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DANISH DESIGNER NIELS ERIK FROM - EARLY YEARS
Danish jeweller and silversmith Niels Erik From ( N.E. From) was born in 1908 and opened his first workshop in 1931 when he was still only twenty-three .
Over the next forty years Niels Erik went on to become one one of the greats of Danish design, and created many works including floral-inspired designs often set with semi-precious gemstones. These pieces took inspiration from the Skønvirke style. This was a Scandinavian development that formed part of Denmark’s Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movement . This movement ususally took inspiration from nature with designs incorporating flowers and floral motifs as well as featuring natural creatures such as fish.
In the 1970s, From’s jewellery graduated into more modernist , sculptural pieces that were primarily created by other designers. These sculptural pieces became some of N.E. From’s most recognised and well-known signature styles. From was also a good business man and continued to manufacture some of his earlier very popular Skønvirke style jewellery alongside the modern pieces.
Although From opened his first shop in 1931 and sold some of his work there, the N.E. From mark did not appear until 1944 when it was first registered in the city of Nakskov in southern Denmark. Throughout its history, the company used a number of different signatures.
Smaller items may simply be marked FROM. Others pieces have N.E.FROM, STERLING, DENMARK, 925S within a square, and finally, many items feature the N.E. From signature in an italic script.
In 1960, From’s son-in-law Hilmer Jensen joined the company and took over its management , after his father’s death in 1982. However, the company lost its profitability and closed in 1990. From died in 1982 and the factory closed in 1990 as it failed to flourish under the management of From’s son in law, Hilmer Jensen.These days the availability of N.E. From’s jewellery has become more and more limited and caused prices to rise as collectors look for the modern classics and early designs.
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