Sunday, 30 September 2018

Hans Hansen of Kolding, Denmark

Hans Hansen

Here is a small collection of silver jewellery by the most famous Danish modernist design workshop, Hans Hansen. There are four returners amongst the selection of brooches, bracelets, cufflinks and a ring.

Hans Hansen (1884-1940) started his own silversmithy in the 1920s in the Jutland town of Kolding with the mechanised production of silver flatware. The company's range of products and reputation for superb modernist design was however established by his son, Karl Gustav Hansen, who was apprenticed in his father's workshop in 1932, and consolidated by Bent Gabrielsen, artistic director from 1953 to 1969. Karl Gustav Hansen was born in 1914 and followed in his father's footsteps to become a silvesmith. Even before he produced his apprenticeship test piece in 1934 he had created a series of designs in a simpler, functionalist style which he called 'Future'. He went on to study at the School of Sculpture in the Academy of Art and undertake a 3 months study trip to Italy. In 1940 Hans Hansen died, and the now 25 year old Karl Gustav took over the family firm, designing jewellery and increasingly flatware and hollowware. He designed practically no jewellery during the peiod 1953 -69 when Bent Gabrielsen was employed by the company, but resumed thereafter, and remained active until his death in 2002
A number of other well-known Danish modernist silversmiths started their careers at the Hans Hansen company and their designs were clearly influenced by the studio. These include Bent Knudsen, Eigil Jensen (who went on to work for Anton Michelsen) Gail Spence and Allan Scharff  who both progressed to Georg Jensen. 
The company was taken over by the Royal Scandinavia Group in 1991 and thus incorporated into Georg Jensen. Several Hans Hansen designs are still being produced by Georg Jensen.

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

item 1933  Hans Hansen Tiger Eye ring, size M, 6.5,  costs £275

item 0774,  Hans Hansen silver hearts bracelet, SOLD

item 1934,  Hans Hansen Sterling silver hearts brooch, costs £165

item 1275,  Hans Hansen silver brooch, SOLD

item 0010, Hans Hansen silver brooch, costs SOLD

item 1935,  Hans Hansen Sterling silver patterned bangle 201,  costs £225

item 1936,  Hans Hansen  Sterling silver oxidised groove bangle, no.210, costs £195

item 1937, Hans Hansen  Sterling silver oxidised groove cufflinks no. 645, cost £175

item 1938,  Hans Hansen Sterling silver cufflinks no.650,  cost £195

item 0010, Hans Hansen square silver oxidised cufflinks, cost £135

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Georg Jensen, probably the best silversmithy in the world

Here is a wonderful collection of Georg Jensen silver

Established in 1904, the Danish silversmithy Georg Jensen needs no introduction, but today I will be identifying the designers of all the wonderful silver pieces in the collection listed below.  They include Søren Georg Jensen,  Henry Pilstrup, Arno Malinowski, Henning Koppel, Poul Hansen, Flemming Eskildsen,  Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hube, Anette Kraen, Regitze Overgaard and Gail Spence. .
Six pieces are returners, but mostly they are new to the site, and include a few very rare pieces. There are rings, pendants, cufflinks, brooches and bangles


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

item 1919,   Georg Jensen 'Forget me Knot' brooch no.384 by Torun, SOLD

item 1920,  Georg Jensen double Mobius ring no.369, by Torun, size M/N,  costs £199

item 1921,  Georg Jensen Mobius ring no. 148B by Torun, size K,  SOLD

item 1922,  Georg Jensen Dewdrop ring no152 with moonstone, byTorun,  size N,  SOLD

item 1923,  Georg Jensen Malinowski Sterling silver butterflies brooch, no.283, costs £285

item 1924,  Georg Jensen Malinowski Sterling silver bird brooch, no. 258,  costs £245

item 0921,  Georg Jensen Infinity pendant, chain, cord and key link set, in box, SOLD

item 1925,  Georg Jensen Sterling silver 'Flip' bangle by Gail Spence,  SOLD

item 1926,  Georg Jensen Sterling silver 'Flip' ring by Gail Spence, size  N / 7,  , costs £225

item 1927,  Georg Jensen green agate bangle no.188 by Poul Hansen,  costs £425

item 1928,  Georg Jensen cufflinks no.84 by Flemming Eskildsen,  cost £225

item 1929,   Georg Jensen Sterling silver cufflinks no.54 by Henry Pilstrup, cost £225

item 1239,   Georg Jensen pendant 462 with leather cord,  by Søren Georg Jensen,  SOLD

item 1599,  Georg Jensen Sterling silver "Strata" pendant 203 with silver chain, SOLD

item 1592,  Georg Jensen Henning Koppel Sterling silver ring 125, Size  L,  costs £195

item 1931,  Georg Jensen Sterling silver necklace no 40 by Henry Pilstrup, SOLD

item 0102,  Georg Jensen  Sterling silver rare 1990 Annual pendant + chain, costs £ 155

item 0350,  Georg Jensen 2006 pendant with orange moonstone + chain, SOLD

item  1932,  Georg Jensen lapis 2013 annual pendant + chain, SOLD