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Anne Marie Trolle – Royal Copenhagen

Anne Marie Trolle, Royal Copenhagen

Anne Marie Trolle (b1944- ) was one of the designers under the direction of Nils Thorsson in the group who created the now iconic Baca and Tenera series.

She also produced some very impressive designs for Royal Copenhagen in the 1970s and 1980s.

2 of Anne Marie’s designs which really stand out from the crowd to me are “Floreana” and “Indigo”.

My favourite is the Tea Caddy, from the Floreana series in 1982.

Royal Copenhagen Floreana Tea Caddy

Royal Copenhagen Floreana Tea Caddy

Royal Copenhagen Floreana Tea Caddy

Royal Copenhagen Floreana Tea Caddy

Part of a series of repeated shapes produced in a choice of patterns based on leaves and spotted fruits. Trolle recorded that this was inspired by a study trip to the Galapagos Islands, the decoration – and to some extent the shapes – reflect Danish artists’ traditional and instinctive response to oriental influences.

But it is hard to go past “Indigo” for its clean Scandinavian forms and striking deep cobalt blue graphics. It was designed in 1975 by Anne Marie and was in production until 1985. Read more


Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 719

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.


Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 719

Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 719

Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 719

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Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 627

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.

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Royal Copenhagen Fredensborg 937

Royal Copenhagen 937

Royal Copenhagen Fredendsborg (design no. 937) is a beautiful plain cream coloured porcelain design, with a luxurious gold trim.

It is a design by Thorkild Ohlsen who designed the famous Fensmark and Quaking Grass Designs I have posted about previously.

The pieces in this are the same shape and size and colour as Fensmark and Quaking Grass, but it always amazes me how a change of colour and pattern (or in this case no pattern) can transform a form.

The glaze on this series (937) has a luxurious clotted cream colour, with an equally luxuriant gold trim on the pieces.

Simple, elegant and timeless.

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg Stamp

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg Stamp on shape 9481

Royal Copenhagen “Annette”

Royal Copenhagen Annette

This stunning and now quite rare pattern was designed by Berte Jessen in the 1960’s for Aluminia//Royal Copenhagen. It is a hard design to find, and if you are a lover of mid 20th Century design, well worth grabbing hold of if you come across it.

It has to be one of the most beautiful designs I have come across by Berte. It consists of a simple daisy motif medallion either by itself or repeated around the form. The blue glaze is wonderfully textured and has blue hues which vary from aquamarine to a deep cobalt blue with an overall hint of violet. I love the texture and depth of colour she manages to get in her designs, combined with preciseness and flair.

The pattern is called “Annette” and each piece has slight variations in colour and texture, accentuating the handmade feel of the wares.

It is so beautiful to the touch as well. It is from the very important “Tenera” series I have written about previously.

Royal Copenhagen Annette

Royal Copenhagen Annette Tea Cup, Saucer, Plate

Royal Copenhagen Annette

Royal Copenhagen Annette (plate)

Royal Copenhagen Annette

Royal Copenhagen Annette (saucer)

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Gerd Bogelund, Royal Copenhagen

Gerd Bogelund (1923-1987)

Gerd worked at Royal Copenhagen while studying until 1942, then briefly worked at Saxbo before returning to Royal Copenhagen in 1946 as an Artist in Residence for many years. Her work is highly sought after by collectors, but hard to find here in Australia.

I was fortunate enough to find the pieces in the first two images a few years ago, but it is only the second time I have come across the work of this designer in about 10 years.

She is best known for her beautifully and intricately patterned stoneware pieces at Royal Copenhagen, typical of the examples below, but did also design some equally impressive porcelain pieces – often with blue or celadon glazes. Read more

Jorgen Mogensen Denmark

Jorgen Mogensen, Danish Potter (b1927 Denmark)

I believe Jørgen MOGENSEN (b1927–Denmark), is one of the 20th Century’s most important Danish potters and sculptors. I love the sculptural qualities of his work and the way he uses glazes to accentuate the textural quality of his pieces. His pieces are all beautifully formed – and nearly always quite heavy and sculptural.

Mogensen trained at the Art Craftsman School in Copenhagen, and then studied for a period in Paris. He started his professional career as a potters apprentice with Royal Copenhagen in 1949. He worked with iconic figures such as Knud Khyn, Axel Salto, Gerd Bogelund and Nils Thorsson in their “stoneware cellar” where this group worked at Royal Copenhagen.

His first work for Royal Copenhagen were his 1950s pieces of stylised bird motifs with a mottled brownish stoneware glaze – a similar glaze to which the other stoneware artists were using during this period. He rarely used other glazes or colours – but you can sometimes find a design in blues.

The pieces below are all pieces I have owned by Jorgen Mogensen. The first piece I had was the squared vase form, which I was so drawn to it eventually led me to discover a whole world of Danish Mid-Century pottery which  I have been researching, learning and writing about ever since. Read more

Royal Copenhagen Ildpot – Grethe Meyer

Grethe Meyer – Royal Copenhagen Ildpot

The iconic Royal Copenhagen Ildpot series by Grethe Meyer (1918-2008). Series produced from 1976 into the 1980’s.

Grethe was one of Denmark’s most important 20th Century designers, Architect, furniture designer, product designer and more. Although she dedicated herself to a career in architecture, she gained an international reputation for her glassware and ceramic designs. Her high-integrity  designs reflected Meyer’s belief that “one should buy fewer items of better quality”, along similar principles to what has become known as a Scandinavian design aesthetic.

The first time I heard of Grethe Meyer was when I bought two pieces from her “Ildpot” series from Royal Copenhagen in the 1970’s. I was intrigued by their beauty and “brutalist”simplicity.

The Ildpot series was an example of adaptation to a new twentieth century lifestyle: the busy person working outside the home can put the bowl directly from the freezer in the oven, grill or microwave, and let the finished dish simmer while performing other chores. The design was very versatile – the lid could also be used as a plate, or placed onto heat insulating teak plates.

Among Meyer’s other works are superb pieces of furniture, designed together with Børge Mogensen, A glass series “Stub” for Kastrup along with Ibi Trier Morch;  “Blakant” (Blue line), “Fire-Kettle” (Ildpot) and “Hvidpot” (White Pot) for Royal Copenhagen; and the cutlery series “Copenhagen” for Georg Jensen. All of her work has a timeless quality.

From the official Royal Copenhagen site:

Artist and architect in one:

Grethe Meyer is not just an artist, but at least as much of an architect with a very special eye for how functionality can be combined in poetic expression. With these two areas of focus, her solutions are beautiful and eternal elements that form part of our everyday lives.
Grethe Meyer completed her training as an architect at the Academy of Arts in Copenhagen in 1947. She was influenced by the unique functionalism that existed in Denmark from the late 1930s to the late 1950s. She may, in fact, be the prime example of the shared enthusiasm for aesthetic simplicity and perfect craftsmanship that goes by the international style appellation of Danish Design.

With an eye for habit:

Simplicity is characteristic of all Grethe Meyer’s work. But simplicity does not happen by itself. It is the result of detailed observation, experience and analysis of our habits. It is also the foundation for Blue Line from 1965, which was Grethe Meyer’s first big success at Royal Copenhagen. The shapes in Blue Line are precise and timeless, and they have been carried forward into other series such as “4 All Seasons”.


Royal Copenhagen Ildpot - Grethe Meyer

Royal Copenhagen Ildpot – Grethe Meyer

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