WORKS BY COPPERSMITH

SOREN ZACHARIASSEN

DEC. 17, 2017 - JUNE 10, 2018

Library New Acquisitions Gallery

Soren Zachariassen was born in 1867 in Vjejlev, Denmark.  As a young man, he completed a 7-year indentured apprenticeship to his stepfather, Harald Theodor Kjerstrup, a coppersmith.  From Kjerstrup, Zachariassen learned traditional techniques such as repairing and retinning cookware.  He immigrated to Racine, Wisconsin in 1890 at the age of 23. It was there that he met his wife, Christine Marie Nicholsen, and had two children, Hans John and Eline.

 

In 1922, Soren’s son Hans founded the family business Artmetal Works, a company specializing in sheet metal work.  In 1929, Hans purchased a new factory for the business and created a large workshop for his father in the building.  It was around this time that the family name was shortened to “Zack” and the business renamed the Zack Company.  After the company won the bid to make the ductwork for the Chicago Post Office, the largest sheet metal fabrication job in the United States at the time, Zachariassen left the family business to concentrate solely on his coppersmithing.  His creation of handcrafted objects during this era pre-dates the Craft Revival of the metals field in the 1960s. At the time, industrially-produced works were favored over handmade goods.  Soren Zachariassen continued to produce copper works in his workshop every weekday until he passed away in 1958 at the age of 90.

 

Zachariassen family’s continued to enjoy his work at home until they were generously donated to the Metal Museum in 2017. The works on display showcase a variety of functional forms, surface treatments and patinas, including the dark, leathery patina he invented. Zachariassen is one of many examples of artists immigrating to the United States and bringing with them global artistic traditions and techniques that contribute to the evolution of American metalcraft.

Reception 

Sunday, MAR. 4, 2018  3PM - 5PM

Library New Acquisitions Gallery

Set of Three Cornicopias
Set of Three Cornicopias

c. 1890-1958 copper, brass Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Tray, Pitcher, & Set of Six Mugs
Tray, Pitcher, & Set of Six Mugs

c. 1890-1958 copper, brass, silver Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Smoking Butler Set
Smoking Butler Set

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Candelabra
Candelabra

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Candelabra
Candelabra

c. 1890-1958 stainless steel Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Pair of Candle Sticks
Pair of Candle Sticks

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Table Lamp
Table Lamp

c. 1890-1958 copper, shell Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Table Lamp
Table Lamp

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Floor Lamps
Floor Lamps

c. 1890-1958 copper, glass Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Triangular Wall Hangings
Triangular Wall Hangings

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Pair of Small Vases
Pair of Small Vases

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Pair of Vases
Pair of Vases

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Pair of Rose Finial Urns
Pair of Rose Finial Urns

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Pair of Square Based Vases
Pair of Square Based Vases

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Vase with Scalloped Base
Vase with Scalloped Base

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Vase with Round Base
Vase with Round Base

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Nautilus
Nautilus

c. 1890-1958 copper, shell Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Chest
Chest

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Dish with Lid
Dish with Lid

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Kettle
Kettle

c. 1890-1958 copper Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Napkin Holder and Cup Set
Napkin Holder and Cup Set

c. 1890-1958 stainless steel Gift of the Estate of Christine Zack

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Photographs courtesy of Daniel Broten.

Special Support for the Exhibition

Christine Ann Zack

Lorelei Elizabeth Sims

Ongoing Exhibition & Programming Support

Windgate Charitable Foundation

Hyde Family Foundations

Ongoing Operational Support

ArtsMemphis

Tennessee Arts Commission