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Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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 the revolutionary architect and furniture innovator 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, a stylistic maverick and maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Verner 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
Bjørn Wiinblad '1918-2006', Denmark. Large Figure / Candlestick. Rider on Horse
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006), Denmark. Large unique figure / candlestick in hand-painted ceramics. Rider on horseback. Dated 1963. Measures: 39 x 30 cm. In excellent condition. Sign...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Rosewood Planter by Aksel Kjersgaard, Mid-Century Danish Modern, circa 1960s
Located in Decatur, GA
Rare rosewood planter designed by Aksel Kjersgaard for Vinde Mobelfabrik, Denmark circa 1960s. Clean modern lines featuring Kjersgaard's signature chamfered legs. Intended for indoor...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Rosewood

High Blue Vase, Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, Mid Century Vintage 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A vase in a lovely shape designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane at Rörstrand in the mid century with a perfect blue glaze, the vase is 31.5 cm high and in mint condition. Carl-Harry Stå...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Stoneware Vase by Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware vase by Stig Lindberg, in a small, onion shaped form. Blue glaze with subtle stripes, brown around the mouth.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

Eva Jancke-Björk Vase Produced by Bo Fajans Gefle
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare ceramic vase with lid designed by Eva Jancke-Björk. Produced by Bo Fajans Gefle, Made in Sweden.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Upsala-Ekeby, Vase, Green and Orange-Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green and orange, glazed earthenware vase designed and produced by Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden, c. 1940s.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Earthenware

Scandinavian Brass Serpentine Candlestick for Illums Bolighus Denmark
Located in Vienna, AT
This elegant and curvaceous brass candlestick was manufactured and retailed by Illums Bolighus in Denmark. Concerning the Designer others often attribute it to Carl Aubock, but with ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Sweden Halfboat ”Stand Tall”, 1990’s
Located in Delft, NL
Dimensions: 7,5cm H, 4cm W, 4cm D. Condition: Mint Period: 1990’s Producer: Kosta Boda Origin: Sweden Designer: Bertil Vallien.
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Sweden Mini Sculpture Circle ”Round About”, 1990’
Located in Delft, NL
Dimensions: 6cm 6, 6cm W, 2,5cm d Condition: Mint Period: 1990’s Producer: Kosta Boda Origin: Sweden Designer: Bertil Vallien.
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

1920s Danish Ceramic Vase by Herman Kähler
Located in Örebro, SE
This is the 1920s Danish xx cm high ceramic vase by Herman Kähler. It comes with a baluster shaped body, high glossy surface and warm, very deep brown and green color on a cream whi...
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1920s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Beautiful Vase Created by Swedish Ceramic Artist Claes Thell
Located in Stockholm, SE
A vase. Produced and designed by Claes Thell, in the Artist's studio, in Höganäs, Sweden. Stoneware. Glazed in different brown colors. Signed Thell. Exhibitions: Östasiatiska Muse...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

1930s Bronze Vase by Sune Bäckström, Sweden, Art Deco
Located in Hägersten, SE
Bronze vase designed and made by Sune Bäckström in Malmö Sweden. Model no. 9020. Made sometime during the 1930s. Heavy thick bronze. Very good vintage condition with few signs of age...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Bjørn Wiinblad, Denmark, Unique Seasons Figure in Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006), Denmark. Unique Seasons figure in hand-painted ceramics. "Autumn" in green. Dated 2000. Measures: 33 x 13.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed and ...
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Lovely Brown Glazed Vase, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely brown vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand in the 1950s. The vase is 17.5 cm high and in mint condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Just Andersen, Vase, Disko Metal, Denmark, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A disko metal fluted vase designed and produced by Just Andersen, Denmark, c. 1930s.  
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

X-Large Massive Solid Teak Salad Bowl Designed by Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and rare X-large staved teak salad bowl designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, circa the 1980s. The piece is in great condition recently oiled.
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20th Century Thai Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Teak

Tapio Wirkkala, Set of Six Silver "Trumpetti" Candlesticks, Kultakeskus, Finland
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala, set of six silver "Trumpetti" Candlesticks, Kultakeskus, Finland Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland-1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wir...
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1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Silver

1960s Swedish Modern Ceramic Dish by Rorstrand Attr. Carl Harry Stalhane
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Attributed to Carl Harry Stalhane, this dish by Rorstrand Sweden is the epitome of 1960s Swedish Modern design. Glazed in blue with a light blue starburst pattern, it is the perfect ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

