Scandinavian collectibles for sale

#1020 Scandinavian pewter has been made since Roman times. This candlestick holder follows traditional Nordic decoration designs. The company is Hardanger Sylvplett Konge-Tinn, Kinsarvik Norway. It measures 7 x 7 cm.

#1340 This glass vase is unsigned but appears exactly like those of Tapio Wirkkala who designed vases to look like tree bark.

#1018 Vintage Selandia pewter vase, mid century. Some minor scratches but in very good condition. 7 x 19 cm.

#1068 Rosemaling is a traditional art of decorating in Norway. This is a vintage bowl by Husfliden, Oslo. You can learn more about this tradition here. The bowl is 23.5 x 5 cm.

#1079 Nymølle is pronounced Neemurlla. Shortly before the second world war the Fuurstrøm factory was set up in Denmark to produce domestic wares that had traditionally been imported. The impending war threatened supply from outside. After the war production of more artistic lines started under the name Nymølle. Almost all the the output from the firm for the first decade after the war was designed by Bjørn Wiinblad.

Other designers were employed as Wiinblad became busier with a wide variety of design work, and Nymølle enjoyed a high degree of success during the 1960s. In the mid-1970s the parent company went bankrupt and all its interests were sold except Nymølle. Nymølle struggled for a couple of years, and was then bought out by Bjørn Wiinblad. The cup is 6.5 x 5.5 cm and the saucer is 12.5 across.

#1470 These are luxurious beautiful porcelain plates made in 1959 based on the date code. They measure 28 x 25 x 4 cm.

Trivit tile painting signed by artist, Friis, Denmark $15

#1090 The tile has a Danish longboat in the water with sail up. Beautifully painted. It is 16 cm square.

#1219 Ritenhoff in Germany is the maker of these glasses for Aalborg (Denmark). Aquavit is a Scandinavian liquor that is 40% alcohol and distilled from potato or grain mash and includes herbs predominantly caraway and dill. It is somewhat similar to vodka and has been produced since the 15th century.

#1052 This is a one of the curiosities I came across and had to get it just to try to identify it. I wondered what it could be until I found others close to it. It looks like it is Lapland / Saami art as described here or here. I had wondered about the building in the illustration and at first thought the carving was Indonesian and the subject an Indonesian fishing village. Now I see this is from Lapland. They have treehouse cabins for hunting and store houses.

Scandinavian arts

Scandinavian arts go back thousands of years. While Scandinavian designers were giants in the mid century modern movement they have contributed to global folk art and craft significantly for many years. Finish glass is famous worldwide as is Norwegian tole painting, Nordic weaving and knitting, and pewter arts. It is not well known but much of what we now know as Celtic design is originally inspired by Nordic designs – even modern Celtic music owes much to the rich musical tradition of the Scandinavia.