This is one of a charming pair of vintage hand-painted Swedish wooden plates, each featuring a couple--this one skiing, the other by the sea. Both feature wood-burned decorative garlands and the text "Minne från Sverige" (souvenirs from Sweden) across their top rims. This plate with the skiing couple celebrates Lappland in the north, while the other represents Halland, on the western coast. The figures are warmly rendered in the style of beloved Swedish illustrator Aina Stenberg.
The plates, c. 1950, are both signed I-J. The back features the original Diö Slöjd sticker and "Made in Sweden." There is a hook on the back of the plate for hanging.
9.75ʺ diameter. There is some loss of paint on the lower halves of the skiers' costumes and a few scratches and marks on the surface of the plate.