Lead image of a Jens Quistgaard pepper mill with the name "Chess King". The model number of this combination salt and pepper mill carved from solid teak is #891.
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Jens H. Quistgaard "Chess King" Salt & Pepper Mill

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A carved solid teak salt and pepper mill, reminiscent of a king piece in a traditional chess set, designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. Quistgaard designed his eminently collectable series of combination salt shaker pepper mills between the late 1950's and early 1960's.

Like most of the mills in his circa 60 piece collection, this design holds salt in the top whilst the lower half grinds pepper. The object functions fantastically but it is also a very sculptural piece. Satisfying both these criteria was crucial for Quistgaard.

In Stig Guldberg's 2010 documentary on Quistgaard, the latter proclaims: "The finished product must display harmony but its usefulness must not be affected just for the sake of making it pretty. Practical use and beauty of design must go hand in hand."

Model Number: 891

Model Nickname: "Chess King"

Designer: Jens Harald Quistgaard

Manufacturer: Dansk Designs

Year of Design: C. 1960

Dates Produced: Late-1960s-70s. The grinding mechanism on this example dates it to the early-1970s.

Colour: Brown

Height: 21.5 cm, Diameter: 6.6 cm

Condition: Good. Some small indentations. Please study images.

Branding: Underside reads ‘Dansk Designs Ltd Denmark IHQ’. Grinding mechanism reads ‘Lion Peugeot’.