Arnold Krog


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(b Frederiksvœrk, Zealand, 18 March 1856; d Tisvilde, Zealand, 7 June 1931). Danish porcelain painter and architect. In October 1884 he was was engaged as an artist at the Copenhagen Porcelain Factory on a trial basis, and in January 1885 he was appointed as artistic director. His first attempts at finding a style different from the white, gilded, classical porcelain, embellished with coloured overglazes, that had been the standard ware of the factory, were made with Renaissance patterns and in the manner of wares from the Delft potteries. However, an ‘Immortelle’ plate that had been made at the factory from 1790 inspired Krog, and he produced forms suitable for this delicate, underglazed, blue-flower pattern. Other sources of inspiration were: Japanese ceramics, painting and woodcuts; Karl Madsen's Japansk Malerkunst (1885), which analyses motifs in Japanese paintings; and a visit in 1886 to S. Bing's shop, L’Art Nouveau, in Paris, where he saw the collection of objects from East Asia.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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