Saturday, 7 October 2017

Anton Michelsen

Here is a fine collection of jewellery by the renowned Danish silversmithy, Anton Michelsen
Half of the pieces are new to the site, including some rare pieces by Ib Lunding, Knud V Andersen, Per Arnoldi as well as some lovely brooches by Gertrud Engel. The returning items include the iconic enamel Marguerite daisy brooches and Eigil Jensen boomerang series,

A brief biography of the Anton Michelsen smithy is given after the photos.

For further details and to place your order, go to the website

item 1622, Anton Michelsen Sweden Sterling silver necklace, costs £ 245

item 1623, Anton Michelsen pendant by Per Arnoldi, costs £145
item 1629,  Anton Michelsen Strling golf clubs brooch, costs £85
item 1302,  Anton Michelsen , Gertrud  Engels 'Grass' earrings, screws,  £ 65

item 1624,  Anton Michelsen kidney bean ear clips by Gertrud Engel, cost £75

item 1625, Anton Michelsen Sterling silver brooch by Knud V Andersen, costs £135

item 1626,  Anton Michelsen Sterling silver  by Gertrud Engel, costs £75

item 1627, Anton Michelsen large silver-gilt brooch, costs £95
item 0937, Anton Michelsen, Gertrud Engel, Sterling curled leaf brooch, costs £ 88

item 0043,  Anton Michelsen Viking ship brooch by Gertrud Engel, costs £70

item 1628, Anton Michelsen / Royal Copenhagen  Sterling silver bangle, costs £88

item 0078, Anton Michelsen boomerang brooch by Eigil Jensen, costs £ 135

item 0759, Anton Michelsen boomerang ear clips by Eigil Jensen, cost £75

item 1299,  Anton Michelsen 'Moon' series ear clips by Ib Lunding, cost £ 125

item 0695,  Anton Michelsen very large enamel Marguerite brooch, costs £145

item  0106,  Anton Michelsen enamel Marguerite ear clips, 18 mm,  cost £ 75

item  0364, Anton Michelsen medium enamel Marguerite brooch, costs £ 85

The Anton Michelsen Silversmithy was founded in 1841, and had thus long celebrated its centenary when it was bought up by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory in 1968. As Royal Copenhagen then went on to purchase Georg Jensen as well, Michelsen was gradually merged with Jensen, and today only the annual forks and spoons bear the Michelsen name.

1. Georg Jensen was apprenticed to Anton Michelsen in the 1890s, not the other way around! Several of the most popular late 20th century Jensen pieces were actually originally designed for Michelsen.

2. In the 1850s Michelsen was commissioned to redesign the Royal medals and has been making these by appointment ever since. Hence the expertise in enamelwork which led to

3. the most popular jewellery design of the twentieth century , the Marguerite Daisy, created in 1940 to celebrate the birth of Princess (later Queen) Margrethe. 

4. After its takeover by Royal Copenhagen in 1968, silver designers were encouraged to work with ceramicists, which resulted in some very interesting and sought-after creations.

5. At least since 1950 Anton Michelsen acknowledged its designers by stamping their signatures on each piece.  The Michelsen company commissioned such innovative designers such as
Karen Strand,  Gertrud Engel,  Eigil Jensen,  Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel,  Knud V Andersen and Jens Windfeld Hansen.

6. Michelsen set up a subsidiary in Sweden during the WWII and for some time after. MIC was the maker's mark used for items produced in Sweden, and this mark is often seen on Gertrud Engel designs of the 1950s, although they were also made in Denmark. In Sweden they also cooperated with the Swedish company Borgila.
Antik & Auktion 4/99 

Monday, 25 September 2017

Focus on Finland

Here is a collection of modernist silver jewellery from Finland, 20 pieces in all.
Makers include Lapponia, Elis Kauppi of Kupittaan Kulta, Kultaseppa Salovaara, Karl Laine of Finnfeelings,  Jorma Laine of Kultateollisuus, Erik Granit, Alpo Tammi andTorun Hopea, as well as a single bronze piece by Hannu Ikonen.
There are necklaces and pendants, bracelets and a bangle, rings and cufflinks, earrings and a brooch, with prices starting at £46.

