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​The Greatest Auction Ever of Quistgaard’s Design

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​The Greatest Auction Ever of Quistgaard’s Design

Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers offer the greatest selection ever of timeless design classics from the 1950-60s by the Danish designer Jens Harald Quistgaard. The auction is held on Tuesday 10 May.

”Among the highlights is a unique coffee table with Öland stone top, which was produced by Nissen, Langaa around 1965, and a rare set of forged metal and brass fire tools, stamped "Dansk Designs Denmark, IHQ" and presumably made by Lange & Co during the 1960s. The auction also includes ten pepper mills in different types of wood such as teak, pao rosa and wenge, which were produced by Nissen, Langaa and Kronjyden” says Esben Skov Jensen from Bruun Rasmussen’s department in Aarhus, where the Quistgaard auction is held.

An Overlooked Success Story

Compared to his contemporaries, such as Hans J. Wegner, Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen, Quistgaard has had a more modest place in the history of Danish design. Nevertheless, he was one of the most internationally recognized Danish designers during the 1950s and 1960s. His furniture and crafts found their way into many homes in Europe, the United States, Russia and Japan, and he is today represented in museums worldwide. Yet, many still do not know him by name, while many of his products are present in most kitchens - such as the classic can opener shaped like a shark fin.

Functionalism and Craftsmanship

Quistgaard's focus followed the contemporary functionalist idiom, and one of his characteristic statements was: "The usefulness of a product must never be disregarded. It must never be minimized in favour of style." The starting point for Quistgaard was at the same time a respect for traditional craftsmanship and the use of nature’s materials. The result was a brilliant series of beautiful trays, bowls, jugs, chairs, cutlery, stools and much, much more.

In the late 1950s, the American manufacturer Ted Nierenberg Copenhagen, and he became acquainted with Quistgaard's kitchen design. The meeting led to a career as chief designer at the company Danish Designs, which have produced many classics marked with Quistgaard's initials "JHQ".


Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers is one of Scandinavia’s leading international auction houses, and one of Denmark’s oldest. It all started on 6 October 1948, when Arne Bruun Rasmussen conducted the first traditional auction in the saleroom at Bredgade 33 in Copenhagen. Today, Jesper Bruun Rasmussen stands at the helm of the family-run business together with the third generation of the family, his son Frederik and daughter Alexa, and the company’s CEO Jakob Dupont.

In 2004, the first online auction was launched, and today the auction house has expanded to include departments in Copenhagen and Aarhus and representations in Sweden, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain, Italy, Thailand and the US. About 100,000 lots are auctioned off each year at the traditional auctions and daily online auctions. Here you can bid on everything from art, antiques, modern design and jewellery to books, coins, stamps, wine and weaponry.

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Bruun Rasmussen – the Whole World's Auction House!

"Going once, going twice. Sold to the lady in the front row”. For 75 years, Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers has sold art, antiques, design, jewellery, wristwatches and collector’s items in the heart of Copenhagen. It was Arne Bruun Rasmussen who founded the auction house at Bredgade 33 in 1948, and until 2022 the Bruun Rasmussen family owned the company. Today, the company is owned by the British auction house Bonhams - one of the world's leading and oldest auction houses.

Being a part of Bonhams, means that Bruun Rasmussen has joined a global network, which benefits both the art and the customers, the latter has gained access to far more auctions and the former has a better chance of achieving the market's best hammer prices. The goal is to constantly confirm to our customers that Bruun Rasmussen is a sought-after auction house with the highest expertise in valuation and sales. Bonhams and Bruun Rasmussen share the core values of knowledge, credibility, commitment and renewal, and the old Copenhagen auction house will thus continue to base its business on its well-known values under the auspices of Bonhams.

With CEO Jakob Dupont at the helm, an extensive digitization process has taken place during the past years, making the auction house a significant player on the international market. With solid experience and in-depth knowledge complemented by highly professional advice and appraisal service, the company is the link between sellers and interested buyers from all over the world. Every year, 70,000 unique works of art are sold at three types of auctions – the traditional Live Auctions and the two web-based auctions Online Auction and Direct Auction.

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