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 scandinaviansilver.co.uk

item 2170,  Bent Gabrielsen Pedersen for Hans Hansen brooch no. 110,  SOLD 

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, SOLD

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,  SOLD

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.

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