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Scandinavian Modern Vases

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

Materials

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

Materials

Metal

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

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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

Materials

Earthenware

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

Materials

Stoneware

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

Materials

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

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Porcelain

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

Materials

Pewter

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

Materials

Stoneware

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

Materials

Faience

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.  
Category

1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Earthenware

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

Materials

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

Materials

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

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

Materials

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

Materials

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...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

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

Materials

Ceramic

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

Materials

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

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

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

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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

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

Materials

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.
Category

1910s Swedish 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

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

Materials

Glass

Pewter Vase by Folke Arström, GAB, Sweden, 1934
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pewter vase by Folke Arström, in a plump shape. Decorative billowing leaf handles contrast with the clean form.
Category

1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Pewter

Arne Bang Stoneware Eggshell Vase with Ribbed Corpus, Denmark, Sign AB, 2, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A rare Arne Bang (1901-1983, stoneware vase with ribbed corpus decorated with sand-colored eggshell glaze body. Signed with Bang’s monogram on the underside, No. 2. Perfect condition...
Category

1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Nittsjö, Planter, Green Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A ceramic vase / planter / flower pot, by Nittsjö. Produced in Sweden, 1940s. Signed. Green-Glazed earthenware.  
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vase Designed by Tapio Wirkkala, Kultakeskus OY, Hämeenlinna, Finland, 1973
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vase designed by the great artist Tapio Wirkkala, Kultakeskus OY, Hämeenlinna, Finland, 1973. Made in sterling silver. Irregular shape. Stamped, monogram signed. Swedish import stamp...
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1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Sterling Silver

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

Materials

Wood

Oskar Dahl Scandinavian Modern Hand Painted Studio Vase for Rörstrand
By Oskar Dahl
Located in New York, NY
Large unique hand decorated cityscape "Lund" ceramic Scandinavian Modern vase by Oskar Dahl for Rorstrand. This vase is dated 1943.
Category

Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Clay

Oiva Toikka, Cut crystal-glass Art-Object, Model 3101, Nuutajärvi-Notsjö ca 1990
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Oiva Toikka, cut crystal-glass art-object, Model 3101, Nuutajärvi-Notsjö ca 1990 Artist: Oiva Toikka (1931 Viipurin maalaiskunta, Finland - 2019 Helsinki, Finland) was one of Sca...
Category

1990s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Cut Glass, Glass

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

Round Royal Copenhagen Vase in Glazed Ceramics, Beautiful Ox Blood Glaze
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Round Royal Copenhagen vase in glazed ceramics. Beautiful ox blood glaze. Mid-20th century. Measures: 10.5 x 9.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. 1st factory quality.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Göte Augustsson for Ruda, Two Vases in Blue Mouth Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Göte Augustsson (1917-2004) for Ruda. Two vases in blue mouth-blown art glass. Swedish design, 1960s. Largest measures: 22 x 9.5 cm. In excellent condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Miniature Vase, 1990's
Located in Delft, NL
Unique miniature vase by Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda. Collectable.
Category

1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art 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

Bronze Vase by Paavo Tynell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Bronze vase designed by Paavo Tynell for Taito Oy, Finland , Circa 1940th. Marked AB Taito OY 13.
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Bronze

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

Simon Gate Glass Vase Model Slöjdansen Produced by Orrefors in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare glass vase model Slöjdansen designed by Simon Gate. Produced by Orrefors in Sweden. Signed Orrefors Gate 109 25 KR (engraver Karl Rössler).
Category

1910s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

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

Set of Two Danish Modern Green Vases / Candle Sticks by Lovemose, 1950s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Beautiful set of two Danish Mid-Century Modern stoneware items to be used as candle holders or vases. Designed by Johannes Hansen for Løvemose Keramik and manufactured on the small D...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Per Lütken for Holmegaard, Art Glass Vase in Light Blue Shades, 1950s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Per Lütken for Holmegaard. Art glass vase in light blue shades, 1950s. Beautiful high quality vase. Measures: 42 x 15 cm. Incised signature. In very good condition.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

1960s Danish Blown Glass Vase by Per Lutken for Holmegaard
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A tall and finely executed blown glass vase having a grey-green tone and a reverse tapering form. Marked on bottom.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Stoneware Figurine by Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Adorable ceramic horse figurine by Stig Lindberg, called “Springare”, meaning “Steed”. The stylized horse is painted with a brown and polkadot pattern over the body. The story goe...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Stoneware Floor Vase by Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Statuesque stoneware floor vase by Carl-Harry Stålhane, in a clean form with beautiful dark blue hare’s fur glaze. Carl-Harry Stålhane was one of the stars among Swedish ceramic a...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Tapio Wirkkala, Crystal Art-Object, model 3234, Iittala, Finland circa 1948
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala - Crystal Art-object, Model 3234 - Iittala Finland, circa 1948 Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirk...
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Höganas Keramik, Early Vase, Glazed Earthenware, Höganäs, Sweden, 1920s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase, designed and produced by Höganäs Keramik, Sweden, 1920s. Stamped with makers mark. In earthenware with highly artistic glaze in grey and beige.
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Earthenware

Vase ‘Tobo’ Designed by Erich and Ingrid Triller, Sweden, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vase ‘Tobo’ designed by Erich and Ingrid Triller, Sweden, 1940s. Stoneware. Measures: H 18 cm/ 7''.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Tapio Wirkkala, Crystal Line Cut Art-Object, Model 3520, Iittala, Finland c 1955
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala, Crystal Line cut Art-Object, model 3520, Iittala, Finland circa 1955 Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish desig...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Kähler, Vase, Blue Glazed Earthenware, Denmark, C. 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase. Designed and produced by Kähler. Signed HAK. Stamped "Denmark" As is Kählers signature, the clay was sourced on the island of Bornholm. On this vase, a blue glaze has been...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Earthenware

Vicke Lindstrand Vase Produced by Kosta in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Glass vase designed by Vicke Lindstrand. Produced by Kosta in Sweden. Signed ‘Kosta LH 1845'.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Edgar Böckman, Vase, Glazed Stoneware, Artists Studio, Stockholm, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A modernist vase by Edgar Böckman, produced in artists own studio, Stockholm, c. 1930s. In glazed stoneware. Signed. Features incised or ribbed ornamentation, iconic to Böckmans stud...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Crafted Glass Forest Vase Sc67 by Space Copenhagen for &Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Crafted from glass, this vase play with the material’s transparency to create a rippled, liquid-like effect. It is part of Collect series, a curated line of beautifully crafted sof...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

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

Gunnel Nyman, Amber Glass Art-Object, Model Gn 12, Nuutajärvi-notsjö, 1951
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Gunnel Nyman - Amber glass Art-object, model GN 12 - Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, 1951. Artist Gunnel Nyman (Turku 1909 – 1948) was a Finnish designer most known for her modern art glass d...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Glass

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