Studiohand, Vase in Glazed Stoneware
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Berndt Friberg (1899-1981) for Gustavsberg Studiohand. Vase in glazed stoneware. Beautiful glaze in brown shades. 1960s. Measures: 13.3 x 9.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Swedish Glass Vase by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful glass vase by Vicke Lindstrand, in a smooth, organically streamlined shape. Blue glass with distinct dar stripes that give movement of the vase.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Art Glass

Black & White Globose Vase Domino, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely globose vase designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. It is 9.5 cm in diameter. It is close to mint condition and one of the most iconically designs from the 1950s. The...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Large Stoneware Vase, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, Blue
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand. The vase is 36 cm high and in mint condition, it has a beautiful glaze.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Glass Vase with Spiral Pattern by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
When Vicke Lindstrand came back to the glass in 1950s after a decade as artistic leader at the ceramic factory Upsala-Ekeby, he exploded in a creative burst of new shapes and pattern...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Art Glass

Patrick Nordstrom for Royal Copenhagen, Soft Green Ceramic Vase, 1940s
Located in Milan, IT
Patrick Nordstrom for Royal Copenhagen, soft green ceramic vase, 1940s. Please note : the "free shipping option" and/or "subsidised shipping option" if stated in the shipping quot...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Per Lütken for Holmegaard, Turquoise Vase in Mouth-Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Per Lütken for Holmegaard. Turquoise vase in mouth-blown art glass. Model Number 18648. 1960's. Measures: 14.5 x 13 cm. In excellent condition. Incised signature and model number.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Art Glass

Carrara Vase by Wilhelm Kåge for Gustavsberg, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Spherical round vase designed by Wilhelm Kåge in Sweden during the 1940s. Manufactured at Gustavsberg, Made from white Carrara glaze with gold-colored leave pattern. Model numb...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Scandinavian Modern Carl Milles Designed Patinated Cast Iron Swedish Grace Urns
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Scandinavian Modern, Carl Milles designed patinated cast iron urns. The urns have raised stylized floral designs and softly rounded bases. The urns have been newly patinated ...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Iron

Jar Produced by GAB in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Pewter jar. Produced by GAB in Sweden.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Pewter

Vases "Tobo", Designed by Erich and Ingrid Triller, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
Stoneware vases in dark-blue and speckled green glaze by Erich and Ingrid Triller, Tobo, Sweden, 1950s. The ceramic design specialists Erich and Ingrid Triller, German by origin, Ba...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Stoneware "Surrea" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful “Surrea” vase by Wilhelm Kåge, made in Carrara stoneware. The skewed form grows into two openings with the characteristic wavy “Våga” decor around the rims. The fascinating...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Decorative Set of Two Modern Glazed Scandinavian Vessels
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Decorative set of two modern glazed Scandinavian vessels. The tall pottery vase marked "Kragten," the lidded ceramic jar marked DANSK DESIGN DENMARK. Measures: Tall vase: 12 in. t...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic, Pottery

Midcentury Ceramic Bottle Stig Lindberg Gustavsberg, 1970s
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful unique bottle made in Sweden early 1970s by the master Stig Lindberg for K-studio Gustavsberg. The bottle is unusually large 27.5 cm and has an incredible set of color in t...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Round Porcelain Lidded Trinket Box by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Studio Line
Located in San Diego, CA
Round porcelain lidded trinket box by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Studio Line, circa 1970s. The box is 5" D x 6.5" H made of white porcelain decorated with a geometric gold leaf mot...
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Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Unique Vase in Mouth-Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda. Unique vase in mouth-blown art glass, 1980s. Measures: 32 x 22 cm. In very good condition. Signed.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Blown Glass

1960s Earthy Danish Stoneware Vase Cabinmoden Farmhouse Rustic Midcentury
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Wonderful incised hand-thrown pottery midcentury vase.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stoneware

Nils Thorsson Royal Copenhagen Mirco Bud Vase Double Gourd Danish Midcentury
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Rare small vase. Excellent condition, no damage. Measures: Height 3 3/4" (9.5 cm), width 2 1/8" (5.5 cm) Painted "21399", three waves, "NT" monogram. Printed "Denmark U".
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Porcelain

Simon Gate Glass Vase Produced by Orrefors in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare glass vase designed by Simon Gate. Produced by Orrefors in Sweden.
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1910s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Glass

Cast Iron Urn Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Cast iron urn produced in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Iron

Scandinavian Modern Art Deco Etched Glass Vase by Simon Gate for Orrefors
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Modern Art Deco glass vase with etched design of stylized tree branches and circles. The vase is on a cone shaped foot in a transparent smokey ash colored glass. Designe...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Art Glass, Ash

Estrid Ericsson Pewter Jar by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden
By Estrid Ericsson
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pewter jar designed by Estrid Ericsson. Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Brass, Pewter

Einar Barnes for P.S. Heggen Sacndinavian Moder Rosewood Trash Can Wastebasket
Located in Ferndale, MI
Beautifully grained rosewood trash can. Designed in Norway by Einar Barnes for P.S. Hegen.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Wood