For further information and to place your order, go to the website

item 1603,  Lapponia Sterling silver choker necklace, costs £195

item 1604,  Lapponia Sterling silver craggy ring, size P/7.5, costs £135

item 0038,  Lapponia Triangulum ear clips,  SOLD

item 1605,  Kupittaan Kulta Sterling silver tiger eye pendant + chain,  costs £95

item 1606,  Kultaseppa Salovaara Sterling tiger eye brooch, costs £125

item 1607,  Kupittaan Kulta  silver rose quartz pendant + chain,  costs £75

item 1608,  Kupittaan Kulta Sterling rose quartz ring, size N, costs £80

item 1609,  Kupittaan Kulta Sterling black labradorite cufflinks, costs £125

item 1610,  Finnfeelings Karl Laine Sterling pendant + chain,  costs £75

item 1612,   Finnfeelings Karl Laine Sterling ring with rock crystal - adjustable size, SOLD

item 1611,  Finnfeelings Karl Laine Sterling bracelet with rock crystals, costs £135

item 1613,  Jorma Laine for Kultateollisuus Ky silver geometric bracelet, costs £125

item 1614,  Kultateollisuus Jorma Laine  silver pendant + chain,   costs £95

item 1615,  Finland Alpo Tammi large Sterling silver pendant + chain,  costs £125

item 1616,   Erik Granit  silver  brooch, costs £60

item 1617,  Torun Hopea silver cufflinks,costs £85

item 1618,  Salovaara Sterling silver smokey quartz pendant,  costs £55

item1619,  Salovaara  Sterling onyx pendant + chain,  costs £45

item 1620,  Salovaara Sterling silver geometric smokey quartz pendant + chain, costs £95

item 1621  Salovaara Sterling silver bangle with light amethysts, SOLD

item 0979,  Hannu Ikonen, Bronze reindeer moss bangle, costs £75

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Georg Jensen collection

Established in 1904, the Danish silversmithy Georg Jensen needs no introduction, but today I will be identifying the designers of all the wonderful silver pieces in the collection listed below.  They include Harald Nielsen, Henry Pilstrup, Arno Malinowski, Henning Koppel, Nanna Ditzel,  Lene Munthe, Ole Bent Petersen and Anette Kraen.
A couple of the pieces are returners, but most are new to the site, and include a few very rare pieces. There are rings, pendants, cufflinks, brooches,  a bangle and a pair of earrings for pierced ears.

For further details and to place your order, please go to the website

Item 1588,  Georg Jensen Sterling silver Archive 'axe' ring, size O, costs £ 235

item 1589   Georg Jensen Henning Koppel Sterling silver ring 140, size O,   costs  £225

item 1590,   Georg Jensen Lene Munthe ring 394 with gold, size P,  costs £345 

Item  1591,    Georg Jensen Nanna Ditzel ring 91, size L ,  costs £ 235

item 1592,   Georg Jensen Henning Koppel Sterling silver ring 125, Size P, SOLD

item 1593,  Georg Jensen Harald Nielsen Sterlng cufflinks and tie clip, 61 and 61A, cost  £325

item  0260,  Georg Jensen Henry Pilstrup cufflinks 59A with gold centres, cost £275

item 1594,  Georg Jensen Sterling silver bangle 353B by Ole Kortzau, costs £345

item 1595,  Georg Jensen Arno Malinowski  Sterling Earrings 90 - posts for pierced ears,  cost £ 185

item 1596,  Georg Jensen Harald Nielsen  Sterling silver brooch 266,   costs  £265

item 0913,  Georg Jensen Arno Malinowski  Sterling silver brooch  256,  costs £ 345

item 1597 ,  Georg Jensen white rhodinated silver daisy pendant and chain,  costs £95

item 1598,  Georg Jensen Ole Bent Petersen Cafe pendant,  costs £ 225

item  1599,   Georg Jensen Sterling silver "Strata" pendant 203, in original box,  SOLD

item 1600,  Georg Jensen Lene Munthe Sterling silver "Aero" pendant 233, costs £145

item 1601,  Georg Jensen 1994 Annual heritage pendant,  costs £175

item 1602,  Georg Jensen 2004 annual Heritage pendant, costs £165