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Knife

Knife

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Karageorgevitch, Bojidar Prince (designer)
    Karageorgevitch, Bojidar Prince (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, cast and chased

  • Credit Line:

    Dr Percy Spielmann Gift

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.140-1964

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries, case 6, shelf 1

This silver paper knife, the handle in the shape of a nasturtium plant, and the entire set it belongs to, is in the prevailing Art Nouveau style. It was commissioned, and possibly executed, by Prince Bojidar Karageorgevitch, (1861-1908), a younger member of the then exiled Serbian royal family.

Karageorgevitch spent a dilettante life as a musician, writer and craftsman living in Paris. The individual pieces are inscribed variously with the monogram BK and the signature of Prince Bojidar Karageorgevitch.

Prince Bojidar belonged to the senior line of the Karađorđević dynasty. He was the second son of Prince George Karageorgevich and his wife Sarka Anastasijević (his older brother was Prince Alexis Karageorgevich). His grandfather Prince Aleksa was the eldest son of Karađorđe Petrović, the founder of the House of Karađorđević and leader of the first Serbian uprising.

Prince Bojidar lived in France for most of his life as the members of the Karađorđević dynasty were in exile after Prince Alexander Karađorđević lost the Serbian throne in 1858. Bojidar travelled a lot and went on a number of trips around the world. He served in the French Army and fought in the French campaign at Tonking and was decorated with the Cross of the Legion of Honour. To earn a living he gave singing and drawing lessons before becoming a translator and journalist.
During one of his trips abroad, he travelled extensively around India, visiting thirty eight cities. He wrote a book about his experiences called Enchanted India in which he offered an account of the Indian people, their religious rites, and other ceremonies. He also provided detailed descriptions of the Indian landscape and buildings. He also translated works of Tolstoy and Hungarian dramatist Mór Jókai.

Taking an interest in art, he visited Munich, Dresden, and Berlin and spent some months in Italy; afterwards he settled at Paris. There he regularly contributed articles to the Figaro, La Revue de Paris, the Magazine of Art (Ilya Repin, Jules Bastien-Lepage), including a biography of Marie Bashkirtseff in the Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th Edition, Vol. III. Like all journalists he was drawn to the cabarets of Montmartre, the haunt of artists, writers, poets, philosophers. It was there he met and befriended French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt, pioneer of modern dance Loïe Fuller, French poet, novelist and noted orientalist Judith Gautier, Suzanne Meyer-Zundel, Austrian composer Hugo Wolf, painter and illustrator Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and founder of the Ballets Russes Sergei Diaghilev. In his later years Prince Karadjordjevitch turned his attention in decoration, and executed panels and medallions for a Paris atelier as a designer, sculptor, painter and silversmith, and often spent time with Georges Lacombe, Émile Bernard, Paul Sérusier and other members of Les Nabis. Karageorgevitch's paintings, illustrations, watercolors and silversmith works were first exhibited in Belgrade in 1908.

Physical description

Silver paper knife, the handle formed in the shape of a nasturtium plant.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Karageorgevitch, Bojidar Prince (designer)
Karageorgevitch, Bojidar Prince (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, cast and chased

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with the monogram BK and the signature of Prince Bojidar Karageorgevitch, (1861-1908)

Dimensions

Height: 0.3 cm, Length: 18.3 cm, Width: 3.2 cm

Object history note

Prince BK member of former reigning Serbian family. Musician, writer and craftsman, resident in Paris.
This set, in the prevailing Art Nouveau style was commissioned and possibly executed by Prince Bojidar Karageorgevitch, a younger member of the then exiled Serbian royal family. Karageorgevitch spent a dilettante life as a musician, writer and craftsman living in Paris.
Goes with M.142-149.1964.

Art Nouveau Exhibition, Bowes Museum RF.2005/100

Valuation of Circ 140, 142-9: £12,000 at 29/09/2007

Descriptive line

Silver knife designed by Prince Bojidar Karageorgevitch, France, ca. 1900

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Greenhalgh, Paul (Ed.), Art Nouveau: 1890-1914. London: V&A Publications, 2000
Prince Bojidar Karageorgevitch as a Silversmith, London, The Magazine of Art, January 1901, p.185

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Casting; Chasing

Subjects depicted

Plants

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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