Sunday, 22 October 2017

David-Andersen Norway collection

Here is a wonderful collection of 15 pieces of silver jewellery and 1 bronze piece by Norway's leading silversmithy, David-Andersen.  There are traditional pieces, replicas of prehistoric finds, as  well as modernist designs of the 1960s and 1970s.

The collection includes items of plain silver, silver with stones and silver with enamel. There are rings, brooches, earrings, pendants and a bangle. There are 5 returning items, the rest are new to the website.

For further details and to place your order, go to the website

item 1630,    David-Andersen,   Uni's lucky charm ring, size L / 6 (adjustable),  costs £125

item 1631,  David-Andersen modernist Sterling silver ring, size Q /8 (adjustable) , SOLD

item  0991,   David-Andersen Saga series bangle. SOLD

item 1632,  David-Andersen Saga series ear clips, cost  £75

item 1633,  David-Andersen Sterling gilt  trefoil Viking Saga brooch,  costs  £85 

item 0140,  David-Andersen traditional floral brooch, SOLD

item 1634,  David-Andersen, Bjørn Sigurd Østern,  Sterling fleet of Viking ships pendant / brooch + chain,  SOLD

item 1635,   David-Andersen Sterling modernist pendant + chain,  costs £225

item 1636,  David-Andersen, Marianne's Heart Sterling carnelian pendant + chain,  SOLD

item  1637,  David-Andersen Sterling green enamel ring, adjustable,  SOLD

item 1638,  David-Andersen, Hannelore Sorge,  Sterliing enamel ear clips,  cost £75 

item  0903,  David-Andersen large brown butterfly brooch,  SOLD

item 0419,   David-Andersen, Thorbjørn Lie Jørgensen,  Autumn season enamel brooch, SOLD

item 0419,   David-Andersen, Thorbjørn Lie Jørgensen,  Winter season enamel brooch, SOLD

item 1639,  David- Andersen, Karl Otteren, blue enamel brooch / pendant + chain,  SOLD

item 1640,  David-Andersen blue enamel on bronze pendant + chain, SOLD

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Anton Michelsen

Here is a fine collection of jewellery by the renowned Danish silversmithy, Anton Michelsen
Half of the pieces are new to the site, including some rare pieces by Ib Lunding, Knud V Andersen, Per Arnoldi as well as some lovely brooches by Gertrud Engel. The returning items include the iconic enamel Marguerite daisy brooches and Eigil Jensen boomerang series,

A brief biography of the Anton Michelsen smithy is given after the photos.

For further details and to place your order, go to the website

item 1622, Anton Michelsen Sweden Sterling silver necklace, SOLD

item 1623, Anton Michelsen pendant by Per Arnoldi, SOLD
item 1629,  Anton Michelsen Strling golf clubs brooch, costs £85
item 1302,  Anton Michelsen , Gertrud  Engels 'Grass' earrings, screws,  £ 65

item 1624,  Anton Michelsen kidney bean ear clips by Gertrud Engel, SOLD

item 1625, Anton Michelsen Sterling silver brooch by Knud V Andersen, SOLD

item 1626,  Anton Michelsen Sterling silver  by Gertrud Engel, SOLD

item 1627, Anton Michelsen large silver-gilt brooch, costs £95
item 0937, Anton Michelsen, Gertrud Engel, Sterling curled leaf brooch, SOLD

item 0043,  Anton Michelsen Viking ship brooch by Gertrud Engel, SOLD

item 1628, Anton Michelsen / Royal Copenhagen  Sterling silver bangle, SOLD

item 0078, Anton Michelsen boomerang brooch by Eigil Jensen, costs £ 135

item 0759, Anton Michelsen boomerang ear clips by Eigil Jensen, SOLD

item 1299,  Anton Michelsen 'Moon' series ear clips by Ib Lunding, SOLD

item 0695,  Anton Michelsen very large enamel Marguerite brooch, SOLD

item  0106,  Anton Michelsen enamel Marguerite ear clips, 18 mm,  SOLD

item  0364, Anton Michelsen medium enamel Marguerite brooch, costs £ 85

The Anton Michelsen Silversmithy was founded in 1841, and had thus long celebrated its centenary when it was bought up by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory in 1968. As Royal Copenhagen then went on to purchase Georg Jensen as well, Michelsen was gradually merged with Jensen, and today only the annual forks and spoons bear the Michelsen name.

1. Georg Jensen was apprenticed to Anton Michelsen in the 1890s, not the other way around! Several of the most popular late 20th century Jensen pieces were actually originally designed for Michelsen.

2. In the 1850s Michelsen was commissioned to redesign the Royal medals and has been making these by appointment ever since. Hence the expertise in enamelwork which led to

3. the most popular jewellery design of the twentieth century , the Marguerite Daisy, created in 1940 to celebrate the birth of Princess (later Queen) Margrethe. 

4. After its takeover by Royal Copenhagen in 1968, silver designers were encouraged to work with ceramicists, which resulted in some very interesting and sought-after creations.

5. At least since 1950 Anton Michelsen acknowledged its designers by stamping their signatures on each piece.  The Michelsen company commissioned such innovative designers such as
Karen Strand,  Gertrud Engel,  Eigil Jensen,  Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel,  Knud V Andersen and Jens Windfeld Hansen.

6. Michelsen set up a subsidiary in Sweden during the WWII and for some time after. MIC was the maker's mark used for items produced in Sweden, and this mark is often seen on Gertrud Engel designs of the 1950s, although they were also made in Denmark. In Sweden they also cooperated with the Swedish company Borgila.
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