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Scandinavian Modern Vases

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

The designers of Scandinavian modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life. 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.

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, 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 Sarapaneva.

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 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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Ystad Brons, Vase, Bronze, Ystad Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase designed and produced by Ystad Brons, Sweden, 1940s. With 3 grips. Stamped with makers mark.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Bronze

Arctic Opal Blown Glass Vase by Gunnar Cyrén for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
Beautiful oval vase in mouth-blown opal opaque glass. The arctic vase was originally designed in the 1960s by the acclaimed Swedish glass artist and silversmith, Gunnar Cyrén and is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Faience Vase by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool faience vase by Stig Lindberg, in a lively, fun form. Graphic pattern of black and green stripes, elegantly hand-painted.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Scandinavian Modern Pair of Heart Shaped Holmegaard Vases by Per Lutken
Located in London, GB
A pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern heart shaped vases in light blue hand blown art glass. Both vases are intact and in beautiful colour and bright condition. By designer and artisti...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Blown Glass

Set of Three Stoneware Vases by Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Set of htree vases designed by Carl.Harry Stålhane. hand made at Rörstrand in Sweden during the 1950s. Made from stoneware with abstract decor on light green glazes. Very good condit...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Stoneware

Herman A. Kähler Vase
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Herman A. Kähler vase in glazed stoneware. Signed.
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Glass Vase with Spiral Pattern by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
When Vicke Lindstrand came back to the glass in 1950s after a decade as artistic leader at the ceramic factory Upsala-Ekeby, he exploded in a creative burst of new shapes and pattern...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Glass Vase by Vicke Lindstrand from Kosta, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
Handcrafted glass vase by Vicke Lindstrand, made during the 1950s at Kosta Glasbruk. Signed Kosta LH 5864.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Vase by Einar Johansen for Søholm, 1960s
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Stoneware vase designed by Einar Johansen for Søholm, 1960s. Glaze in various blue tones. Stamp from the maker on the bottom. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Ceramic Vase by Gertrud Lönegren, Rörstrand, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceramic vase by Gertrud Lonegren in golden glaze and a highly textured surface. Measures: Diameter 21 cm Height 21.5 cm Lonegren studied in Vienna and Stockholm during the 19...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Danish Modern Mobach Ceramic Vase Table Lamp
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Splendid Mid-Century Danish modern ceramic vase produced by Mobach in Utrecht. Features a hand-shaped cylinder form with a fantastic crackle glaze in an array of muted reds with teal...
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20th Century Dutch Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Brass

Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala Art Glass Vase or Bowl, 1960s-1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala art glass vase or bowl, 1960s-1970s Beautiful Finnish design. In perfect condition. Measures: 28 x 17 cm.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand Scandinavian Pottery Ceramic Vase, 1950
Located in Modena, IT
Beautiful Scandinavian stoneware jugs / vase in matt enamel designed by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, made in Sweden, marked on the bottom, 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Finnish Modern "Stromboli" Vase
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Finnish modern amber glass Stromboli vase.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

