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Royal Copenhagen Baca, Shape 3266

I never knew this shape existed until I came across it recently. This tiny little Royal Copenhagen lidded box is from the very popular BACA fajance series in the 1960s. Pieces from this series have become real collectors items, and its easy to see why.

The design is number 711, on shape 3266 – a box measuring a tiny 4.5cm square x 3cm high.

Nils Thorsson designed all the forms for this series, and the 711 pattern on this piece is his design as well.

It has proved to be one of most popular patterns of the BACA series with its lovely textured glaze of green, white and blue hues; and each piece turning out slightly different because of the method of glazing Nils Thorsson developed for this series.

 

Royal Copenhagen 711/3266

Royal Copenhagen 711/3266 Royal Copenhagen 711/3266

You can read all about this series and its artists in my previous post HERE 

The other form this 711 pattern is seen on is the series of 3 various sized square bottle forms like the one below…..but I have yet to see it on any other forms with pattern 711 except for the bottle and small box form…..If you know of any others I would love to see them.

Royal Copenhagen Pattern 711, Nils Thorsson

Royal Copenhagen Pattern 711, Nils Thorsson

 

Kahler HAK Denmark

The first few images below are of one of the most impressive and beautiful mid century pieces I have ever had from Kahler Pottery, commonly known as HAK (Herman A Kahler), Denmark. It is a huge stoneware bowl by any standards, with the most intense and luxurious shade of 1960s turquoise (35cm in diameter x 10cm high x 2.92kg)

It is signed underneath with the HAK Kahler mark and “Nils”- for its designer Nils Kahler.

Kahler Pottery in Denmark began circa 1840 and operated continuously until its closure in 1974. All pieces of Kahler Ceramics from this period have the HAK logo hand-signed, and often a a set of numbers (the pattern and shape number as per standard practice).

Nils Kahler (1906-1979) was 4th generation Kahler and in 1940 together with his brother ran the workshop. Nils was the artistic director and his pieces were all signed ‘Nils’ to the underside of the base. The brothers went their separate ways in 1968 and the family pottery closed in 1974 (although the HAK brand name has now been revived and rebranded, selling beautifully designed and made ceramics, including some of the historical forms from the original Kahler output – see their website here )

The marking of ‘Nils’ to the underside of pieces ceased in 1968. This piece dates sometime close to 1968 I believe.

The colour of this piece – the deep turquoise blue along with the herringbone pattern was a signature design of Nils Kahler, and one of the most coveted series of his designs.

Kahler Bowl - Nils Kahler 1960s

Kahler Bowl – Nils Kahler 1960s , Photo Ray Garrod

Kahler Bowl - Nils Kahler 1960s , Photo Ray Garrod

Kahler Bowl – Nils Kahler 1960s , Photo Ray Garrod

Kahler Bowl - Nils Kahler 1960s , Photo Ray Garrod

Kahler Bowl with HAK and Nils Cypher – Nils Kahler 1960s , Photo Ray Garrod

Below: 2 more pieces in the same style from the 1960s, by Nils Kahler Read more

Royal Copenhagen, Johanne Gerber Designs

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

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