Posted 2 years ago
Some months ago now I saw this vase at one of my regular Vinnies shops in a posh (up-market) area of Sydney. The asking price was astronomical. I spoke to the people there a months later and asked if they would accept an offer that I even thought was high. I offered them what they would have gotten on ebay but they declined my offer. I waited another two months and saw that it had been substantially reduced. The price was forty dollars less than what I had earlier offered. On this occasion it had me paid to wait. Festina lente!
These Danish Skønvirke pieces are increasingly better appreciated. The most popular make for this type of ware is HAK or Herman Kahler. An alternative is DANICO and the two are often confused.
Danico was a company set up a potter and a businessman in the post World War I period (1919-1929).
Niels Peter Nielsen already had a pottery in the pre-war period in a town near Horsens called Egebjerg. After the war he set up a new business with financial backing of a store owner in Horsens called Corfitzen. Their new pottery included Danmark, Nielsen and Corfitzen in its name “DANICO”. This company produced fine wares in the Skønvirke style, the Danish form of Jugendstil.
The early artistic leader was Eiler Løndal from 1919 to 1922. Danico pieces are usually marked with an impressed stamp and number as in the case of this vase it is the design number 18. I have not found this vase in the catalogue online here:
Two potters Karl Hansen and Frederik Jørgensen were employed from the Herman A. Kähler factory and they brought with them some of the Kähler techniques, including “horn painting”. The horn painting was a difficult technique: a hollowed cow horn, with a goose quill, was filled up with slip, a new horn for each color. The decorator then painted onto the vase with the horn by laying on the slip through the goose quill using it as a pen.
Height 20 cm or 7.87"
Diameter 14 cm or 5.5"