Henning KOPPEL

Denmark 1918 – 1981


  • France 1938-1939, Sweden from 1940-1945.


Denmark commenced 1904

manufacturer (organisation)

3-piece tea service (Design no: 1017) [Tea service (Design no 1017)] c.1960 Description: Tea pot, sugar bowl, cream jug
Place made: Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Creation Notes: design 1952 manufacture c1960
Materials & Technique: metalwork, decorative design, sterling silver and guaiacan wood hand raised, fabricated and polished,carved guaiacan wood handle on teapot

Primary Insc: Stamped on bases of teapot, jug and bowl: DESSIN/HK (in oval)/DENMARK/GEORG JENSEN (in oval company mark)/ STERLING/1017
Dimensions: Teapot 11 h x 24 w x 15 d cm Cream jug 8 h x 12.5 w x 10 d cm Sugar bowl 4.5 h x 10.5 w x 10.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.301.A-C
  • Henning Koppel studied sculpture at the Kongelige Dansk Kunstakademie in Copenhagen from 1936-37 and at the Académie Ranson in Paris from 1938-39. He was the most significant Danish designer of silver from 1940 to his death, his fluid and organic designs for Jensen becoming synonymous with Scandinavian modernism. He brought a new sculptural approach to the design of Jensen’s silver, along with objects in stainless steel, ceramics, glass and plastics for other Danish manufacturers during the 1950s and 1960s.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
    Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design