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Some facts about Kay Bojesen

Kay Bojesen was born on August 15th., 1886 as a son of publisher Ernst Bojesen (1849-1925).
After his preliminary exam and subsequently a grocer training, at Grocer Chr. Richter in Store Heddinge in 1906, he went into aprenticeship at silversmith Georg Jensen, which he ended in 1910. The following years Kay Bojesen continued to educate himself in the silversmith craftmanship, at the Royal vocational School for precious Metals in Schwäbe-Gmünd.-Württemberg, and later he worked as a skilled silversmith in Paris. In 1913 Kay Bojesen returned to Copenhagen to work as a skilled silversmith at Oscar Dahl in Frederiksberggade. Shortly there after Ernst Bojesen assume control of the workshop, and takes on his son as a partner. After a short time the workshop is moved to Nybrogade 14.

The workshop was sold in 1930, and Kay Bojesen became artistic administrator at Bing & Grøndal. That job was of short duration, as he in 1932 again established a business as independent silversmith, which after a few years moved to the basement shop at Bredgade 47. Kay bojesen died in 1958, and his widow, Erna Bojesen, carried on the company untill her death in 1986. After this the family carried on the shop for a short period. In 1991 the rights to the toy anmimals, the wooden gaurdsmen and the cutlery in steel "Gran Prix" was sold to Erik Rosendahl in Lundtofte, where it's still marketed.

Kay Bojesens interest in wood is first knowen in 1922, where he at "Landsforeningen Dansk Arbejde's" contest got a fourth prize for the following four toys: a road roller, a dragoon on horseback, a caravel (boat) and a see-saw. But it wasn't until the 1930's that the toy production really took on. And this production has been immense, both in number of items and in the amount of items. The wooden articles consisted besides the toys also of applied art like bowles, carving board, trays, egg cups etc.

Kay Bojesen was a versatile and curious man, who also worked in other materials than silver and wood. Fx he created kitchen cutlery and carving knife and fork in stainless steel for the Universal Steel Company, by whom he also was an artistic adviser and designer in the late 1940's. Bamboo and cane also had his interest, and together with Royal Court basketmaker R. Wengler he created childrens and doll's furniture. Kay Bojesen has also performed models for a childrens set (plate and mug) in melamine.

Literature reference:

Kay Bojsen, text by Pierre Lübecker, edited by Viggo Steen Møller in the series "Dansk Brugskunst" 1955
Kay Bojesen, by Viggo Steen Møller and Henrik Steen Møller, 1983
Catalog from the 1993 exhibition of Kay Bojesen silverware and wooden toys at Søllerød Museum
Articles in various art magazines, such as "Nyt Tidskrift for Kunstindustri", "Dansk Brugskunst" and others.

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