Nils Johan Thorvald Thorsson (1898 – 1975)
Ceramic artist and designer for Royal Copenhagen – Aluminia.
Nils joined Royal Copenhagen as an apprentice in 1912, and graduated from the royal Danish Academy in 1917. He went on to become Royal Copenhagen’s most prolific designer. He was Artistic director at Royal Copenhagen from 1949 while also artistic director of Aluminia also from 1928-1969.
(Aluminia pottery works was established in Copenhagen in 1863. In 1882, the owners of Aluminia purchased Royal Copenhagen factory. The factories were operated independently under their respective trade names until 1969, when the use of the Aluminia name was ended)
Nils designed at least 5 of best known production ranges for Aluminia/Royal Copenhagen – Solbjerg (1930’s), Marselis (1950’s) Tenera (1960’s), Baca (1960’s), Diana (1970’s)
Nils Thorsson, Marselis Series Vase – Aluminia/Royal Copenhagen
Nils Thorsson, Solbjerg Series Vase, Royal Copenhagen//Aluminia
Nils Thorsson Diana Series Vase, Royal Copenhagen
He also produced many exquisite art pieces in high fired glazes that are lesser known and hard to find. For the Baca and Tenera series he designed the forms (shapes) – and other members of his team designed the patterns. The patterns which he designed will have his cypher on the base.
Nils Thorsson Cypher (bottom in circle)
Baca Pattern 708, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen
Baca Pattern 723, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen
Baca Pattern 721, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen
Baca Pattern 734, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen
Baca Pattern 720, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen
Thorsson, Baca Pattern 719, Royal Copenhagen
Baca Pattern 719, On Square Bowl, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen
Nils also designed the Morgenfrue and Oranja (Tureby) dinnerware series amongst others.
Oranja Tureen, Design Nils Thorsson, Aluminia//Royal Copenhagen
Morgenfrue Cup/Saucer Aluminia, Nils Thorsson
Nils body of work is so large that it is hard to capture a picture of it as a whole, as of course it changed during his lifetime spent at Royal Copenhagen. However his form and pattern designs from the 1950s – 1970’s, especially from the BACA and TENERA ranges, were and remain some of Royal Copenhagen’s most popular works coveted as being prime examples of mid-century and Danish modernism. Read more