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Jens Quistgaard Ceramic & Rosewood Humidors, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard, Ceramic & Rosewood Humidors

Apart from the dinnerware designs Jens Quistgaard created in the 1960s and 1970s for Kronyjden Nissen he created a series of beautiful ceramic/rosewood accessories for cigarettes, smoking and cigars.

While this might seem odd to use these days, let’s not forget this was at a time when smoking was seen as a normal part of daily life, and often portrayed as aspirational.

The pieces he created included humidors, ashtrays, cigarette jars etc. They were pieces made to be proudly displayed as luxury items.

The glazes used were mostly from the azure and umber dinnerware series, combined with the most beautifully crafted and sculpted rosewood lids on many of the pieces which Quistgaard also designed.

These designs  also complimented a now iconic series designed by Quistgaard known as the “Rare Wood Table Top Collection” of trays, bowls, ice buckets, pepper mills for Dansk Designs in 1961.

Lettering was used on the ceramic surfaces as a decorative technique to stunning effect, with a repeated word embossed on to the clay body, accentuating the beauty of the glaze and form.

It is not often you find wood and clay combined well – but Quistgaard did so to perfection in these designs.

Below are some of the pieces I have come across, but there are several more designs in this series which is now very hard to find, and keenly sought by design collectors.

Jens Quistgaard, Cigar Humidor, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard, Cigar Humidor, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard, Cigar Humidor, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard, Cigar Humidor, Kronjyden Nissen – Top View

Jens Quistgaard, Ashtray, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard, Ashtray, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard, Ashtray, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard, Ashtray, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard, Cigarette Jar, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard, Cigarette Jar, Kronjyden Nissen

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Jens Quistgaard “Rune” Design, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard “Rune”, Kronjyden Nissen

Another of the great stoneware designs by Jens Quistgaard for Danish maker Kronjyden Nissen in the 1960s.

This design is called “Rune”, and the motifs on the design appears to be based upon or give an impression of early Runes (turned on their side) which were which were used to write various Germanic/Scandinavian languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet.

Again it is a stoneware dinner service, this time with a smooth semi matte glaze with lovely pale olive green to ochre colours on the rims and edges. Again the brass rattan wrapped handles on some of the pieces add to the feel of being hand-crafted.

Rune Design Cup, Saucer, Plate, Jens Quistgaard for Kronjyden Nissen

Rune Design Cup, Saucer, Plate, Jens Quistgaard for Kronjyden Nissen

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Jens Quistgaard “Cordial”, Kronjyden Nissen

Another of the hugely popular designs by Jens Quistgaard for Kronjyden Nissen Denmark in the 1960s was “Cordial” . This was another of the stoneware series Quistgaard designed – but the matte glaze surfaces of “Contrast” and “Azure” were now replaced with a more versatile and user friendly satin gloss glaze.

The design features an charming embossed repeat pattern of the small connected hearts.

Light grey was the default colour of this design, but it was made in several other colours later in its production.

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Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Cordial” Design Teapot

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Cordial” Design Cup, Saucer, Plate

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Circa 1984 a range of other colours were introduced which ran until 1988 when Knabstrup closed and production was taken over by Bing & Grondahl (but it is not clear if Quistgaard had any involvement in the addition of other colours to the design). Read more

Jens Quistgaard “Azur”, Kronjyden Nissen

Jens Quistgaard’s “Azur” Design was created for Kronjyden Nissen Demark in the early 1960s, soon after “Relief”.

The design features a charming abstracted floral repeat motif, reminiscent of Japanese cherry blossom. The plates are have an octagonal form, and the whole series seems a further refinement of the “Relief” design.

The most common colourway you will find it in is a subtle blue grey, but the design was also made in at least 1 other colour – a chocaltey brown called “Umbra”

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Kronjyden Nissen “Azur” Jens Quistgaard, Teapot

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Kronjyden Nissen “Azur” Jens Quistgaard – Plate form

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Kronjyden Nissen “Azur” Jens Quistgaard – Cup, Saucer, Plate

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Kronjyden Nissen “Azur” Jens Quistgaard – lidded Sugar Bowl

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Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design – Kronjyden Nissen

The dinnerware design “Relief” by Jens Quistgaard for Kronjyden Nissen Denmark has become a classic and coveted design since its introduction in 1959. It was designed at the beginning of a long and productive relationship between Quistgaard and Kronjyden Nissen and resulted in a series of outstanding designs.

