A tall carafe shaped pepper mill designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs Ltd
A slender organically shaped pepper mill with a silhouette similar to that of an oil carafe with ball stopper. Design by Jens Quistgaard who designed over 60 salt and pepper combo mills for Dansk Designs in the 1950s and 1960s.
Close up of the impressive grain in the high quality teak wood used in the construction of the early Jens Quistgaard pepper mills made in Denmark by Dansk Designs
Top view of a carafe bottle shaped peppermill designed by Jens H. Quistgaard, the ball stopper is removed in order for the mill to be filled with salt.
Detail shot showing the lighter coloured speckles in the seasoned teak wood used in early production Dansk Design pepper mills made in Denmark. Design by JHQ, late-1950s.
Close up of the side of a solid teak peppermill designed by Danish sculptor and industrial designer Jens Harald Quistgaard, 1950s.
A slender curvaceous peppermill laying on its side, angle emphasises the organic curves used in the designs by leading Danish designer Jens Quistgaard.
Side view of an elegant organic modern pepper mill designed by Jens Quistgaard, this design rarely seen in the UK where it is available to view at Art & Utility by appointment.
Detail shot showing the underside of a teak peppermill designed by Jens Quistgaard, makers mark reads Dansk Designs Ltd Denmark IHQ copyright. This Danish design and many other available to buy online at Art and Utility, London.
A Dansk Designs pepper mill upside down and with stopper removed. This angle shows that a carafe bottle shape could have been Jens H. Quistgaards inspiration behind this design which is one of sixty in the pepper mill series.
Detail of the neck of a JQH pepper mill designed in the late-1950s. This example and many more available to view from Art & Utility, London, who ship worldwide.
A carafe bottle or club shaped pepper mill designed by mid-twentieth century Danish designer Jens Quistgaard. Although a collectable piece of design from the mid-century period, this item is still perfectly useable today. Art & Utility ship worldwide and are experienced in posting to Japan.
Top view of the mouth of the top half of a Jens Quistgaard combination mill. This hole is where the salt enters. The many smaller holes around the central large hole are from where the salt falls when the mill is shook.
Detail of the round ball stopper on a Jens Quistgaard peppermill. Stunning and useful mid-1950s Danish design.
Profile image of a slender Modernist Scandinavian pepper mill in teak, design by Jens Quistgaard who was born in Denmark but lived for many years in the USA where he was artistic director of Dansk Designs.
Detail showing the ribbed edges of a Quistgaard pepper mill. These raised edges signify where the mill twists.
Top view of a 1960s Danish pepper mill designed by Jens Harald Quistgaard. Art & Utility have many examples of Quistgaards work for sale which is available to buy online from anywhere in the world.
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Jens Quistgaard "Carafe" Salt & Pepper Mill

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A carved solid teak salt and pepper mill, reminiscent of a traditional oil carafe with a round ball stopper, 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 well but it is also very sculptural in shape. 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: 879

Model Nickname: "Carafe"

Designer: Jens Harald Quistgaard

Manufacturer: Dansk Designs

Year of Design: C. 1960

Dates Produced: 1960's-80's, the grinding mechanism on this example dates it to the early- to mid-1970's.

Colour: Brown

Height: 22.5 cm, Diameter: 7 cm

Condition: Perfect.

Branding: Underside reads ‘Dansk Designs Ltd Denmark IHQ’.