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Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

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
6 Plates, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, Berså / Bersa Green Leafs
Located in Stockholm, SE
6 plates in porcelain in the very famous pattern Berså designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. They are 18 cm in diameter. They are in very good condition, with some minor scratche...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rörstrand Coffee Service for Six People, Swedish Design, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rörstrand coffee service for six people. Swedish design, 1960s. Consisting of six coffee cups with saucers and six plates in glazed porcelain. The cup measures: 7.5 x 6 cm. Sauc...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Teapot, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, White. Teapot. 1960s. Measures: 21.5 x 14.5 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality. Designed by Axel Salto in 1956.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

B & G / Bing & Grondahl, Sitting Cat, Number 2476
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
B & G / Bing & Grondahl, sitting cat, number 2476. 1st. factory quality. Measures: 13 cm x 11.5 cm In perfect condition.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Blanc de Chine Vase by Bode Willumsen #20498
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen blanc de chine vase by Bode Willumsen #20498. Measures 17 cm / 6 7/10 inches. In good condition.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rare Dahl Jensen Figurine No. 1214, Girl and Boy with Ship
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rare Dahl Jensen figurine No. 1214. Girl and boy with ship. Jens Peter Dahl Jensen. Measures: Length 21 cm. Height 18 cm. 1. Quality, in perfect condition.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Dahl Jensen 1145 Cocker Spaniel Porcelain Figurine
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Dahl Jensen 1145 cocker spaniel porcelain figurine. Measures 17.5 cm. 1st. factory. In perfect condition.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Bernadotte Thermo Mug Set, 2 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful example of Scandinavian design, these white porcelain thermo mugs combine both form and function whilst retaining a cool and contemporary aesthetic. The fine grooves on t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Cobra Dinnerware Set, 3 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
Organic and sculptural, this white porcelain dinnerware set, comprising of a dinner and lunch plate and a bowl, is the perfect contemporary way of serving food. Echoing the distincti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bernadotte Bowl Set, 4 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
This elegant and understated porcelain bowl - decorated simply with gentle grooves that invite touch - is the perfect all-purpose dish, suitable for everything from breakfast cereal ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bird Figurine from Royal Copenhagen, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Bird figurine from Royal Copenhagen.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Six Bouillon Cups with Saucers, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, white. Six bouillon cups with saucers. 1960s. The cup measures: 10.5 x 8 cm (with lid). Saucer diameter: 15.7 cm. In excellent condition. 1st fac...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Horse Figure, Shetland Pony
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen horse figure, Shetland pony. Decoration number 4611. Designed by Jeanne Grut. Measures: Length 13 cm. Perfect condition. 2nd. assortment.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Girl with Boy Figurine from Bing & Grondhal, 1958
Located in Chorzów, PL
Girl with boy figurine from Bing & Grondhal, 1958.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bernadotte Lunch Plate Set, 4 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
Minimalist yet still with subtle detailing, this small porcelain plate is perfect for lunch and salads. The small ridges add a tactile element that references Bernadotte’s functional...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Sky Mug Set, 2 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
In true Scandinavian style, this set of two mugs combines both striking good looks and absolute functionality. The soft curves of the mug make an aesthetically pleasing form and with...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

