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Norwegian modernist jeweler Erling Christoffersen

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Norwegian modernist jeweler Erling Christoffersen (1932-2015)

Viking double anchor mid-century modernist silver pendant. 1960s. Norwegian modernist jeweler Erling Christoffersen (1932-2015)

Norwegian modernist jeweler Erling Christoffersen (1932-2015)
The name of the renowned Norwegian silversmith Erling Christoffersen (1932-2015) is inextricably linked with the Plustinn Norway applied arts centre, which he founded in Fredrikstad in 1958.
However, it took ten years for Erling to open his workshop. While still a student of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Oslo, he started his jewelry career. Thus, 17 year-old Christoffersen began working as an apprentice, honing his skills in the famous Norwegian company J. Tostrup.
Christoffersen ran the Norway Silver Designs Center (alternatively called Plus) with his wife, Anna Greta Eker. Born in Marieham, Finland, Anna Greta Eker (1928-2002) settled in Norway after she married Erling Christoffersen, founder of Norway Plus. A year later, Tone Vigeland (b. 1938), Odvar Pettersen and other well-known designers joined the group. Plus workshop set trends in jewelry design not only in Norway in the 1960s, but also abroad. Their innovative modernist silverware gained worldwide popularity, and has been highly collectible today.
Inspired by Scandinavian motifs, the Vikings and the saga, Christoffersen handcrafted pendants, brooches, bracelets and rings from silver and pewter.

Viking ship Scandinavian motif silver pendant 1

Viking ship Scandinavian motif silver pendant

The markings, along with the traditional ND (Norway Design), “Plus” for Plustinn Studio and “Sterling 925S Norway”, also included the designer’s initials. So, “EC” for Erling Christoffersen, “AGE” for Anna Greta Eker, and “TV” for Tone Vigeland. According to some markings, some pieces were made by two designers, for example, pendant by Tone Vigeland and the collar by Christoffersen.

Anna Greta Eker (1928-2002) Erling Christoffersen (1932-2015)

Anna Greta Eker (1928-2002) Erling Christoffersen (1932-2015)

Noteworthy, Erling Christoffersen did not limit his work to jewelry only, and his workshop united artists and craftsmen of different directions. Among them in particular, silversmiths, ceramists, weavers, glass blowers, carpenters, furniture designers, screen-makers, etc.
Founded in 1958, the Norway Plustinn applied arts centre ceased to exist in the mid-1970s.

Norwegian modernist jeweler Erling Christoffersen (1932-2015)

Anna Greta Eker signed sterling silver hammered spiral bracelet

Anna Greta Eker signed sterling silver hammered spiral bracelet

Christmas Pine pewter pendant

Christmas Pine pewter pendant

'Fugl Og Hest' ('Bird and Horse') sterling silver pendant by Tone Vigeland of Plus Studio. 1960s

‘Fugl Og Hest’ (‘Bird and Horse’) sterling silver pendant by Tone Vigeland of Plus Studio. 1960s

Iconic Jester design sterling silver ring by Anna Greta Eker of Plus Design studio Norway

Iconic Jester design sterling silver ring by Anna Greta Eker of Plus Design studio Norway

'Mosaic' design modernist sterling silver brooch pin

‘Mosaic’ design modernist sterling silver brooch pin

Scandinavian design pewter pendant

Scandinavian design pewter pendant

'Summerfugl' (Butterfly) sterling silver brooch. 1960s

‘Summerfugl’ (Butterfly) sterling silver brooch. 1960s

Sun cross viking ship pewter pendant

Sun cross viking ship pewter pendant

Sunburst sterling silver brooch by Tone Vigeland. 1960s

Sunburst sterling silver brooch by Tone Vigeland. 1960s

Maker's marks

Maker’s marks