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Jens Quistgaard

Born in 1919 and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jens Quistgaard forged metal on his own anvil at age 14 and exhibited self-designed sets of knives a year later. In fact, it was Quistgaard’s work on display at a knife exhibition in Copenhagen in 1950 that caught the eye of American entrepreneur Ted Nierenberg. Quistgaard had the artistic vision to take everyday household tools and make them beautiful, and Nierenberg had the know-how to make beautiful tools available to the everyday buyer. Together they formed Dansk, a flatware and cookware company, in 1954.


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Collection of Peppermills

A lot comprised of 22 mills contains the following: nine examples with Puegeot grinding mechanisms, thirteen pieces signed by Dansk Designs, four signed by Dansk Designs Ltd. Thailand, and four signed by Dansk Designs. Only one is unmarked. All were constructed in 1972 by Jens Quistgaard.

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Quistgaard Flip-Top Teak Desk

Quistgaard created this 1967 teak piece, which has a rectangular top with a hinged flip-top superstructure and is fitted with drawers and pigeonholes above a four-drawer frieze. It was manufactured by Lovig, and bears the maker's stencil on the underside.