Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Niels Erik From Collection

Niels Erik From in his workshop, 1947. From is second from the right on the far side of the table. 
( Photo courtesy of Roskilde Mønt) 

Here is a collection of silver jewellery by the Danish modernist master Niels Erik From, who opened a shop and workshop in the early 1930s in Nakskov on the island of Lolland.  Both the shop and the workshop expanded and moved location several times until they took possession of a large purpose-built factory in 1967.   The business finally closed in 1996 when it was taken over by Aagaard.

The collection offered today covers the early to mid modernist period, 1950s and 1960s, including several iconic pieces.  There are pendants, bracelets, rings, brooches, earrings and a pair of cufflinks.5 items have been on the website before. The rest are new vintage items.

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

item 2186,   N.E.From Sterling silver rock crystal pendant,  costs £145

item 2187,    N.E.From Sterling silver rock crystal earrings, hooks,  cost £135

item 0668, N.E. From Sterling silver rock crystal ring,  Size UK N-O,  US 7,  Eu 54-55,   costs  £165

item 2188,  N.E.From Sterling silver ovals bracelet,  costs  £145

item 2189,  N.E.From Sterling silver oval ear clips, cost £55

item 2190,   N.E.From Sterling silver amethyst necklace,  costs £145

item 2191,  N.E.From Sterling silver fish brooch with tiger eye,  costs £60

item 0060,  N.E.From Sterling silver 'boomerang' necklace,   costs £185

item 0059,  N.E.From Sterling silver 'boomerang bracelet, costs £130

item 2192,  N.E.From Sterling silver boomerang brooch,  costs £65

item 2193,   N.E.From Sterling silver double boomerang ear clips,  cost £60

item 2194,  N.E.From Sterling silver jasper ring, adjustable size,  costs £120

item 2195,  N.E.From Sterling silver jasper pendant, costs £95

item 0958,  N.E.From Sterling silver-gilt collar decoration, costs £145

item 1327,  N.E.From Sterling silver blue glass brooch / pendant ,  costs £ 125

item 1697, N.E.From Sterling silver bar cufflinks, cost £ 75

Friday, 4 October 2019

Anton Michelsen and Royal Copenhagen

Here's  a  superb and varied collection of jewelry from the workshops of the renowned Danish silversmith,  Anton Michelsen.   There are six pieces new to the site, mostly very rare. The rest  are returning favourites. The designers featured include Gertrud Engel, the 1950s foliage artist, and Eigil Jensen, who trained with Hans Hansen and created numerous outststanding modernist pieces during his 40 years with Anton Michelsen.

item  2180,  Eigil Jensen for Anton Michelsen, Sterling silver cuff bangle, costs  £165

item 2181,  Eigil Jensen for Anton Michelsen, Sterling silver brooch, costs £160

item 2182,  Anton Michelsen Sterling silver clip earrings, cost  £65

item 2183,  Erik  Herløv for Anton Michelsen, silver gilt forget--me-not brooch,  costs  £ 88

item 2184,  Erik  Herløv for Anton Michelsen, silver gilt forget--me-not bracelet, SOLD

item 2185,  Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen Porcelain/Anton Michelsen pendant,  costs £77

item 0500,  Anton Michelsen silver stretchy spiral bangle, costs £165

item 0937, Gertrud Engel for Anton Michelsen, Sterling silver curled leaf brooch, costs  £90

item 0294,  Gertrud Engel for Anton Michelsen, Sterling silver grass brooch,  costs £125

item 0043,  Gertrud Engel for Anton Michelsen, Sterling silver Viking Ship brooch, costs £ 75

item 0364,  Anton Michelsen medium silver gilt enamel daisy brooch, costs  £85

item 0695,  Anton Michelsen very large silver gilt enamel daisy brooch, costs  £165

Michelsen very large and medium daisy brooches. 

item 0759,  Eigil Jensen for Anton Michelsen, Sterling silver boomerang ear clips, cost £75

item 0934,  Royal Copenhagen Porcelain/Anton Michelsen, Flora Danica buttercup pendant/brooh, costs  £145

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.
Antik & Auktion 4/99 

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Hans Hansen, the cradle of Danish Modern

Here is a wonderful collection of silver jewellery by the most famous Danish modernist design workshop, Hans Hansen. It includes several extremely rare and exclusive pieces. There are three returners amongst the selection of brooches, bracelets, cufflinks, rings and a necklace. They are all made of Sterling silver. The designers include Karl Gustav Hansen,  Bent Gabrielsen Pedersen, Bent Knudsen and Allan Scharff.

