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 – Side View
Soholm Burgundia Design, Candle Holder
Soholm Burgundia, Bowl – photo via Pinterest
Soholm Burgundia Design, Vase – this form came in 5 sizes.
Soholm Burgundia Group from Lauritz.com Auction House Denmark
Soholm Burgundia, Bowl
Burgundia forms, From the book “Søholm – Bornholmsk keramik”
Soholm Burgundia Ewer Vase – Via Pinterest
Is a favourite pottery brand amongst 20th Century Pottery collectors and design lovers around the world, in addition to lovers of good design looking for a feature piece in their home. Pieces like the massive floor vases and wall plaques make such an impressive design statement.
The range of pottery produced by Soholm during the 20th Century was immense. It was one of the largest and longest surviving potteries on the island of Bornholm Denmark, from its beginnings in 1835 when founded by Hans Ancher Wolffsen, to its closure in 1996.
A large variety of different ceramic artists worked at Soholm including some who have become very collectable. These are just some of the important Soholm Designers/Ceramicists from the mid 20th Century.
Noomi Backhausen (Jespersen) (b1938 – d 2011).
Maria Philippi (Soholm 1962-1964)
Svend Aage Jensen
Gerd Hjort Petersen (also worked at Michael Andersen & Royal Copenhagen)
Einar Johansen (worked at Soholm 1958-1966)
Per Rehfeldt (the last significant designer at Soholm before its closure )
Most of the pottery from Soholm post c1964 is Stoneware (Stentoj in Danish) which has contributed to its longevity and durability. You will often see the base of a Soholm piece inscribed or stamped with the work Stentoj.