Saturday, 20 October 2018

The David-Andersen family collection

Here is a fabulous collection of jewellery from Norway's leading silversmithy, David-Andersen All the most famous series from 1950 onward are represented;  silver, silver-gilt and enamel, the Troll series, the Saga series, and Unn Tangerud's bronze series from the studio workshop of Uni David-Andersen, the great granddaughter of the founder.
There are 20 pieces to chose from, of which 11 are new to the shop.  There are rings, brooches, bangles and a bracelet, pendants and even a pair of earrings.

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

item 1631.   David-Andersen Sterling ring, size N /7,   SOLD

item 1942,  David-Andersen ,  Uni David-Andersen 'LuckyCharm' Sterling 3 balls ring, adjustable size, SOLD

item 1943,   David-Andersen Toril Bjorg ring, adjustable size, costs £135

item 1944,  David-Andersen Sterling modernist dangles pendant + chain,  SOLD

item 1945,  David-Andersen Sterling wrap-around arm bangle,  SOLD

item 1946,   David-Andersen Sterling modernist jade ring, adjustable size, SOLD

item 1947,  Daviid-Andersen Harry Sørby, Sterling amazonite brooch,  SOLD

item  1634,  David-Andersen Fleet of Viking Ships pendant / brooch, costs £ 225

item 0419, David-Andersen Blue Four Seasons  enamel brooch,  SOLD

item 0901,  David-Andersen blue enamel bracelet, costs £165

item 1149,  David-Andersen, Toril Bjørg, red enamel reversible pendant, SOLD

item 1948,  David-Andersen, Willy Winnæss white or yellow enamel leaves brooch, SOLD

item 1949,  Uni David-Andersen Unn Tangerud huge bronze pendant/brooch, costs £125

item 1950,   Uni David-Andersen Unn Tangerud geometric bronze pendant / brooch,  SOLD

item 1951,  Uni David-Andersen, Unn Tangerud bronze earrings, pierced ears, SOLD

item 0926, David-Andersen Viking coiled ring, size K or M, costs £65

item 1505, David-Andersen Saga series silver  ring, size R  SOLD

item 0991,  David-Andersen Saga series prehistoric bangle, SOLD

item 1952,  David-Andersen Sterling silver Saga Urnæs  brooch,  costs £88

item 1343,   David-Andersen Saga series  Sterling cufflinks,   cost  £85

Monday, 8 October 2018

Anton Michelsen and Royal Copenhagen

Here is a small collection of silver jewellery by the illustrious Danish silversmithy Anton Michelsen, as well as the later collaborative work with Royal Copenhagen Porcelain. Most of the items are brooches, and indeed, almost all of these have been on the website before, giving you another chance to acquire one of these much loved brooches.

A short history of this great silversmithy is provided below.

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

item 0294    Anton Michelsen, Gertrud Engel 'Grass' brooch,  SOLD

item 0191,  Anton Michelsen Eigil Jensen green enamel leaf brooch,  costs £85

item 0501,  Anton Michelsen Strand Persian Palm Brooch,   SOLD

item 1939,   Anton Michelsen, Eigil Jensen, large Sterling silver stylised leaf brooch,  costs £145

item 0941,  Anton Michelsen Eigil Jensen Sterling stylised leaf brooch,  SOLD

item 1940,  Anton Michelsen, Royal Copenhagen silver and porcelain ring, size N /7,  SOLD

item 1941,  Royal Copenhagen porcelain and silver necklace, SOLD

item 0415,   Anton Michelsen, Gertrud Engel,  Sterling leaves brooch, SOLD

item 1299,  Anton Michelsen Sterling silver feather brooch, costs £75

item 0937,  Anton Michelsen , Gertrud Engel, Sterling  curled leaf brooch,  SOLD

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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