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Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber Designs

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

The first design here is just so impressive and powerful…and It shouts Mid Century Modern. I have only come across it on this large form (no. 3101) which is 36cm tall. Of course it is from Royal Copenhagen and is a design by Johanne Gerber as part of the BACA series at Royal Copenhagen in the 1960s.

Johanne was one of a group of designers and artists under the direction of Nils Thorsson. This group included Berte Jessen, Marianne Johnson, Ellen Malmer, Kari Christensen, Beth Breyen and Grete Helland-Hansen, Johanne(s) Gerber, Anne Marie Trolle and Ivan Weiss.

Most of the forms were design by Nils Thorsson, but Ellen Malmer also designed about 14 of the forms.

A glazing technique was developed by Nils so that each piece turned out slightly differently, giving them a hand-crafted, hand painted appearance due to the nature of the glaze.

The designs of each of the artists/pattern designers is very different. I think the designs of Johanne Gerber are amongst the boldest – often featuring strong contrasting colours as in this example, and often with complex layering of patterns and textures. All of Johanne’s designs have quite a painterly quality – and often remind me of mid 20th century abstract and expressionist painting.

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber

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