Jensen: Holloware – The Silver Fund Collection
is a necessary book for everyone, who is interested in Georg Jensen silver.
Never before has a systematic survey of the holloware been published, and never
before has a book so consequently beautiful about Georg Jensen Silver seen the
light of the day.
Taylor and Jason Laskey have systematically photographed and described all
holloware, that has been handled by The Silver Fund during the last 10 years.
The Fund has been very consequent in it’s purchases, og there can not have
been much holloware in general circulation outside The Silver Fund. It has been
lack for collectors, professional dealers and everyone with a general interest
for Georg Jensen’s fantastic production, that a structured survey of the works
has not existed. This book is not complete, but it is as close as one can get
without access to the files at Royal Scandinavia/Georg Jensen.
items are listed according to design numbers. This is only to some extend
chronological, and e. g. many of the Blossom-designs – that carry design nr. 2
from 1905 – were made in 1919.
But because the book is systematic, it is very useful. For each item size,
design year and weight is listed. There are only few errors in this enormous
amount of information.
photographs are also shot in a consequent way. This gives the book a very
professional and tempting expression. It is fantastic to leaf through this book.
introduction by Sigvard Bernadotte is moving, just like Georg Jensen’s memoirs.
book is a must for everyone interested in Georg Jensen Silver. It only covers
the holloware, but rumours tell that a jewelry book s going into production.
David A. Taylor & Jason W. Laskey:
GEORG JENSEN: HOLLOWARE - The Silver Fund Collection.
Unknown Georg Jensen
book is about the many lesser known or unknown sides of Georg Jensen’s great
life work. The reader is taken through the first important periods of his life:
as sculptor and as potter and modeller with many details, and his artistic
development up til the establishment of his silversmithy in 1904 is described.
The book tells of the first laborious years as silversmith, the breakthrough in
1904 at the autumn exhibition af the Danish Museum for Decorative Art, and the
comet-like carreer to fame, resulting in gold medal at the World’s Fair in
Bruxelles in 1910. The spectacular but quite unknown collaboration with
architect Anton Rosen, that resulted in a large order to Georg Jensen to produce
all silverware for the Palace Hotel in Copenhagen 1909, is researched and
presented for the first time. A chapter tells about the years 1924-26, when
Georg Jensen emigrated to Paris and started all over with a new, small
silversmithy of his own. The book concludes with a chapter about his last ten
years, when he lived in Hellerup, Denmark, and produced most of his designs in
his own silversmithy in his basement.
Jensen’s life was like a fairy tale. The book tells about his victories and
disappointments, and about his creativity and his powerlessness.
complete listings and illustrations of the works he did for P. Ipsen’s
Widow’s Terracotta Factory (23 models) and Palace Hotel (illustrated with
Georg Jensen’s drawings) have never before been collected, and they are very
useful for colectors and admireres of Georg Jensen’s art. The outlines of
stamps and marks have much more information than any previous outlines, and also
give practical and useful tips.
book has more than 130 illustrations, and most of these have not been printed
previously. The photograph of Georg Jensen with his sons Vidar and Jørgen is
moving, and the photo of a very malancholic Georg Jensen at the 25th
anniversary of the silversmithy in 1929 is thought-provoking.
book contains a lot of information that is not available anywhere else, and it
is a necessesary publication for everyone who loves Georg Jensen’s art.
Krogsgaard & Liv Carøe: The Unknown Georg Jensen.