Monday, 10 December 2018

Danish Modernist Designers

Here is a small collection of items by some of the most esteemed Danish Modernist designers. These are Bent Knudsen, Andreas Mikkelsen, Arne Johansen, Thor Selzer and Knud V.Andersen.  Short biographies appear below the items.

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item 2013,  Andreas Mikkelsen Sterling silver ring, size  R, adjustable, SOLD

item 2014,  Andreas Mikkelsen Sterling silver bracelet,  SOLD

item 2015,  Arne Johansen Sterling silver cubes pendant + chain,  SOLD
item 2016,   Arne Johansen Sterling silver cubes earrings, for pierced ears,  SOLD

item 2017,  Bent Knudsen Sterling silver helmet ring, size N, 6.75, 54,  sold

item 2018,  Bent Knudsen Sterling silver bracelet,  SOLD

item 2019,   Thor Selzer  Sterling silver cufflinks, cost  £145

item  2020,  K.V. Andersen  Sterling silver shackles cufflinks, cost £95

Arne Johansen
A master of modernist design, Arne Johansen started his workshop in Roskilde in 1954 and continued production until 1993. His work is characterised by the pure simplicity of line, elegant design, the substantial weight of the silver, and the expertise of the craftsmanship.

 Knudsen, Bent & Anni (Bent K)
Bent Knudsen (1924-1997) trained at Carl Cohr i Fredericia and then worked for the Hans Hansen smithy  from 1946 until 1956 when he started his own workshop with his wife Anni (1927-). Their creations, always marked Bent K, and clearly inspired by Bent's time at Hans Hansen, exhibited the understated, clear and simple lines that are the hallmark of Danish Modern. Their work does not appear frequently on the market, and is much sought after.
Whilst the workshop existed until a few years ago, production of silver items was gradually phased out during the 1970s, when another of their passions, the paper cut, became their major concern and this has enjoyed worldwide acclaim and sales ever since.

 Mikkelsen, Andreas (A.MIK)
Andreas Mikkelsen (born 1928) joined the Georg Jensen silver smithy in 1955 - - initially as a member of the firm's management. He was to become head of sales, head of production and product development and even rose to the post of managing director.

All the while he was nurturing his artistic talents and collaborated with the silversmith Ove Wendt between 1970 and 1978 as well as independently. In the late 1980s he started designing Jewellery and other products for the Georg Jensen company. These items cover everything from golf tees to Christmas decorations. Many of his jewellery designs were also incorporated into the Georg Jensen repertoire whilst he seems to have retained the copyright for them, which may seem unusual, but if you are the managing director, you can always make exceptions.
Confused? Not surprising - but this is my explanation for why you find those gems of fantastically sleek modernist jewellery by Mikkelsen with different combinations of signatures. They may appear with either A.Mik or MIKKELSEN on its own. They may appear with a combination of A.MIK and O.WENDT. Finally they may appear with the Georg Jensen logo, with no designer mark.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

mid-century flora and fauna from Denmark

Here is a  small collection of pendants, bracelets and brooches from Denmark. They were all made between 1930 and 1960 and are NOT in the sleek and simple Danish modern style, which was not an immediate success amongst ordinary Danes.  Rather, they are in a distinctly Danish late Art Nouveau or Deco style, featuring animals, foliage and flowers, scrolls, and spheres, often within a rectangular or circular frame.

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item 2001, Dansk Guldsmedes Sølvvarefabrik silver gazelle pendant + chain, costs £125 

item 2002,   Grann & Laglye silver floral pendant + chain,   SOLD
item 2003,  Orrica silver floral pendant + chain, costs £125

