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Scandinavian Modern Vases

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
Vintage Mid-Century Patinated Bronze Vase, GAB, Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful 1930s bronze vase, hand cast at Guldsmedsaktiebolaget, GAB, and finished with a beautiful shifting moss green patina. GAB was founded in Stockholm in 1867 and was an imp...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Bronze

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 Vases

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Ceramic

Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala. Vase in clear mouth blown art glass. Finnish design
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala. Vase in clear mouth-blown art glass. Finnish design, 1960s. Measures: 24.5 x 17 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Large White Vase, "Surrea" by Wilhelm Kåge, Gustavsberg, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely, large vase of model Surrea designed by Wilhelm Kåge at Gustavsberg in the 1940s. It is 45.5 cm high and in very good condition except from some minor marks in the glaze and...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

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 Vases

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Glass

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 Vases

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Ceramic

Unique Scandinavian Modern Ceramic Vase by Josef Ekberg for Gustavsberg
Located in New York, NY
Unique Scandinavian Modern hand thrown and painted ceramic vase by Josef Ekberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden. The vase depicts a boat carved as a serpents body at sea. Circa 1930. Meas...
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Early 20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Striped Scandinavian Modern Stoneware Pieces, 1970s, Group of 3
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Matching lot of 3 striped Scandinavian stoneware pieces. Two vases and a dish/bowl. Diffrent Scandinavian female designers: Hanne Busch, Bodil Manz and one unidentified piece. Measu...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

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 Vases

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Art Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Amber Glass Vases
Located in London, GB
A pair of mid-century amber glass vases of rich colour and tapering form.
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Glass

Blue Ceramic Vase, Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg 1961 - Scandinavian Modern
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely blue vase designed by Berndt Friberg at Gustavsberg in Stockholm, the vase is 9.5 cm high with a lovely harfur glase. It ´s marked as on picture and was made in 1961 and it ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Eva Jancke-Bjork Ceramic Vase for Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1940s
Located in Maastricht, NL
A ceramic vase by Eva Jancke-Bjork for Bo Fajans, Sweden. The vase has blue decorations of fish, algae etc. The lid is decorated with a dolphin figure. The vase is signed by Jancke-...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund Chamotte Vase by Rörstrand, "Hedgehog Vase", 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Design Gunnar Nylund, produced by Rörstrand. Stamped. Excellent condition.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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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 Vases

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Pewter

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 Vases

Materials

Ceramic

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 Vases

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Art Glass

Gunnar Nylund Ceramic Floor Vase Produced by Rörstrand in Sweden
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare ceramic floor vase designed by Gunnar Nylund. Produced by Rörstrand in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Eva Jancke-Björk Vase Produced by Bo Fajans Gefle
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
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 Vases

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Ceramic

Bertil Vallien Kosta Boda Sweden "Fenicio" Glass Vase
Located in Bochum, NRW
Baluster vase "Fenicio", circa 1970. Design: Bertil Vallien. Execution: Kosta Boda. Transparent body light green glass round decorated with dark green spirals and opaq...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Glass

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 Vases

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Ceramic

Kaj Franck, Art-Glass Object, Model Kf 304, Nuutajärvi-notsjö Finland circa 1967
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Kaj Franck, Art-glass object, model KF 304, Nuutajärvi-Notsjö Finland circa 1967 Artist: Kaj Franck (Vyborg, Finland 1911-Santorini, Greece 1989) was an influential Finnish desig...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Cut Glass

Scandinavian Modern Flygsfors Coquille Vase
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This Kedelv vase is sold individually, but we have two other items available in the same color. Professional, skilled furniture restoration is an integral part of what we do every...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Glass

1960s Arabia Glazed White "Rice" Porcelain Vase by Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg
Located in Knebel, DK
White porcelain vase by Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg for Arabia. Round base flares to rounded four-sider rim. Hand-cut transparent pattern and incised marks: Arabia, FHKJ, Finland.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Porcelain

Nittsjö, Vase, Green Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A ceramic vase by Nittsjö. Produced in Sweden, 1940s. Signed. In a highly artistic green glaze. Features a sculptural handgrip.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

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 Vases

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Art Glass

Crafted Glass Forest Vase Sc67 by Space Copenhagen for &Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Crafted from glass, this vase play with the material’s transparency to create a rippled, liquid-like effect. It is part of Collect series, a curated line of beautifully crafted sof...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Glass

Black Vase Caolina, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, 1950-1960s, Scandinavian Modern
Located in Stockholm, SE
A black vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand of model Caolina, the vase is 31.5 cm high and it is in mint condition. Gunnar Nylund was born in Paris 1904 with parents who wor...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Vintage Scandinavian Stoneware Vase, Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful stoneware vase by Berndt Friberg, in an elegant apple form. Hare’s fur glaze in nuances of blue. Berndt Friberg was a Swedish ceramicist, renowned for his stoneware vase...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

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 Vases

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Ceramic

Vintage Mid-Century Vase by Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg, Arabia, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware vase by Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg, large and voluminous, glazed with amazing, deep red oxblood glaze. Beautiful variation of the glaze around the body.
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Brown Vase with Handle, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, 1950s, Mid Century Vintage
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely white vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand of model Caolina, the vase is 31 cm (12.4") high. It´s in excellent condition and marked as 1st quality. Gunnar Nylund w...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Michael Andersen Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Green Ceramic Vases, 1940s
Located in Modena, IT
Set of two Scandinavian ceramic vases designed by Danish artist Michael Andersen & Son, signature engraved on the bottom, 1940s Dimension big vase: diameter 15 cm, height 18 cm Dime...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

