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Small Vase with Uranium Glaze, Svend Hammershoi for Kähler (Denmark), ca. 1930

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    Posted 7 years ago

    jensen
    (100 items)

    This little pear-shaped vase was made by Svend Hammershoi (1873-1948), undoubtedly the most important of all the artists associated with the Kähler Pottery in Naestved, Denmark, at one point or other. Not only did he work there for a longer period than anybody else, he also developed a large amount of objects which are very characteristic in style (and quite sought after today).

    He was trained as a painter and often painted old buildings in Copenhagen or other places such as Oxford – often with leafless trees and fog, thus creating a special, almost eery, atmosphere. From an early age he also worked with ceramics and was employed at Royal Copenhagen (1891-84) and Bing & Grondahl (1898-1900), until he started working for Kähler in 1904-1907 and again 1911-1948. He also produced some absolutely breathtaking works in silver for which he was awarded with a gold medal at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1925.

    The uranium glazes (a shiny yellow one and a matte orange one) were very popular at Kähler, but at some point it was discovered that uranium was dangerous and the last (known) purchase of it at the Kähler Pottery was made in 1939, so this type of glaze was not used much after ca. 1940.

    Height: 9 cm / 3.5 in. Mark: HAK.

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    Comments

    1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    2. surfdub66 surfdub66, 7 years ago
      Ace colour ;-)
    3. jensen jensen, 7 years ago
      Thanks, yes - it really is quite a cheerful little vase!
    4. jensen jensen, 7 years ago
      Thanks, W., that's interesting!

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