Outstanding and rare weighty Sterling silver and abalone pendant by the sought-after Danish modernist master Palle Bisgaard. The abalone shell is set in a thick slab of silver which is concave, allowing multiple colour variations to reflect from the abalone shell.
Bisgaard, who was self-taught. opened his workshop in Kirke Hyllinge near Roskilde in 1954, the same year as Arne Johansen. I have no doubt the two silversmiths knew each other and influenced each other's work. Bisgaard was the first in Denmark to use abalone shell in his jewellery, and Johansen also adopted this material.
The Danish Silver Museum at Koldinghus hold 4 pieces by Bisgaard,
Condition: No visible damage, crisp edges
Marks: P.Bis Sterling Denmark Handmade 15
Size: 1.75" (4.5cm) + bale, Chain is 18" (45cm)