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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

sugar-cane-handle

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

I’ve also seen photographs of this design in dark brown and a green – but these seem to be very rare variations – the were perhaps made for trials or test samples.

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Teapot

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Teapot – Very rare Green – Photo from “81-s.com” Japan

 

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard, "Relief" Coffee Pot - Dark Brown

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard, “Relief” Coffee Pot – Dark Brown via DanishMood Etsy

 

There are a number of backstamps to these series, and some foil labels – but the variations you will see most commonly are probably the ones below. Some of the very early releases of this design have no backstamp at all.

Kronjyden Nissen Backstamp

Kronjyden Nissen Backstamp – one of several used during production. Sometimes the Logo was used by itself.

relief-coffee-stamp

Kronjyden Nissen Backstamp on Coffee Pot

Kronjyden Nissen Backstamp on Coffee Pot

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