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Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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
Midcentury Green Large Ceramic Vases and Platter/Bowl Upsala Ekeby "Capri" 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful midcentury vases and platter produced by Upsala Ekeby Sweden designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson 1951. Wonderful green glace with pattern of artichoke. Very good condition. S...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Lisa Larsson for Gustavsberg, Rare Beata Figure in Hand-Painted Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lisa Larsson for Gustavsberg. Rare Beata figure in hand-painted glazed ceramics. 1970s. Measures: 20 x 9.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Pet Bowls "Qubo" in Navy Blue and Terracotta
Located in Moscow, RU
The design of paired bowls Qubo - la Quintessence of Swedish minimalism. Two cylinders and a cube express simplicity and balance in every way. Bowls are placed at the proper h...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Steel

Carl Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, Stoneware Figure, Owl
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Carl Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand. Stoneware figure. Owl. Beautiful glaze. In perfect condition, 1st. assortment. Measures 9 x 9 cm.
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

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 Ceramics

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Stoneware

Michael Andersen, Denmark, Large Wall Plaque in Glazed Ceramics with a Couple
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Michael Andersen, Denmark. Large wall plaque in glazed ceramics with a young couple. Beautiful crackled glaze, 1950s. Measures: 43 x 14.5 cm. In very good condition. Stamped.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Decanter / Sculpture, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsbergs Studio
Located in Stockholm, SE
An unusual decanter / sculpture designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsbergs studio. It is made in black and brown stoneware and signed below with Stigs signature. The hands and the hea...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg, Stoneware Figure "Emma", 1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg. Stoneware figure "Emma". 1970's. Lisa Larson is best known for his humorous and friendly characters. Measures: 16.5 cm x 12 cm. In perfect condition. ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Leaf Form Bowl by Eva Staehr Nielsen for Saxbo, 1950s
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Leaf form bowl by Eva Staehr Nielsen in a variegated blue-green glaze, Saxbo, 1950s.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg Studio, "Lotta" Semi-Glazed Stoneware
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg Studio, "Lotta" semi-glazed stoneware. Height 19 cm. In perfect condition.
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Pet Bowls "Qubo" in Noir Black and Terracotta
Located in Moscow, RU
The design of paired bowls Qubo - la Quintessence of Swedish minimalism. Two cylinders and a cube express simplicity and balance in every way. Bowls are placed at the proper h...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Steel

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 Ceramics

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Stoneware

Unique Monumental Danish Modern Stoneware Bowl by Ole Bjørn Krüger, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Stunning huge handmade stoneware bowl by Danish artist Ole Bjørn Krüger, (1922-2007). Made in his own workshop in the 1960s. Beautiful organic shape and the most beautiful fat glazin...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

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 Ceramics

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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 Ceramics

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Silver

Vase, Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, Grey Stoneware
Located in Stockholm, SE
A rare grey and black vase designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane at Rörstrand.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Wall Plaque, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
A wall plaque designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. The wall plaque is 34 x 31,5 cm and is in very good condition. It is marked Stig L at the front and stamped Gustavsberg at the...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Bjørn Wiinblad, Denmark, Giant Vase in Hand-Painted Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006), Denmark. Giant vase in hand-painted glazed ceramics. Lady with a hat. Model number V32. Dated 1971. Measures: 121 x 44 cm. In excellent condition. ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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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 Ceramics

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Ceramic

Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg, Rabbit in Glazed Ceramics, Late 20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg. Rabbit in glazed ceramics, late 20th century. Measures: 5.5 x 4 cm. In very good condition. Signed.
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

