Collection Online
silver, cane
13.1 × 18.0 × 13.1 cm
Place/s of Execution
Copenhagen, Denmark
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1952
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
At the age of twenty-two Hans Hansen opened his business and workshop in Kolding. Initially the business produced cutlery, but following his son Karl Gustav Hansen’s succession the firm began producing beautiful, functionalist tablewares. The workshop was unique in that it did not use machinery and all its pieces were produced by hand. Karl Gustav’s hollowware designs were very geometric but maintained a strong organic element. This teapot is an example of the distinctive design which characterises Hansen’s work. Hans Hansen remained a prominent Danish company until its absorption into Royal Copenhagen in 1991.
—text from Nordic Cool (Feb 2015)