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.

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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

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