See below for a short history of the company

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

item 2170,  Bent Gabrielsen Pedersen for Hans Hansen brooch no. 110,  costs  £145 

item  1275, Bent Gabrielsen Pedersen for Hans Hansen, brooch no. 115,  costs £145

item 0465, Bent Gabrielsen Pedersen for Hans Hansen brooch, no. 109, costs £145

item  2171,  Bent Gabrielsen Pedersen for Hans Hansen, bangle no.243, costs £545

item 2174,  Karl Gustav Hansen bangle, Future Series, costs £ 325

item 0774, Karl Gustav Hansen heart bracelet., costs £325

item 2173, Hans Hansen ear clips.  costs £ 95

item 2172,  Bent Gabrielsen Pedersen for Hans Hansen, necklace no. 319, costs £685

item 2175,  Hans Hansen folded silver ring, made by Georg Jensen, size N, 6.75, 54,  costs  £250 

item 2176,  Karl Gustav Hansen 'Future Series' ring, size N, 7, 54-55,   costs £150

item  2177, Karl Gustav Hansen ring,  size N, 7, 54-55,    costs £175

item 2178, Bent Knudsen for Hans Hansen ring,  size  N,  7,  54,   costs £195

item 2179, Allan Scharff for Hans Hansen, cufflinks,    cost £ 175

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.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Georg Jensen, probably the best silversmithy in the world

And probably the most famous one too. Georg Jensen established  his smithy in 1904 to create affordable jewellery by using non-precious metals and stones and with great design  and craftsmanship at its core.   From the Danish Art Nouveau , Skønvirke, through Art Deco, Functionalism, to Danish Modern, the company continues to pursue and maintain this fundamental mission.  I am offering a collection of 13 pieces spanning 100 years of great design.  5 pieces have been offered before, the rest are new. to the website.   The designers include Harald Nielsen, Henry Pilstup, Arno Malinowski, Henning Koppel and Nanna Ditzel

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

item 1591,  Georg Jensen, Nanna Ditzel , Sterling silver ring, no.91, size O / 7/ 55, costs  £ 295

item 2162, Georg Jensen,  Lene Munthe, Sterling silver ring, no. 425, size  P-Q / 8 / 57,  costs  £175

item 2163,  Georg Jensen, Harald Nielsen, Sterling hematite ring no 46B, size M, 6.5, 53,  costs £225

item 2164,  Georg Jensen Steffen Andersen Sterling ring no. 107, size O. 7.5, 55,   SOLD

item  2165,   Georg Jensen Sterling silver double bangle, mobius, no.A32B,  costs £225

item 2166,  Georg Jensen, Henning Koppel Sterling silver brooch, no.324,  costs £185

item  0913,  Georg Jensen, Arno Malinowski, Strling silver kneeling deer brooch, no. 256,  SOLD

item 0502,  Georg Jensen, Arno Malinowski, Sterling silver cockerel brooch, no. 276, costs £345

item 1389,  Georg Jensen  2007 Sterling silver 'Silver Air' pendant,  SOLD

item 2167,  Georg Jensen Sterling silver annual Heritage pendant 2000,  costs £145

item 0540  Georg Jensen silver-gilt white enamel 18 mm daisy pendant, costs  £125

item 2168,  Georg Jensen, Harald Nielsen, Sterling silver cufflinks, no. 44A,  costs  £245

item 2169,  Georg Jensen, Henry Pilstrup, Sterling silver cufflinks no. 53,  costs £275