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Scandinavian Modern Vases

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

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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Style:Scandinavian Modern
Arctic Opal Blown Glass Vase by Gunnar Cyrén for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
Beautiful oval vase in mouth-blown opal opaque glass. The arctic vase was originally designed in the 1960s by the acclaimed Swedish glass artist and silversmith, Gunnar Cyrén and is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Mid-Century Danish Modern Mobach Ceramic Vase Table Lamp
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Splendid Mid-Century Danish modern ceramic vase produced by Mobach in Utrecht. Features a hand-shaped cylinder form with a fantastic crackle glaze in an array of muted reds with teal...
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20th Century Dutch Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Art Glass

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

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Art Glass

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

Materials

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

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Danish Modernist Ceramic Jug Vase by Einar Johansen for Søholm, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
This hand painted ceramic jug vase was designed by the Danish ceramist Einar Johansen and manufactured at Søholm in Denmark during the 1960s. Søholm also made ceramic pieces by Nanna...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Pottery

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

Materials

Porcelain

Vase Designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vase designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s. Unique. Measures: H 12 cm/ 4 3/4".
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Kähler, Denmark, Large Glazed Stoneware Floor Vase in Modern Design, 1940s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Kähler, Denmark, large glazed stoneware floor vase in modern design. 1940s. Stamped. Measures: 49 cm. X 41.5 cm. In perfect condition.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Royal Copenhagen Stoneware Vase in Oxblood Glaze Sang de Boeuf #97/43
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen stoneware vase in oxblood glaze Sang de Boeuf #97/43. Measures 19.2 cm and is in good condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Massive Trio of Ceramic Swedish Vases by Ingrid Atterberg for Upsala Ekeby
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare and hard to find trio of striped ceramic vases, designed by Ingrid Atterberg for Upsala Ekeby in Sweden. The vases are in excellent condition, measurements are as follows: the t...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Pottery

Stoneware Vase by Berndt Friberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware vase by Berndt Friberg, in a stately shape with a sharp finish to the body where it transitions to the nozzle. Pale yellow hare’s fur glaze.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Scandinavian Cut Crystal Vase, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A cut crystal torpedo shaped vase presumably from either Kosta Boda or Orrefors. The vase features diffrent techniques most prominent is the mix of vertical ribbing to one side and a...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Swedish / Scandinavian Modern Studio Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian modern studio vase by master ceramicist Wilhelm Kåge made at the Kåge Work Studio. Measures: Height 8.25", diameter 5.75". Signed on the bottom.
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Faience Vase by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool faience vase by Stig Lindberg, in a lively, fun form. Graphic pattern of black and green stripes, elegantly hand-painted.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Set of Three Stoneware Vases by Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Set of htree vases designed by Carl.Harry Stålhane. hand made at Rörstrand in Sweden during the 1950s. Made from stoneware with abstract decor on light green glazes. Very good condit...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Herman A. Kähler Vase
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Herman A. Kähler vase in glazed stoneware. Signed.
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

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 Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Unique Collection of Stoneware Vases by Ole Bjørn Krüger, Own Studio, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
3 Stunning handmade stoneware vases by Danish artist Ole Bjørn Krüger (1922-2007) in his own workshop in the 1960s. Beautiful organic shape and thick green glazing. Krüger was known ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Erik Mornils, for Nittsjö, Green and Brown Ceramic Vase, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare ceramic vase by Erik Mornils for Nittsjö. Produced in Sweden, 1940s. Signed. Has an expression similar to that of works by Wilhelm Kåge, Arne Bang or Axel Salto.
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Andersson Johansson, Vase, Glazed Earthenware, Höganäs, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase, produced by Andersson Johansson, Höganäs, Sweden, 1930s.  
Category

