Bing & Grøndahl
- Gordon Campbell
Danish porcelain factory founded in Copenhagen in 1853 by Frederik Vilhelm Grøndahl, a former employee of Bing & Grøndahl’s only predecessor, the Kongelige Porcelainsfabrik (Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory, established 1775); Grøndahl’s partners were the art dealers Jacob Herman and Meyer Herman Bing, whose chain of retail outlets sold the products of the factory. Grøndahl’s two sons later became managers in the company. The company made (and still makes) table and display wares in porcelain and stoneware. Its designers have included the painter Pietro Krohn (1840–1905), who made the ‘Heron’ dinner service (1888); Jean René Gauguin (1881–1961; son of the painter Paul Gauguin), who made figures; Ingeborg Plockross-Irminger (1872–1962), who made statuettes of women and children; Jens Peter Dahl-Jensen (1874–1960), who later started his own factory; and the silversmith Henning Koppel (1918–81), who famously designed for Georg Jensen. The Company has issued Christmas plates annually since ...