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Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

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
Abstract Ceramic Sculpture, Bo Arenander
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
The intuitive result of an educated dancer, choreographer and large-scale ceramicist transferring his love for the human body into clay. With extensive studies during the mid 70’s in...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Sweden Miniature Boat Sculpture ‘Journey‘
Located in Delft, NL
RARE Kosta Boda ‘Bertil Vallien’ Mini Sculpture BOAT Art glass.Hard to find and very collectible.A wonderful simplistic small sculpture and display of spectral color. This has been d...
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Art Glass Bird Sculpture by Oiva Toikka for Iittala of Finland
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous art glass bird sculpture by Oiva Toikka for Iittala of Finland, circa 1990s. This sculpture is mouth blown and is in great vintage condition with no chips or cracks. The pie...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Wooden Sculpture by Danish Artist Ole Wettergren, 1965
Located in Odense, DK
Large wooden sculpture, made by Danish artist Ole Wettergren in 1965. This is hes first wooden sculpture made. Ole is famous for hes wooden sculptures and he has presented in intern...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

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Wood

Gunnar Nylund "Iller" Stonewear Weasel with Stand for Rörstrand Sweden 1960's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gunnar Nylund "Iller" Stonewear Weasel with stand for Rörstrand Sweden 1960's A beautiful vintage weasel in stoneware by Gunnar Nylund for Ro¨rstrand, Sweden, circa 1960 in perfec...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

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Ceramic, Wood

Ceramic Figurine 'Summer', M21, Designed by Bjørn Wiinblad, 1976
Located in Lejre, DK
Ceramic figurine "Summer", M21, from the series "The Four Seasons" designed by Bjørn Wiinblad. This figurine was made in 1976 and is decorated in blue and white colors.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

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Ceramic

Knud Kyhn Large Unique Ceramic Sculpture, "Struggle For Life", Denmark, 1916
Located in Skanninge, SE
This is one of Knud Kyhn's early masterpieces. This piece is unique and is the only one made! Depicting a bear and a horse in a desperate struggle for life. The sculpture has a bea...
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1910s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Stoneware

Large Ceramic, Stoneware Vase in Bronze Glaze by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
By Axel Salto, Arne Bang, Gertrud Vasegaard
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase in bronze glaze, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artworks and c...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

'Gossip Girl' Bronze Sculpture by Bjørn Wiinblad
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A rare bronze sculpture 'Gossip Girl' by Danish artist Bjørn Wiinblad. The sculpture is a smaller version of the three life size sculptures that are part of the Anatole Art Collectio...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

1960s Finnish Seal Sculpture by Taisto Kaasinen for Arabia
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An uncommon ceramic seal sculpture with painterly red-brown glaze.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Book Ends, Designed by CE Borgström for Ystad Metall AB, Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Book ends, designed by CE Borgström for Ystad Metall AB, Sweden, 1930s. Designed by CE Borgström for Ystad Metall AB, Sweden, 1930s. Patinated bronze. Measures: H 16 cm/ 6...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

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Bronze

Jais Nielsen for Royal Copenhagen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Jais Nielsen ceramic "The Good Samaritan" 1937 made by Royal Copenhagen. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Red-Toned Wooden Sculpture, Swedish Mid Century
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely wooden sculpture designed in Sweden in the midcentury. It is in very good condition except from that one of its legs is repaired. The designer is unknown.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Stoneware

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 Sculptures

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Wood

Danish Modern Stone Figure, "Standing Man", 1980s
Located in Odense, DK
Decorative stone sculpture of a standing / resting figure. Quite large and heavy, with a fine patina. Great object for the modern interior, but can also be used a classic or more Art...
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Stone

Organic Wooden Sculpture by Danish Artist Ole Wettergren, 1990s
Located in Odense, DK
Large wooden sculpture, made by Danish artist Ole Wettergren in 1990s. Ole is famous for hes wooden sculptures and he has been presented in international magazines like ARK Journa...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Porcelain Figurine Royal Copenhagen Designed by Knud Kyhn
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine Royal Copenhagen designed by Knud Kyhn.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Sculpture “Tennisspelare” 'tennis player' by Vicke Lindstrand, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sculpture “Tennisspelare” (tennis player) by Vicke Lindstrand, Sweden, 1950s. Birch. Measures: H 84 cm/ 2' 9 1/2" W 31 cm/ 12 1/4" D 44 cm/ 17 1/4" Base marked with inventor...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

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Birch

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 Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Porcelain Black Bird Figure by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegant porcelain black bird figure with matte black glaze, 1970s. Printed "Rosenthal Germany", Wirkkala signature.
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1970s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Ceramic Sculpture by Mari Simmulson for Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
Ceramic sculpture made by the Swedish-Estonian artist Mari Simmulson. Simmulson came to Sweden as a refugee during the second world war and started her career at Gustavsberg. Shortly...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Wood Nautilus Shell Sculpture
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Mid century sculpture crafted in oak and ash woods with striking precision creating a mind blowing double sided nautilus seashell. Presented on a lucite base.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

