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L to R: Anton Michelsen - Getrude Rougie leaf brooch, 1950's modernist silver necklace, and
curled leaf brooch from antique and vintage jewellery collection at Modern Vintage Style
Volmer Bahner (1912-1995) was a multi-disciplined designer and artist from Denmark. He studied at the
Industrial Arts and Crafts College receiving several awards and scholarships. After graduating in 1930
he became know for his scupltural works. He created various busts in bronze and ceramics . Many of
these were represented at the Danish Museum of Art and Design.
Volmer Bahner was also reknowned for beautiful silver and enamel jewellery . He started a specialist
enamel jewelley company which was registered from 1962 to 1988. His innovative modernist and nature
inspired designs were created and manufactured in his own silver workshop .Bahner took inspiration
from the plants and flowers in the Danish countryside. He produced beautiful pieces including the cala lily.
This was made in several colour variations including a variety of blues, deep red, and white. The design
was used for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and brooches. He also produced Art Deco style jewellery in
simple non figurative designs. Well known and easily recognisable Volmer Bahner pieces are his heart
and animal motifs including fish and butterflies. These were made in in different arrangements. His
jewellery signature is his initials VB, generally accompanied by STERLING DENMARK.
L to R: Volmer Bahner blue enamel parure, white enamel parure, and sterling silver figural brooch
Hans Hansen (1884-1940) started his own silver smithy in the Jutland town of Kolding, Denmark
around 1906. By the 1920's Hansen was making his own line of products. Initially the firm produced
flatware. After this was successful they started making jewellery. In 1931 the jewellery was designed
by Hansen himself, however, jewellery production really began in 1932 when Hansen's son Karl Gustav
Hansen became the main designer and the company established a reputation for superb modernist
design. Karl Gustav designed a collection called "FUTURE". This comprised about 50 pieces,
including rings, brooches, earrings, etc. Other designers such as Bent Knudsen and Bent Gabrielsen
Pedersen also worked for the company. In the 1980's Allan Scharf was the lead designer. In 1991 the
firm was taken over by Royal Copenhagen. For more on Hans Hansen click here.
1960's Hans Hansen 1960's 1970's Hans Hansen silver peaks Hans Hansen vintage modernist
amethyst silver bangle necklace ring
NE FROM was born in 1908 in Denmark and trained as a silversmith. His silversmithy was founded in
1931 as a small workshop for jewellery repairs. A wholesale production company was established in
the late 1940's joining in with the prosperous and lucrative period of Scandinavian design. NE FROM
generally exported 50% of production to Western Europe, the United States, and Japan. There are two
distinct styles in the NE From jewellery production. In the early years floral and foliage pieces were
designed by NE From. In the 1960's bold modernist style pieces were introduced by another designer.
Different signatures were used by the company. Small pieces may be marked "FROM". Some have
"NE FROM, STERLING, DENMARK, 925S" in a square. Others may have the NE FROM signature in
an italic style. These days NE FROM jewellery availability is limited and therefore prices for collectors
have risen accordingly. He is know as one of the greats of modernist Danish jewellery design. For
more on NE FROM click here.
NE From silver floral modernist NE From amber and silver disc NE From baltic amber daisy necklace
brooch modernist bracelet
Hugo Grun was a very respected silversmith from Copenhagen, Denmark. He was part
of the Scandinavian Art and Crafts "Skonvirke" movement. He started his workshop in 1918
and it continued until 1985. Grun himself was active from 1918 to 1937. His workshop production
encompassed many styles from "skonvirke" (Danish Art Nouveau style) , through Art Deco,
1940's floral styles to post World War 2 modernism.
Hugo Grun 830 silver roe deer Hugo Grun 1946 silver birds Hugo Grun silver butterflies
bracelet pendant necklace 1950's
Georg Jensen has been the leading name in 20th century Danish silver jewellery design and the
Jensen firm has dominated silver and holloware markets both in Denmark and worldwide. Jensen
(1866-1935) was an apprentice goldsmith in Copenhagen at 14 , followed by several years in
technical school .However, he put all this training to one side for 12 years while he studied ceramics
and sculpture. In 1904 he decided to sculpt in silver. He opened his own workshop and successfully
exhibited jewellery in both Germany and Copenhagen. He was soon exporting to Paris and London.
His international profile rose after he won the gold medal at the Brussels Expo in 1910. Jensen
was an astute businessman. He hired very skilled designers and craftsman who added their individual
interpretations to the "skonvirke" style. Jensen's treatment of silver in high relief was warm and tactile.
