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Posted 5 years ago

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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"

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks kerry, mustangtony and bratjdd!
  2. inky inky, 5 years ago
    Looooooove it!....:-)
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks inky!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Marty!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Thanks Lisa-lighting!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Thanks Sean, hope you're feeling better today!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo, pawls, czechman and thank you too for that kind comment Phil!
  8. Budek Budek, 5 years ago
    Hello Kevin,
    What a lovely piece. It brought Kahler to mind the second I saw it, but the design seemed a bit different. I love this, the color and design, the over-all shape, and the beautiful bottom.
    Thanks for the information about it.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours,
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks and seasons greetings to you and yours Tonino!
  10. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    Glad to here, you're feeling better, One step at a time. :-)
  11. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    Beautiful ! PS our mutual friends spoke yesterday at SOH I received a note :-)
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Hey, well done. Thanks for the love too, Mani!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Pawls!
  14. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    WOW I studied this for a long time! The colors look almost 3-D! It is soooo pretty! I am glad you waited to buy! But it must have been hard to do!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks toracat! It looks like calligraphy in a way. Very stylised chrysanthemums. Other factories did tube lining and did in-fills of colour - Moorcroft, De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles etc. These guys had different coloured slips and used them as the basis of their decor. Herman Kähler also did this type of work and is supposed to be of better quality than the Danico firm. I believe this one is the equal of any of their work.
  16. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    God what a beautiful vase!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks for your kind comments stillwaters!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Manikin!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Pawls!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Amber!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Maggadora! Takk fyrir!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks nldionne and AmphoraPottery too!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN!
  24. Bel, 5 years ago
    Hi there, I found a vase that looks exactly like yours at a yard sale. It does say Danico made in Denmark with number 18 stamped on it. It may be the twin of your vase. Also, I'm wondering if you know what the value of the vase is? Thank you.
  25. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
    STUNNING Kevin:)
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Sean and Bel.
    These vases are not as popular as the Kahler pieces and values are not high. But who cares? It may not bring three figures but I just enjoy its quirky beauty!
  27. Bel, 5 years ago
    Thanks Vetraio. I'm interested in selling the one I have maybe on ebay. Do you have any idea how much it's worth. Thank you.
  28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Value I really don't do valuations because I am not a valuer.
    But if you check out on the net you'll find an indication.
    Values are down because of the GFC and remain low.
    Good luck with it.
  29. jensen jensen, 4 years ago
    Great find! Even though Danico is not held in such high regard as Kähler (apparently also by the Kähler people themselves - when Danico went bankrupt in 1928, they considered buying stuff from the workshop etc., so they visited and made disparaging remarks about the qaulity of the pottery!), it is sometimes very difficult to tell the difference! There was a third pottery (Annashaab) making pottery in the same style as well. Nielsen seems to have been a very active man - I have a vase from Egebjerg and several from the pottery he ran after Danico: Dagnæs (Dagnaes) 1930-1945. I will probably post them at some point...
  30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks JENSEN, I for one would love to see more of your pieces. Love the new HAK, just fabulous!
  31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT 'n TONINo too!
  32. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks KUNSTFORM!
  33. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    Beautiful piece!

    Maxima enim... patientia virtus.
  34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks AURA & HO2CUKTCHA !!!!!
  35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
  36. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 2 years ago
    great read and very helpful...thank you Kev
  37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks ANNE !!!!!
  38. charles116 charles116, 2 years ago
    Hi I have a lot of HAK, Herman Kahler pottery.
    Would you say it's a little dishonest for a seller to claim a DANICO incised vase
    is a Herman Kahler vase even if it was produced by a former Kahler employee?
    Especially if there is no HAK incision.
  39. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Hi CHARLES --- Danico is not well known and the Kahler name attracts attention to an item. But the merit of the object surely shines. Danico and Kahler are totally different in my mind. Mind you I hummed and hawed over this one because it was not HAK. It was not cheap. But I loved it!

    But I agree that sellers should be accurate in their description. Caveat Emptor !!!

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