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H 44 cm W 73.5 cm D 14 cm


Blown & cut glass with oak




'Konge' from the Glasskibe Collection is a unique glass and oak sculpture by the Danish and British artists, Backhaus & Brown and Egeværk.

The title explained by the artists;

"Konge (King) - using the cover name Rig, the Norse god Heimdal visited different farms. During these visits, he made the ladies of the houses pregnant. His last visit was on a very wealthy farm, and resulted in the son Jarl. As a grown man, Jarl married and had his own children. His youngest is Konr the Young; who is wise, knowledgeable about runes, and lucky with war. Konr the Young – Konungr - became the ancestor of kings. The Norse word ‘Kong’ means “(distinguished) man”, and ‘konungr’ is a derivative meaning “of a distinguished family”.

The Danish town of Hundested is steeped in maritime history and richly from the Viking Age. It is the majestic imagery of the Viking ships passing that has inspired two of the harbour’s contemporary craft companies; cabinetmakers Egeværk and glass artists Backhaus & Brown. These two award-winning workshops have combined their masterful crafts in an innovative collaboration; namely a series of sculptures named "Glasskibe" – Viking ships in handblown glass and carved oak.

The artists can also create pieces to commission, please contact the gallery for further information.

Backhaus & Brown and Egeværk