Gerda Wegener coasters


Billy found these coasters by Danish illustrator Gerda Wegener while browsing the museum shop of Millesgården Museum. Gerda Wegener rings a bell? Yes, it may well. Either you are interested in Art Nouveau and Art Deco artists or you’ve seen The Danish Girl, a film telling the story of the artist and transwoman Lili Elbe, who was married to Gerda Wegener.

In order to expand her sphere of activity and to be able to live out her lesbian orientation more freely, Gerda moved to Paris in 1912 together with Lili Elbe, where she worked as a painter and illustrator for magazines such as Vogue, La Vie Parisienne, Fantasio, Le Rire, La Baïonnette and many others. Gerda Wegener illustrated many luxury editions of erotic literature. And the watercolor pictures on the coasters were all used to illustrate the 12 poems in “Les Délassements de Eros” ( Eros’s delight), which was published by Erotopolis (Paris) in 1925 and describes erotic relationships among women with considerable wit and elegance.


6 coasters


(€56.00 per 1pck)

Millesgarden is an art museum with sculpture park in the municipality of Lidingö near Stockholm and was the home and studio of the Swedish artist couple Olga and Carl Milles until 1931. The large sculpture park was created in connection with Milles' return home from the USA in 1950, where he placed monumental replicas of free-standing sculptures from the USA and Sweden. When Carl Milles died on September 19, 1955, he was given his final resting place in the small forest chapel skogskapellet, which is also located on the grounds. The chapel resembles wayside chapels found in southern Germany and Austria. Olga Milles, a native of Austria, was also buried here next to her husband after her death in 1967.