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Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

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
Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Teapot, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, White. Teapot. 1960s. Measures: 21.5 x 14.5 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality. Designed by Axel Salto in 1956.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Cobra Dinnerware Set, 3 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
Organic and sculptural, this white porcelain dinnerware set, comprising of a dinner and lunch plate and a bowl, is the perfect contemporary way of serving food. Echoing the distincti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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

Materials

Porcelain

21 Bing & Grondahl Christmas plates, 1959-1979
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
21 Bing & Grondahl Christmas plates, 1959-1979. In perfect condition. 1st. factory quality. Measures: 18 cm.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Dahl Jensen 1145 Cocker Spaniel Porcelain Figurine
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Dahl Jensen 1145 cocker spaniel porcelain figurine. Measures 17.5 cm. 1st. factory. In perfect condition.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Rare Dahl Jensen Figurine No. 1214, Girl and Boy with Ship
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rare Dahl Jensen figurine No. 1214. Girl and boy with ship. Jens Peter Dahl Jensen. Measures: Length 21 cm. Height 18 cm. 1. Quality, in perfect condition.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

6 Plates, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, Berså / Bersa Green Leafs
Located in Stockholm, SE
6 plates in porcelain in the very famous pattern Berså designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. They are 18 cm in diameter. They are in very good condition, with some minor scratche...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Six Bouillon Cups with Saucers, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, white. Six bouillon cups with saucers. 1960s. The cup measures: 10.5 x 8 cm (with lid). Saucer diameter: 15.7 cm. In excellent condition. 1st fac...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

B & G / Bing & Grondahl, Sitting Cat, Number 2476
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
B & G / Bing & Grondahl, sitting cat, number 2476. 1st. factory quality. Measures: 13 cm x 11.5 cm In perfect condition.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Rörstrand Coffee Service for Six People, Swedish Design, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rörstrand coffee service for six people. Swedish design, 1960s. Consisting of six coffee cups with saucers and six plates in glazed porcelain. The cup measures: 7.5 x 6 cm. Sauc...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Helja Liukko-sundström for Arabia, Finland Plaque in Porcelain Hand-Painted
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Helja Liukko-Sundström for Arabia, Finland. Plaque in porcelain hand-painted. Measures 32 cm. x 12.5 cm. Stamped. In perfect condition.
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20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Blanc de Chine Vase by Arno Malinowski #3309
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen blanc de chine vase by Arno Malinowski #3309. Measures 20cm / 7 7/8" In good condition and marked as a 1st quality.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bernadotte Thermo Mug Set, 2 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful example of Scandinavian design, these white porcelain thermo mugs combine both form and function whilst retaining a cool and contemporary aesthetic. The fine grooves on t...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bernadotte Dinnerware Set, 3 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
Presenting your food is an important part of the dining experience and this cool and contemporary porcelain dinnerware set is the perfect solution to stylish serving. Inspired by fun...
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21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bertil Lundgren for Rörstrand, "Gallery 2" Wall Plaque in Glazed Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bertil Lundgren for Rörstrand. "Gallery 2" wall plaque in glazed porcelain with butterfly, 1970s. In very good condition. Measures: 25 x 25 cm. Stamped.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porcelain Figurine Royal Copenhagen Designed by Knud Kyhn
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain figurine Royal Copenhagen designed by Knud Kyhn.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Ulla Procope for Arabia, Three Valencia Plates in Hand-Painted Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ulla procope for Arabia. Three Valencia plates in hand-painted porcelain. 1960s. Diameter: 19.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine, Two Geese, No. 609, Rare Figure
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen figurine, two geese, no. 609 Rare figure. 2. factory quality, in perfect condition. Measures 18 x 14.5 cm.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Horse Figure, Shetland Pony
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen horse figure, Shetland pony. Decoration number 4611. Designed by Jeanne Grut. Measures: Length 13 cm. Perfect condition. 2nd. assortment.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

1950s Scandinavian Sea Anemone Forms Salt Pepper Sugar Stig Lindberg Gustavsberg
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Rare museum worthy biomorphic pure white 'bone china' salt, pepper, and sugar/cinnamon shakers. Measures: Salt and pepper diameter 1.25 x height: 3 in. Sugar shaker diameter 1.7...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg '1905-1993' for Arabia, 10 Coffee Cups with Saucers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg (1905-1993) for Arabia. 10 coffee cups with saucers in rice porcelain. Mid-20th century. The cup measures: 7 x 4.7 cm. Saucer diameter: 11.3 cm. Stamped....
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Sky Dinnerware Set, 3 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
Minimalist, stylish and very Scandinavian, this white porcelain dinnerware set, comprising of a dinner and lunch plate and a bowl, is the perfect contemporary way of serving food. Ec...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Blanc de Chine Vase with Nude Young Man and Woman No. 4117
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen blanc de chine vase with nude young man and woman no. 4117. Measures: 23 cm / 9 1/20 inches.
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Baby Figurine from Bing & Grondhal, 1979-1983
Located in Chorzów, PL
White porcelain baby Figurine from Bing & Grondhal, Production years: 1979-1983.
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Lovely Green and Black Art Deco Bowl by Ilse Claesson, Rörstrand
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely bowl designed by Ilse Claesson in the 1930s at Rörstrand, Sweden. It is 23,5 cm in diameter and about 11,5 cm high and in very good condition except from some craquelure in ...
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bernadotte Bowl Set, 4 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
This elegant and understated porcelain bowl - decorated simply with gentle grooves that invite touch - is the perfect all-purpose dish, suitable for everything from breakfast cereal ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bird Figurine from Bing & Grondhal, 1979-1983
Located in Chorzów, PL
Bird figurine from Bing & Grondhal.  
Category

Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Borzoi, B&G 1814 Borzoi Sitting Sculpture
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bing & Grondahl Borzoi. B&G 1814 Borzoi sitting. Designed by Lauritz Jensen. Measures 23 cm. In perfect condition. 1st. factory quality.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Martin Freyer Vase for Rosenthal, No. 2991
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful, organic, matte porcelain vase by Martin Freyer for Rosenthal Studioline with a wrapped textile pattern look and glazed interior, marked.
Category

1960s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Figure Group of Porcelain, White Ducks, No. 412
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Figure group of porcelain, white ducks, no. 412. C. F. Liisberg. Measures: Height 16 cm, length 31 cm. 1st. Factory quality. In perfect condition.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Set with Salt, Peppar and Sugar Shakers, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Colorado La
Located in Stockholm, SE
A beautiful set of salt, peppar and sugar shakers designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsbergs in Stockholm. The set is of model Colorado (La) designed in the 1950-1960´s. The lowest on...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rolf Sinnemark, Teapot "The Cube", Rörstrand, 1980s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely teapot of model "The Cube" designed by Rolf Sinnemark at Rörstrand. The teapot is 26 cm (10,4") long and 19 cm (7,6") high. It is in mint condition. This teapot was designed...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Handmade Orange & Blue Striped Vase Marianne Westmann Rörstrand, Sweden, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Wonderful hand painted flintware vase by Marianne Westmann for Rörstrand, Sweden. Decorated with a vivid white glazing and blue and orange stripes. Stamped underneath. Marianne We...
Category

1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Five Royal Copenhagen and B & G, Bing & Grondahl Porcelain Figurines
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Five Royal Copenhagen and B & G, Bing & Grondahl porcelain figurines. Ducks, goose, three birds. Marked. 1st. factory quality. In perfect condition. Largest figur...
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Five Large Saucers for Cups / Mugs
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg. Five large saucers for cups / mugs in glazed porcelain. Swedish design, 1960s. Measures: 24 x 15.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg for Arabia. Two sets of coffee cups with saucers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg (1905-1993) for Arabia. Two sets of coffee cups with saucers, creamer and dish in rice porcelain. Mid-20th century. Smallest cup measures: 7 x 4.5 cm. Small...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Serving Dish, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, Berså / Bersa Green Leafs
Located in Stockholm, SE
A serving dish in porcelain in the very famous pattern Berså designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. It is 22.5 x 19 cm in diameter and 3.5 cm high. It is in mint condition. Sti...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

B & G / Bing & Grondahl, The little gardener / girl with watering can
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
B & G / Bing & Grondahl. Porcelain figurine. The little gardener / girl with a watering can No. 2326. Measures 19.5 cm. 1. factory quality. Excellent condition. Designed by Vita Thym...
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Vase with Lid, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Royal Copenhagen Lovely Royal Copenhagen porcelain vase, terra cotta and grey crackle glaze with gold trim and decorated lid. With marks on base, Denmark, 1950s Measures: 9 height x ...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal Porcelain Noir
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning cylindrical black matte porcelain vase designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal/Siemens, with sublime relief of beaded pearls running down vertical lines, gives an impressio...
Category

