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Danish Designer Eigil Jensen 4 Anton Michelsen XL Sterling Boomerang Brooch '50s

Danish Designer Eigil Jensen 4 Anton Michelsen XL Sterling Boomerang Brooch '50s

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Danish Designer Eigil Jensen for Anton Michelsen Sterling Silver Modernist Boomerang Brooch Circa 1950's

          

Measurements: 4"L x 1.25"W (10.16cm x 3.18cm)

Markings: AM Maker's Mark Sterling Denmark EJ (Eigil Jensen)

Weight: 12.6g

Another stunning example of the magnificent craftsmanship of mid century Danish designers. This brooch is in exceptional condition with very minimal wear, comparable to age. Has recently been professionally polish looks new again.  

Mannequin is a life-size torso representation

The Anton Michelsen Silversmithy was founded in 1841, and had thus long celebrated its centenary when it was bought by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory in 1968. As Royal Copenhagen then went on to purchase Georg Jensen as well, Michelsen was gradually merged with Jensen, and today only the annual forks and spoons bear the Michelsen name.
-Georg Jensen was apprenticed to Anton Michelsen in the 1890s, not the other way around! Several of the most popular late 20th century Jensen pieces were actually designed for Michelsen.
-In the 1850s Michelsen was commissioned to redesign the Royal medals and has been making these by appointment ever since. Hence the expertise in enamelwork which led to the most popular jewellery design of the twentieth century , the Marguerite Daisy, created in 1940 to celebrate the birth of Princess (later Queen) Margrethe.
-After its takeover by Royal Copenhagen in 1968, silver designers were encouraged to work with ceramicists, which resulted in some very interesting and sought-after creations.
-At least since 1950 Anton Michelsen acknowledged its designers by stamping their signatures on each piece.
Designers of the mid and late 20th century include:
Karen Strand, Gertrud Engel, Eigil Jensen, Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel, Knud V Andersen and Jens Windfeld Hansen.
-Michelsen set up a subsidiary in Sweden during the WWII and for some time after. MIC was the maker's mark used for items produced in Sweden, and this mark is often seen on Gertrud Engel designs of the 1950s, although they were also made in Denmark. In Sweden they also cooperated with the Swedish company Borgila. Source: Antik & Auktion 4/99.  

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