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. 1970. Measures: 33.5 x 12 cm. In perfect condition. All 4 figures from the "Seasons" in stock.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Ewald Dahlskog Vase with soft form, Bo Fajans, Scandinavian Modern
Located in New York, NY
Swedish Art Deco with soft fabric like folds by Ewald Dahlskog, for Bo Fajans. Signed on bottom, made circa 1930’s. Measures: Height: 6”, Diameter: 4”.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

1950s Large Danish Orange Centerpiece Fruit Table Bowl Mid-Century
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A wonderful 1950s mcm pop of color for any interior with a real design heritage behind it, by Herbert Krenchel for Krenit of Denmark. Massive at 15 inches in diameter.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Enamel, Steel

Mid-Century Scandinavian Stig Lindberg Reptil Matte White Vase
Located in San Diego, CA
Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg Reptil ceramic matte white vase. It retains the original labels on the bottom.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Paul Hoff for Swedish Glass, Six Birds in Art Glass, WWF, 1980s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Paul Hoff for Swedish glass. Six birds in art glass. WWF. 1980s. Largest measures: 9 x 6.5 cm. In perfect condition. Stamped.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

Pair of 'Hull' Vases Ikebana Vases, by Michael Bang for Holmegaard, Denmark
Located in Utrecht, NL
Pair of mouth blown clear glass Hull (hole) vases, designed by Michael Bang for Holmegaard Denmark, 1970s. Produced between 1973-1978. Vases are executed with multiple holes to plac...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Hans Agne Jakobsson Scandinavian Modern Brass and Glass Candle holders, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Elegant pair of candleholders in brass and beautiful light pink glass by Swedish designer Hans Agne Jakobsson. These candlesticks were manufactured by Swedish company "Markaryd" in t...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Crystal

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 Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood

Pierre Forsell Set of 3 Small Brass Tulip Candleholders - Skultuna Sweden 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pierre Forsell Set of 3 Small Brass Tulip Candleholders - Skultuna Sweden 1970s Set of 3 tulip candlesticks by Pierre Forsell for Skultuna, Sweden, 1970s. Solid brass Small set. ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Brass Candleholders, Denmark 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Set of two Scandinavian midcentury modern design brass candleholders, Denmark circa 1950s. Please note that the items are original of the period and this shows normal signs of age a...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Set of Five Underlay Glass "Sommerso" Vases by Gunnar Nylund, Strömbergshyttan
Located in Hägersten, SE
Set of five "Sommerso" vases designed by Gunnar Nylund and Asta Strömberg. Produced by Strömbergshyttan in Sweden during the 1950s. Hand blown with underlay glass technique. Good vin...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

Scandinavian Holmegaard Mid-Century Modern Design Blue Glass Vase Bottle, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Blue glass Scandinavian bottle or vase produced by Holmegaard, made in Denmark, 1960s Please note that the vase is original of the period and this shows normal signs of age and us...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Arne Bang (1901-1983), Denmark. Bowl / vase in glazed ceramics. Mid-20th C.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arne Bang (1901-1983), Denmark. Miniature bowl / vase in glazed ceramics. Fluted body and beautiful glaze in sand shades. Mid-20th century Measures: 7 x 6 cm. In excellent conditi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Collect Candle Holder SC59 H18 by Space Copenhagen for &Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Inspired by the striking simplicity of Doric columns found in Ancient Greece, this gleaming brushed brass candleholder is a sculptural addition to the home. It is the biggest of the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Bjørn Wiinblad, Denmark, Unique Bird for Hanging in Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006), Denmark. Unique bird for hanging in hand-painted and glazed ceramics. 1970's. Measures: 17 x 12 cm. In excellent condition.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Just Andersen Candelabra, Pewter, Denmark, 1933-1935
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Just Andersen - Scandinavian Modern A sculptural Just Andersen candelabra model 1453, two-armed, rectangular footed, in matte pewter. Manufactured in Denmark 1933-35, stamped J...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Pewter

