Per Linnemann-Schmidt

Danish, 1912 - 1999
Danish sculptor and ceramic artist Per Ingvard Henrik Wulff Linnemann-Schmidt was born in Copenhagen in 1912. He inherited his artistic lineage from his father, the renowned Danish sculptor Willie Wulff (1881-1962), and later adopted his stepfather's surname, Schmidt. Linnemann-Schmidt embarked on his artistic journey in 1931, enrolling at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, where he honed his expertise in life and figure drawing, as well as sculpting in clay, plaster, and bronze. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, he specialized in crafting portrait sculptures, receiving commissions from numerous private patrons.
In 1949, alongside his wife Annelise Linnemann-Schmidt (formerly Sprechler, 1918-1969), Per established Palshus Stentøj (Stoneware) in Sengeløse, just outside Copenhagen. The name "Palshus" ingeniously combined their initials with the Danish word for house, "Hus." While Per focused on designing and creating a diverse range of pieces, including tableware, vases, and lamps, Annelise managed the business operations. Their creations found a home in the renowned department store Den Permanente in Copenhagen. Per's mastery of glazing techniques, particularly the exquisite matte "Haresfur" glazes, was self-taught. The signature Scandinavian color palette featured earthy tones such as blues, browns, and beige. Palshus also employed other talented ceramic artists, including Jens H. Quistgaard, Kjeld Jordan, Billy Eberlein, and Hugo de Soto, who contributed unique designs and expertise.
Despite initial success, Palshus faced challenges in the late 1950s when allegations of design plagiarism surfaced, implicating the company in a dispute with fellow Danish ceramics manufacturer Saxbo. Tragedy struck with the sudden passing of Annelise in 1969, prompting Linnemann-Schmidt to cease operations at Palshus in 1972. He returned to his roots as an artist, focusing on drawing, painting, and sculpting until his passing in 1999, leaving behind a legacy of creativity and craftsmanship.
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