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Scandinavian Modern Boxes

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
Sky Box Stainless Steel, Low
Located in New York, NY
This striking stainless steel box gives you a piece of useable sculpture to add to a tabletop or desk. Use in the hallway to hold keys and coins or maybe on a desk for paperclips, bu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Boxes

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Steel

Sky Box Stainless Steel, Tall
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural and organic, this beautiful stainless-steel box has a tactile quality that invites touch. It makes for an unusual and striking addition to a hallway table, perhaps holding...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Boxes

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Steel

Pair of "Saxbo" Stoneware Humidors / Tobacco Jars by Erik Rahr, 1930s
By Erik Rahr, Saxbo
Located in Odense, DK
Charming pair of humidors / tobacco jars made in the 1930s by Erik Rahr for "Saxbo", Copenhagen. Stoneware decorated with haresfur glazing in earth colors. Stamped by maker.
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

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Stoneware

Pewter Case from Svenskt Tenn
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegant pewter case from Svenskt Tenn, in a simple, clean design. Sophisticated, stylized paw feet.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Pewter

Danish Modern Solid Teak Tambour Door Box
Located in San Diego, CA
Danish modern solid teak tambour door trinket box, beautiful well crafted box desk top great for small storage. With roll top.  
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Boxes

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Teak

Danish Modern Solid Teak Tambour Door Storage Box
Located in San Diego, CA
Danish modern solid teak tambour door storage box, circa 1970s. This beautiful well crafted desk top box is great for small storage; the piece can work stand alone or be mounted on a...
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20th Century Thai Scandinavian Modern Boxes

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Teak

Pewter Jar by Estrid Ericson, Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1959
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely pewter jar by Estrid Ericson, in a cylinder form. Brass rims around the edges, adorned with an elevated, green agate stone in a knob form.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Pewter

Pewter Jar by Estrid Ericson, Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1956
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful pewter jar by Estrid Ericson, in a cylinder form. Brass rims around the edges, adorned with a large, oval agate stone. Dark red tones.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Agate, Pewter

Danish Modern Solid Teak Dovetail Multiuse Box with Drawer
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful handmade solid teak box with drawer, circa 1980s simple and elegant well made dovetail great quality.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Teak

Anna Petrus, Pewter box, Firma Svenskt Tenn, 1929
Located in Stockholm, SE
Box with decor of a lion, brass and pewter. Designed by Anna Petrus for Firma Svenskt Tenn. Marked C8 = 1929.   
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Brass, Pewter

Bronze Case from Oscar Antonsson, Sweden, 1920s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegant bronze case from Oscar Antonsson, in heavy quality. Beautiful decor of a reclining woman, lovely attention to detail. Wood dressed inside.
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

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Bronze

Swedish Grace Pewter Jar with Elephant by Sylvia Stave, C. G Hallberg, 1938
Located in Hägersten, SE
Lidded jar model no. 3970 designed by Sylvia Stave in 1930-1931. Produced in Stockholm by C. G. Hallberg in 1938. Made from pewter. Very good vintage condition with few signs of wear...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

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Pewter

Flower Pot in Rosewood of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Flower pot in rosewood of Danish design from the 1960s. The item is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

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Rosewood

Beebee, Modern Scandinavian Design Wooden Jar
Located in Halikko, Finland
The Beebe -Designed by Hanna Anonen, this wooden box is the perfect gift for yourself or someone special. It comes in different sizes. Inspired by the Fabergé eggs, this bulbous egg ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Boxes

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Birch

Gefle, Vase or Bottle, Green-Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green-glazed earthenware vase or bottle, with a stopper. Design and production attributed to Gefle, Sweden, 1930s.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Earthenware

Scandinavian Cigar Box in Rosewood, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A handmade box for cigarettes and /or cigars. Its made from solid rosewood and displays beautiful craftsmanship with its rounded of edges and particularly to the carved and lid-opene...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Rosewood

Danish Rosewood Box by Alfred Klitgaard
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An impeccable and spare hand crafted lidded box made of richly grained Brazilian rosewood.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Rosewood

Pewter Jar from GAB, Sweden, 1930
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegant pewter jar from GAB, in a strict cylinder form with a pattern of stripes. Nice even patina.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Pewter

Jewelry Box with Nude Nymph Handle in Pewter, GAB Sweden 1934
Located in Hägersten, SE
Jewelry box with lid produced in Stockholm by GAB in 1934. Made from solid pewter with mirror on the inside of the lid. Decorated with a nude nymph as the lids handle. Good vintage c...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Pewter

Hans Hansen Box in Rosewood and Silver Inlays Produced in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare box in rosewood with silver inlays designed by Hans Hansen. Produced in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Silver

