Danish-born Henning Koppel (1918-1981) designed novel work in the Scandinavian modern style, for which he received international acclaim. Koppel was trained as a sculptor and did not study as a silversmith. As a refugee in Sweden during the Second World War, Koppel supported himself, in part, by making jewellery. Following the war, Koppel was hired by the Jensen firm to produce new jewellery designs, which were completely abstract in form.
His hollowware designs for the firm were strikingly original in design and his work reflects an interest in contemporary sculpture. His famous series of pitchers, including the present example, seem to defy balance with their asymmetrical curves. These pitchers and his eel dish centrepiece have become icons of Scandinavian modern design.