Danico Pottery Denmark c1900-1929
I used to find pieces like the one below from the Danish Pottery “Danico” frequently, but I haven’t seen any for some time. I think that they are so striking – and immediately recognisable. The pottery was exported in large numbers to the USA and other countries.
The pottery Danico was in a town called Horsens on the east coast of Jutland, Denmark. It started in the early 1900’s – originally from a Pottery begun by Niels Peter Nielsen. The company produced pottery fine wares in the “Skønvirke” style – which was mixture of Jugendstil (German), Art Nouveau (French), Arts and Crafts (English). It had a short life, closing in 1929.
You will often find pieces from Kahler (HAK) Denmark from this era in a very similar style – at times it is hard to tell them apart – (although HAK ceramics are always marked with the HAK sign). The similarity is probably also because two important potters at Danico came from Kahler to work at Danico – Karl Hansen and Frederik Jorgensen. Another of the potters at Danico was Leon Dissing (see next entry)
Danico pottery is always marked with a number from 1-499, and usually a Danico stamp.
The “tube-lining” decoration on this piece was achieved using slip trailed through a cow horn and feather quill – a traditional, if difficult technique used well into the 1950s and 1960s by many Danish potters including Ady Kroyer in her early work.
A history of the Danico pottery can be found here: