Ragnar HANSEN, Coffee pot Enlarge 1 /1


Fredrikstad, Norway born 1945

  • to Australia 1972

Coffee pot c 1976 Place made: Longford, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, coffee pots, sterling silver, ebony

Primary Insc: Stamped on base: 'R', 'Sterling'
Tertiary Insc: C219
Dimensions: 19.4 h x 19.1 w x 10.2 d cm
Acknowledgement: Crafts Board Collection donated by the Australia Council 1982
Accession No: NGA 82.1536
Subject: Collection: The Crafts Board of Australia Council collection of Australian and International decorative and design arts, acquired 1982.

An immigrant from Norway, Hansen arrived with the rigorous craft training and an understanding of the relationship between design and nature that characterised Scandinavian design during the 20th century. Masterly crafted by Ragnar Hansen in 1976, this vessel is sculptural and fluid. It breaks away from conventional silverware, by referring to the contours of landscape and water.

Although working in an urban environment and creating objects for urban consumption, Hansen deliberately evokes the ancient eroded landscape of Australia in the undulating form of this lidded pot.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra