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