item 2004,  Hans Julius Larsen silver tulip pendant + chain,  SOLD

item 2005,  Hans Jensen silver leaf and scroll pendant + chain,  costs £75

item 2006,   John Rasmussen midcentury silver floral bracelet,   costs £99

item 2007,   Midcentury Danish silver bracelet,   costs  £85

item 2008,   Midcentury Danish silver semi-spheres bracelet,   SOLD

item 2009,   Eiler & Marløe Art deco silver kneeling deer brooch,   SOLD

item 2010,  Henry Roland silver foliage brooch,  SOLD

item 2011,  Lauritz Jensen midcentury silver bar brooch,  £48

item 2012,   Hans Christian Siiger silver foliage brooch,  SOLD

Friday, 30 November 2018

Silver jewellery from Sweden and Norway

Here are a dozen deightful pieces of silver jewellery from Sweden and Norway. There are modernist and traditional styles;  pendants, rings, brooches bangles and a bracelet. Makers include Alton, Theresia Hvorslev, Bengt Hallberg and Anna Greta Eker.

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item 1989,   Alton,  Theresia Hvorslev Sterling silver  huge pendant + chain, SOLD

item 1990,   Alton ,Palmberg,Sterling silver crystal ring, adjustable size,  SOLD

item 1991,  Alton Sterling silver crystal bangle,  SOLD

item 1992,   Atelier Borgila Sterling silver bracelet,   SOLD

item 1993,   Bo Ekstrom silver ring, size Q/8/57,  SOLD

item 1994,  Bengt Hallberg green banded agate pendant + chain,  SOLD

item 1995,   Victor Janson Sterling silver amazonite bangle, costs £99

item 1996,   BON  Sterling silver blue agate pendant + chain,  SOLD

item 1997,   Per Ericsson Sterling silver mid-century floral brooch, costs £48

item 1998,  Anna Greta Eker Plus Norway Design ring,  SOLD

item 1999,  Norway/ Sweden silver folk pendant + chain,  SOLD

item 2000,  Ivar Holth silver Viking Ship brooch,  SOLD

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Returning favourites

It is so annoying when you have seen something you like on the website, but by the time you decide to make the purchase, it has disappeared -gone - sold to someone else.
Here are 24 pieces which have been on the website before, some of them several times, giving you another opportunity to acquire a very special piece of Scandinavian jewellery.

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item 0401 Niels Erik From Sterling spiral balls ring, size M / 6.5 /53,  costs £75

item 0988  Anna Greta Eker, for Norway Plus Designs, Sterling 'Jester' ring,  SOLD

item 0300, Willy Winnæss silver 'Planet' pendant, costs £45 (no chain), £50 -£52 (with chain)

item 0750,  Øystein Balle  silver and enamel brooch,   SOLD

item  1058,  Herman Siersbøl  square satin finish silver cufflinks, SOLD

item  1489, Willy Kromar silver bar cufflinks,  costs £60

item 1636,  Marianne Berg for David-Andersen, 'Marianne's heart'  silver pendant set with amazonite,  SOLD

item 0937,  Gertrud Engel for Anton Michelsen, silver curled leaf brooch, SOLD

item 0936, Getrud Engel for Anton Michelsen, silver curled leaf ear clips, SOLD

item 1664,  Bent Gabrielsen for Hans Hansen, silver 'Peak' ear clips, SOLD

item 0062,  Bent Gabrielsen for Hans Hansen, silver 'Peak' brooch, SOLD

item 0501,  Karen Strand for Anton Michelsen 'Persian Palm' brooch, SOLD

item 0043, Anton Michelsen  silver Viking Ship brooch,  SOLD

item 0287,  Juhls  Norway silver brooch, SOLD

item 0336,  Aksel Holmsen silver pendant,  SOLD

item 0185,  Herman Siersbøl silver necklace with iridescent stones, SOLD

item 0184,   Herman Siersbøl  silver brooch with iridescent stones, costs £ 48

item 1288,  Eiler & Marløe silver ripe rye brooch, SOLD

item 0771,  Anton Michelsen/ Royal Copenhagen Porcelain huge heart pendant, SOLD

0306,  Antique silver Skønvirke brooch, costs £ 125

item 0864, Flora Danica silver gilt rosebud brooch in original box, SOLD

1510, Ola Gorie, Orkney, silver  Pictish Crescent and V-rod pendant, SOLD

item 0982,  Unn Tangerud for Uni David-Andersen bronze brooch, SOLD