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 Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Vase and Jug Erik Höglund Boda, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful jug and vase designed by Erik Höglund, Sweden. The green glass is filled with air bubbles which is significant of Erik. They are both in very good condition. And the vas...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Vase Designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vase designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s. Unique. Measures: H 12 cm/ 4 3/4".
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Kähler, Denmark, Large Glazed Stoneware Floor Vase in Modern Design, 1940s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Kähler, Denmark, large glazed stoneware floor vase in modern design. 1940s. Stamped. Measures: 49 cm. X 41.5 cm. In perfect condition.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Royal Copenhagen Stoneware Vase in Oxblood Glaze Sang de Boeuf #97/43
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen stoneware vase in oxblood glaze Sang de Boeuf #97/43. Measures 19.2 cm and is in good condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden, Vase in Mouth-Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden. Vase in mouth-blown art glass decorated with women's face. Swedish design, 1980s. Measures: 20 x 11.5 cm. In perfect condition. Signed.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Swedish / Scandinavian Modern Studio Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian modern studio vase by master ceramicist Wilhelm Kåge made at the Kåge Work Studio. Measures: Height 8.25", diameter 5.75". Signed on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Anna-Lisa Thomson, "Flora" Vase, Stoneware, Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden, 1949
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early modernist vase model Flora. Designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson, for Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden. With stamp including artist's initials. Only produced in 1949. Other designers of the...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Otto Breuer for Holmegaard Glass Set of 2 Bottle Vases
Located in Langserud, SE
Set of two amber color glass vases designed by Otto Breuer for Kastrup Holmegaard in Denmark during the 1950s. Some dirt in the smaller one. The big one H 30 cm, W 12 cm Small on...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Large Vase by Carl Harry Stalhane
Located in Long Island City, NY
Large vase by Carl Harry Stalhane for Rostrand, Sweden. Stoneware with blue-brown glaze, marked underneath.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Pair of Large Stoneware Vase by Gunnar Nylund
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pair of large stoneware vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rostrand, Sweden. Model " Rubus". Marked R. G.N. Circa 1950th. Blue/brown glaze. Can be sold individually.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Large Kähler Floor Vase in Yellow and Dark Glaze
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Large floor vase from Kähler with yellow / dark glaze. Signed under bottom "HAK for Herman A. Kähler. Denmark, 1930s.
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Rubus Vase by Gunnar Nylund 1960s Rörstrand, Sweden
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Swedish stoneware vase designed by Gunnar Nylund. Part of the "Rubus" series. Manufactured by Rörstrand during the 1960s. Ceramic with brown mottled matte glaze.   
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Arne Bang, Denmark, Fish in Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arne Bang (1901-1983), Denmark. Fish in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in blue-green shades, 1940s / 50s. Measures: 13 x 7.5 cm. In excellent condition.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Nanny Still for Riihimäen Lasi, Vase in Gray and Clear Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nanny Still (1926-2009) for Riihimäen Lasi. Rare vase in gray and clear mouth-blown art glass. Finnish design, 1960s. Measures: 11 x 9.2 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Alvar Aalto "Savoy" Vase in Caramel-Tinted Glass, Iittala, Finland
Located in Odense, DK
A "Savoy" glass vase signed Alvar Aalto, Iittala 1936-1996. 60 years anniversary edition. Blown in wooden mold. Caramel / light pink -tinted glass. Great vintage condition.
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Danish Modernist Ceramic Jug Vase by Einar Johansen for Søholm, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
This hand painted ceramic jug vase was designed by the Danish ceramist Einar Johansen and manufactured at Søholm in Denmark during the 1960s. Søholm also made ceramic pieces by Nanna...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Pottery

Nils Kähler for Kähler, Vase in Glazed Ceramics, 1960's
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nils Kähler (1906-1979) for Kähler. Vase in glazed ceramics. Beautiful glaze in shades of blue. 1960s. Measures: 15 x 6.5 cm. Stamped. In excellent condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Faience Vase by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool faience vase by Stig Lindberg, in an asymmetrical, fun form. Graphic, hand-painted pattern of black and aquamarine stripes.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Large Stoneware Vase, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, Blue
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large vase designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand. The vase is 36 cm high and in mint condition, it has a beautiful glaze.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Scandinavian Cut Crystal Vase, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A cut crystal torpedo shaped vase presumably from either Kosta Boda or Orrefors. The vase features diffrent techniques most prominent is the mix of vertical ribbing to one side and a...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Beautiful unique handmade stobewear vase by Karan Boel, Denmark 1960s.
Located in Haderslev, DK
Sculptural and functional handmade ceramic vase made by Karen Boel, Denmark 1960s. Both shape, geometric figures and the different stonewear methods are just outstanding. Cubi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Large Blue Ceramic Floor Vase by Rigmor Nielsen for Søholm, 1960s Danish Modern
Located in Odense, DK
Hand painted floor vase from the 1960s by Danish artist Rigmor Nielsen at Søholm ceramics workshop, Bornholm. Each of these vases were made by hand and are unique in their decoration...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Nils Landberg Elongated "Tulip" Vase
Located in New York, NY
Delicate and ethereal 'Tulipglas' vase with dramatically elongated, fluting body on a slender column and flaring base. Rose/clear coloration. Designed by Nils Landberg and produced b...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Isak Isaksson, Green Crystalline Glaze, Contemporary Swedish Ceramicist
By Isak Isaksson
Located in Stockholm, SE
A unique vase in a green-tone with a lovely matte crystalline glaze designed by the contemporary Swedish artist Isak Isaksson in his own studio. The vase is 22.5 cm (9") high and in ...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware, Ceramic

