Holmegaard Pendant Lamp
Materials: Green coloured hand blown crystal glass. Metal socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: 20 cm / 7.87”
Width: ∅ 27 cm / 10.62”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Jacob Eiler Bang (1899 – 1965) – attributed.
Manufacturer: Holmegaards Glasværk, Hørsholm, Denmark.
Other versions: Made in several colours.
The Holmegaard glassworks factory was founded around 1820 by Count Christian Danneskiold-Samsøe in the town of Holmegaard Mose (“Holmegaard Bog”), but he needed permission from the King of Denmark.
The Count died in 1823 without receiving an answer from the king. A short while after his dead, permission was granted and his wife Countess Henriette Danneskjold-Samsøe started the business. Production began in 1825.
In the beginning the company produced only green bottles, but within its first decade production was shifted on to table-glass.
During the 20th century, artists such as Jacob Eiler Bang (1899-1965) entered the equation, designing and shaping Holmegaard’s glass products. Designer Per Lütken (1916-98), and Jacob Bang’s son, Michael (1944-2002) joined the firm and brought it to what it is now: a well known company, famous for its high-quality products of Danish design.
Today Holmegaard is part of the Rosendahl Design Group.
Jacob Eiler Bang
Jacob Eiler Bang was born in Fredriksberg, Denmark on 19 December 1899 and studied architecture. He changed quickly to glass design. He first came to the attention of Holmegaards Glasværk at the 1925 Paris exhibition and started working for Holmegaard in 1926. His glass designs received significant acclaim at international exhibitions.
Jacob Eiler Bang drew many lights for Holmegaard and also for the other famous Danish brand Fog & Morup. Several lights like this lamp have the characteristics of Bang’s designs, so probably this light was created by him.
Mister Bang died at 16 March 1965 in Kongens Lyngby, also in Denmark, only 66 years old.
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Many thanks to Marjan from Vintage Drachten for the beautiful pictures, and enthusiasm.