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 Vases and Vessels

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Wood

Scandinavian Holmegaard Mid-Century Modern Design Blue Glass Vase Bottle, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Blue glass Scandinavian bottle or vase produced by Holmegaard, made in Denmark, 1960s Please note that the vase is original of the period and this shows normal signs of age and us...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Glass

Marianne Westman, Vase, Grey-Glazed Firesand, Rörstand, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase in a grey glazed firesand, designed by Marianne Westman, produced by Rörstrand, Sweden, c. 1965. With signature to underside.  
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Just Andersen, Vase, Disko Metal, Denmark, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An alloy Disko Metal low vase / bowl by Just Andersen, Denmark. Base marked "Just A Denmark" with the model number.  
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Metal

Nittsjö, Vase, Yellow-Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A yellow-glazed earthenware ceramic vase with floral relief motifs by Nittsjö produced in Sweden, 1940s. It is signed on the underside.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Andersson & Johansson, Vase, Stoneware, c. 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A beige, brown, pink, and grey-glazed stoneware vase designed and produced by Andersson & Johansson, Höganäs Sweden, produced c. 1930s-1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Birka Metall, Vase, Patinated Bronze, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A bronze vase designed and produced by Birka Metall with the maker's stamp present on underside of vase.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Bronze

Nittsjö, Vase, Hand-Painted Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A hand-painted earthenware ceramic vase with floral motifs by Nittsjö produced in Sweden, 1940s. Signed.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Erik Mornils, Vase, Green Glazed Earthenware, Nittsjö Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green-glazed earthenware ceramic vase by Erik Mornils for Nittsjö. Produced in Sweden, 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Höganas Keramik, Vase, Glazed Stoneware, Höganäs, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A beige-glazed stoneware vase with orange handles, designed and produced by Höganäs Keramik, Sweden, 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stoneware

Nittsjö, Vase, Green-Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, c. 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green and brown-glazed earthenware vase designed and produced by Nittsjö, Sweden, c. 1930s-1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Earthenware

Carl-Einar Borgström Vase Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare vase designed by Carl-Einar Borgström. Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Brass

Andersson & Johansson, Vase, Glazed Stoneware, Höganäs, Sweden 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A beige, brown, and orange glazed stoneware vase designed and produced by Andersson & Johansson, Höganäs, Sweden, c. 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stoneware

Andersson & Johansson, Vase, Green and Orange-Glazed Stoneware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green, incised earthenware vase with an orange handle designed and produced by Andersson & Johansson, Höganäs, Sweden, c. 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Jerk Werkmäster, Vase, Glazed Earthenware, Nittsjö, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A yellow-glazed earthenware vase, designed by Jerk Werkmäster and produced by Nittsjö, Sweden, 1930s-1940s. Stamped.  
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Earthenware

Erik Mornils, Vase, Green-Glazed Earthenware, Nittsjö Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A ceramic vase by Erik Mornils for Nittsjö. Produced in Sweden, 1940s In green-glazed earthenware with signature to underside.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Töreboda Keramik, Vase, Green and Orange-Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green and orange-glazed earthenware vase designed and produced by Töreboda Keramik, Sweden, c. 1940s.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Earthenware

Jerk Werkmäster, Vase, Green-Glazed Earthenware, Nittsjö, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green-glazed earthenware vase by Jerk Werkmäster for Nittsjö produced in Sweden, 1940s. Signed by artist on the bottom.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Nittsjö, Vase, Hand-Painted Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A handpainted earthenware ceramic vase with floral motifs by Nittsjö, produced in Sweden, 1940s. Signed.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Andersson & Johansson, Vase, Glazed Stoneware, Höganäs, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A glazed stoneware vase, designed and produced by Andersson & Johansson, Höganäs, Sweden, c. 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stoneware

Ewald Dahlskog, Vase, Glazed Earthenware, Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An earthenware vase with green, subtle incised decor designed by Ewald Dahlskog, produced by Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s.  
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Earthenware

Nittsjö, Vase, Green-Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green glazed earthenware vase with floral motifs produced by Nittsjö, Sweden, 1940s. Signed on base.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Ceramic

Höganas Keramik, Vase, Glazed Stoneware, Höganäs, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A dark green and grey-glazed stoneware vase, designed and produced by Höganäs Keramik, Sweden, 1940s.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Nittsjö, Vase, Hand-Painted Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A hand-painted earthenware ceramic vase with floral motifs by Nittsjö, produced in Sweden, 1940s. Signed. .
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Ewald Dahlskog, Vase, Green Glazed Earthenware, Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green and brown earthenware vase attributed to Ewald Dahlskog, and presumably produced by Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s.  
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Earthenware

Andersson & Johansson, Vase, Beige and Green-Glazed Stoneware, Sweden 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A tan, brown, and green glazed stoneware vase designed and produced by Andersson & Johansson, Höganäs, Sweden, c. 1940s. .
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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Stoneware

Bjorn Wiinblad Unique Ceramic Flower Pot, Blue Glaze
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjorn Wiinblad unique ceramic flower pot, blue glaze. Measures: 22 cm. x 9.5 cm. Model number V 68. Dated 1973. In perfect condition.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels

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