Scandinavian Modern Swedish Brass Wall Candle Sconce, ca. 1960s Sweden
Located in New York, NY
A brass Scandinavian Modern Swedish wall candle sconce, circa mid-20th century, 1960s, Sweden. With maker's mark and origin mark on back as shown in images #9 and 10. Dimensions: 5.5...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Vintage Scandinavian Bull Sculpture in Brass, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Scandinavian figurine or small sculpture of a young bull. It is made from cast brass and shows great details and rich patina consistent with its age. Measurements: W/L: 19 cm, H: 12....
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1960s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Per Lütken for Holmegaard, Turquoise Vase in Mouth-Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Per Lütken for Holmegaard. Turquoise vase in mouth-blown art glass. Model Number 18648. 1960's. Measures: 14.5 x 13 cm. In excellent condition. Incised signature and model number.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

Rörstrand Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Design Ceramic Vase, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern design ceramic vase designed by Rörstrand with matte glaze, Sweden, 1950s.
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1650s Danish Antique Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Tapio Wirkkala, Sterling Silver Dish, Model TW 100, Kultakeskus, Finland, 1963
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala - sterling silver dish, model TW 100 - Kultakeskus Oy, Finland, 1963 Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland-1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wir...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

Bird Figurine from Royal Copenhagen, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Bird figurine from Royal Copenhagen.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Porcelain

Vases "Tobo", Designed by Erich and Ingrid Triller, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
Stoneware vases in dark-blue and speckled green glaze by Erich and Ingrid Triller, Tobo, Sweden, 1950s. The ceramic design specialists Erich and Ingrid Triller, German by origin, Ba...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

Pewter Vase by Sylvia Stave for GAB, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Round pewter vase by Sylvia Stave, with decorative handles on the sides. Smooth design with horizontal stripes. Sober and elegant.     
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Pewter

Arthur Percy for Gullaskruf, Veckla Vase in Light Blue Mouth Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arthur Percy for Gullaskruf. Veckla vase in light blue mouth blown art glass. Wavy shape, Sweden, mid-20th century. Measures: 13.5 x 12.5 cm. In very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

Gunnar Nylund "ARO" Medium Stoneware Bowl by Rorstrand, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gunnar Nylund "ARO" medium stoneware bowl by Rorstrand, Sweden, 1960s Measures: Height 3 1/4" (8cm) Width 6 1/4" (16cm) Depth 4 3/4" (12cm) Incised "R (Three Crowns) Sweden ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

Jar Produced by GAB in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Pewter jar. Produced by GAB in Sweden.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Pewter

Erik Höglund, Candelabra, Four-Armed, Kosta Boda, 1960s-1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A four-armed floor candelabra, designed by Erik Höglund for Kosta Boda. Made in iron, blue glass and glass with motifs. 1960s-1970s.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

Arne Bang, Vase, Brown Stoneware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brown stoneware vase designed and produced by Arne Bang, Sweden, 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

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 Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Terracotta Sculpture by David Wretling, Sweden, 1940s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Sculpture titled "Unga ur Molnet" by Swedish artist David Wretling. Made from Terracotta, circa 1940s. Signed David Wretling, 10-10. Good condition, without damages. David Ot...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Terracotta

Cast Iron Garden Urn Designed by Ivar Johnsson/3 available
Located in Long Island City, NY
Cast iron garden urn designed by Ivar Johnsson (1885-1970) for Näfveqvarns Bruk, Sweden, circa 1930th. 3 urns available, price is for each.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

Pair of Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Skohg Sterling Paintings on Swedish Stones
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Wonderful pair of rare studio craft Scandinavian collectibles.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stone

Six Brass Star Candleholders Designed by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Six candleholders, brass stars, designed by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna, Sweden, 1960s. Bottom with maker's mark and signature.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Large Decorative Bowl / Tray in the Manner of Johnny Mattsson
Located in Malmo, SE
Large decorative bowl / tray in the manner of Johnny Mattsson. Probably produced in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Lacquer, Wood

Nils Thorsson Royal Copenhagen Mirco Bud Vase Double Gourd Danish Midcentury
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Rare small vase. Excellent condition, no damage. Measures: Height 3 3/4" (9.5 cm), width 2 1/8" (5.5 cm) Painted "21399", three waves, "NT" monogram. Printed "Denmark U".
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Porcelain

Earth Colored Stoneware Dish / Plate by Jens von der Lippe, Norway, 1970s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Stoneware dish / plate made by Norwegian ceramic artist Jens von der Lippe. Earth colored wabi-sabi style.
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

Pensive Bird Desk Accessory
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A pensive bird pen and note holder crafted from birch.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Birch

Vase Designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane for Designhuset, Sweden, 1980s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vase designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane for Designhuset, Sweden, 1980s Measure: H 37 cm/ 14 1/2".
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

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