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Bid on a piece of Danish history - Theme auction with furniture from the Copenhagen City Hall designed by Martin Nyrop

At Roskilde you can now bid on furniture drawn for the Copenhagen City Hall by the Danish architect, professor and director of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Martin Nyrop. 

Nyrop designed Copenhagen City Hall (built 1892-1905) and its fixtures as an architectural whole. It stands today as his main body of work and is internationally renowned. The auction primarily contains shelves, cabinets, tables and chairs that have been utilized in the town hall through the ages. The furniture was produced in the early 20th century, primarily by Rud Rasmussens Snedkerier. All of the furniture has been designed for the Copenhagen City Hall. Many of the pieces have been in use at the town hall, however, some have been used elsewhere in the Copenhagen municipality.

Bid on an authentic piece of Copenhagen and Danish history that can rightly be said to be a part of Danish cultural heritage. 

See and bid on the auctions here (more auctions will be added over time)

Martin Nyrop is probably the most important exponent of national romanticism in Danish architecture in the time around the year 1900. He graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1876 and worked with, among others, architect Vilhelm Dahlerup. His style is place-bound, based on what can be said to be culturally 'Danish', and can be seen as both a continuation and a counter-reaction to historicism and a revolt against the curvature and stucco of French classicism. His style is distinctive and overlaps with Art Nouveau and also elements taken from the Viking Age and Italian Renaissance. In the town hall, you will find the place-bound and national, in for example the decoration, the choice of the red brick for the building and simple solid pine for the fixtures. His expression has been so distinctive that some have simply given it its own name in Danish: Nyropsk.

Nyrop and the style of today

Nyrop's furniture is in its expression far from the design tradition that came into existence in the 1950s. At the time architects such as Arne Jacobsen, H.  J. Wegner, Finn Juhl, Børge Mogensen, Poul Kjærholm and many others, created functional designs, where many of those pieces of furniture are today classics. On the auction market, in recent years we see a keen interest in Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the Arts and Craft style, to which Nyrop's expression is closer, and where the prices for simple and bold, some might say, less flashy furniture is rising. This taken into account, and the unique history the furniture has since they are designed for the Copenhagen City Hall, a piece of Nyrop's furniture from the City Hall can be an attractive purchase, which can be combined with the designs of today and the 1950s.


Lise Funder, Arkitekten Martin Nyrop, Foreningen til gamle bygningers Bevaring, København 1979.
Francis Beckett, Københavns Rådhus, København 1908.
To see more of Martin Nyrop's inventory: A tour of Copenhagen City Hall