'Peak' bracelet by Bent Gabrielsen for Hans Hansen, Denmark c1960s
The classic 'Peak' jewellery was designed by Bent Gabrielsen for Hans Hansen c 1950s-60s. When the Hans Hansen company was sold to Georg Jensen, the Georg Jensen company continued to produce this subtle, modernist design in the 1990s.
This bracelet, in excellent vintage condition, was produced by Hans Hansen. It is stamped Hans Hansen, Denmark, 925S, 238 (ghe design number).
Bent Gabrielsen Pedersen (1928-2014) was hired by Hans Hansen in 1953 and worked there as chief jewellery designer until 1969 before going on to set up his own workshop. He won the Lunning prize in 1964 which was considered as like the “Nobel” prize for Scandinavian design. He also won a gold medal at the Milan Triennial for design in 1962. A number of his designed were also produced by Georg Jensen.
Hans Hansen (1884-1940) first started trading in about 1906. By the 1920s Hansen was designing and producing his own line of flatware then later moving on to jewellery. The production of items of jewellery began in earnest in 1932 with a collection designed by his son, Karl Gustav Hansen. After his father’s death, Karl Gustav Hansen took over the Hans Hansen Silversmithy. Other designers, including Bent Gabrielsen Pedersen and Bent Knudsen also worked for the company, with Allan Scharff as the leading designer from the 1980s. In 1992 the firm joined with the Georg Jensen company.
Mid 20th Century