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.
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.
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.
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.
Knud Basse (1916-1991)
Knud Basse was a Dansish Ceramicist known for his very popular small figures of animals with finely processed matte or “haresfur” glazes.
He was associated with several makers including Michael Andersen & Sons, but his best work came from his workshop in Teglkas-Ronne (on the island of Bornholm Denmark) .
Knud also produced pieces for Danish pottery Palshus.
I have had some of the delightful figurines by Knud in the first few images below:
Knud Base Cypher
Recently I discovered a delightful small form , out of Knud Basse’s own studio on Bornholm, which has a thorn like design and a wonderfully coloured glaze:
Knud Basse Own Studio Vase
The “thorned” design above is similar to a very striking series of larger forms with thorns, which Knud created for Michael Andersen & Sons. These are highly valued, prized pieces to collectors. Read more
Lehmann Pottery Denmark
Lehmann Pottery was located on the island of Langeland in Denmark, but not much else than that has been documented about their history.
It’s most active period was in the 1960s and 1970s, but ran until 2016 when it closed under different operators.
I have seen a few references to Erik (Ulrich) Lundbergh Ebeltoft as designer/maker of Lehmann pottery, and I have had pieces stamped Lundbergh Ebeltoft with a very similar look and feel to them.
Most of the pieces from this pottery are instantly recognisable with their velvety red or orange glazes, and dark brown textured (Chamotte) clay.
Lemann pottery is often stamped with a very tiny impressed LEHMANN stamp on the base, and sometimes you will find a piece with an original triangular sticker if lucky, in which case it is usually not stamped as well.
Royal Tettau Ria Design
Royal Tettau is a German/Bavarian Porcelain manufacturer with a long history starting in 1794. I found quite a concise and comprehensive history about it HERE, with all the backstamps!
This very stylish design by Royal Tettau dates to between 1954 to 1968 and from what I can see, the forms of this series are called “Ria”, and the pattern is “no. 1347, grauer Rand” (Grey Border), although these 2 terms are often transposed online and you can often find it simply called “Ria” and in Germany “Ria, 1347 Grauer Rand”
The lovely line pattern reminds me of Jessie Tait’s Midwinter “Sienna” design. The shapes are very elegant, stylish and speak of the 1950’s.
Royal Tettau Ria 1347
Royal Tettau Ria 1347 via “FromTheSeller” Etsy
Stavangerflint//Figgjo “Florry” 1960s
This is a design by Nils Aarrestad Siversten(b1920, Stavanger, Norway) called “Florry”. A stoneware (Ildfast) series. From what I can find the design dates to 1960 .
It was designed at Stavangerflint, and you can find some with the Stavangerflint stamp, and others with the Figgjo stamp – which means it was still in production when Figgjo and Stavangerflint merged in 1968.
Nils Siversten also designed for Stavangerflint “Amber”, “Bardu”, “Beito”, and “Karin” designs as well as a very popular series of decorative objects under the name of “Rondane”.
One of the charming features of this design is that the motif is a different colour on each side.