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Necklace

Necklace

  • Place of origin:

    Denmark (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1915 - 1927 (made)
    ca. 1912 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jensen, Georg, born 1866 - died 1935 (designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gulderen Tekvar

  • Museum number:

    M.10-2012

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 26, shelf D, box 2

Georg Jensen's flair for creating innovative jewellery in silver dates back to the very early Twentieth Century and the Danish style known as 'skønvirke' or 'aesthetic work' of which he was a pioneer. The style is characerised by soft, organic forms - highly stylised but often inspired by plants - in hand-beaten silver, with cabochon stones adding colour and contrast. This necklace is set with moonstone and labradorite in a subtle harmony of grey, but other versions would have been made and one has survived set with coral to very different effect. The design dates from around 1912 and would have been in production for some years. The marks on the reverse indicate that this variant was made a little later, probably around 1915 although possibly as late as the 1920s. The marks also indicate that it was imported into France rather than sold in Denmark.

Physical description

Necklace, consisting of silver, moonstones and labradorites, with stylised botanical design. It consists of eight rounded plaques identically patterned with soft leaf-like curves and each set with an oval moonstone. Between these and connected by flattened rectangular links, hang larger elements, perhaps representing curling petals, each terminating with an oval labradorite. The necklace fastens with a chain at the back.

Place of Origin

Denmark (made)

Date

ca. 1915 - 1927 (made)
ca. 1912 (designed)

Artist/maker

Jensen, Georg, born 1866 - died 1935 (designer)

Marks and inscriptions

GI / GJ / IMPORTE DE DANEMARK / 9 / 830
GI mark is the one in use from c. 1915 to 1927 / French import mark / design number / silver content

Dimensions

Length: 425 mm unfastened, Height: 37 mm from top of moonstone plaque to lower edge of labradorite, Depth: 6 mm

Descriptive line

Necklace, silver set with moonstones and labradorites, designed by Georg Jensen, Denmark, ca. 1915 - 1927

Materials

Silver; Moonstone; Labradorite

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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