Hans Hansen Sterling Silver with Gold Pendant No. 366 by Bent Gabrielsen on Sterling Silver Neck Ring
Unique pendant with an interesting bark-like textured surface. This is a sterling silver pendant with gold wash balls on a sterling silver neck ring.
The neck ring is annealed, which is a special heating process so that the sterling silver is not brittle.
Designer: Bent Gabrielsen Maker: Hans Hansen Design #: N/A Circa: 1970s Dimensions: 7"L x 5.14"W Country of Origin: Denmark
Hans Hansen bio: Hans Hansen (1884-1940) opened his own gold and silver smithy in 1906. Initially producing only flatware, by the 1920s his company successfully began designing and producing jewelry. In 1992 the firm began to collaborate with the Georg Jensen Company. The Hansen Silversmithy became a family business once son, Karl Gustav Hansen, began designing and producing silver pieces of his own.
Hans died at only 56 years old, leaving the business to 25-year-old son. The company gained wide acclaim for collection known as "Future,” which was comprised of approximately 50 pieces, including brooches, rings, clasps, and earrings. Other designers such as Bent Gabrielsen and Bent Knudsen also worked for Hansen and by the 1980s Allan Scharff was the leading designer.
Bent Gabrielsen bio: Bent Gabrielsen successfully qualified as a goldsmith in 1949 after serving his apprenticeship with the goldsmith Ejler Fangel in Copenhagen. He soon found work with the Hans Hansen Silversmithy where he eventually was responsible for overseeing the firm's entire production. Gabrielsen and his wife established the Gabrielsen Goldsmithy in 1969. A large part of his production was sold in Japan. One of his designs for Georg Jensen won the Lunning Prize in 1964. As Erik Bohr, Chairman of the Lunning Committee wrote, "Bent Gabrielsen's jewelry carries absolute conviction as to its function; his handling of materials is so restrained and well considered that one feels this could hardly be otherwise. His jewelry is simple and clearly constructed, often with links connecting naturally with each other so that the complete piece makes up a beautiful whole. Every single detail of his things is worked out. There are no false effects. He does not take the easy way out.”