This piece is an excellent demonstration of the Mid-Century Modernist design influences, as well as the renowned high quality Danish pottery craftsmanship.
The deep brown glaze, with which has been used to shape the raised relief decor of the deer and the god Pan (Roman: Faunus) as well as the trim and the underside of the dish is sumptuous and has an uncompromising richness. The lighter brown glaze is a finely mottled blend of almond, nutmeg and milky coffee. Together, the effect gives this piece of stoneware the ability to sit in a modernist, mid century or contemporary decor themed room.
Mint. There are no signs of fading from use or crazing of the glaze as might be expected from the age of the piece. The base bears company 'three fish' coat of arm's logo.
c. 2" / 5 cm tall x c. 8.2" / 21 cm diameter.
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.7 kg / 694 g
Dish will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Michael Andersen Keramik
Jens Michael Andersen (1859-1931) founded Michael Andersen & Sons in 1890 out of an existing pottery that had been founded in 1771 in the town of Rønne on the island of Bornholm. The company's reputation speaks of their production as of excellent quality, both in terms of manufacture and design.
On the base of ceramics by Michael Andersen, the iconic coat of arms of the three fishes, taken from Rønne's coat of arms was introduced in 1931, and is usually seen together with the model number. The pieces also have continuous numbers, so the lower the number the older model. The company is still producing today, having been taken over by the artist Solveig Ussing in 1993. Before buying it, Ussing had worked for the company since she was 14 years old!
Marianne Starck (1938-2007)
Starck was educated at the School of Fine Arts in Hamburg and joined the Michael Andersen Keramik as Art Director in 1955. Remaining there until 1993, she is perhaps best known for the black and white stylised designs as well as her work with the Persia glaze, created by the founder's son.