Profile image of a pair of very tall and slender black cast iron candlesticks designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Design, Denmark, in the 1960s.
Head on shot of the top half of a pair of Jens Quistgaard cast iron candlesticks. The candle holders are made from black cast iron metal and brass,
Head on shot of a pair of "Satellite" candlesticks stood side by side. The organic modern design is by MidCentury Modern Scandinavian designer Jens Quistgaard, who was artistic director for Dansk Designs Ltd.
Detail of the slender elongated form of a MidCentury Modern candlestick in black cast iron. The slender sculptural parts of the candlesticks are separated by little brass disks. This design we call "Satellite" is by Jens Quistgaard.
Top down view of a pair of tall slender black metal candlesticks with candles in them. This flowing, organic design is by mid-twentieth century Danish designer Jens Quistgaard.
Zoomed in head on image of the "Satellite" shaped disk on a Jens Quistgaard cast iron candlestick. The large sculptural dish catches wax but it is mainly an aesthetic feature.
Top down image looking into the tray, dish, or bowl of a "Satellite" candlestick designed by Jens Quistgaard. The proportions of this designs are exquisite. The piece is an exemplary Scandinavian design that displays Organic Modernism.
Head on shot of the slender sculpted "Satellite" dish for catching dripping wax on a tall cast iron dansk designs candlestick designed by Jens Harald Quistgaard in the 1960s.
Areal shot looking at the conical forms in a organically shaped Modernist candlestick designed by leading MidCentury Modern designer Jens H. Quistgaard for Dansk Designs Ltd.
Zoomed in image of the sandblasted cast iron trumpet shaped circular foot on a tall slender Jens Quistgaard candlestick.
Top down view of a pair of Jens Quistgaard candlesticks fitted with candles. This very tall, slender, organic modern design is by Jens Quistgaard. A most important MidCentury Modern Scandinavian designer than did much to popularise Nordic Modernism in the USA in the twentieth century.
Detail of the conical tips of a pair of candlesticks by Jens Quistgaard. These slender candleholders take taper candles.
Detail showing how a very tall Jens Quistgaard candlestick in cast iron and brass comes apart for cleaning. The level of craftspersonship is fantastic.
Lead image of a pair of minimalist Scandinavian candlesticks or candle holders, designed by Jens Quistgaard. The materials include cast iron which is matt black, and brass which is nicely patinated.
Zoomed in image of Jens Quistgaard candlesticks. The photo shows how elegantly the disks are that catch falling dripping wax. Production y Dansk Designs Ltd, 1960s.
A pair of Jens Quistgaard candlesticks with off-white natural coloured candles. The black metal candlesticks are nicely contrasted by the neutral background.
Detail of the elegantly conical shaped organic modern feet on a pair of Jens Quistgaard candlesticks, by Dansk.
Photo showing the underside of a dansk designs cast iron candlestick designed by Jens Quistgaard, the imprinted manufacturers stamp reads: IHQ DANSK DESIGNS DENMARK.
Zoomed in image of the top half of a pair of IHQ Jens Harald Quistgaard candlesticks. The black cast iron metal candleholder have candles inserted in them and they are lit.
Close up of the top half of a Jens Quistgaard candlestick in cast iron. This design is from the 1960s and is one of his largest. It is rarely seen in Europe as production numbers were low.
Profile image of a very tall and elegant pair of MidCentury Modern candlesticks designed by Danish designer Jens Quistgaard. These candle holders are one of the finest examples of 1960s Nordic candlesticks in metal. This Quistgaard design and many other for sale in London from Nordic design gallery Art & Utility.
Still life mood image showing 3 ceramic vases stood to the left of a pair of tall and impressive black cast iron candlesticks by Jens Quistgaard. The ceramic vases are by Berndt Friberg, Anja Jaatinen, and Jacob Bang.
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Jens Quistgaard Pair of "Satellite" Candlesticks

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A rare early pair of slender and elongated Jens Quistgaard candlesticks, made by Dansk Designs, Denmark, circa 1960.

Constructed of 4 separate cast iron pieces that are screwed together and separated by brass bushings, the form of the "Satellite" candle holders are a perfect example of Organic Modernism from Scandinavia.

From the circular bases rises a conical shape which stretches into a straight sided pole, before flaring out to create large cups -reminiscent of satellite dishes. Like an upturned trumpet, the top half of the candlestick continues upwards, and after a shorter distance being straight sided again, the design tapers outwards to where the candles sit.

Quistgaard designed an extensive series of avantgarde cast iron candle holders in the early 1960's. The holders were not only conspicuously Modernist but strikingly innovative as the candles themselves were reimagined. Dansk produced, in many colours, extremely tall & thin taper candles from a slow-burning, drip-free wax, specifically for Quistgaard's designs. These spectacular candles added visual drama and excitement to the most fashionable dinner parties of the 1960's & 70's.

Of the approximate 40 cast iron candle holders of varying sizes and capacities that Quistgaard designed, this model is one of his largest, most impressive, and rare. However, you'll be happy to know that the taper candles that fit the “Satellite” candlesticks are widely available.

Model Name: "Satellite"

Designer: Jens Harald Quistgaard

Manufacturer: Dansk Designs

Year of Design: C.1960

Dates Produced: C.1960-64

Colour: Black, gold

Height: 35 cm, Diameter: 10.5 cm

Condition: Perfect, only mild signs of age related wear. Remnants of old protective pads to base.

Branding: Stamped ‘IHQ Dansk Designs Denmark’.