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Ash, Oak

Girl with Boy Figurine from Bing & Grondhal, 1958
Located in Chorzów, PL
Girl with boy figurine from Bing & Grondhal, 1958.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Egg in Ceramics by Hans Hedberg, Biot, France
Located in Stockholm, SE
Egg designed by the Swedish ceramicist Hans Hedberg, who lived and worked in Biot, France. This egg is 25 cm (10") high including the stand. It´s in mint condition. Hedberg worked...
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1960s French Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic, Stoneware Vase in Earthen Colored Glaze by Danish Artist Ole Victor
By Arne Bang, Axel Salto, Gertrud Vasegaard
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase in earthen colored glaze, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He creates artwo...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen, Panther with Cub
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen. Glazed stoneware figurine of a panther with young cub, decorated in a stunning sung glaze. Signed KK (Knud Kyhn) and Royal Copenhagen stamp, No. 202...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Stoneware

'Midnight Lantern' Raw White Silk & Brushed Brass Wall Light, Sconce
Located in London, GB
A thoughtful study of soft curves and hard lines make up this Canvas Collection. The Midnight Lantern embraces the pure simplicity of a classic illuminated shape with a contemporary ...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Egg in a Lovely Speckled Glaze, Ceramics by Hans Hedberg, Biot, France
Located in Stockholm, SE
Egg designed by the Swedish ceramicist Hans Hedberg, who lived and worked in Biot, France. This egg is 31,5 cm (12,2") high including the stand. It´s in mint condition. Hedberg wo...
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1960s French Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Swedish Stump Chair in Stained Pine, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Mid-century Swedish stump chair in stained pine. In good vintage and original condition showing beautiful patina. Honorable mentions in similar style include Roland Wilhelmsson, Pi...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Pine

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 Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Extra Large Twirling Bird Polished Wood Sculpture by Jakob Hermann
Located in Viby J, DK
Unique rotating wooden birds, created in the 1950s by the Danish furniture designer and true artist, Jacob Hermann and now being manufactured by Warm Nordic. The Danish-manufactured ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Glazed Ceramic Princess Wall Plaque by Konrad Galaaen, Norway, 1950s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Glazed ceramic princess figure mounted on a pine wall plaque, designed by Konrad Galaaen (1923-2004) and fabricated in the 1950s at Porsgrund Porselænsfabrik (est 1885) in Norway.
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Pine

Danish Knud Kyhn Baby Bear Figurine for Royal Copenhagen
Located in Knebel, DK
Danish Knud Kyhn bear sculpture for Royal Copenhagen The lively bear sculpture of a playing baby bear was created by Knud Kyhn (1880-1969) Knud Kyhn worked for for Royal Copenhage...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Stoneware

Scandinavian Modern Ceramic Vase signed by Mari Simmulson for Uppsala Ekeby 1950
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavian Modern ceramic vase signed by Mari Simmulson for Uppsala-Ekeby. Mari Simmulson, (1911-2000) was born In St Petersburg and moved to Sweden 1944. She has been working for ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Lune Lantern, Raw White Silk and Brushed Brass Wall Light, Sconce
Located in London, GB
A thoughtful study of soft curves and hard lines make up this Canvas Collection. The Lune Lantern embraces the pure simplicity of a classic illuminated shape with a contemporary desi...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Art Glass Bird Sculpture by Oiva Toikka for Iittala of Finland
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous art glass bird sculpture by Oiva Toikka for Iittala of Finland, circa 1990s. This sculpture is mouth blown and is in great vintage condition with no chips or cracks. The pie...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Egg in a Lovely Speckled Orange-Tone Glaze Ceramics by Hans Hedberg Biot, France
Located in Stockholm, SE
Egg designed by the Swedish ceramicist Hans Hedberg, who lived and worked in Biot, France. This egg is 31 cm (12") high including the stand. It´s in very good condition except from s...
Category

1960s French Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic, Stoneware Vase in Blue/Green Glaze by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
By Axel Salto, Arne Bang, Gertrud Vasegaard
Located in Odense, DK
Ceramic vase with glaze in variations of blue and green, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He c...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Mats Jonasson Lead Crystal Figurine ‘Kiwok’ Masqot Serie, 1990's
Located in Delft, NL
This stunning miniature glass sculpture is from Mats Jonassons Masqot range. The crystal block is etched from the back with the design and painted with vibrant organic colours. This ...
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Solid Mixed Woods Hand Carved Bird Sculpture
Located in San Diego, CA
Fabulous MCM hand carved bird sculpture in mixed woods on a rosewood pedestal signed RYO?, circa 1970s. The piece is of exceptionally high quality and attaches to the solid rosewood ...
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Mid-20th Century American Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Teak, Ash, Rosewood

