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Kay Bojesen

KAY BOJESEN (DENMARK, 1886–1958)

Silversmith and designer Kay Bojesen became world-famous for creating wooden toys that had a soul and an impish sense of humor. With more than 2000 pieces to his name, he was one of Denmark's most prolific artisans in the 20th century. He is best known for his playful and cheerful monkeys, royal lifeguards and other wooden toys, but his repertoire of products also includes jewelry, cutlery, teapots and silver goblets. Kay Bojesen graduated as a silversmith in 1910 after completing his apprenticeship with silversmith Georg Jensen. As one of the first Danish artisans to do so, he embraced functionalism. He was among the pioneers who organized Den Permanente association – a cooperative of artists that included a shop and exhibition space, which over the decades came to represent the best in Danish and Scandinavian design. The year 1919 became the start of a New Era for Kay Bojesen. His son Otto was born and this life event sparked Kay Bojesen's imagination. In the 1930s, he started to indulge his interest in wood. He created a range of wooden toys that all lived up to his ideal that design should be round, soft and have a good feel to it. His idea was not to create lifelike copies of real animals or to be too sophisticated or focus too much on detail, but instead to create imaginative toys in designs based on a child's world where “lines need to smile”. With this basic philosophy in mind, Kay Bojesen created his beloved wooden toys that appeal to the child within us all. Kay Bojesen retained his childish curiosity till the end and left an important design heritage behind.

(Biography provided by H. Gallery)
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Original Vintage Danish Midcentury Kay Bojesen Wooden Rocking Horse, 1960s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Original vintage Kay Bojesen rocking horse. Made from solid beech with a lacquered finish. Stamped to underside Kay Bojesen, Denmark. Original design 1936; this one dates from the 1...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Teak Catch-All Tray by Kay Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Denver, CO
A beautiful-grained small tray by Kay Bojesen in Siamese teak, his preferred wood type. Denmark, 1950s. Note: Free shipping also includes Alaska and Hawaii via USPS.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Vintage Kings Guardsman Wood Toy by Kay Bojesen, 1970s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Wooden kings guardsman in lacquered beech. It was designed by Kay Bojesen in 1942. It features movable head, arms and legs and it still has it original riffle. This example was manuf...
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1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Vintage Bamboo Roast Serving Set by Kay Bojesen, 1950s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A Japanese inspired roast set in stainless steel and bamboo. Designed by Kay Bojesen and manufactured by USC in Denmark during the late 1960s. This set comes in its original box from...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Bamboo

Children's Kay Bojesen Wooden Design Rocking Horse, Denmark, 1936
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Officially children's toys, but an art object in itself. This very beautiful Kay Bojesen rocking horse is made of solid beechwood and marked by the manufacturer on its belly. The ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Vintage Teak Monkey by Kay Bojesen, 1970s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Wooden monkey designed by Kay Bojesen in 1951. Its made from solid teak and limba wood. It features articulated limbs, movable heads, arms and legs. This example was manufactured in ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Kay Bojesen, Vintage Painted Zebra Figure, 1950s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A wooden toy zebra made from Danish beech and hand painted white and black. It was designed by Kay Bojesen in 1936. This particular example was manufactured in the 1950s. It has bee...
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1930s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Huge Wooden Toy Soldier by Kay Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in San Diego, CA
Huge Royal Guardsman Standard-Bearer designed by Kay Bojesen. Includes the original Danish flag. Incredibly rare at this scale, Denmark, 1950s.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Wood

Kay Bojesen Cute Wooden Flexible Figurine Monkey Toy in Teak, Denmark, 1960s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in National City, CA
Kay Bojesen charming vintage Mid-Century Modern teak wood an adorable monkey toy flexible figurine Denmark 1960s vintage Teak and blonde wood materials. Stamped by Maker. Original ...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Kay Bojesen Articulated Teak Monkey
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Kay Bojesen articulated teak and limba wood monkey. Bought from the original owners, monkey dates to 1960. Very rich patina, new rubber joints installed! Ready for it's next 60 years...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Kay Bojesen Vintage Puffin
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Krefeld, DE
Vintage and early puffin designed by Kay Bojesen. It is marked with the old sticker: Kay Bojesen copyright Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Kay Bojesen

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Wood

Finn Juhl Teak Bowl for Kay Bojesen
By Finn Juhl, Kay Bojesen
Located in New York, NY
Footed teak bowl with a swooping curvilinear shape. Designed by Finn Juhl for Kay Bojesen and produced in Denmark, circa 1950s. The bowl has been cleaned and polished but retains its...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Kay Bojesen Silver Server, Ornamental
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kay Bojesen silver server, ornamental. Measures 19 cm (7½ in) Item no.: 436269.
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1930s Danish Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Sterling Silver

