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Henning Koppel Tea Pot 1051, Sterling Silver & Ebony Wood Handle
Georg Jensen Henning Koppel Tea Pot 1051, Sterling Silver & Ebony Wood Handle
Designed by Henning Koppel
Item #: GJ3529067
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  • Designer: Henning Koppel
  • Item #: GJ3529067
  • Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 weeks
  • Dimensions: H: 5.39", W: 5", L: 8.86"
  • Material: Sterling Silver, Ebony Wood
  • Country: Denmark
  • The production of hollowware flourished during the heyday of Danish design in the 1940s and 1950s, and in many respects it culminated with Henning Koppel's large, sculptural, Covered Dish designed in 1954. It is an outstanding dish, a masterpiece of perfectly drawn-out form and craftsmanship. A magnificent piece from a great sculptor.

    Georg Jensen Silversmithy had created many great serving dishes, but in 1953 Henning Koppel decided to test his strength against the tradition. He had become sure of himself and knew that he was on his way towards creating a completely new Georg Jensen line that broke with everything that had been seen before. Silver had become his mode of expression and threw him into an entirely new and exciting world.

    No one knows how long he worked making sketches of his great covered serving dish 'Number 1026'—how many figure designs, profiles, cross-sections and details he made, but in 1953 he proudly lugged a 65-centimeter long clay model into the managing director Anders Hostrup-Pedersen's office. Of course the serving dish was entirely without decoration but with a form and a strength that had no equal. A unique sculpture with no practical handles or hand grasps to lift the heavy lid. "It will be impossible to make", was the first assessment that escaped the lips of the silversmith who had demonstrated a special talent for realizing Koppel's idiom and who had been chosen to work closely with him. "So make it some other way—but it has to be two joints fitting into each other" was the brusque reply he received.
    The final piece did look just like the clay model and had the two joints fitting into each other.

    This is not a piece of hollowware you can manage to make after 4 years' apprenticeship. It takes many years of training to be able to make this masterpiece—and not all silversmiths at Georg Jensen are trained to make the large covered dishes. If you are to be trained in making the large covered dishes many hours of work can be saved, if another experienced silversmith can guide you. It takes an experienced silversmith about 500-550 hours to make the Covered Dish 1026.
    Henning KoppelHenning Koppel is responsible for what we have come to think of as "Danish design."

    Koppel was an earlier pioneer of functionalism in design: his mission was to make everyday life products beautiful as well as practical. He was trained as a sculptor and began collaborating with Georg Jensen in 1946.

    Henning Koppel is born to a wealthy Jewish family and showed an early talent for art, leading him to train in both drawing and aquarelle early on. He continued studies in sculpture at the Royal Danish Academy and later in Paris. His superb drafting skills, developed as a child, helped him in to produce outstanding product renderings of his designs. Even on their own, they form an exceptional body of work.

    Like many Danish Jews, Koppel fled to Sweden during the Second World War. At 27, he returned and began working at Georg Jensen, which marked his start in jewellery, hollowware and flatware design. His first works – a series of necklaces and linked bracelets resembling whale vertebrae and microscopic organisms - were small masterpieces in imaginative modelling. Henning Koppel was in every way groundbreaking and his jewellery was unlike anything ever created at the silver smithy in its first 40 years.

    When Henning Koppel died in 1981, aged 63, he had created an astonishing range of work: from stainless steel cutlery such as "New York" which found its way into the homes of millions, to magnificent one-off signature pieces such as the silver and crystal chandelier he designed to celebrate the 75-year anniversary of Georg Jensen in 1979.

    During his life, he won many awards including the Milan Triennial, the International Design Award and the Lunning Prize. Accolades are important, but what means even more to us is that people still choose to wear a watch by Henning Koppel or to serve coffee from one of his pots. The integrity and appeal of his designs remain vital and undiminished.

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