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Bing & Grondahl “Tivoli”

Bing & Grondahl “Tivoli”

This very smart design from Bing & Grondahl is called “Tivoli”, and was designed by Martin Hunt c1970s.

Martin Hunt, Co-Designer of the award winning Hornsea Lancaster Vitramic and a huge number of other Hornsea designs  – also designed several dinnerware series for Bing and Grondahl and Rosenthal. The Bing & Grondahl designs  include Tivoli, Korinth and Cumulus (decoration by Carl Harry-Stalhane) .

The same forms Martin Hunt designed for Tivoli were also used on the series Delphi, Olympia,  Sahara, Troja, Corinth, Marrakech and Casablanca. All of these designs are now quite hard to get hold of. 

If you want to see more Martin Hunt designs go to the V&A collections online here for Martin. They have a very large collection of his designs from the 1970s until current day, including some of the B&G designs mentioned above.

 

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L. Hjorth Denmark Urn

L Hjorth Denmark Urn

This beautiful handmade stoneware vase is from L. Hjorth, Bornholm, Denmark. I love the colour and texture of the glaze, in addition to the form and level of craftsmanship the piece displays.

The glaze indicates a studio piece from the 1960’s or 1970’s with its blue mottled appearance. It was a glaze which was very popular in this era with many manufacturers and potters.

The urn is stamped only with the L.Hjorth stamp, and does not have the reindeer mark – the lack of which would normally indicate that this was produced pre 1927 – but there are exceptions to this rule, and you can find pieces made in the 1960s and 1970s which have no reindeer stamp.

Looking through the old Hjorth catalogues online however, I think I have found the series this piece was copied from in the 1916 catalogue, the title of which translates as “copies of Bornholm excavations”. Copies from which era I’m not sure, as Bornholm has been occupied since pre-historic times by several races/tribes of peoples. The form of this piece has a very Roman Empire look to it though.

Apparently the original pieces made in 1916 as copies of the Bornholm excavations had little in the way of glaze or decoration either – and were a reddish brown, or natural clay colour.

Whatever the story – A fascinating link to history through a beautifully made piece of early 20th Century pottery. The beauty of Danish pottery never ceases to astound me.

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Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 719

Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 719

Design or Pattern number 719 by Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen/Aluminia is one of the most recognised and popular designs from the BACA series in the 1960s.

The design is such a beautifully complex mixture of subtle colours, line patterns and textures – and the design contains elements which don’t reveal themselves immediately to the viewer.

On most pieces the design consists of outlined or framed elements joined together with lines and repeat patterns. Inside the framed components are designs of fish – sometimes a repeat pattern, sometimes a single fish.

Other elements appear to be floral – or perhaps they are seaweed or other aquatic flora. The more you study one of these pieces, the more the design reveals itself to you.

In addition to the design, the complex nature of the glazes which Nils developed for the BACA series, means that each piece turned out slightly different when fired in the kiln – adding to the “handmade” appearance of each piece.

 

Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 719

Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 719

Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 719

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Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 627

I recently discovered a design by Ellen Malmer for the BACA series at Royal Copenhagen I haven’t come across previously.

I have written about the designs by Ellen Malmer previously HERE, and the story of the BACA series HERE if you are unfamiliar with either.

This simple and bold pattern is number 627, and it is placed onto form 3587 – a wide flat bowl in this case.

I love the bold simplicity of this design, and the contrast of the white background, dark brown outline and orange peel texture of the caramel coloured main design. To me it appears to be a simplified design of apples or pears cut in half, and repeated around the form.

I haven’t been able to find any other forms where this pattern has been used, but if you know of any I would love to hear from you.

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Soholm Denmark, Burgundia

Soholm Burgundia Series

The shapes for this very modernist looking series were designed by Holm Sorensen, and the pattern/glaze/decoration by Svend Aage Jensen in 1956. Many of the same forms were used on the now very rare “Zambesi” series by the same collaborators and other series in the same decade.

The base glaze on Burgundia is a satin black, and the pattern has various designs hand-painted in white, yellow and pale blue.

It is hard to know exactly how many forms there were in this series, but there seems to have been a large number – some of which are now very very rare – like the coveted Bull, and the Stork.

Soholm Burgundia Design, Ewer

Soholm Burgundia Design, Ewer – Side View

Soholm Burgundia Design, Ewer

Soholm Burgundia Design, Candle Holder

Soholm Burgundia Design, Candle Holder

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl – photo via Pinterest

Soholm Burgundia Design, Vase

Soholm Burgundia Design, Vase – this form came in 5 sizes.

Soholm Burgundia Group

Soholm Burgundia Group from Lauritz.com Auction House Denmark

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl

From the book "Søholm - Bornholmsk keramik"

Burgundia forms, From the book “Søholm – Bornholmsk keramik”

Soholm Burgundia Ewer Vase

Soholm Burgundia Ewer Vase – Via Pinterest

KPM Denmark, Kjøbenhavns Porcellains Painting

KPM Denmark, Copenhagen Porcelain Painting Factory

The design below is  commonly referred to as Black Rose

It was made by KPM  or “Kjøbenhavns Porcellains Painting” (The Porcelain Painting Workshop of Copenhagen) which was owned by Niels Holst and Christian Knudsen who bought it in 1924. (Not to be confused with the German company Royal Porzellan Bavaria KPM)

They ran KPM Denmark conjointly with what became “Niels Holst & Son A/S”, and was later known simply as Lyngby until its closure in the 1960s. The stunning designs from Lyngby in  the 1960s are better known, but those from its KPM era are less well known these days.

The very 1950s looking design is the sort of one people will either love or hate, with not much in between probably. I love the exuberance of the design – even though its not the sort of thing I would own as a dinner set.

This design reminds me how popular black or black/grey and white was as a colour scheme on domestic dinnerware in the 1950’s….as well as the frequent use of silver/platinum coloured trim on designs for the domestic market.

The shape of the black rose pieces is called Vallø. It was a form used quite frequently by KPM in the 1950s with different patterns.

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

You should normally be able to find a range of designs from KPM from this era online. The two below I found on Etsy writing this article. Read more

Royal Copenhagen Fredensborg 937

Royal Copenhagen 937

Royal Copenhagen Fredendsborg (design no. 937) is a beautiful plain cream coloured porcelain design, with a luxurious gold trim.

It is a design by Thorkild Ohlsen who designed the famous Fensmark and Quaking Grass Designs I have posted about previously.

The pieces in this are the same shape and size and colour as Fensmark and Quaking Grass, but it always amazes me how a change of colour and pattern (or in this case no pattern) can transform a form.

The glaze on this series (937) has a luxurious clotted cream colour, with an equally luxuriant gold trim on the pieces.

Simple, elegant and timeless.

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg Stamp

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg Stamp on shape 9481

Soholm Denmark, 2 Sunflower Designs

Soholm Denmark, Sunflower Designs

As often happens when researching ceramics, I come across 2 or more different series by the same producer with the same name – but very different in style and appearance.

The first vase pictured below is a Soholm Denmark Solsikke (Sunflower) Design vase on form no. 2036 (which is normally seen with the Soholm Burgundia pattern).

Its production dates to around 1958. It is now quite a rare design. Holm Sorensen is attributed to the form design and Svend Aage Jensen to the decor. Both the stylish form and the smart graphic design elements are immediately identifiable as designs of the 1950s.

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

The next images are from a series at Soholm which has the same name, by Einar Johansen, and which was produced between 1966 and 1968. This series as a more rustic feel about it, and more “earthy” tones – again reflecting a different era of “back to nature” and the handmade. Read more