“Relief” is a matt glazed stoneware, in a wheat or ochre colour featuring a stylised wheat-sheaf repeat pattern. Handles of some of the teapots, sugar bowls etc. feature rattan wrapped brass handles – very popular at the time.

The green inners you can see on some pieces like the bowls and plates was a later addition – possibly introduced because of the noise matt glazed stoneware makes against cutlery.

Several of the vessel designs have a white satin glaze interior as well.

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Teapot

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Teapot – with original wooden stand.

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Saucer, Plate

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Saucer, Plate

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Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Lidded Sugar Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Lidded Sugar Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design , Serving Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design , Serving Bowl – This piece originally had a teak lid

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Handled Soup Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Handled Soup Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Plate Design

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Plate Design

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Jug Design

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Jug Design

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design , Main Plate, Green Centre

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design ,Main Plate, Green Centre

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard, "Relief" Design Main Bowl

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard, “Relief” Design Main Bowl

 

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design , Coffee Pot

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design , Coffee Pot

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard, "Relief" Dinner Set

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard, “Relief” Dinner Set – Photo Lauritz.com Denmark.

 

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard "Relief" Design Cup, Coffee Cup

Kronjyden Nissen, Jens Quistgaard “Relief” Design Cup, Coffee Cup

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J.H. Quistgaard Ceramic Designs

J.H. Quistgaard Ceramic Designs, Kronjyden Nissen Denmark

Jens Harald Quistgaard ( 1919 – 2008) was a Danish sculptor and designer, known for his work with Dansk Designs where he was chief designer from 1954 -1984.

He was undoubtedly one of the top designers of the 20th Century – creating what have  become iconic designs in a multitude of materials including stainless steel, silver, ceramic, glass and wood, even designing architectural elements.

His designs have become synonymous with the “Scandinavian Style” where clean lines, elegant sculptural form and natural materials were all integral.

A bit of background from Wikipedia

Quistgaard was hugely productive and for Dansk Design where alone fashioned more than 4000 products. It is a production which spans a large range of materials and utility items, and which is created from a philosophy that utility items for the kitchen and the table should function together harmoniously. To set the table and arrange with Quistgaards designs became from the end of the 1950s and during the 1960s identical with “modern living” and Scandinavian style where clean lines, sculptural form and natural materials went hand in hand. Quistgaard also designed for Palshus Keramik, Eslau Keramik, Hermann Ole Jacobsen, De Forenede Jernstøberier A/S, Raadvad Knivfabrik A/S, Sival Staal, O.V. Mogensen, Slagelse Sølvvarefabrik, Kronjyden Nissen, Trip Trap, IHQ Designs, Gubi of Copenhagen.

My main interest in Quistgaard’s work is with his stoneware designs for the Danish Ceramics factory Kronjyden Nissen which had started up in 1937.  In 1957 Kronjyden Nissen initiated a stoneware production in cooperation with Quistgaard and his company Dansk Design. The first release was the series  “Flamestone” (under the Dansk label) and the next  “Relief” (under the Kronjyden Label).

These became hugely successful designs, and along with the new patterns Quistgaard designed  like Azur, Rune and Cordial, they became a successful business both for export and the home market.  Quistgaard also designed beautiful wooden kitchen wares to compliment these  stoneware series.

The Flamestone design features a highly matte dark, chocolatey brown exterior, contrasting with a smooth white gloss glaze for the interior or “working surfaces”

Flamestone Lidded Sugar Bowl, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Lidded Sugar Bowl, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Lidded Sugar Bowl, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Lidded Sugar Bowl, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Coffee Set, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Coffee Set, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Coffee Pot, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Coffee Pot, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Jug, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Jug, Jens Quistgaard, Dansk Design

Flamestone Backstamp

Flamestone Backstamp

(IHQ is an abbreviation of Jens Harald Quistgaard)

In 1972 Bing & Grondahl took over Kronjyden Nissen , however the interest in stoneware had declined by the 1980’s and in 1988 the factory closed.

Royal Copenhagen (which took over Bing & Grondahl) continued to make replacements for some of the patterns for a number years.  Now many of these designs are still hugely popular and sought after. Good design never dates.

In the next few articles see a number of the designs by Quistgaard for Kronjyden Nissen which have continued to endure to this day, starting with “Relief”.