Holmegaard Glass Works Sample Collection, Næstved, Denmark

Over 35.000 examples of Danish glass craft from 1825 up until now.

The history of Holmegaard glassworks began in 1825, when Count Christian Danneskiold-Samsøe sought permission from the King of Denmark to establish a glassworks at Holmegaard Mose in East Zealand close to Næstved. However, the Count died in 1823 without receiving an answer to his request. His dowager, Countess Henriette Danneskiold-Samsøe, decided to pursue the project when, shortly after the death of her husband, she received permission from the King to establish a glassworks. The factory was to be located in the bog because there was sufficient fuel there to produce the high temperatures needed for the glass kiln.

Initial production at Holmegaard glassworks began in 1825. Early on, the factory produced only green bottles, but Henriette also wanted to produce clear glass tumblers, and the Bohemian glassblowers were able to manufacture these. The history of Holmegaard glassworks is a story of a few small glassworks in a peat bog, growing to become part of a large modern group over a period of 185 years. During the 20th century, artists entered the equation, such as Jacob E. Bang, Per Lütken and Sidse Werner designing and shaping Holmegaard’s glass products. This was the start of a long and proud tradition, and as a result, even to this very day, some of the best artists in Denmark are associated with Holmegaard’s glass production.

The glassworks went bankrupt in 2008 and the Holmegaard  brand was taken over by the Rosendahl Design Group.

The 18. January 2010 Rosendahl endowed Næstved Museum with the glass sample collection consisting of over 35.000 glass items. The astronomical task of cleaning, sorting and registering the all-encompassing collection is lead by Susanne Outzen, an archeologist at the museum, with the aid of retired volunteer employees from the glass works that have an extensive knowledge of the collection and it’s background such as Verner Hansen who started at Holmegaard in 1950. The volunteers are assisted by other experts in Danish glass. Now five years on the painstaking work is only 2/3 complete.

The collection is not currently open to the public, but when the registration of the collection is completed, Næstved Museum is planning a substantial exhibition of the collection.

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