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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

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Identifying Royal Copenhagen & Other Danish Factory Seconds

Identifying Royal Copenhagen & Other Danish Factory Seconds

It is important to know if you are spending a lot of money on a piece of Royal Copenhagen if it is a factory FIRST, or factory SECOND as often the appearance of the piece will often give no indication of it being a second. Any pieces coming out of the Royal Copenhagen (and Alumina) factories which did not meet the standard for perfection are marked as “seconds”.

This was done by etching a very fine short line, through the 3 Royal Copenhagen lines with a diamond cuter. A second mark will usually mean that the piece is worth less depending on the rarity and popularity of the piece, as seconds were sold at a 25-30% discount at the factory shop.

The pieces I come across most often marked as seconds are those from the 1950s and 1960s from the Tenera and Baca series under the direction of Nils Thorsson. Some designs in these series were inconsistent in how they fired in the kiln – and if too far from the desired look, they were marked as seconds and sold in the factory outlets. In other cases pieces could be marked as seconds because of tiny firing cracks (figurines mainly) or other small faults. However sometimes there seems to be nothing at all to indicate why it is a second.

Often this marking is invisible to the naked eye unless it catches the light, so with every piece of Royal Copenhagen it is best to run a finger over the back stamp, and you will feel immediately if the piece has been marked as second quality.  Sometimes the fault is visible, sometimes not.

The second marks are very hard to photograph because they are usually so fine – but you should be able to make them out in the images below: Read more

Noomi Backhausen, Denmark

Noomi Backhausen – Jespersen, Denmark.

Noomi Backhausen (29.12.1938 – 21.05.2011) is best known for her work at Soholm Pottery on Bornholm, Denmark.

She worked there between 1966-1990, and later continued to work on Bornholm in her own studio.

The Soholm designs by Noomi I tend to see most often are from the Cactus Series, (decor by Noomi, forms by Paul Brandborg) the Erika Series (decor Noomi, forms Paul Brandborg) series, and of course Noomi’s plethora of charming designs for stoneware wall plaques which Soholm Pottery has become very well known for.

Noomi’s designs are always bold and expressive, but also joyful and occasionally playful.

 

Noomi Backhausen, Erica Bowl, Soholm

Noomi Backhausen, Erica Bowl, Soholm

Noomi Backhausen, Large Cactus Series Urn , Soholm

Noomi Backhausen, Large Cactus Series Urn , Soholm

Noomi , Soholm Design 3268-2

Noomi Backhausen, Soholm Design 3268-2

There are many other series designed by her, but the images here are of items that have passed through my hands at some stage.

With the wall plaque designs the form or shape number can be found stamped on the back. Sometimes there are a number of colour/pattern variations of each wall plaque – and this is signified by a single digit after the 4 digits of the shape number (e.g. 3589 2 ). Many of the designs seem to have 2-3 variations.

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3563

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3563

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3556

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3556

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3595

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3595

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3558

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3558

Noomi, Soholm Plaque, 3589 (2)

Noomi, Soholm Plaque, 3589 (2)

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3574

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 3574 (2)

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3571

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3571

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3574

Noomi, Soholm Plaque 3574 (1)

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 4990

Noomi, Soholm, Plaque 4990

It isn’t as well known but later in life Noomi worked In her own studio on Bornholm, where she produced huge ceramic table tops. Read more