1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Earthenware

Ewald Dahlskog, Vase, White / Beige-Glazed Earthenware, Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase. Designed by Ewald Dahlskog, produced by Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s. Marked.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Green Vase with Silver Decor of a Fish, Argenta, Wilhelm Kåge Gustavsberg, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A vase in stoneware of model Argenta designed by Wilhelm Kåge at Gustavsberg with silver decor of a fish, this vase is 12.5 cm high and 9.5 cm in diameter. It´s in mint condition and...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Silver

Per Lutken Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Blue Glass Vases, Holmegar, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian glass vases, set of two, designed by Per Lutken for Holmegaard with mark engraved on the bottom, some signs due to normal use over time, 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Otto Breuer for Holmegaard Glass Set of 2 Bottle Vases
Located in Langserud, SE
Set of two amber color glass vases designed by Otto Breuer for Kastrup Holmegaard in Denmark during the 1950s. Some dirt in the smaller one. The big one H 30 cm, W 12 cm Small on...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Vase, Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, Grey Stoneware
Located in Stockholm, SE
A rare grey and black vase designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane at Rörstrand.
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Large Blue Ceramic Floor Vase by Rigmor Nielsen for Søholm, 1960s Danish Modern
Located in Odense, DK
Hand painted floor vase from the 1960s by Danish artist Rigmor Nielsen at Søholm ceramics workshop, Bornholm. Each of these vases were made by hand and are unique in their decoration...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Faience Vase by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool faience vase by Stig Lindberg, in an asymmetrical, fun form. Graphic, hand-painted pattern of black and aquamarine stripes.
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden, Vase in Mouth Blown Art Glass
Located in Bochum, NRW
Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden. Vase in mouth blown art glass decorated with women's face. Swedish design, 1980s. Measures: 9.5 x 5 cm. In perfect condition. Signed.
Category

1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Timo Sarpaneva Heart Vase, Iittala, Signed
Located in Stockholm, SE
A 1950s Iittala Timo Sarpaneva heart vase, signed to base.  
Category

1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Anna-Lisa Thomson Floor Vase Model Paprika Produced by Upsala Ekeby in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Large ceramic floor vase model Paprika designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson. Produced by Upsala Ekeby in Sweden.
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden, Vase in Mouth-Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden. Vase in mouth-blown art glass decorated with women's face. Swedish design, 1980s. Measures: 20 x 11.5 cm. In perfect condition. Signed.
Category

1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Anna-Lisa Thomson, "Flora" Vase, Stoneware, Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden, 1949
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early modernist vase model Flora. Designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson, for Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden. With stamp including artist's initials. Only produced in 1949. Other designers of the...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Rörstrand Bertil Vallien Ceramic Vase
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rörstrand Bertil Vallien ceramic vase. Measures 21 x 11 cm. In very good condition. Marked.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Anna-Lisa Thomson Vase Produced by Upsala Ekeby in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare ceramic vase designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson. Produced by Upsala Ekeby in Sweden.
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Vase by Gertrud Lönegren, Rörstrand, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceramic vase by Gertrud Lonegren in golden glaze and a highly textured surface. Measures: Diameter 21 cm Height 21.5 cm Lonegren studied in Vienna and Stockholm during the 19...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vilhelm Bjerke Petersen for Rörstrand, Fasett Jug in Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Vilhelm Bjerke Petersen (1909-1957) for Rörstrand. Fasett jug in glazed ceramics, mid-20th century. Measures: 20 x 8.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Gjutmästare A. Frost, Vase for Guild Exhibition, Patinated Bronze, Sweden, 1941
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A heavy-alloy bronze vase of exceptional quality, by foundryman A. Frost. With engraved description, signature and dating, 20/3, 1942. Produced for Svenska Gjutmästarförbundet, Malmö...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Bronze

Ystad Brons, Vase, Bronze, Ystad Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase designed and produced by Ystad Brons, Sweden, 1940s. With 3 grips. Stamped with makers mark.
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Bronze

Bronze Vase by Dirigold
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A slender bronze bud vase of fluid form having a warm patina.
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1930s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Bronze