Kay Bojesen Silver Ladle, Ornamental
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kay Bojesen silver ladle, ornamental Measures: 17.5 cm (6 57/64 in) Item no.: 436268.
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1930s Danish Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Sterling Silver

Kay Bojesen Sterling Silver Grand Prix Salad Set
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kay Bojesen sterling silver grand prix salad set measures: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in) Item no.: 436265 Stock: 1.
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1950s Danish Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Sterling Silver

Midcentury Kay Bojesen Beech Rocking Horse, Denmark, 1936
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Utrecht, NL
Lacquered beech rocking horse made and marked by Kay Bojesen, Mønsterbesk, Denmark, 1936, and produced, circa 1960s. This lovely rocking horse has every characteristic of Kay Boje...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Kay Bojeson Laurids Lonborg Hand Painted Stout Guardsman Figure
By Kay Bojesen, Laurids Lonborg
Located in Ferndale, MI
Kay Bojeson guardsman figure. Hand painted white red with black feet. Sold by Laurids Lonborg Denmark retains original label. Completely original condition with little to no wear.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Vintage Wooden Toy Locomotive by Kay Bojesen, Denmark, 1960s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Vintage train or locomotive set made from partially lacquered and painted beechwood. This item surely has been loved and played with for decades and it show in the most charming way....
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Largest Articulated Monkey by Kay Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Large monkey by Kay Bojesen. Originally designed, 1951. Kay Bojesen’s monkey comprises 31 parts and is made of limba wood and sustainable teak. Each one is produced in Denmark, an...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Finn Juhl for Kay Bojesen Teak Bowl
By Finn Juhl, Kay Bojesen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Danish modern teak bowls designed by Finn Juhl for Kay Bojesen, Denmark. Turned from a single piece of teak wood into an organic modern shape. Polished and clean, with origin...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Bojesen Monkey Repair Kit
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Boyesen's Monkey Repair Kit (Height 20 cm). For old and recent editions. EU shipping €3.00
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2010s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Articulated Toy Dachshund / Dog by Kay Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in San Diego, CA
Articulated toy dachshund / dog by Kay Bojesen, circa 1990s. Kay Bojesen's dachshund, born in 1934, is a world-famous classic for children and adults alike. The dog is made of...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Kay Bojesen

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Walnut

Kay Bojesen, Early Horse Figurine in Beech, Denmark, 1950s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Measurement and info: Type: Wooden horse toy/figure. Material: Beech. Color: Beech with natural patina and aging. Design/maker: Kay Bojesen. Origin: Denmark. Period...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Vintage Dump Truck by Kay Bojesen, Denmark, 1950s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Large dump truck with two men and a cargo consisting of seven blocks of lacquered beech. Designed and manufactured by Kay Bojesen in Denmark in the 1950s. The truck is stamped to the...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Beech

1960s Scandinavian Modern Farmhouse Toys by Kay Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A brightly colored and whimsical miniature farm set by the Danish master of whimsey Kay Bojesen. The fifteen individual wooden pieces consist of a farmhouse of laminated beech with r...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Salad Set by Kay Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A large hand turned salad bowl with 12 matching bowls. A serving set completes this listing.
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Vintage Danish 1950s Kay Bojesen Hippo Wooden Oak Desk Pencil Holder Figurine
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Mid-Century Modern Kay Bojesen designed the Hippopotamus in 1955 because he needed a device to store his pencil's. The hippo is made of oak and features an adjustable jaw allowing yo...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Oak

Finn Juhl Teak Bowl for Kay Bojesen, Denmark, 1951
By Kay Bojesen, Magne Monsen, Finn Juhl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Finn Juhl teak bowl. Designed 1951 and made at Kay Bojesen, Denmark. Marked.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Vintage Danish Lunch Knives by Kay Bojesen for USC Copenhagen, 1950s, Set of 8
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A set of 8 stainless steel and black resin dinner/lunch knives. Designed by Kay Bojesen and manufactured by United Steel Company in Denmark during the 1950s. During this period KB wo...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Stainless Steel

Danish Modern Petite Covered Dish in Teak and Glass by Kay Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in San Diego, CA
Simple elegant small covered dish by Kay Bojesen, circa 1950s, rare piece this piece has a small blemish as shown, stamped on the bottom.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Kay Bojesen