1990's Filigree Art Glass Carafe 'Bon Bon' by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful and very recognizable filigree art glass carafe designed by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda in the 1990's model 'Bon Bon'. Allover in very good condition.
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Ystad Metall, Small Vase, Brass, Sweden, c. 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass small vase designed and produced by Ystad Metall, Sweden, circa 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Brass

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

Materials

Ceramic

Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala, Vase in Clear Art Glass, Finnish Design, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala. Vase in clear art glass. Finnish design, 1960s. In very good condition. Measures: 18 x 14 cm. Sticker.   
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Upsala Ekeby, Vase, Orange and Beige-Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A beige and with an orange sculptural floral ornamentation glazed earthenware vase produced by Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden, 1940s.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Earthenware

Vicke Lindstrand Glass Vases Produced by Kosta in Sweden
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Pair of glass vases designed by Vicke Lindstrand. Produced by Kosta in Sweden. Signed ‘Kosta 01828 VL'.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Ewald Dahlskog, Vase, Glazed Incised Ceramic, Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare vase. Designed by Ewald Dahlskog, produced by Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1940s. Marked.  
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

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 Vases

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Ceramic

Upsala-Ekeby, Beige and Red-Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A beige and red glazed earthenware vase designed and produced by Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden, 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Earthenware

Artist Signed EtcheBengt Edenfalk Skrufd Crystal Vase Swedish Modern
Located in San Diego, CA
A beautiful signed by crystal Bengt Edenfalk Skruf vase was made in Sweden during the 1970s in a Mid-Century Modern style. excellent condition no chips or cracks, nice etching on bot...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Crystal

Unique Gray Stoneware Vase, Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, Mid Century Vintage
Located in Stockholm, SE
A unique vase designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane at Rörstrand, it´s 7 cm high and in mint condition. It is a unique vas and this one was made in 1966 as you can see on the signature. ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Gray Round, Cylindric Vase "Sarek", Olle Alberius, Rörstrand, 1970s, Ceramic
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large gray vase of model Sarek designed by Olle Alberius at Rörstrand. The vase is 12 cm (4.8") in diameter and about 31 cm (12.4") high and in mint condition.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Miniature Vase, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in Stockholm, SE
A miniature vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand. It is 9.5 cm high and in very good condition, it is marked as 1st quality.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Just Andersen Bronze Vase, Model Number B127
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Just Andersen (1884-1943) Small Art Deco vase in green patinated bronze. Ribbed body and smooth neck. Model number B127. Stamped JUST, Denmark, c. 1925-1930. Measure: H. 12.5 cm.
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Bronze

Stoneware Vase by Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Oversized stoneware vase by Berndt Friberg, in a beautiful round form with a tapering neck. Brown hare’s fur glaze blending into pale blue. Berndt Friberg was a Swedish ceramicist...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Kaj Blomqvist for Kumela, Five Mouth-Blown Art Glass Vases, Finnish Design, 1970
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Kaj Blomqvist for Kumela. Five mouth-blown art glass vases in dark and orange shades. Finnish design, 1970s. Largest measures: 20.5 x 11 cm. In perfect condition.
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1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Kjell Engman For Kosta Boda Swedish Modern 'Fossil' Art Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Swedish modern "Fossil" art glass vase designed by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda. The piece is signed on the underside: "Kosta Boda K. Engman 40013." In great vintage condition with ag...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Scandinavian Stoneware Vase with Blue Glaze from Lauritz Hjorth, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Among the most desirable pieces from L. Hjorth Ceramic in Denmark comes pieces by the Swedish Ceramist Eva Sjögren who worked with Hjorth for a period of time during the 1950s and 60...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Vase, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, 1950s-1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A dark vase (black & brown) with a lovely glaze designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand, it´s 17,5 cm (7") high. It´s in very good condition except from a bit sharp edge at the top, t...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Blue Vase, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, 1950s-1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A brown vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand, it´s 24.5 cm (9,8) high. It´s in mint condition and marked as 1:st quality. Gunnar Nylund was born in Paris 1904 with parents...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Otto Brauer Glass Vase by Kastrup Holmegaard in Denmark
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Large glass vase designed by Otto Brauer. Produced by Kastrup Holmegaard in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Glass

Vintage Scandinavian Etched Glass Vase with Girl
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian etched glass vase with girl. The pillow vase style glass vase is hand blown with an etched girl on the front. No marks. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Glass

Ewald Dahlskog, Vase, Green-Glazed Earthenware, Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A large and rare vase. Designed by Ewald Dahlskog, produced by Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s. Marked.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Vintage Bengt Edenfalk Skruf Glass Cylindrical Corona Vase, circa 1960
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine and stylish vintage Swedish art glass Corona 3 vase designed by Bengt Edenfalk for Skruf Glasbruk. The tall cylindrical shaped crystal glass vase has a diamond cut design arou...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda Sweden Fidji Bowl
Located in Delft, NL
Dimensions: 12cm height, 23cm diameter. Condition: Has some flee bites in the edge see photo.  
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Nittsjö, Vase, Green Brown Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A ceramic vase by Nittsjö. Produced in Sweden, 1940s. Signed. With floral relief motifs. Other designers of the period include Axel Salto, Arne Bang, Wilhelm Kåge, and Gunnar ...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

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