Kjell Engman For Kosta Boda Swedish Modern 'Fossil' Art Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Swedish modern "Fossil" art glass vase designed by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda. The piece is signed on the underside: "Kosta Boda K. Engman 40013." In great vintage condition with ag...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Gunnar Nylund Vase Produced by Rörstrand in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Ceramic vase designed by Gunnar Nylund. Produced by Rörstrand in Sweden.
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Nanny Still for Riihimäen Lasi, Vase in Gray and Clear Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nanny Still (1926-2009) for Riihimäen Lasi. Rare vase in gray and clear mouth-blown art glass. Finnish design, 1960s. Measures: 11 x 9.2 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Large Turbine Glass Bowl Signed by the Swedish Glass Artist Erik Höglund, 1980
Located in Stockholm, SE
Large Turbine glass bowl by the Swedish artist Erik Höglund, 1980. Erik Höglund, 1932-1998, was a Swedish sculptor and glass artist, commonly known for his thick and bubbly glass ma...
Category

1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass

Large Bowl, Ceramics by Hans Hedberg, Biot, France
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large and beautiful bowl designed by Hans Hedberg in his studio in Biot. The bowl is 41 x 39 cm in diameter and in very good condition. Hans Hedberg (1917-2007) Swedish ceramis...
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1960s French Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Swedish Stoneware Floor Vase by Gunnar Nylund
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware floor vase designed by Gunnar Nylund. Manufactured by Rörstrand, Sweden during the 1950s. Hare fur glaze in light brown and green.
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Arctic Small Blown Glass Vase by Gunnar Cyrén for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
Beautiful oval vase in mouth-blown glass. The Arctic Vase was originally designed in the 1960s by the acclaimed Swedish glass artist and silversmith, Gunnar Cyrén and is now being ma...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Valdemar Petersen Scandinavian Ceramic Pottery Vases Set, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Set of three, small medium and big, ceramic Danish and Scandinavian pottery vases designed by Valdemar Petersen for Bing & Grondahl with mark engraved on the bottom, Mid-Century Mode...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Danish Mid-Century Modern Bowl or Vase by Kylle Svanlund, Holmgaard
Located in New York, NY
A large Danish Mid-Century Modern bowl / vase by Kylle Svanlund for Holmgaard Glasværk, circa 1960s. The piece features a softly folded form in clear to pale gold color glass. Marked...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

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 Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Decorative Vase in Ceramic by Kähler, 1940s, Danish Design, Midcentury
Located in Lejre, DK
Decorative ceramic vase designed and made by Kähler, made in Denmark in the 1940s. Great original condition.
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vicke Lindstrand, "Svart Linje" Vase, Blown Glass, Kosta, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic blown glass vase. Designed by Vicke Lindstrand, produced by Kosta, Sweden, circa 1940s. Signed.  
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Set of Five Original Cross Vases in Glass by Bodil Kjær, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of five vases in glass, designed by Bodil Kjær and made by Toben Ørskov in Denmark. Great original condition.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

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

Materials

Art Glass, Ash

Vase, Tulip Designed by Nils Landberg for Orrefors, Sweden, 1957
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vase, tulip designed by Nils Landberg for Orrefors, Sweden, 1957. Glass. Measures: H 44.5 cm/ 1' 6".
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Kaj Franck, Green Glass Art-Object, Model N 407, Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, Finland 1967
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Kaj Franck - Green glass Art-object, model N 407 - Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, Finland, 1967 Artist Kaj Franck (Vyborg, Finland 1911 – Santorini, Greece 1989) was an influential Finnish d...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Cut Glass

Isak Isaksson, Green Crystalline Glaze, Contemporary Swedish Ceramicist
By Isak Isaksson
Located in Stockholm, SE
A unique vase in a green-tone with a lovely matte crystalline glaze designed by the contemporary Swedish artist Isak Isaksson in his own studio. The vase is 22.5 cm (9") high and in ...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware, Ceramic

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