Hans Hansen Decorative Box Produced in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare decorative box designed by Hans Hansen. Produced in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Scandinavian Modern Wood Box
Located in New York, NY
A round Scandinavian Modern teak wood box with lid, circa mid-20th century, Scandinavia. A great piece for a desk, vanity, closet area, etc. Dimensions: 5" diameter x 4" height (to t...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Teak

Plizè Medium, Scandinavian Modern Design Box with Hanna Anonen
Located in Halikko, Finland
The Plizé box - serrated surface balanced with a spherical knob is an eyecatcher like no other. Irresistible color combinations make this box a centerpiece of any space.
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Oak

Scandinavian Modern Cigar Box by Knud Albert, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Along with Alfred Klitgaard Knud Albert is regarded as one of the most prolific wood artist of the 1960s. Although KA is mostly known for his strange modernist sculptures this rare b...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Bone, Wood

Pewter Jar Depicting Pan by Nils Fougstedt for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1944
Located in Stockholm, SE
Amazing pewter jar by Nils Fougstedt, adorned with a flute playing, crosslegged Pan figurine. The tiny flute is made from brass. Beautifully sculpted figurine with attention to detai...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Pewter

Vintage Rosewood and Brass Trinket Jewelry Box, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A beautifully crafted rosewood box with brass sides and pin-inlays to its star-perforated lid. Despite its Arabic inspired lid it was in fact made in Scandinavia during the 1960s. A ...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Brass

Danish Modern Small Tambour Teak Box
Located in San Diego, CA
Danish modern small tambour teak box, circa 1970s. The box is in very good vintage condition and measures 6" W x 5.75" D x 4.5" H. #2165.     
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Teak

Alfred Klitgaard & Bodil Eje Decorative Box, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Danish decorative wooden jewelry box with felt inlayed compartments and a loose tray in beautiful solid wood. The box was designed by Alfred Klitgaard and Bodil Eje and is in excel...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Enamel, Copper

Alfred Klitgaard Handcrafted Box in Rosewood and Enamel by Alfred Klitgaard
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare handcrafted box designed by Alfred Klitgaard. Produced by Alfred Klitgaard in Denmark.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Enamel

Scandinavian Modern Vanity Box
Located in New York, NY
A great Scandinavian Modern style Dansk teak wood vanity box with lid, circa 20th century. An oblong, sleek piece that can hold jewelry or other small items (maybe paperclips or othe...
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Late 20th Century Thai Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Wood, Teak

Handcrafted Leather Box Organizer, by August Sandgren for Fredericia
Located in Lebanon, LB
August Sandgren, masters of traditional box making techniques dating back a century, handcrafts every single Leather Box using high-end using leather remnants, which is a natural par...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Leather

Lovely Swedish Brass and Wood Casket by Ystad Metall 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rectangular and practical brass casket made by Ystad Metall Sweden in the 1940s. Perfect for small items like jewelry, coins, keys, cards etc. Wooden bottom plate inside the casket. ...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Brass

Bog Wood Jewelry Box Primitive Cave Man Daeodon Hunt Sterling Inlay, Midcentury
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Paleolithic hunting scene on wooden segmented jewelry/cigarette box. Fully functional, hinges work smoothly.
Category

1950s Unknown Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Bog Wood

Hans Hansen Rosewood Lighter with Sterling Silver Inlay
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans Hansen (1884-1940) was a Danish silversmithy. He opened his own smithy and shop in Kolding, Denmark in 1906. Starting out Hans Hansen made his name producing silver flatware of ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Pair of Mid-20th Century Swedish Pine Ammo Boxes
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Pair of mid-20th century Swedish pine ammo boxes, circa 1950. Great talking point solution to storage. Useful for storage. Partially fitted with pine partitions which would ben...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Pine

Pewter Jar by Estrid Ericson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegant pewter jar by Estrid Ericson, with beautiful matte patina. Rim and lid decorated with a subtle pattern. Handle wound with blonde rattan for a nice contrast.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Pewter

Rosewood Trinket Box by Sowe Sweden
By SOWE
Located in Garnerville, NY
Nicely figured Rosewood box by Sowe of Sweden. Fully signed on the bottom. Good overall condition. Circa 1960. Approximately 4.63" deep x 4.63" wide x 2.13" high.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Rosewood

Teak Jewelry Box
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A handcrafted jewelry box with a mirrored lid and a single treasure drawer, all executed in teak.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Teak, Mirror

