Additional information





DATE: Circa

Mid-Late 20th Century

In stock


Take your pick of these awesome examples of trays, or a couple could be cutting boards, from the wonderful design mind of Jens Quistgaard and made exquisitely by Dansk Designs. You may choose one and up to four as we have priced them separately. If you are interested in all four or a combination contact us for pricing. NOTE: TRAY #1 IS SOLD!

Jens Harald Quistgaard was an outstanding and prolific designer. Born April 23, 1919 and raised in Copenhagen he showed his talent early creating a workshop in his mother’s kitchen. He was trained in sculpture by his father, Harald Quistgaard, but furthered his artistic education at the technical school in Copenhagen. He designed for many different companies early in his career, but his big break came when he met Martha and Ted Nierenberg the founders of Dansk Designs. Jens helped them to create Dansk and became their primary and chief designer. He remained in that position designing hundreds of items and even the Nierenberg’s home until the early 1980s when he moved to Rome. He returned to Denmark around 1992 a renowned and award-winning designer continuing to work until just prior to his death in 2008

Dansk Designs, contrary to popular belief, is an American company not Danish. Founded in 1954 by Martha and Ted Nierenberg who traveled to Europe in search of new products to bring to the U.S. post war audience who were ready for a change from the formal lives they had been living and ready to embrace a more modern and simple way. The Scandinavian Modern Designs fit that bill perfectly. And the Nierenbergs engaged Jens Harald Quistgaard to help them accomplish this task. And….that they did. It’s been said that Ted and Jens made one good industrial designer. Jens with his beautiful designs and Ted with knowing how they had to be made to be affordable. Dansk Designs was purchased in 1985 by Dansk Acquisition Corp initiated by Goldman Sachs. Then in 1991 it was purchased by Brown-Forman Corporation’s Lenox division. 2009 brought the most recent change when it was all purchased and renamed Lenox Corporation. Currently Dansk operates as a brand of Lenox and still makes beautiful wares. But it is its vintage pieces which are most sought after today.

We have priced them separately so you may purchase just one. But I don’t know how you would choose. I think you should have them all. Make them yours!

the 411
from 414

the details

Nice selection of four different Dansk Designs trays or cutting boards designed by Jens Quistgaard. We have priced these individually so choose one, two, three, or four. They are all in fabulous vintage condition. Please see photos. Circa mid-20th century.


SOLD! Tray #1: Is almost a surfboard shape with double handles on each end. Simple and elegant!

Tray Size: 1.2H x 20.5W x 10D Inches .5 Pounds

Boxed Size: 5H x 25W x 14D Inches 3 Pounds


Tray #2: Is a trivet-like tray with a woven appearance to the teak and has six small glass dishes with feet that fit into the squares in the woven pattern to hold them securely. So unique!

Tray Size: 2H x 18.75W x 14.25D 5.9 Pounds

Dish Size: 1.5H x 4.25W x 4.25D

Boxed Size: 6H x 23W x 18D 10 Pounds


Tray, or Cutting Board, #3: Is round and asymmetrical with a teak checkerboard-like surface in the center. It has a platform leg that holds it up off the surface where it is setting. Simply stunning.

Tray Size: 1.2H x 13W x 13D 2.2 Pounds

Boxed Size: 5H x 17W x 17D 5 Pounds


Tray, or Cutting Board, #4: Is somewhat rectangular with a teak checkerboard-like surface in the center that could serve as a cutting board. Its edges have a slight upturn holding them up off the surface where it is setting. Beautiful!

Tray Size: 1.25H x 18W x 12D 3.4 Pounds

Boxed Size: 5H x 22W x 16D 6 Pounds


We ask that the buyer cover freight.

100 MILES OR LESS OF 66607
White Glove, Blanket-wrapped Est. Delivery: 5 biz days


Pickup at 414 SE 2nd St.
Call us at 232.8008 to schedule