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Glass, Teak

1940s Kay Bojesen, Danish, Sculptural Carving Set for Universal Steel Company
By Universal Steel Company, Kay Bojesen
Located in Knebel, DK
Kay Bojesen. Danish sculptural carving set of cromed steel with handles of rosewood, in original box. Knife and box is marked USC. Universal Steel Company. Seize cm./inch: Knif...
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Stainless Steel

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Bowl, 1950s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Beautiful organically shaped solid teak bowl made by Kay Bojesen in mint condition.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Kay Bojesen Two-Piece Salad Bowl
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Providence, RI
Two piece teak salad bowl, produced by Kay Bojesen, circa 1955 Denmark. Fully signed "Kay Bojesen" "Denmark" and "TEAK". Measures: 9 1/4" tall x 10" wide.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Kay Bojesen

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Teak

1950s Kay Bojesen Danish Teak Dust Bin Crumb Sweeper Set
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Washington, DC
Kay Bojesen. Sweeper kit consisting of a sweeping tray and a brush of wood. Wonderful early impressed marks; k.b. eneret, translating kb exclusive, and Kay Bojesen paper label.   
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Vintage Painted Beech Zebra Figurine by Kay Bojesen, Denmark, 1950s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Wooden toy zebra figurine. Material: Beech. Color: White and black. Design: Kay Bojesen. Origin: Denmark. Period: Manufactured in the 1950s (Designed in 1935). Measurements: Height ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Kay Bojesen Original Painted Beech Zebra Figure with Patina, 1950s Danish Modern
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Type: Wooden toy zebra, Figurine. Material: Beech. Color: White and black. Design: Kay Bojesen. Origin: Denmark. Period: Manufactured in the 1950s (Designed in 1935). Measurements: ...
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1930s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Danish Modern Teak Bowl by Kay Bojesen, Denmark, 1950s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
- Handmade bowl of solid Siamese teak - Organic shape with emphasis on the grain pattern - It has a tiny scare/hair-line that has been restored respectfully. - Manufactured and de...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Teak

Kay Bojesen Beech Toy Wagon 'a Family Trip', 1950s, Denmark
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
This Wagon designed by Kay Bojesen in the 1950s features four characters in a wagon: mother, father and their two sons. This items has been loved and played with for many years and t...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Beech

Rare Kay Bojensen Rosewood Corkscrew Wine Opener for USC Copenhagen, 1950s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Very rare wine opener designed by Kay Bojesen and manufactured by USC (United Steel Company) in Copenhagen, Denmark in the early 1950s. Measurements: W: 11 cm (4,3 inches). For refer...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Stainless Steel

Sculptural Brass Corkscrew by Kay Bojesen for Einar Dragsted, 1920s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
This vintage corkscrew in brass and steel was designed by Kay Bojesen in the early 1920s and manufactured by E. Dragsted in Copenhagen. The top of the corkscrew depicts a faun fighti...
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1920s Danish Art Deco Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Brass

Vintage Danish Monkey Corkscrew in Brass, Kay Bojesen for Einar Dragsted, 1920s
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
This brass and steel corkscrew was designed by Kay Bojesen in the early 1920s and manufactured by Einar Dragsted in Copenhagen. The top of the corkscrew almost resembles a crucified ...
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1920s Danish Art Deco Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Brass, Steel

Kay Bojesen Large Silver Meat Fork from 1930
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kay Bojesen large meat serving fork in silver. From 1930. Measures: 27.3. Weighs 3.85 oz / 110 g. Kay Bojesen (1886– 1958) was a Danish silversmith and designer. He is best kn...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Kay Bojesen

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Silver

Tivoli Guardsman Drummer
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Guard Drum Kay Bojesen. Kay Bojesen whose small shop is installed near the royal residence sees passing every day the Royal Guard. In 1940, after the entry into little Denmark, Bojes...
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1940s Danish Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Wood

Royal Guardsman Designed by Kay Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Guard Royal flagship, Danish Royal Guard with flag Kay Bojesen. Kay Bojesen whose small shop is installed near the royal residence, sees passing everyday the Royal Guard. In 1940, a...
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1940s Danish Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Wood

Scandinavian Reversable Table and Chair for Children, Designed by Kay Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Modular together to child Kay Bojesen and Magnus Stephensen in 1937. Varnished beech. Consisting of two cubic acting chair or table, two heights and a removable steering wheel system.
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1930s Danish Vintage Kay Bojesen

Giant-Sized King's Guardsman by Kay Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A very rare and monumental giant-sized model of the Royal Danish King's Guardsman hand crafted in wood having movable arms and legs and retaining its vivid original paint.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kay Bojesen

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Wood