"Carrara" Lided Ceramic Jar by Wilhelm Kåge, Gustavsberg, 1940s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Lidded jar from the "Carrara" series designed by Wilhelm Kåge. Produced in Sweden by Gustavsberg during the 1940s. This example made from Carrara ware without glaze. Possibly test ex...
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Palaset Palanox Modular Storage Box Set of 3, White, Red, Finland, 1972
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Palaset Palanox modular storage box set of 3, white, red, Finland, 1972 Palaset Palanox, multicolored stackable boxes that allow you to build your own shelf, only produced...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Metal

Hans Hansen Decorative Box Produced in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare decorative box designed by Hans Hansen. Produced in Denmark.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen Decorative Box Produced in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare decorative box designed by Hans Hansen. Produced in Denmark.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Temple of Apollo Pewter box from Herman Bergman, Sweden, 1939
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful pewter box from Herman Bergman, adorned with a strict pewter rectangle on top. Beautiful execution. The images depicted are from the Bassai (sometimes spelled Bassae) Fr...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Pewter

Set of Two Vintage Danish Modern Rosewood Boxes with Sterling Inlays, 1960s
Located in Krefeld, DE
Two beautiful boxes from the 1960s made of wood with sterling silver inlays. You could use it for little things like jewelry or small accessories. Price for two boxes with silver i...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Vintage Hans Hansen Wood and Sterling Silver Matchbox 1950s Made in Denmark
Located in Krefeld, DE
Beautiful Hans Hansen (1884-1940) matchbox with Silver inlay from the 1950s Made in Denmark. Price for one box.  
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1950s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Silver

Vintage Scholz & Lammel Modernist Wood Box Enamel Made in Germany
Located in Krefeld, DE
Beautiful Scholz & Lammel boxe from the 1960s made of wood with enamel top. You could use it for cigaretts, little things like jewelry or small accessories. Price for one box.  
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1960s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Enamel

Pewter Box by Nils Fougstedt for Svenskt Tenn
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely pewter box by Nils Fougstedt, with velvet dressed inside. Lid decorated with an imaginative sea horse and brass rim.
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Pewter

Alfred Klitgaard & Bodil Eje Decorative Box, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Maastricht, NL
A decorative wooden box with enamel (white, blue, purple, turquoise and transparent) on a copper lid, designed by Alfred Klitgaard and Bodil Eje. It has three compartments inside and...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Copper, Enamel

Wooden and Enamel Alfred Klitgaard Desk Top Storage Box
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Scandinavian Modern wooden desk top storage box by Alfred Klitgaard. The piece was originally designed as a humidor box and has an enamel decorated top. Signed by Klitgaard and ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Enamel

Pair of Wood and Enamel Alfred Klitgaard Desk Top Storage Boxes
Located in Maastricht, NL
A pair of Scandinavian Modern wooden desk top storage boxes with a lid by Alfred Klitgaard. These pieces were originally designed as cigar boxes and have an enamel decoration op top,...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Enamel

Rare Hans Hansen Double Box in Rosewood with Sterling Silver Inlay
Located in Münster, DE
An incredibly finely crafted box made of fine wood with sterling silver inlays including original note with care instructions in very good condition. It is extremely rare to find a H...
Category

1850s Danish Antique Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

Alfred Klitgaard Rosewood Box Danish
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Alfred Klitgaard rosewood box Danish. Nice Danish modern.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Bodil Eje Rosewood Trinket Box with Inlaid Ceramic Tile
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A masterfully crafted rosewood trinket box with a colorful green and red ceramic tile inset in the lid.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Ceramic, Rosewood

Hans Bunde for Cohr. Egg Shaped Money Box in Stainless Steel, Danish Design
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Bunde for Cohr. Egg shaped money box in stainless steel. Danish design, 1970s. Stamped. In good condition. Measures: 9.5 x 5 x 5.5 cm.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Wooden Midcentury Case by Alfred Klitgaard
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rosewood case by Alfred Klitgaard, in a sleek design with an amazing graphic pattern of different color wood on the lid.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Rosewood

Danish Modern Rare Lucite Top and Rosewood Base Box
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare and beautiful brutalist design on solid Lucite top box, and solid rosewood base, one of a kind piece of unknown designer.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Lucite, Rosewood

Huge Hans Hansen Rosewood Box with Sterling Silver Inlay
Located in Copenhagen, DK
This is the largest box we have seen from Hans Hansen. Hans Hansen (1884-1940) was a Danish silversmithy. He opened his own smithy and shop in Kolding, Denmark in 1906. Starting o...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Rutebo Leksand, Sweden, Large Money Box in Shape of a Camel in Glazed Stoneware
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rutebo Leksand, Sweden. Large money box in shape of a camel in glazed stoneware/ ceramics. 1970s. In very good condition. Stamped. Measuring: 30 x 20 cm.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Boxes

Materials

Stoneware

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