Sunday, 15 December 2019

Danish modernist masters

Here is a small collection of items by some of the most esteemed Danish Modernist designers. These are Palle Bisgaard , Poul Warmind., Bent Knudsen, Andreas Mikkelsen, and Thor Selzer Short biographies appear below the items.

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item 2250,   Palle  Bisgaard Sterling abalone necklace,    costs £195

item 2251, Bent Knudsen Sterling open harp/heart brooch,  costs £145

item 2252,    Bent Knudsen Sterling silver ear studs,  SOLD

item   2253,  Warmind Sterling aerodynamic brooch,, costs £95
item 0157, Poul Warmind matt enamel ear clips,  costs  £56

item 0159, Poul Warmind matt enamel hedgehog brooch,  SOLD

item 2254,   Thor Selzer  Thor Selzer Sterling silver matt  enamel ring, K-L,  costs £85

item 1672, Poul Warmind ear clips, cost £56

item  0160, Poul Warmind  brooch no.60,  costs £ 68

item0009,  Andreas Mikkelsen love knot choker necklace, costs £185

BISGAARD , Palle (P.Bis)
Acclaimed and highly sought after Danish modernist silversmith, who opened his workshop in Kirke Hyllinge, a hamlet outside Roskilde in the 1950s. 

 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.


Renowned modernist who worked in the small town of Kirke Såby near Roskilde from 1963 to 1983. He is particularly well known for his technique of matt enamelling. He also produced modernist pieces in gold and pewter. 

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