1960s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Vase, circa 1950, Denmark
Located in Brussels, BE
Royal Copenhagen vase, circa 1950, Denmark. Light blue grey crackle glaze porcelain with green and gold details. Stamped and numbered underneath. Dimensions: 14 cm Height, 9 cm diame...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rörstrand Coffee Service for Twelve People, Swedish Design, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rörstrand coffee service for twelve people. Swedish design, 1960s. Consisting of twelve coffee cups with saucers and twelve plates in glazed porcelain. The cup measures: 7.5 x 6 cm...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rörstrand Coffee Service for Four People, Swedish Design, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rörstrand coffee service for four people. Swedish design, 1960s. Consisting of four coffee cups with saucers and four plates in glazed porcelain. The cup measures: 7.5 x 6 cm. S...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Arabia, Finland, Porcelain Bowl and Cup with Motifs from "Moomin", Late 20th C
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arabia, Finland. Porcelain bowl and cup with motifs from "Moomin". Late 20th century. The bowl measures: 15 x 5.5 cm. The cup measures: 8.5 x 8 cm. In excellent condition. Stam...
Category

Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rare Bing & Grondahl / B&G Figurine in Porcelain, Pekingese, Model Number 1637
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rare Bing & Grondahl / B&G figurine in porcelain. Pekingese. Model number 1637. In perfect condition. 1st factory quality. Measures: 22 x 16.5 cm Stamped.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Butter Dish, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, Berså / Bersa Green Leafs
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lidded box in porcelain in the very famous pattern Berså designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. This was original made as a butter dish but can be used as a box as well. It is 1...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Green and Black Art Deco Vase by Ilse Claesson, Rörstrand
Located in Stockholm, SE
Art Deco at its best! A lovely green and black vase designed by Ilse Claesson in the 1930s at Rörstrand, Sweden. It is 11 cm high and in very good condition except from some craquelu...
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Brown, Thin, Skinny Torpedo Vase Ceramics, Palshus Per Linnemann-Schmidt
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely mid century vase! The so called "Torpedo"-vase designed by Per Linnemann-Schmidt at Palshus in Denmark. It is 16.5 cm high and in excellent condition.
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Large Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Vase, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Royal Copenhagen Large Royal Copenhagen porcelain vase in terra cotta and grey crackle glaze with gold decor. With marks underneath, Denmark, 1950s Measures: 9.5 height x 8.5 diam...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Meissen wine / champagne cooler in hand-painted porcelain with flowers.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Meissen wine / champagne cooler in hand-painted porcelain with flowers and gold edge. Handles are modelled as branches. Early 20th century. Measures: 26 x 18 cm. In excellent condi...
Category

Early 20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Nine Salad Plates, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto service, white. Nine salad plates. 1960s. Diameter: 17.5 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality. Designed by Axel Salto in 1956.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

6 Dinner Plates, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, Berså / Bersa Green Leafs
Located in Stockholm, SE
6 dinner plates in porcelain in the very famous pattern Berså designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. They are 24.5 cm in diameter. They are in very good condition, looks like they...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bernadotte Lunch Plate Set, 4 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
Minimalist yet still with subtle detailing, this small porcelain plate is perfect for lunch and salads. The small ridges add a tactile element that references Bernadotte’s functional...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Large Flower Pot Black & Green Art Deco Vase by Ilse Claesson, Rörstrand, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely flower pot designed by Ilse Claesson in the 1930s at Rörstrand, Sweden. This is an items in her very famous "Serie V" where she designed ceramics in black and green. The flo...
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Twelve Lunch Plates, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Salto Service, White. Twelve lunch plates. 1960s. Measure: Diameter: 21.2 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality. Designed by Axel Salto in 1956.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Girl with Boy Figurine from Bing & Grondhal, 1958
Located in Chorzów, PL
Girl with boy figurine from Bing & Grondhal, 1958.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Number 0856 Dachshund by Lauritz Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen number 0856 Dachshund by Lauritz Jensen. Measures: 19 x 30 cm. In good condition. Two. factory quality.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Porcelain

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