Horsens Museum 

The beautiful Silver Chamber

An architectural gem brimful of old Horsens silver
In co-operation with architect Mikael Thorsted and graphic artist Lars Møller Nielsen, Horsens Museum has created a Silver Chamber to house its distinguished collection of Horsens silver.
The large and wide collection gives an insight into the changes in style over the years.

The Silver Chamber contains some of the finest gold- and silversmithings, among other things the magnificent 10 kg tureens, created by Nikolai Brandt in the 1790’s for the de Lichtenberg family who had a fortune of almost inconceivable scales. This one family in Horsens owned 351 pieces of gold- and silverware – almost 75 kg of silver - besides all of the gold of course. This is revealed in the list of silver from the winding up of their estate, which is also displayed in its full and overwhelming length at the exhibition.

In the Silver Chamber you will find 464 pieces of silversmithing produced by the many craftsmen in Horsens from 1636 to the beginning of the 20th century.

This permanent exhibition contains more than just a lining up of all the sparkling silver. We are also introduced to the workshop of the goldsmith, his customers, his apprentice, and his journeymen.

On display is also a small section of objects from the private art chamber of the de Lichtenberg family: an oriental ivory box, a couple of baroque miniature reliefs, an amber box for containing playing chips as well as a little ivory figure, given by King Frederik V to thank de Lichtenberg for his hospitality, when the king stayed the night at his mansion on Søndergade.

Since the Middle Ages Horsens has been a city known throughout the country for the high quality work of its silversmiths.
In the 18th century five silversmiths were working in Horsens at the same time. The work basis of these silversmiths was first of all the rich merchants, who ordered many different kinds of products at the local silversmith. A large part of these products are still preserved in the silver collection at Horsens Museum.
From the collection we would here like to present the products of three different silversmiths who represent the period from the 17th century to the present time.

Mogens Thommesen Løwenhertz (1669 – 1734)
Mogens Thommesen Løwenhertz was one of the best known silversmiths, who have produced a large amount of silverware which is still preserved both in Horsens and in other Danish museums. His covered cups and dishes are of high quality and so is also the large amount of church plate which he produced for a number churches in Jutland. One of the oldest snuffboxes in Denmark was produced at Løwenhertz’s workshop. The high quality work was continued by the sons Anders and Mogens Mogensen Løwenhertz.

Knud Rasmussen Brandt (1701 – 1778)
Knud Rasmussen Brandt, who was followed by both his widow and his sons Nikolai and Andreas, was the founder of a small silver dynasty. The family was known for very high quality work both in silver for everyday use and in church plate. From the Brandt dynasty is preserved almost all kinds of silverware which were to be found on the tables of the rich at that time: Coffee and tea pots, large dishes, tureens, candlesticks, tea caddies and a large amount of wedding cups. With the Brandt family, especially during the son Nikolai, the Horsens silver reaches a character and quality which can be compared with the work of silversmiths in the large Danish cities.

Rasmus Jensen (1841 – 1922)
Rasmus Jensen ought to be mentioned because he is the connecting link between the old workmanship and the industrial production. He produces silver for everyday use such as cutlery and the likes as well as church plate. Moreover, he is known for his production of brooches designed by Bindesbøll. Rasmus Jensen trained a number of silversmiths who started a real industrial production, among others the brothers Sørensen who founded Horsens Silverware Factory.
Rasmus Jensen’s firm is still owned by the family in Rasmus Jensen’s house on Søndergade 36.
Rasmus Jensen received a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris 1900 for a big bell formed like the campanile in Venice. The bell is also exhibited at Horsens Museum.