For sale is this Danish tea and coffee set dated 1886 in the Japanese style. Danish aesthetic silver is very rare and this set is all the more important for its early date and that it is made by the Danish crown jewellers Anton Michelsen. This set clearly owes its design to Japan, but I think is really inspired more directly by Christopher Dresser. The finials seem an exact copy of his silver designs for James Dixon & Sons in around 1880.
Anton Michelsen are famous for defining modern Danish silver through their production of the Japanese influenced designs of Thorvald Bindesboll in the c 1896-1902 period, that in turn inspired Georg Jensen’s silver work. This tea and coffee set, dated 1886, can be seen as a forerunner of Michelsen’s innovation which gave us the distinctive Danish silver of the 20th century we know today.
The set is compact, a good gauge of silver and in excellent condition.
Maker: Anton Michelsen
Marks: Full Danish assay marks
Material: Sterling silver
Size: Teapot 11cm wide
Weight: Teapot 11 oz , 330 grams