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Medium
silver, ebony
Measurements
18.1 × 24.2 × 13.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Copenhagen, Denmark
Accession Number
D15-1969
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1969
Gallery location
Mid 20th Century Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 3, NGV International
Description
Bulbous body, convex lid, rounded angular ebony handle.
About

Henning Koppel was one of the most innovative silver designers of the mid twentieth century. His strikingly original designs are remarkable in the way they temper the strict rules of functionalism with organic, lifelike shapes. His aim was to make everyday objects beautiful as well as practical. Koppel was a master of abstraction, emphasising the sculptural qualities rather than surface ornament of a piece. His designs paid utmost respect to the handcraft tradition; each form was carefully raised, planished and polished to achieve a lustre that fully complimented its sleek, curvilinear volumes.