Friday, 10 June 2011

Royal Copenhagen Dish

This is the pot I found at Lincoln this week.  It's not Poole Pottery, but it is a lovely dish, so I know I shouldn't be disappointed with my trip.  The dish was made by the Royal Copenhagen factory in the 1970's, and the pattern designed by Johanne Gerber.  It's also signed by the person who decorated it, but I'm not sure who that mark belongs to, so I've included a photo of the base in the hope that someone else can tell me this and more about the dish.
There are definite influences from Scandinavian pottery on Poole of the 1950's, 60's and 70's. And I think other pottery blogs are starting to have an influence on me too.  In the absence of Poole at Lincoln, as well as buying this dish I was also drawn repeated to Hornsea Pottery cruets and storage jars from the same period.  For an idea of how good these things look Potshots blog is a good place to start.  I just wish I had room for more.


  1. Hey. You probably know by now, that your dish is called Baca and it designed by Joanna Gerber. The Royal Porcelain Factory Found following description - you might find it interesting?! Sincerely Louise

    Joanna Gerber worked among others in ceramic artist Nils Thorsson 1898-1975. Nils Thorsson was-as the name suggests, was born in Sweden, but he got Danish citizenship in 1910. He was a potter and painter, trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and blah. artistic director of faience Aluminia 1933-1969 and stoneware department at the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory 1949-1969.
    Nils Thorsson had an uncontrollable urge to experiment with both types, textures and glazes. He was no man behind the renewal of the stoneware from the Royal Por-celænsfabrik. His importance to the Danish stoneware in the mid-1900s is hard to overestimate.
    Some of these many experiments led to fajanceserien Baca. Baca was a bit of a funny experiment, which involved several young artists. Like Lark chassis decades later. The technique was similar for all the artists, the law gave a special character with semi-abstract patterns in muted earth tones. But there the similarities between the different parts of the series is also up. Baca is available as vases, bowls, dishes, ashtrays and lågkrukker, patterns and colors vary from stylistic animal and nature motifs in yellow-brown-black shades to more abstract designs in blue, white, green-gray-blue or brown shades.
    The common denominator is in reality the signature in the bottom. Baca is the Latin word for ring. And all ceramic core that worked with the Special Nils Thorssons'ke technique, signed their works with a signature in Baca ring.
    Joanna Gerber was therefore among the young ceramists who tried their hand at Baca series. Her contributions are among the best. Especially works with stylized figures of the burnt shades. But other potters got something interesting out of the experiments, such as Ellen Malmer b. 1942, Anne Marie Trolle and Ivan Weiss, for the 1946th.
    Baca series of earthenware, but so rustic in style and glaze that recalls the stoneware. Both Baca and the corresponding series Tenera was from Nils Thor's hand that attempts to modernize pottery and faience and get it out of the shadows of the past. With help from the young artists, he created a whole new expression, far from the ancient utensils. The works were indeed more thought of as art or crafts, or daily use ceramics.

    1. Hi Louise, Thank you for for sharing your expert knowledge. I knew very little about the dish before, so you have really enhanced my enjoyment of it and certainly inspired me to look for other examples.


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