Despite the ban: Tried to make copies of prince Henry's sculptures

gallery owner Jacob Asbæk, who is the father of actor Pilou Asbæk and for the time being tv-current in the DR programme 'Family Asbæk', has for years had a cl

Despite the ban: Tried to make copies of prince Henry's sculptures

gallery owner Jacob Asbæk, who is the father of actor Pilou Asbæk and for the time being tv-current in the DR programme 'Family Asbæk', has for years had a cl

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
09 February 2020 Sunday 23:00
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Despite the ban: Tried to make copies of prince Henry's sculptures

gallery owner Jacob Asbæk, who is the father of actor Pilou Asbæk and for the time being tv-current in the DR programme 'Family Asbæk', has for years had a close friendship with prince Henrik.

in addition to the friendship they were also business partners, as Asbæk acted as the prince's gallery owner, when the latter made sculptures.

But on top of the prince's death in 2018 is Asbæk apparently ended up in a speget case with the royal family, after he against the royal household will have tried to make copies of one of prince Henry's sculptures.

It writes the digital identity.

According to the emails, which the newspaper has seen, was Jacob Asbæk several times in writing informed by the royal family, that after prince Henry's death had produced multiple casts of the prince's sculptures. The estate had the rights.

It meant, among other things, that his usual foundry in Italy, called Mariani, were prohibited from making any casts.

Anyway, he was subsequently in 2019 the foundry to send one of prince Henry's støbeformer on to a less bronzestøberi on the island of Funen, in an attempt to get them to produce seven sculptures for him.

Ekstra Bladet has spoken with Jørn Svendsen, who owns the bronzestøberiet in Svendborg. He tells that he was approached by the conservator Lars Henningsen, who called on behalf of Jacob Asbæk. He would like to do the casting, but required proof that Jacob Asbæk had the rights on his side.

- It is a fixed routine in the company, that when there are inquiries regarding castings from deceased artists, so asking you to get a documentation.

He was then sent an email from Asbæks wife, Patricia, who was signed by Jacob. Here stood, in short, that prince Henrik had given him permission to cast the sculpture, which Weekendavisen writes.

- But I don't think that is adequate. It just says that they must well. And when I'm in doubt legally, I can do no other than to forward it to my lawyer, and here I get to know that it's not good enough.

Subsequently sent Asbæk still does not provide the required documentation, and eventually got the royal family heard of the matter.

- I have received the form, but I don't have any feeling that it must be stored away or be secret. So the other people who come into the foundry to get an eye on it, and so goes the conversation. I then get a call from some of the court people, about that I must not do anything with the form, he says.

to Ekstra Bladet confirms Lars Henningsen, that he, on behalf of Jacob Asbæk got the Italian foundry to send the form on to Denmark.

He had for several years been working with Mariani and so no reason not to believe that there was a real agreement about the rights due to Jacob Asbæks long-standing collaboration with prince Henrik.

- There was no time or thought, that it was not the Jacobs moulds or in his agreement with the prince, he says and stresses that he does not think there has been acted in bad faith.

the Royal family has not responded to our request. Trustee Henrik Wedell-Wedellsborg do not want to comment on the matter.

Galleriejerne Patricia Asbæk and Jacob Asbæk at Fredensborg Palace on the occasion of Queen Margrethe's 75th birthday. Photo: Finn Frandsen

Jacob Asbæk: I acted in good faith

to Ekstra Bladet rejects Jacob Asbæk to have done something wrong deliberately.

- I had prince Henry's permission to make the sculpture, and so dies he. I had not got the cast, so I thought I should ask the estate for permission. We're talking about a tiny sculpture, he says.

Asbæk acknowledges that he well knew that there was a ban on the Italian foundry, and took it, therefore, to Denmark in 'good faith'.

- But should you not have stopped and interrogated with the royal family before then?

- I have made lots of prince Henrik. It is me who has made all his characters. It is me that has made sure that he got time in the production. When I think about it may well be that I should have done more. But I had the artist's permission.


- I have had the gallery for 50 years and never ever had a problem with an artist. I went out from that when I had the artist's permission, so should I not also have the nest. I have never ever had a written agreement. It has always be orally.

- But you know well that the rights and moulds the legally set always belongs to the deceased's estate?

- No, I was not aware of, for I had prince Henry's permission.

- if you Can't understand, if you think it seems strange that you send the form to Svendborg to get cast seven sculptures, when the court so clearly expressed, that they will have to halt production?

- No, for they were forbidden to do more in italy. I had the shape. It is a tiny sculpture, then it is bloody stupid to get the cast in Italy, so it is better in Denmark in relation to transport. I have really been in good faith.

According to the gallery owner is the relation to the court intact. The relationship is so 'excellent'.

- It is a pity that Denmark has no knowledge of, how good an artist prince Henrik was in reality. It is such a pity, that there must be more.

- How much would you have earned on the seven sculptures?

- If we had cast all of them together, so I had earned the 60,000 crowns and the court had served more than 60,000. More is it not, after all, he says.

Updated: 09.02.2020 23:00
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