The jewellery designs featured coral, amber, garnet, lapis or carnelian stones as contrasting elements
which nestled or burst from silver leaves in sensual swirls. Jensen and other designers in the firm who
followed after his death continually renewed the company .Their innovative designs and fresh ideas
have kept the company at the forefront of Danish design. Jewellery comprises only 25 % of the firm's
output.They also produce holloware and flatware.
Georg Jensen large silver floral Georg Jensen sitting deer and Georg Jensen silver kneeling
pendant by Malinowski squirrel brooch by Malinowski deer brooch #256 by Malinowski
Ole Lynggaard, Copengagen is a well known luxury Danish jewellery brand. It is a family business that
was started in 1963 in Hellerup, Denmark by fine jewellery designer and goldsmith Ole Lynggaard.
Lynggaard studied in several places including France, Germany, Japan, San Francisco and New York.
His daughter Charlotte Lynggaard (also a designer and goldsmith) joined the company in 1987. His son
Soren Lynggaard joined the company in 1994 and since 2003 has been CEO . They have a well
established and solid reputation as a value conscious luxury brand.
Ole Lynggaard gold bracelet Ole Lynggaard pearl chrysoprase ring Ole Lyngaard gold bracelet
Danish silversmith S Christian Fogh had a workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, which was in operation
from 1947-1973. He was known for his lovely quality jewellery items and also for his flatware.
S Christian Fogh leaves and S Christian Fogh modernist silver S Christian Fogh silver grapes
berries bracelet leaf pin. brooch
Aarre and Krogh were Danish silversmiths situated in the market town of Randers in Jutland, Denmark.
Their workshop produced jewellery from 1949 to 1990. They became well know for their distinctive
modernist jewellery which featured stylised flowers and foliage. The high quality nature of their work
is the reason that there jewellery remains popular today with fine silver jewellery collectors.
Aarre and Krogh modernist Aarre and Krogh silver bracelet Aare and Krogh silver filigree bow
silver brooch brooch
Bent Gabrielsen Pedersen was a student at the Danish College of Jewellery and Silversmithing which
formed all the major artists in Denmark from its beginnings in 1952. He designed smooth silver
boomerang style earrings and bracelets. He then designed "atomic jewellery" with enamel for the
Hans Hansen firm in the Fifties, taking over the jewellery design department from Karl Gustav Hansen
in 1953. His own variation of the circle form of the late Fifties was a necklace of connected links. It was
hung with a pendant in the style of Thor's Hammer. One of his well known pieces was the "sycamore
seed pod" necklace he designed for Georg Jensen. He was the winner of the Gold Medal at the Triennale
in Milan. After this in 1962 he created a bracelet which was a cuff of silver interlaced "fingers" for Hans
Hansen. For more on Bent Gabrielsen click here
Bent Gabrielsen Necklace for Bent Gabrielsen modernist Gold neck collar, Bent Gabrielsen
Hans Hansen silver bracelet for Georg Jensen
Harald Nielsen was born in 1892. At first his interests lay with painting. However as the younger
brother of Georg Jensen's third wife, Johanne, he soon became involved with the Jensen silver smithy.
He began working in 1909 as a chaser's apprentice before working his way up to become designer
at the Jensen smithy school of apprentices. In 1954, he became director of the smithy before becoming
artistic director in 1958 . He held this position until 1962. He was one of the first to design mass
produced silver brooches and belt buckles to be sold at reasonable prices. He broke out from the
traditionalist naturalist themes to create Deco or "Funkis" pieces to compete with imported costume
jewellery. He was a close colleague of Georg Jensen and his style was comparable to that of Johan Rhode.
Both favoured form and line over ornamentation. He became the technical interpreter of Rhode and
Jensen's designs . He turned their early design sketches into precise drawings. These were used by
the silversmiths to create the jewellery. After Jensen's death in 1935 Neilsen worked to ensure that the
high quality output of the firm continued. He hired skilled designers and silversmiths training them in line
with the standards of the Jensen silvers mithy. His most famous recruit was Henning Koppel. He ensured
the smooth transition from the first generation of Jensen designers ( himself, Jensen, and Rhode), to
the new generation of designers. Neilsen himself designed many pieces of holloware and jewellery.
He also designed the "Pyramid" flatware collection.
Harald Neilsen silver leaves Harals Neilsen moonlight grapes Harald Neilsen floral leaf earrings
bracelet for Georg Jensen necklace for Georg Jensen for Georg Jensen