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Jens Quistgaard “Mexico” Design, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard “Mexico” Kronjyden Nissen, Denmark c1970s

At the end of the 1960s into the 1970s Jens Quistgaard designed a new group of series for Kronjyden Nissen Denmark on the same shape (form 38). This group of designs started with Tema, then followed closely with Mexico & Columbia.

Tema became the highest selling dinner service in Denmark at the time (mid 1970s) – although I find Mexico much more impressive looking and interesting.

Peru on form 45, and Coppelia on form 46 followed, but interest in stoneware dinnerware was now starting to decline, and by 1988 Kronjyden Nissen closed and was taken over by Bing & Grondahl/Royal Copenhagen. B&G continued producing some of the designs for several years and you will often find services such as “Cordial”, “Rune”, & “Contrast ” with the Bing & Grondahl backstamp.

For me the last great dinnerware service designed by Quistgaard for Kronjyden Nissen was “Mexico”. The colour and forms work so well, and when seen as a group this dinner set makes such an impressive statement.

Mexico Design, Jug Form, Jens Quistgaard, Kronjyden Nissen

Mexico Design, Jug Form, Jens Quistgaard, Kronjyden Nissen

 

Mexico Design, Sugar Bowl, Jens Quistgaard, Kronjyden Nissen

Mexico Design, Sugar Bowl, Jens Quistgaard, Kronjyden Nissen

 

Mexico Design, Large Tea Cup Jens Quistgaard, Kronjyden Nissen

Mexico Design, Large Tea Cup Jens Quistgaard, Kronjyden Nissen

 

Mexico Design, Teapot, Jens Quistgaard, Kronjyden Nissen

Mexico Design, Teapot, Jens Quistgaard, Kronjyden Nissen

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Jens Quistgaard “Rune” Design, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard “Rune”, Kronjyden Nissen

Another of the great stoneware designs by Jens Quistgaard for Danish maker Kronjyden Nissen in the 1960s.

This design is called “Rune”, and the motifs on the design appears to be based upon or give an impression of early Runes (turned on their side) which were which were used to write various Germanic/Scandinavian languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet.

Again it is a stoneware dinner service, this time with a smooth semi matte glaze with lovely pale olive green to ochre colours on the rims and edges. Again the brass rattan wrapped handles on some of the pieces add to the feel of being hand-crafted.

Rune Design Cup, Saucer, Plate, Jens Quistgaard for Kronjyden Nissen

Rune Design Cup, Saucer, Plate, Jens Quistgaard for Kronjyden Nissen

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Jens Quistgaard “Cordial”, Kronjyden Nissen

Another of the hugely popular designs by Jens Quistgaard for Kronjyden Nissen Denmark in the 1960s was “Cordial” . This was another of the stoneware series Quistgaard designed – but the matte glaze surfaces of “Contrast” and “Azure” were now replaced with a more versatile and user friendly satin gloss glaze.

The design features an charming embossed repeat pattern of the small connected hearts.

Light grey was the default colour of this design, but it was made in several other colours later in its production.

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Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Cordial” Design Teapot

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Cordial” Design Cup, Saucer, Plate

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Circa 1984 a range of other colours were introduced which ran until 1988 when Knabstrup closed and production was taken over by Bing & Grondahl (but it is not clear if Quistgaard had any involvement in the addition of other colours to the design). Read more

Jens Quistgaard “Azur”, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard’s “Azur” Design was created for Kronjyden Nissen Demark in the early 1960s, soon after “Relief”.

The design features a charming abstracted floral repeat motif, reminiscent of Japanese cherry blossom. The plates are have an octagonal form, and the whole series seems a further refinement of the “Relief” design.

The most common colourway you will find it in is a subtle blue grey, but the design was also made in at least 1 other colour – a chocaltey brown called “Umbra”

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Kronjyden Nissen “Azur” Jens Quistgaard, Teapot

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Kronjyden Nissen “Azur” Jens Quistgaard – Plate form

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Kronjyden Nissen “Azur” Jens Quistgaard – Cup, Saucer, Plate

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Kronjyden Nissen “Azur” Jens Quistgaard – lidded Sugar Bowl

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Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design – Kronjyden Nissen

The dinnerware design “Relief” by Jens Quistgaard for Kronjyden Nissen Denmark has become a classic and coveted design since its introduction in 1959. It was designed at the beginning of a long and productive relationship between Quistgaard and Kronjyden Nissen and resulted in a series of outstanding designs.

“Relief” is a matt glazed stoneware, in a wheat or ochre colour featuring a stylised wheat-sheaf repeat pattern. Handles of some of the teapots, sugar bowls etc. feature rattan wrapped brass handles – very popular at the time.

The green inners you can see on some pieces like the bowls and plates was a later addition – possibly introduced because of the noise matt glazed stoneware makes against cutlery.

Several of the vessel designs have a white satin glaze interior as well.

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Teapot

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Teapot – with original wooden stand.

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Saucer, Plate

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Saucer, Plate

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Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Lidded Sugar Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Lidded Sugar Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design , Serving Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design , Serving Bowl – This piece originally had a teak lid

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Handled Soup Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Handled Soup Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Plate Design

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Plate Design

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Jug Design

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Jug Design

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design , Main Plate, Green Centre

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design ,Main Plate, Green Centre

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard, "Relief" Design Main Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard, “Relief” Design Main Bowl

 

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design , Coffee Pot

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design , Coffee Pot

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard, "Relief" Dinner Set

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard, “Relief” Dinner Set – Photo Lauritz.com Denmark.

