Many of the most famous figural sculptures from Copenhagen were designed by Jens Peter Dahl-Jensen (1874 - 1960). He started his own firm in 1925 and manufactured a variety of Danish porcelain figurines, animals, vases and decorative art pieces. He originally started out in 1897 designing for the firm Bing & Grondahl as a sculptor and then later as artistic director before starting his own family business. He achieved fame and distinction throughout his career. Many consider his designs to be the best of Danish porcelain.
This vase is one of the largest he produced. It stands a foot high and gives the illusion of being much larger. The reeded flutes stand out with the gold highlighting. The dark burnt orange gives a very nice art deco feel along with the light gray and beige craquelure glaze. Its condition is excellent with no damage, chips, hairlines, etc. But, it does have a horizontal scratch through the logo mark indicating that it is a “second”. It took me some time to find the blemish - it’s very subtle. There’s a very slight thickening of the porcelain rim, a kind of swelling, which is shown in the rim close-up photo. Ordinarily, you’d never even see it. The gold trim over it is seamless. The rarity of this size vase more than offsets this slight blemish.
The vase will easily complement any mid-century modern design setting. It’s unusual and strikingly beautiful.
Reference No. 94/343
Height: 12” (305mm)
Width: 7” Round at its widest (175mm)