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Den Permanente, Copenhagen

Den Permanente, Copenhagen

Den Permanente was a very important and relevant Danish Design & Craft store in Copenhagen which operated from the 1930s to the late 1980s. It is particularly relevant to this site as many of the Potters written about here exhibited and sold work at Den Permanente.

The idea for the store was that of Kay Bojesen, a Danish silversmith – but probably today best known for his wooden monkey design. It became a commercial reality when the idea was developed by Christian Grauballe, director of Holmegaard in 1931.

Den Permanente operated as a “Permanent Exhibition of Danish Arts” and promoted the very best in modern Danish design and craft. A large range of objects were sold including furniture, glassware, lighting, ceramics, jewellery and textiles.

Den Permanente, Copenhagen

Den Permanente, Copenhagen, Photographer J.C. Raulston 1972

Items for exhibition and/or sale were chosen after  being assessed by a “Jury” and the managing board. There is a fascinating explanation of the process and more written in 1965 by its director Esbjorn Hoirt which can be read HERE

The store was important not only in Denmark for promoting Danish Design, but world wide. Den Permanente took part in several international exhibitions including the Milan Triennales of 1951-1960;  a 1954-1957 exhibition in the U.S. called “Design in Scandinavia” ; “Formes Scandinaves” in Paris 1958; Neue Form aus Denmark Germany/Austria 1957; and “Arts of Denmark” in the U.S. 1960-61.

It is fascinating to be able to read old catalogues from Den Permanente, and the Royal Danish Library in its fascinating Digital Collections has several Den Permanente catalogues which are well worth looking through. Many of the Danish Ceramicists written about on this site have work in the Catalogues. It is fascinating to see works by people such as Bjorn Wiinblad, Ditlev, Helle Allpass, Palshus and many many more.

There don’t seem to be many photographs of the actual store online, but there are several in the archives of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, United States, which is where the first 4 images are from.

 

 

Den Permanente, Copenhagen

Den Permanente, Copenhagen, Photographer J.C. Raulston 1972

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Rosenthal/Bjorn Wiinblad, The Magic Flute

Bjorn Wiinblad “The Magic Flute”, Rosenthal Studio Line.

Further back on this site I have an introduction to Bjorn Wiinblad’s designs for the Rosenthal “Studio Line”. This article features one of his more spectacular designs for Rosenthal – “The Magic Flute” or “Zauberflöte”.

Each piece of this design depicts a different scene from Mozart’s opera, and texts of libretto of the opera are written onto the bottom of many of the pieces in this series, including on the saucers of the cups.

Many of the forms in the series are instantly recognisable as Wiinblad in design, especially when looking at the exotic domed or minaret shape of many of the lids on teapots, bowls etc, and on closer inspection of the detail in the charming embossed illustrations.

The setting is one of the most technically sophisticated and expensive services ever produced by Rosenthal – and is still in production. The design comes in pure white as well as the gold, and gold/white. The first 5 images are of pieces I found at auction a few years ago, and the others from around the web.

You can see more of the amazing pieces of this series, and more of the story of the design on the Rosenthal website HERE where the extract below  is from:

It was necessary to create space through extremely wide plate rims for these scenes. On this stage of porcelain Wiinblad tells the story of the opera in a relief with detailed figures and ornamentation. Time and again one finds something new in these scenes. The rims had to be as wide as never before on plates. In order to prevent them flopping down during firing, a special firing technique had to be developed. The service “Zauberflöte” possesses something so special that it is not apparent at first glance: a decoration on the underside of the porcelain! Even in the white range, all pieces carry on the underside the text of the opera libretto of the scene depicted in the relevant porcelain relief. Written in Björn Wiinblad´s ornamental handwriting and decorated with gold. A further feature of this service: the relief surfaces are not glazed but smoothed and polished after the second firing in a highly elaborate procedure. This produces the delicate, matt effect of the relief forming a most attractive contrast to the glazed surfaces.

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad Coffee Cup

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad – Saucer Top View

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad – This image shows the amazing lustre achieved on the gold glaze.

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad – Backstamp

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad – Teapot, Image via Polyvore.com

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Ditlev Denmark

Henrik Ditlev Larsen, Denmark

Henrik Ditlev Larsen worked as a wheel thrower at Lars Syberg Pottery in Denmark in the 1940s and 1950s during its heyday. He simply went by the name of Ditlev.

He worked alongside Bjorn Wiinblad who was just starting his career also around this time. Wiinblad was allowed to produce some of his own work at Syberg, and Ditlev threw pieces for Bjorn Wiinblad, who then decorated them.

Ditlev went on to start his own pottery in Lyngby, Denmark in 1956 – and later went to work with Bjorn Wiinblad again, when Wiinblad purchased Nymolle pottery around 1976.

The work that you come across from Ditlev’s own studio are always elegant and simple, and at the same time very precisely made. If you find pieces with handles by Ditlev they are usually thrown pieces attached to the clay body, and they show his high level of his skill as a thrower, as do his perfectly formed flat plates.

Ditlev Denmark, Studio Bowl

Ditlev Denmark, Studio Bowl

Ditlev Denmark, Signature

Ditlev Denmark, Signature

Ditlev Denmark, Green Gratin Dish

Ditlev Denmark, Green Gratin Dish

Ditlev Denmark, Stoneware Plate

Ditlev Denmark, Stoneware Plate

Ditlev Denmark, Stoneware Plates

Ditlev Denmark, Stoneware Plates

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