This charming pair of Danish studio pottery design is by celebrated Danish artist, sculptor and glass designer Jacob E Bang (b. 1899 - d. 1965) for the Nymolle pottery. Characteristic to Bang's designs, the form of these candlesticks are functional, sturdy and yet beautiful. There is great attention to detail to give a beautifully Modern interpretation to an otherwise Maximalist decor. Careful detail on the form such as the ceramic is lightly raised in relief to create noses for the two characters on each side of the candlestick.
Needless to say, the reversible illustrated decor is an excellent complement to the form, with the timeless charm of the floral pattern design that has become synonymous with pieces by the Nymolle pottery. The double-sided decor also offers three variations in how the candlesticks could be displayed, whether its two ladies or a lady with a gentleman or two gentlemen.
This pair is an exceptional find by Jacob E Bang, as rare as Bjorn Wiinblads 'De Hellige Tre Konger' (The Three Kings) series for Nymolle and even more so when they are in such fantastic condition.
Excellent. There are no chips, cracks, repairs or crazing and both pieces bear the mildest signs of use wear that is predominantly present in the form of movement marks on the underside of the base. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base for each piece is marked with 'NYMOLLE, DENMARK, DECOR, 'Jacob E Bang' signature and the numbers '3313 - 468'.
Each candlestick. Height: c. 8.7" / 22 cm tall (from base to rim ) x Width: c. 5.2" / 13.1 cm (across widest point). Depth: c. 2.6" / 6.6 cm. Base: c. 4" / 10.2 cm x c. 2.6" / 6.6 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.8 kg / 752 g
Candlesticks will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Jacob E Bang (b. 1899 - d. 1965) is known as Denmark’s first industrial designer and the creator of functionalism in Danish glass. Despite originally training as an architect, made him a conductor at architectural legend Kay Fiskers’ pavilion at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1925.
However, Jacob Bang is mostly known for his remarkable adventures into the field of glass design. He worked as artistic director at Holmegaard from 1928 to 1941 and as an artistic consultant at Kastrup Glassworks from 1957 to 1965 producing many groundbreaking functionalistic series under his motto 'beautiful, strong, appropriate and affordable'. Bang's designs are essentially modern with enduring and popular appeal, they've helped him win not only wide public recognition but also gold medals. Bang was one of the few Danish designers who won gold medals at the World’s Fair in Barcelona (1929), Bruxelles (1935), Paris (1937), New York (1939) and Florence (1942).
Jacob Bang also helped his younger brother Arne Bang launch his first Art Deco-influenced stoneware series at Holmegaard in the 1930s. Many of Arne's glazes were reinterpreted by Jacob Bang when he tried designing stoneware himself with great success at the ceramic factory of Nymølle while being its artistic director from 1943 to 1957. Many of Jacob Bang’s glazes closely resemble Arne's.