1970s Bornholm Michael Andersen Keramik, Persia Glaze with Blue Decor Candleholders / Candlewells

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1970s Bornholm Michael Andersen Keramik, Persia Glaze with Blue Decor Candleholders / Candlewells
1970s Bornholm Michael Andersen Keramik, Persia Glaze with Blue Decor Candleholders / Candlewells
1970s Bornholm Michael Andersen Keramik, Persia Glaze with Blue Decor Candleholders / Candlewells
1970s Bornholm Michael Andersen Keramik, Persia Glaze with Blue Decor Candleholders / Candlewells
1970s Bornholm Michael Andersen Keramik, Persia Glaze with Blue Decor Candleholders / Candlewells
1970s Bornholm Michael Andersen Keramik, Persia Glaze with Blue Decor Candleholders / Candlewells
1970s Bornholm Michael Andersen Keramik, Persia Glaze with Blue Decor Candleholders / Candlewells
1970s Bornholm Michael Andersen Keramik, Persia Glaze with Blue Decor Candleholders / Candlewells
1970s Bornholm Michael Andersen Keramik, Persia Glaze with Blue Decor Candleholders / Candlewells

THE ITEM
Presenting works of Danish Mid Century Modern design by the Michael Andersen pottery of Bornholm. 

These works have been glazed with the pottery's hallmark Persia glaze and decorated with a simple contrasting blue decor that makes a feature of the glaze's subtle crackling mother of pearl effect.

The form of these pieces matches the Minimalist design of their decor, the simple dip in the centre allows them to perform their function as candle-holders / candle-wells. 

Together, they make excellent accent pieces to a room inspired by design themes such as Mid Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern, Retro or even Industrial. 

CONDITION

Excellent, no chips or cracks, there is mild use wear in the glaze that is commensurate with age - please refer to photos as part of the condition report. 

The underside of both pieces is marked with the pottery's coat of arms makers mark and also the numbers '6234'. 

MEASUREMENTS
c. 1.4" / 3.5 cm tall x c. 4.1" / 10.5 cm diameter (across the widest point).
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.8 kg / 775 g

NOTES
Ceramics will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.

A BIT OF HISTORY

Jens Michael Andersen (1859-1931) founded Michael Andersen & Sons in the 1880s in the town of Rønne on the island of Bornholm. Andersen based his his pottery from an existing pottery that had been originally founded in 1771.

Jen's four sons worked in the pottery, and one son, Daniel (1885-1959) developed the iconic “Persia” glaze in 1935, which would go on to win an international gold award at the World’s Fair in Brussels. The Persia glaze was used on many designs well into the 1960s and it is said that the glaze formula and technique used were kept highly secret and have now been lost and forgotten, so the Persia glaze can never be produced again. 

On the base of their ceramics is the iconic coat of arms of the three fishes, taken from Rønne's coat of arms was introduced in 1931 and the mark is usually seen together with the model number. Their works also have continuous numbers, so the lower the number the older model.

Michael Andersen is still producing today, having been taken over by the artist Solveig Ussing in 1993 and today, the company's reputation speaks of their excellent quality, both in terms of manufacture and design.