1950s Scandinavian Sea Anemone Forms Salt Pepper Sugar Stig Lindberg Gustavsberg
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Rare museum worthy biomorphic pure white 'bone china' salt, pepper, and sugar/cinnamon shakers. Measures: Salt and pepper diameter 1.25 x height: 3 in. Sugar shaker diameter 1.7...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bernadotte Dinnerware Set, 3 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
Presenting your food is an important part of the dining experience and this cool and contemporary porcelain dinnerware set is the perfect solution to stylish serving. Inspired by fun...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rolf Sinnemark, Teapot "The Cube", Rörstrand, 1980s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely teapot of model "The Cube" designed by Rolf Sinnemark at Rörstrand. The teapot is 26 cm (10,4") long and 19 cm (7,6") high. It is in mint condition. This teapot was designed...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Figurine Royal Copenhagen Designed by Knud Kyhn
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine Royal Copenhagen designed by Knud Kyhn.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Lovely Green and Black Art Deco Bowl by Ilse Claesson, Rörstrand
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely bowl designed by Ilse Claesson in the 1930s at Rörstrand, Sweden. It is 23,5 cm in diameter and about 11,5 cm high and in very good condition except from some craquelure in ...
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Blanc de Chine Vase with Nude Young Man and Woman No. 4117
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen blanc de chine vase with nude young man and woman no. 4117. Measures: 23 cm / 9 1/20 inches.
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Vase with Lid, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Royal Copenhagen Lovely Royal Copenhagen porcelain vase, terra cotta and grey crackle glaze with gold trim and decorated lid. With marks on base, Denmark, 1950s Measures: 9 height x ...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Sky Dinnerware Set, 3 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
Minimalist, stylish and very Scandinavian, this white porcelain dinnerware set, comprising of a dinner and lunch plate and a bowl, is the perfect contemporary way of serving food. Ec...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Figure Group of Porcelain, White Ducks, No. 412
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Figure group of porcelain, white ducks, no. 412. C. F. Liisberg. Measures: Height 16 cm, length 31 cm. 1st. Factory quality. In perfect condition.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Vase, circa 1950, Denmark
Located in Brussels, BE
Royal Copenhagen vase, circa 1950, Denmark. Light blue grey crackle glaze porcelain with green and gold details. Stamped and numbered underneath. Dimensions: 14 cm Height, 9 cm diame...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Inkeri Leivo '1944-2010' for Arabia, Harlequin Bowl in Cream-Colored Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Inkeri Leivo (1944-2010) for Arabia. Harlequin bowl in cream-colored porcelain. 1970s. Measures: 23 x 9.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
Category

1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Inkeri Leivo '1944-2010' for Arabia, Eight Harlequin Bowls in Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Inkeri Leivo (1944-2010) for Arabia. Eight Harlequin bowls in cream-colored porcelain. 1970s. Measures: 11.5 x 6.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
Category

1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal Porcelain Noir
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning cylindrical black matte porcelain vase designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal/Siemens, with sublime relief of beaded pearls running down vertical lines, gives an impressio...
Category

1960s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Borzoi, B&G 1814 Borzoi Sitting Sculpture
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bing & Grondahl Borzoi. B&G 1814 Borzoi sitting. Designed by Lauritz Jensen. Measures 23 cm. In perfect condition. 1st. factory quality.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Ulla Procope for Arabia, Three Valencia Plates in Hand-Painted Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ulla procope for Arabia. Three Valencia plates in hand-painted porcelain. 1960s. Diameter: 19.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
Category

1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Twelve Lunch Plates, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto Service, White. Twelve lunch plates. 1960s. Measure: Diameter: 21.2 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality. Designed by Axel Salto in 1956.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

6 Dinner Plates, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, Berså / Bersa Green Leafs
Located in Stockholm, SE
6 dinner plates in porcelain in the very famous pattern Berså designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. They are 24.5 cm in diameter. They are in very good condition, looks like they...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rare Bing & Grondahl / B&G Figurine in Porcelain, Pekingese, Model Number 1637
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rare Bing & Grondahl / B&G figurine in porcelain. Pekingese. Model number 1637. In perfect condition. 1st factory quality. Measures: 22 x 16.5 cm Stamped.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Five Spisa-Legum Dinner Plates in Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg. Five Spisa-Legum dinner plates in glazed porcelain. 1960s. Measure: Diameter: 25 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Ulla Procope for Arabia, Four Valencia Teacups with Saucers in Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ulla Procope for Arabia. Four Valencia teacups with saucers in hand-painted porcelain. 1960s. The cup measures: 7.5 x 4.8 cm. Saucer diameter: 11.5 cm. In excellent condition....
Category

1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Sky Dinner Plate Set, 4 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
At first glance deceptively simple, this white porcelain dinner plate - on closer inspection - reveals itself to have the distinctive organic shape from the Sky collection as its bas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Large Flower Pot Black & Green Art Deco Vase by Ilse Claesson, Rörstrand, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely flower pot designed by Ilse Claesson in the 1930s at Rörstrand, Sweden. This is an items in her very famous "Serie V" where she designed ceramics in black and green. The flo...
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Arabia Coffee Service for Five People in Hand-Painted Porcelain, Mid-20th C
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arabia coffee service for five people in hand-painted porcelain. Finnish design, mid 20th century. Consisting of five coffee cups with saucers, five plates, sugar / cream set and c...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Baby Figurine from Bing & Grondhal, 1979-1983
Located in Chorzów, PL
White porcelain baby Figurine from Bing & Grondhal, Production years: 1979-1983.
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Five Royal Copenhagen and B & G, Bing & Grondahl Porcelain Figurines
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Five Royal Copenhagen and B & G, Bing & Grondahl porcelain figurines. Ducks, goose, three birds. Marked. 1st. factory quality. In perfect condition. Largest figur...
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Large Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Vase, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Royal Copenhagen Large Royal Copenhagen porcelain vase in terra cotta and grey crackle glaze with gold decor. With marks underneath, Denmark, 1950s Measures: 9.5 height x 8.5 diam...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Electric Blue Porcelain Pillar Vase
Located in Helsinki, FI
Pillar-vase takes inspiration from the ancient human-made rock formations. It references the ancient architecture and the human touch in carved stones. The sculptural vase displays f...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bird Figurine from Bing & Grondhal, 1979-1983
Located in Chorzów, PL
Bird figurine from Bing & Grondhal.  
Category

Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Nine Salad Plates, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, white. Nine salad plates. 1960s. Diameter: 17.5 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality. Designed by Axel Salto in 1956.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Inkeri Leivo for Arabia, Harlequin Porcelain Coffee Service
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Inkeri Leivo (1944-2010) for Arabia. Harlequin porcelain coffee service for six people. 1970s. Consisting of six coffee cups with saucers and six plates with turquoise edge. The ...
Category

1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Raija Uosikkinen for Arabia, 9 Ali Porcelain Coffee Cups with Saucers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Raija Uosikkinen for Arabia. 9 Ali porcelain coffee cups with saucers. Blue flower decoration. 1960s. The cup measures: 6.7 x 6.7 cm. Saucer diameter: 12 cm. In excellent condit...
Category

1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Raija Uosikkinen for Arabia, Six Ali Porcelain Coffee Cups with Saucers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Raija Uosikkinen for Arabia. Six Ali porcelain coffee cups with saucers. Brown flower decoration. 1960s. The cup measures: 6.7 x 6.7 cm. Saucer diameter: 12 cm. In excellent con...
Category

1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Tapio Wirkkala Composition Secunda Grey Set 34 Piece
Located in Geneva, CH
Rare coffee and cake set in Rosenthal (Germany) bone china designed by Tapio Wirkkala, Finland 1963. 6 mocha cups with their saucers 6 coffee cups with their saucers Coffee pot M...
Category

1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Number 0856 Dachshund by Lauritz Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen number 0856 Dachshund by Lauritz Jensen. Measures: 19 x 30 cm. In good condition. Two. factory quality.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Anne Marie Trolle for Royal Copenhagen, Rare Collage Serving Tray, Late 20th C.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Anne Marie trolle for Royal Copenhagen. Rare Collage serving tray. Late 20th century. Measures: 46 x 32 x 2.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. 1st factory quality.
Category

Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rare Teapot, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, Berså / Bersa, Green Leafs
Located in Stockholm, SE
A rare teapot in the very famous pattern Berså designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. The pot is made in porcelain with a steel and wooden handle. It is 17,5 cm high (included the...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rolf Sinnemark, Teapot "The Cube", Rörstrand, 1980s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely teapot of model "The Cube" designed by Rolf Sinnemark at Rörstrand. The teapot is 26 cm (10,4") long and 19 cm (7,6") high. It is in mint condition. This teapot was designed...
Category

1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Royal Copenhagen Lustre Glazed Porcelain Dish, 1961
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine vintage Danish Royal Copenhagen porcelain dish of shallow rounded form decorated with an abstract droplet design in silver lustre glazes with similar golden glazes to the unde...
Category

1960s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

10 Bing & Grøndahl Corinth Plates in Porcelain, 1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
10 Bing & Grøndahl Corinth plates in porcelain. 1970s. Measures: 16 x 2.3 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. 2nd factory quality.
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

6 Cups & Saucers, Eira Gold, Arabia, Raija Liisa Uosikkinen, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
6 Espressocups and saucers of model Eira designed by Raija Liisa Uosikkinen at Arabia. The cups are 5,5 cm in diameter at the top and the saucers are 11 cm in diameter. They are all ...
Category

Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Arabia Porcelain Tray Decorated with Kitchen Utensils, Finnish Design
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arabia porcelain tray decorated with kitchen utensils. Finnish design, 1960s / 70s. Measures: 24 x 22 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
Category

1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Wilhelm Kåge for Gustavsberg, Eight Herb Pots in White Glazed Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Wilhelm Kåge for Gustavsberg. Eight herb pots in white glazed porcelain. Swedish design, 1960s. Measures: 8 x 6 cm. In excellennt condition. Stamped.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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