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Silver Bonbonnière with Amber (Denmark), ca. 1910

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Posted 3 years ago

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jensen
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Small lidded silver bonbonnière with an amber ‘bud’ in a style very typical of ’Skoenvirke’ (1895-1915), a Danish art movement inspired by art nouveau, Jugendstil, and Arts & Crafts, with some elements of national romanticism thrown in. The rounded forms are found especially in ceramics and metalwork from this period (less so in, e.g., architecture, although there are examples). I bought this recently on an auction – actually it just ‘came along’ with another object I was more interested in, but now I am really quite happy with this pretty little thing!

Height with lid 9 cm (3.5 in), without 5 cm (2 in). The bonbonnière carries several marks: to the left the three towers, indicating silver (originally used only in Copenhagen), in the middle the letters AH, possibly the silver smith A. Halberstadt (est. 1893), and to the right the initials CFH for Christian Fr. Heise, the so-called ‘silver guardein’ (an official ‘guaranteeing’ that the object is made of silver), who was in office 1904-1932. Below the ‘AH’ half of a mark indicating ‘Danish Work’. This was used after 1908 so that a terminus post quem for it. Above the AH, a mark I can’t decipher (‘CTC’ or something like that), probably the dealer.

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  1. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
    I had heard this term before, Jugendstil, in relation to something I own, can't remember what now, perhaps a dish. Very pretty.
  2. surfdub66 surfdub66, 3 years ago
    Love it !
    Cool to have all the marks :-) sometimes the 3 tower mark has a number beneath ,,
  3. jensen jensen, 3 years ago
    Yes, this one had one too, but unfortunately it is illegible!
  4. surfdub66 surfdub66, 3 years ago
    Its a beautiful item love the amber , almost looks russian :-)
  5. jensen jensen, 3 years ago
    Thanks, surfdub! And katherine!
  6. Katzl Katzl, 3 years ago
    How beautiful!! I LOVE skönvirke!!
  7. jensen jensen, 3 years ago
    So do I, katzl!
  8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    VERY BEAUTIFUL!!
  9. jensen jensen, 3 years ago
    Thanks Sean, aghcollect, and CindB!
  10. jensen jensen, 3 years ago
    Et kyratango aussi!
  11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
    So very beautiful! Thanks for posting this!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    I'm a Skönvirke fan too! This is just STUNNING!
  13. jensen jensen, 3 years ago
    Thanks, vetraio; that's so kind of you!
  14. Koppel Koppel, 3 years ago
    Så så smukt. En vidunderlig eksempel !
  15. jensen jensen, 3 years ago
    Tak, Koppel - glad you like it!

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