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Worthy of a Queen Christiansborg Palace_1690

Temporary exhibit with royal goldsmithing
27 September to 15 December 2019

Temporary exhibit: Worthy of a Queen

Visit this temporary exhibit from 27 September to 15 December 2019. Entry to the exhibition is included in a standard admission ticket for The Royal Reception Rooms or a combi ticket for Christiansborg Palace.

Visit the small, exclusive goldsmith exhibition “Worthy of a Queen” in the Queen’s Library at Christiansborg Palace. The exhibition has been created in conjunction with Kjøbenhavns Guldsmedelaug (Copenhagen Goldsmiths’ Guild). 

The exhibition features fascinating examples of gold and silver pieces commissioned by and for HM Queen Margrethe. You can see some of the Queen’s own jewellery and other magnificent luxury items, and discover some of the talented new craftspeople within this field, namely the final pieces of the three nominees for the Copenhagen Goldsmiths’ Guild Skt. Loye Award 2019.

Tokens of Love and Applied Art

The content of the special exhibition ranges from jewellery to cutlery and special items. You can see Her Majesty’s well-known floral tiara made from Greenlandic gold, a beauty set featuring daisies, which the then Heir-to-the-throne received on her 18th birthday, and the Queen’s very own Margrethe bowl – the most popular mixing bowl in Danish homes – in silver. When Rosti won the Danish Design Council’s ID Prize in 1985, they had a copy made by Georg Jensen Sølvsmedie as a gift for the Queen, who had lent her name to this popular bowl as a child. 

As a very special element of this exhibition, visitors can also see some of the love tokens given to one another by the royal couple. One of the special items is the lavish Nautilus Goblet, presented by the Queen to Prince Henrik on the occasion of their silver wedding, and the turquoise brooch in the picture above. The brooch was given by Prince Henrik to Queen Margrethe on her 60th birthday. It was jointly designed by goldsmith Torben Hardenberg and Prince Henrik, and the turquoises for the brooch were obtained by the Prince himself on a trip to Egypt. 

Master, patron, monarch

Behind all the pieces in the exhibition are three people: the master, who created the piece, the patron, who commissioned the piece, and the monarch, Queen Margrethe II. 

The actual initiative varies from piece to piece, but without the monarch none of these pieces would have been created. The patron also always plays a crucial role in the creation process. Sometimes this is the monarch herself, while in other instances it is, for example, a foundation or political body that acts as patron. Ultimately it is the master, or craftsman, who employs their creativity to conjure up a beautiful and artistic object. 

Nominees for the 2019 Skt. Loye Award

The exhibition also displays the works of the three nominees for the Copenhagen Goldsmiths’ Guild 2019 St. Loye Award.  

The prize is awarded to the country’s up-and-coming talent, and the entrants this year are presenting pieces on the theme of worthy of a queen’. The three nominees are:

Nanna Obel, who is showcasing brooches mounted on a large silver collar
Marie Rimmen, who has created a number of necklaces
And Louise Frølund Bech, who is exhibiting several rings 

Practical Information

The exhibition will be located in the Queen’s Library, which form part of The Royal Reception Rooms. Access to the exhibition is included with a standard admission ticket. 

Where: The Royal Reception Rooms, Christiansborg Palace
27 September – 15 December 2019, see opening hours here
The exhibition is included in the standard admission ticket for The Royal Reception Rooms or a combi ticket for Christiansborg Palace 


The exhibition includes pieces by:
Nicolai Appel, goldsmith
Claus Bjerring, silversmith
Kim Buck, goldsmith
Torben Hardenberg, goldsmith
Arje Griegst, goldsmith
A. Michelsen, goldsmith
Sigvard Bernadotte/Georg Jensen Sølvsmedie, design/production
P. Hertz, goldsmith
Louise Frølund Bech, jewellery artist (nominated for the 2019 St. Loye Award)
Marie Rimmen, goldsmith and designer (nominated for the 2019 St. Loye Award) Nanna Obel, precious metal designer and graphic designer (nominated for the 2019 St. Loye Award) 

The exhibition is supported by:
The Danish Arts Foundation, Queen Margrethe’s and Prince Henrik’s Foundation, Augustinus Fonden, Konsul George Jorcks og Hustru Emma Jorcks Fond, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, I.F. Lemvigh Müllers Fond, Metal Vennerne, Dansk Metal, Aktiv Guld, Frits Pedersen, Ravstedhus.


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