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Three elements from a Norwegian Dragestil dressing table set by Henrik Bertram Møller, estimated at $40,000-$50,000 at Brunk Auctions.

Dragestil-style table items in the style of Henrik Bertram Møller come to Brunk June 26

ASHEVILLE, NC — Three lots of Norwegian Arts and Crafts goldwork come for sale at Brunk’s British and Continental Auction on Wednesday, June 26. The series of gold dressing table items in the Dragestil style are by the gold and silversmith Henrik Bertram Møller (1858-1937).

Popular from circa 1890-1910, Dragestil, which translates as Dragon Style, is the Arts and Crafts style viewed through a Nordic lens. Full of Norse motifs familiar from Viking metalwork and medieval architecture, it was inspired by the excavation and publication of historic relics in the 1890s and a romantic nationalism that sought to distinguish Norwegian culture as unique from its other Scandinavian neighbors.

Møller, the fourth generation of a family of jewelers who moved to Trondheim, Norway in 1770, traveled and studied in Copenhagen, Vienna, and New York before establishing a workshop in his hometown in 1884. Though he made some modest pieces for the domestic market, his largest output was silver and gold works in the Dragestil style that he sold to royalty, industrialists, and wealthy tourists prior to the First World War. Andrew Carnegie, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, and King Chulalongkorn of Siam (Thailand) were among his clients.

The seven elements of a spectacular solid gold dressing table set appear at auction in North Carolina for the second time; they were variously sold by Brunk in 2012 and 2018. Each is hand worked with interlace, writhing beasts, and narrative scenes alongside inscriptions in Norse referencing the Viking gods and tales from the sagas.

Offered with estimates of $40,000-$50,000 each are two lots that both comprise a lidded jar and two grooming pieces (a hand brush and a comb in one lot, two hand brushes in the other). A 22K gold hand mirror, centered by the words ‘Odin and Saga at Sokkvabekk’ and a scene of the god and goddess drinking together, is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.