Naiv Scandinavian Ceramic Wall Key Holder by Ole Berg, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Unusual wall mounted key holder in stoneware. Naiv yet skillfully decorated with hedgehogs, keys and a little man in diffrent glazes. Designed and made by Ole Berg in Denmark circa 1...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Large Ceramic, Stoneware Vase by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
By Arne Bang, Axel Salto, Gertrud Vasegaard
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase with glaze in variations of green, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He crea...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Stoneware, Ceramic

Oriental Porcelain Figurine, Bali Woman, No 1136 by Dahl Jensen
Located in Lejre, DK
Oriental porcelain figurine, Bali woman, no 1136 by Dahl Jensen. The figurine is of great quality and in great vintage condition.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Sculpture
Located in Malmo, SE
A wooden sculpture by unknown artist. Signed with “F -57”.
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1950s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Bunch of Grapes, Ceramics by Hans Hedberg, Biot, France
Located in Stockholm, SE
Large bunch of grapes made by Hans Hedberg (1917-2007) Swedish ceramist who had his studio in Biot, near nice in France. Hedberg worked with several famous artists, among Picasso,...
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1960s French Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Awake Snipe Beak Bird Teak Sculpture by Svend-Aage Holm-Sørensen for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
Charming teak birds with beaks and great personality. Manufactured in Denmark and designed by the internationally renowned designer, Svend Aage Holm-Sørensen, who was particularly fa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Oak, Teak

Low Heron Beak Bird Teak Sculpture by Svend-Aage Holm-Sørensen for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
Charming teak birds with beaks and great personality. Manufactured in Denmark and designed by the internationally renowned designer, Svend Aage Holm-Sørensen, who was particularly fa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Oak, Teak

Tall Heron Beak Bird Teak Sculpture by Svend-Aage Holm-Sørensen for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
Charming teak birds with beaks and great personality. Manufactured in Denmark and designed by the internationally renowned designer, Svend Aage Holm-Sørensen, who was particularly fa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Teak, Oak

Midcentury Fire Screen Olle Hermansson, Husqvarna, Cast Iron
Located in Stockholm, SE
Midcentury Swedish fire screen by Olle Hermansson for Husqvarna made in cast iron. It can both be placed either as a fire screen or a sculpture.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Knud Kyhn, Sung Glazed Ceramic Monkey for Royal Copenhagen, 1927, Denmark
Located in Berlin, DE
Knud Kyhn, very nice 'Sung' glazed ceramic monkey. Executed and signed by Royal Copenhagen in 1927. Great glaze and 1stquality. No damages or repairs.  
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1920s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

PH Grand Piano PH186 Excellence Edition, Black Leather and Chrome Details
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. The Poul Henningsen-designed PH Grand Piano...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Chrome

Large Ceramic, Stoneware Vase in Bronze Glaze by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
By Arne Bang, Axel Salto, Gertrud Vasegaard
Located in Odense, DK
Large ceramic vase in variations of dark bronze glaze, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He cre...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Large Green Glazed Ceramic Bear by Johgus Bornholm, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Green glazed ceramic bear figure made by ceramic art studio Johgus, on the Island of Bornholm, Denmark. Studio founded in 1944 by Johannes M. Pedersen and Gustav Ottosen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Lazy Snipe Beak Bird Teak Sculpture by Svend-Aage Holm-Sørensen for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
Charming teak birds with beaks and great personality. Manufactured in Denmark and designed by the internationally renowned designer, Svend Aage Holm-Sørensen, who was particularly fa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Teak, Oak

Ceramic, Stoneware Vase in Blue / Green Glaze by Danish Artist Ole Victor, 2021
By Arne Bang, Axel Salto, Gertrud Vasegaard
Located in Odense, DK
Ceramic vase with glaze in variations of blue and green, made by Danish artist Ole Victor, 2021. Ole Victor is a Danish artist who attended Art Academy between 1975 and 1980. He c...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda. Unique Glass Block with Reindeer
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Vicke Lindstrand (1904-1983) for Kosta Boda. Unique glass block in blue-green mouth-blown art glass decorated with reindeer. 1960s. Measures: 18 x 16 cm. Depth: 6.5 cm. In excel...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg Studiohand. Rare horse in glazed ceramics.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg Studiohand. Rare horse in hand-painted and glazed ceramics. Mid-20th century. Measures: 16 x 13 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda. Unique Glass Block, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Vicke Lindstrand (1904-1983) for Kosta Boda. Unique glass block in blue-green mouth-blown art glass. Decorated with Sami hunting reindeer. 1960s. Measures: 19.5 x 15.5 cm. Dept...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

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