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 Ceramics

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Porcelain

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 Ceramics

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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.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Arne Bang, Sizable Table Lamp, Glazed Stoneware, Studio, Denmark, c. 1927
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early table lamp. Designed by Arne Bang, produced c. 1927. Glazed stoneware. Features ornamental ridges iconic to Bangs production. Sold without lampshade. Stated dimensions ex...
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1920s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Bing & Grondahl Sculpture by Agnete Jorgensen LO Price #1597
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl sculpture by Agnete Jorgensen LO price #1597. Measures 47cm and is in perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Brack & Sønner, Denmark, Teapot in Glazed Stoneware, Mid-20th C.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Brack & Sønner, Denmark. Teapot in glazed stoneware. Beautiful glaze in orange shades. Mid-20th century. Measures: 20.5 x 15.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Vintage Danish Floor Lamp in Ceramic by Ole Victor, 2002
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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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Stoneware Bowl in Brown Colors, No. 21567 by Gerd Bøgelund for Royal Copenhagen
Located in Lejre, DK
Stoneware bowl in brown colors, no.: 21567 by Gerd Bøgelund for Royal Copenhagen. The bowl is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

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 ...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Bjørn Wiinblad Unique Ceramic Figure, "Autumn" in Blue "Seasons"
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad unique ceramic figure. "Autumn" in blue "Seasons". Signed and dated. 2000. Measures: 33 x 13,5 cm. In perfect condition. All 4 figures from the "Seasons" in stock.
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen Scandinavian Ceramic Vases, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Couple of Scandinavian ceramic vases designed by Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen with mark printed on the bottom, Denmark circa 1960s. Marked on the bottom. Please note that t...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Kristina Riska Ceramic Floor Vase, Finland, 2015
Located in New York, NY
Tall waited floor vase by Finnish ceramic artist Kristina Riska for Arabia Studios, 2015. This is a unique piece made by the coil method. Part of her show, "New Work" May 6-June 5, ...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Bowl with Blue and Brown Glace by the Artist Gunnar Nylund for Rørstrand
Located in Lejre, DK
Ceramic bowl with blue and brown glace by the artist Gunnar Nylund for Rørstrand. The bowl is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Lisa Larson for K-Studion / Gustavsberg, Cat in Glazed Ceramics, 20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lisa Larson for K-Studion / Gustavsberg. Cat in glazed ceramics, 20th century. Measures: 20.5 x 15 cm. In very good condition. Stamped.
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Arabia, Finland, Rare Moomin Figure from the Moomins in Stoneware
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arabia, Finland. Rare Moomin figure from The Moomins in stoneware. Late 20th century. Measures: 6 x 3,5 cm. In excellent condition.
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Axel Salto Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Axel Salto Vase Produced By Royal Copenhagen
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Nils Thorsson Scandinavian Ceramic Vases for Royal Copenhagen, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian ceramic vases set designed by Danish artist Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen with mark and numbering printed on the bottom, 1960s. Dimensions from the left: Height 1...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Krukmakaren Ystad Scandinavian Green Ceramic Bowl, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern design ceramic bowl by Krukmakaren Ystad, Sweden circa 1960s.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Arne Bang Large Circular Stoneware Dish, Denmark, 1940s
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Large circular stoneware dish by Arne Bang with fluted exterior in a bisque glaze, Denmark, 1940s.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Large Bowl with Sung Glaze by Axel Salto for Royal Copenhagen
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A large stoneware bowl with organic, carved line pattern and sung glaze by Axel Salto for Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, 1940s. Signed SALTO 20722.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Janne Fagerfäldt, Sweden, Unique Sculpture in Glazed Stoneware, Two Birds
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Janne Fagerfäldt (b. 1941), Sweden. Unique sculpture in glazed stoneware. Two birds. 1970s. Measures: 16.5 x 16 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Wilhem Kage for Gustavsberg Large Swedish Farsta Stoneware Urn, 1950
Located in Madrid, ES
Farsta glazed stoneware lidded urn by artist Wilhem Kage for Gustavsberg in Sweden. Signed by the artist. Wilhelm Kage’s Farsta set comprises his most exclusive pottery artwork. The...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund, Stoneware Sculpture of an Antilope Rörstrand, Sweden, circa 1955
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Gunnar Nylund - Stoneware sculpture of an Antilope - Rörstrand, Sweden ca. 1955 Artist Gunnar Nylund (1904-1997) was a Swedisch artist, ceramist and sculptor most known for his work...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Sven Wejsfelt, Gustavsberg Studiohand, Bowl in Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sven Wejsfelt (1930-2009), Gustavsberg Studiohand. Unique bowl on base in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in shades of blue. Dated 1986. Measures: 12 x 6.3 cm. In excellent cond...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

