Anton Michelsen

Anton Michelsen (1809-1877) was a Danish goldsmith and founder of the jewelry company Anton Michelsen, which became one of the most successful and renowned jewelry brands in Denmark.
Michelsen began his career as an apprentice goldsmith in Copenhagen in 1828. He quickly gained a reputation for his skill and creativity, and in 1841, he opened his own workshop in the city. Michelsen's designs were heavily influenced by the Romanticism and Gothic Revival movements, and he incorporated naturalistic forms and motifs into his jewelry, such as flowers, leaves, and animals.
In the 1850s, Michelsen began collaborating with prominent Danish artists and designers, such as Thorvald Bindesbøll and Georg Jensen, to create jewelry that reflected the country's cultural heritage. His designs became known for their high quality and craftsmanship, and in 1870, he was appointed purveyor to the Royal Danish Court.
After Michelsen's death in 1877, his son, Carl Michelsen, took over the family business and continued to expand the company's reach, opening stores in Paris and London. Anton Michelsen's designs remained popular throughout the 20th century, and the company continued to produce high-quality jewelry until it was acquired by Georg Jensen in 1990.
Today, Anton Michelsen's designs are highly collectible and are considered to be some of the most important examples of Danish jewelry from the 19th century.
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