Periodically large and small collections are put up for sale in auction houses. This happens when the collector dies and the bereaved do not know what to do with the many objects. The collections are characterized by, almost always, being in a high quality and in good condition. The objects have clearly been chosen very carefully, and the collector has made an effort to complete the collection in some way: e.g. all art glass in a particular series or the most important products/works of a particular artist.
When the collection is put up for sale you can be sure that it will be scattered to the winds. It is rare to see a collection being sold as a whole. On the other hand the single collector will have the chance to buy exactly what she/he has been looking for for a long time,, and like this the food chain continues indefinitely. When you bemoan the major collections being torn apart, it is not only negative. Generation after generation have the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful objects. It is an eternal recycling of our history.
The Story Behind
We are passionate collectors, and it has been our starting point for our business, which is now more than 15 years old. We find our products everywhere: flea markets, auction houses, or from people selling directly to us. The hunt for the good things is obviously exciting for all of us, but first and foremost it is about finding the good quality in all genres to match the time and the demand of our customers, and of course to find what we like ourselves. It is also important for us to know the story behind the individual objects and artists, and therefore we will continuously make effort to describe our items and place them in the history of decorative arts in Scandinavia.
In Scandinavia the production of the 20th century decorative arts are characterized by hundreds of small studios and some large factories with art departments producing large series of ceramic, porcelain, and art glass, and both studios and factories also produced unique items. Examples are companies like Royal Copenhagen, Rorstrand, Kosta, Holmegaard, Gustavsberg, Orrefors, Arabia and Iittala. And smaller studios like Michael Andersen, Uppsala-Ekeby, Palshus, Saxbo, Kähler, Höganäs, Arne Bang, Just Andersen and Søholm. Just to name a few.
Decorative art for everybody
Art Nouveau and Art Deco sparked the interest of the decorative art among the broad public. In Scandinavia the two styles interpreted with more simplicity than most other places. The fluted art deco ceramics of Arne Bang is a an example. The time is characterized by artists moving across borders in Scandinavia and using their design skills on other materials. The Swedish artist Gunnar Nylund is an example. He worked with ceramics in Denmark for Saxbo, Bing & Grondahl, Nymølle, and in Sweden for Rorstrand. Nylund also designed art glass for Strömbergshyttan.
The mid century period, which was built on functionalism, laid the foundation for the widespread use of Scandinavian design in both furniture and crafts, and it resulted in a great popular diffusion of quality items. It's what we at Scandinavian Accents rates - but if we find completely unique antiques and collectibles which will go well with what we otherwise sell, they will be presented on this website. It's the brave mixture of different eras that create original and personal homes.