Unique red luster glaze vase with cobra snakes by Karl Hansen Reistrup
This unique ceramic vase with red luster glaze was designed by Karl Hansen Reistrup (1863-1929). It was executed by Herman A. Kähler, Denmark, ca. 1890-1900.
The vase is designed with cobra snakes and twisted ornaments in relief.
It is incised ‘KHR’ and the ‘HAK’ monogram.
The vase is a testament to how Reistrup and Kähler early on benefited from each other's strength – Kähler deft in creating forms and Reistrup’s artistic sensibility for design and decoration.
H. 25 cm. (9,8")
'Oldnordic' terracotta evaporator by Michael Andersen
This impressive ‘Oldnordic’ urn / evaporator of terracotta by Michael Andersen (1859-1931) was executed around 1900.
The urn / evaporator is lacquered with an antique bronze. It is to be placed on top of a tiled stove where the content of water was then evaporated to compensate for the otherwise dry climate in a tiled stove.
The evaporator is richly decorated with Old Nordic motifs like dragons, runes, shields and ancient ornaments. The runes are the names of the legendary Nordic hero Regnar Lodbrog and his wife, Tora Borgarhjort.
Similar model is a part of the Michael Andersen exhibition at Bornholm Museum, Denmark.
Literature: Rønne Byarkiv. Michael Andersen: 'Terracotta- und Majolokawaren - Export Katalog 1910', Planche 5, nr. 473.
H. 18 cm. (7")
W. 32 cm (12,6")
Small vase with green leaves on white by Herman A. Kähler
This smaller earthenware vase was executed by Herman A. Kähler, Denmark, ca. in the 1940s. It is elegantly decorated with outlined green leaves on white using the cow-horn technique.
The vase has the 'HAK' monogram incised.
Very rare bonbonnières with gold leaf by Jens Thirslund
These two very rare earthenware bonbonnières designed by Jens Thirslund (1892-1942) were executed by Herman A. Kähler, Denmark, in the 1920s.
The fancy lidded boxes made for delicious confectionery are glazed with emerald green, red and white luster and 24-carat gold leaf.
In 1875, Herman August Kähler began experimenting with metallic glazes together with the pottery’s artistic director Karl Hansen Reistrup. Kähler and Reistrup achieved recognition at the Great Nordic Exhibition in 1888 held in Copenhagen and the Exposition Universelle of 1889 in Paris. These bonbonnières by ceramist Jens Thirslund are a further development of the pottery’s technique with metallic glazes.
They have the ‘HAK, Danmark’ monogram incised.
Exhibited: Similar models were presented at the Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1925.