1960s Danish Flame Stone Casserole Pot by Jens H. Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A flame stone ceramic casserole pot with a domed lid, matte exterior and cream glazed interior.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Five Royal Copenhagen / Aluminia Confetti Plates in Turquoise Glazed Faience
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Five Royal Copenhagen / aluminia confetti plates in turquoise glazed faience. Mid-20th century. Diameter: 17.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. 1st factory quality.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Faience

Gunnar Nylund "ARO" Ceramic Stoneware Bowl Blue Brown for Rörstrand, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare bowl by Gunnar Nylund blue brown bowl for Rörstrand produced in the 1950s. In good vintage condition showing small signs from age and use. Signed.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Group of 5 Blue Stoneware Vases, Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
A group of five vases designed by Berndt Friberg from Gustavsberg. The vases are 18 cm, 11 cm, 10 cm, 9.5 cm, and 9.5 cm. They are in very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Gunnar Borg 100 Mini Stoneware Vases for Anderson & Johansson Höganäs
By Höganäs Keramik, Gunnar Borg
Located in Hudson, NY
Priced per piece Gunnar Borg 1926-2007 he work for Anderson & Johansson for 28 years and the last 14 years he developed technic to make only small mini objects Measure: Smallest 1...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Gunnar Nylund, Stoneware Sculpture of a Hippopotamus, Rörstrand, Sweden, ca 1955
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Gunnar Nylund, Stoneware Sculpture of a Hippopotamus, Rörstrand, Sweden, ca 1955 Artist Gunnar Nylund (1904-1997) was a Swedisch artist, ceramist and sculptor most known for his ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Isak Isaksson, Chawan Tea Bowl Shino Glaze, Contemporary Swedish Ceramicist
By Isak Isaksson
Located in Stockholm, SE
A beautiful chawan bowl with white and pink shinoglaze designed by the contemporary Swedish artist Isak Isaksson in his own studio. The bowl is 9,5 cm in diameter and 9 cm high and i...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Bjørn Wiinblad, Denmark, Sauce Bowl with Spoon in Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006), Denmark. Sauce bowl with spoon in hand-painted glazed ceramics shaped like a bird. Dated 1980. Measures: 18 x 11.5 cm. Spoon length: 20 cm. In excellen...
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Arthur Andersson Mid Century Floor Vase Produced by Wallåkra, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare floor vase by Arthur Andersson produced by Wallåkra in 1953. Double signed at the bottom including the original purchase sticker. Vase is in excellent condition close to mint wi...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Scandinavian Modern Set of 3 Vases Konvex by Karin Björquist Gustavsberg, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
Three wonderful vases, manufactured by Gustavsberg Sweden in the 1960s, designed by the very talented Karin Björquist. The vases have a beautiful form and the glaze is amazing. The b...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

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 Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, Midcentury Black Stoneware Vase
Located in Stockholm, SE
A beautiful midcentury Swedish vase in stoneware by Rörstrand, designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane. The vase is marked as 2nd quality because of some blurriness in the glaze around the n...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Ceramic Jug and Six Mugs with Blue Glaze by Kasper Würtz
Located in Antwerp, BE
The tall six mugs and pitcher has an elegant Minimalist styling a narrow cylindrical neck and a narrow foot ring. The pitcher and mugs are glazed in a rich cobalt blue color with a m...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Isak Isaksson, Black & Blue Crystalline Glaze, Contemporary Swedish Ceramicist
By Isak Isaksson
Located in Stockholm, SE
A unique vase in a black & blue crystalline glaze designed by the contemporary Swedish artist Isak Isaksson in his own studio. The vase is 17.5 cm (7") high and in mint condition. Th...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

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