 

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Coffee Cup

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Coffee Cup

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J.H. Quistgaard Ceramic Designs

Jens Harald Quistgaard ( 1919 – 2008) was a Danish sculptor and designer, known for his work with Dansk Designs where he was chief designer from 1954 -1984.

He was undoubtedly one of the top designers of the 20th Century – creating what have  become iconic designs in a multitude of materials including stainless steel, silver, ceramic, glass and wood, even designing architectural elements.

His designs have become synonymous with the “Scandinavian Style” where clean lines, elegant sculptural form and natural materials were all integral.

A bit of background from Wikipedia

Quistgaard was hugely productive and for Dansk Design where alone fashioned more than 4000 products. It is a production which spans a large range of materials and utility items, and which is created from a philosophy that utility items for the kitchen and the table should function together harmoniously. To set the table and arrange with Quistgaards designs became from the end of the 1950s and during the 1960s identical with “modern living” and Scandinavian style where clean lines, sculptural form and natural materials went hand in hand. Quistgaard also designed for Palshus Keramik, Eslau Keramik, Hermann Ole Jacobsen, De Forenede Jernstøberier A/S, Raadvad Knivfabrik A/S, Sival Staal, O.V. Mogensen, Slagelse Sølvvarefabrik, Kronjyden Nissen, Trip Trap, IHQ Designs, Gubi of Copenhagen.

My main interest in Quistgaard’s work is with his stoneware designs for the Danish Ceramics factory Kronjyden Nissen which had started up in 1937.  In 1957 Kronjyden Nissen initiated a stoneware production in cooperation with Quistgaard and his company Dansk Design. The first release was the series  “Flamestone” (under the Dansk label) and the next  “Relief” (under the Kronjyden Label).

These became hugely successful designs, and along with the new patterns Quistgaard designed  like Azur, Rune and Cordial, they became a successful business both for export and the home market.  Quistgaard also designed beautiful wooden kitchen wares to compliment these  stoneware series.

The Flamestone design features a highly matte dark, chocolatey brown exterior, contrasting with a smooth white gloss glaze for the interior or “working surfaces”

Flamestone Lidded Sugar Bowl, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Lidded Sugar Bowl, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Lidded Sugar Bowl, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Lidded Sugar Bowl, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Coffee Set, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Coffee Set, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Coffee Pot, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Coffee Pot, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Jug, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Jug, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Backstamp

Flamestone Backstamp

(IHQ is an abbreviation of Jens Harald Quistgaard)

In 1972 Bing & Grondahl took over Kronjyden Nissen and the pattern “Tema” by Quistgaard in production at that time became the most sold tableware in Denmark.

On the same form as Tema – Read more

Arabia Finland, Raija Uosikkinen

Raija Uosikkinen (1923- 2004) worked as a painter and decoration designer at Arabia Finland 1947-1986.  She and Esteri Tomula were pivotal to the success of Arabia Finland when the product lines were revamped in the later 1940s and 1950s.  Kaj Franck was responsible for most of the forms or shapes which the designs by Raija and Esteri were added to.

The very popular design “Ali” by Raija Uosikkinen designed in 1964 was produced until 1975. It came in both Blue and Brown variations, but the blue seems to be the more popular. “Ali” was also the last design on copperplate from the Arabia Finland factory.

Arabia Finland, Ali Design - Blue, Large Jug

Arabia Finland, Ali Design – Blue, Large Jug

The large jug in Ali design above is currently for sale on Etsy HERE

Arabia Finland, Ali Design - Blue, Large Platter

Arabia Finland, Ali Design – Blue, Large Platter

Arabia Finland, Ali Design - Blue, Large Bowl

Arabia Finland, Ali Design – Blue, Large Bowl

Arabia Finland, Ali Design - Brown

Arabia Finland, Ali Design – Brown Plate

Arabia Finland, Ali Design - Brown

Arabia Finland, Ali Design – Brown

One of Raija’s most coveted , and now most expensive designs to purchase on the secondary market is the beautiful “Emilia” which was produced c1957-1966. It features charming crisp black and white graphics of a whimsical nature – some purported to be about the daily life of Uosikkinen´s American aunt’s life. Other motifs feature garden scenes, market scenes, and other depictions of daily life. Read more

Apollo 11 – The Vase!

The Apollo Series Vases – Royal Norfolk UK, 1960s.

Way back in July 2011, on the previous version of this site I posted about a spectacular very large blue vase with “Apollo 11” stamped underneath. I couldn’t find anything out about it until after several comments on the blog it was identified by Steve Optix from Retro Mojo UK  as being produced by Royal Norfolk (UK).

What I love about this series is the way the textured ripples on the surface remind me of the Apollo rockets on take off when you had all gasses and steam rippling and flowing down the sides of the rocket. The  designer of the series is yet to be identified.

Apollo 11 Vase, Royal Norfolk, UK

Apollo 11 Vase, Royal Norfolk, UK

Over time, in my experience, all mysteries to do with vintage ceramics are resolved. Late last year Steve from Retro Mojo put together information about the Apollo series forms, and below is a summary of the background discovered. Read more