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

Materials

Art Glass

Gunnar Nylund Scandinavian Midcentury Set Stoneware Vases for Rörstrand, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Set of three Scandinavian rare stoneware vases in matt enamel designed by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, made in Sweden, marked on the bottom. Perfect condition.  
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Studio Vase by Stig Lindberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The centaur was Stig Lindberg's favorite mythological figure, one he returned to in his work repeatedly. The surface of this unique studio vase, which was made in 1961, is decorated ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Vicke Lindstrand, "Svart Linje" Vase, Blown Glass, Kosta, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic blown glass vase. Designed by Vicke Lindstrand, produced by Kosta, Sweden, circa 1940s. Signed.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Stoneware Vase by Gunnar Nylund, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Striking “Hedgehog” vase by Gunnar Nylund, made in chamotte stoneware. The clean form contrasts with the craggy surface. White, glossy glaze. The model was introduced around 1937 ...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Vase, Tulip Designed by Nils Landberg for Orrefors, Sweden, 1957
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vase, tulip designed by Nils Landberg for Orrefors, Sweden, 1957. Glass. Measures: H 44.5 cm/ 1' 6".
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Gustaf Ahlberg, Vase, Glazed Earthenware, Höganäs, circa 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vase, in glazed earthenware, by Gustaf Ahlberg for Höganäs, circa 1930s. Stamped.   
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Earthenware

Midcentury Modern Vase Iittala Timo Sarpaneva Finland, 1970s
Located in Langserud, SE
A stunning blue vase created by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala in the 1970s.Bueatufully shaped with its intense blue glass this is a good-looking finish design piece. Good condition...
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1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden, Vase in Mouth Blown Art Glass
Located in Bochum, NRW
Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden. Vase in mouth blown art glass decorated with women's face. Swedish design, 1980s. Measures: 9.5 x 5 cm. In perfect condition. Signed.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Scandinavian Modern Set of 3 Vases Konvex by Karin Björquist Gustavsberg, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
Three wonderful vases, manufactured by Gustavsberg Sweden in the 1960s, designed by the very talented Karin Björquist. The vases have a beautiful form and the glaze is amazing. The b...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Black Stoneware Vase by Carl-Harry Stålhane
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool, small stoneware vase by Carl-Harry Stålhane in a smooth, organic shape. Black glaze over rusty brown.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Ewald Dahlskog, Green Art Deco Globose Vase, Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A globose vase designed by Ewald Dahlskog at Bo Fajans in Gefle in the 1930s. This vases was first presented at the Stockholm exhibition in 1930, that was the start for the functiona...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Tapio Wirkkala Large Iittala Glass Vase
Located in Sharon, CT
The largest version of this famous form. Opaque white and clear glass. Measures: 33 cm.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Group of 3 Stoneware Vases, Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
A group of three vases designed by Berndt Friberg from Gustavsberg. The vases are 37.5 cm, 27 cm and 12.5 cm. They are in very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

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 Vases

Materials

Wood

Gunnar Nylund Vase Produced by Rörstrand in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Ceramic vase designed by Gunnar Nylund. Produced by Rörstrand in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Valdemar Petersen Scandinavian Ceramic Pottery Vases Set, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Set of three, small medium and big, ceramic Danish and Scandinavian pottery vases designed by Valdemar Petersen for Bing & Grondahl with mark engraved on the bottom, Mid-Century Mode...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Electric Blue Porcelain Pillar Vase
Located in Helsinki, FI
Pillar-vase takes inspiration from the ancient human-made rock formations. It references the ancient architecture and the human touch in carved stones. The sculptural vase displays f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Ceramic Vase by Royal Copenhagen 663/3505
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian ceramic vase by Ellen Malmer for Royal Copenhagen. Model Baca 663/3505.
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic