Carolus Magnus Hexagon Plates

c. 1956

Object

Designer

Alexander Girard, American, 1907-1993
Born: New York, NY
Work Locations: Santa Fe, NM; Michigan

Manufacturer

Georg Jensen, Danish, 1866-1935
Hutschenreuther
Work Locations: Germany
Active Dates: 1814-

Object Info

Object: plate; pair
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2017.209.1-2

Medium/Technique

Porcelain

Credit

Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum

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Dimensions

diameter: 10 3/4 in, 27.305 cm

Department

Architecture and Design

Known Provenance

Purchased 2017 from (Idealforms), Brooklyn, NY by the Denver Art Museum.

Caption

Alexander Girard, Carolus Magnus Dinner Plates, about 1956. Porcelain; 10 3/4 in. diameter. Manufactured by Hutschenreuther, Selb, Germany. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum.

Inscription

Stamped on base: 18 CM 14 Hutschenreuther HOHENBERG GERMANY Carolus Magnus Designed by Alexander Girard for Georg Jensen, Inc.

Extended Info

Alexander Girard
American, 1907-1993
Carolus Magnus Dinner Plates
About 1956
Porcelain
Manufactured by Hutschenreuther, Germany
Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2017.209.1-2


During the mid-twentieth century, when food became increasingly industrialized, American architect and textile, furniture, and exhibition designer Alexander Girard took a strong interest in food and celebrated the rituals of dining. Commissioned by Georg Jensen, Girard created these colorful plates that were inspired by his own custom of celebrating the art of dining in he and Susan Girard’s personal lives. Girard described the couple’s approach in this way: “It was not our intention to revolutionize the food we eat or how we eat it, but rather to emphasize some of the things useful, playful or ceremonial that can create various pervading moods at meal times.”

Exhibition History

  • “Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America” — Denver Art Museum, 9/28/2018 – 8/25/2019