BINDESBØLL, Thorvald
(b. 1846, København, d. 1908, København)

Beaker

1899
Silver, parcel-gilt, height 10 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This silver beaker, parcel-gilt, with an undulating profile, is embossed and chased with tongue-like forms resembling sea anemones. The wavy lip is embossed and chased with cartouche like forms connected by a border of narrow swag shaped forms. The outside is plain, the inside gilt.

The beaker was designed and made in Denmark. The designer, Thorvald Bindesbøll, initially trained as an architect. However, from 1883, he started to design ceramics, and from then on, he increasingly designed for the crafts. He was a master of the Art Nouveau style, and here you can see its influence in the undulating rim and raised organic decoration. Bindesbøll became known both locally and internationally as one of its most brilliant practitioners. His silverware received international acclaim at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, which was a showcase for the Art Nouveau style.

The firm of A. Michelsen, who made the beaker, was founded in Copenhagen in 1841 and continues to this day. It contributed significantly to the major international exhibitions in the period 1850-1900.