Author, Scholar, Collector
The Dr. David Taylor Collection of Georg Jensen
1 June 2017
Rago is pleased to present early and rare jewelry by the great Danish silversmith Georg Jensen in our June 2017 Fine and Antique Jewelry Auction. This grouping is part of an unparalleled collection of Jensen jewelry assembled by the preeminent Jensen scholar, Dr. David Taylor, through years of research and considered acquisition.
A specialist in material culture, Dr. Taylor has written the fundamental texts on the artist, including "Georg Jensen Holloware: The Silver Fund Collection" (2003) and "Georg Jensen Jewelry" (2005). In 2005, Dr. Taylor served as curator to the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on the subject of Jensen jewelry, sponsored by the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.
Georg Jensen began his artistic career apprenticing as a goldsmith and later studied sculpture at Denmark's Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He worked with the Danish artist Mogens Ballin for a time before opening his own studio in Copenhagen in 1904.
Georg Jensen was among the artistic pioneers behind the Danish Skønvirke movement (“aesthetic work” or “beautiful work”), which blended the core principals of French Art Nouveau and English Arts & Crafts. The artists of the Skønvirke movement valued craftsmanship over industrialization, utility over frivolity, and preferred working in silver with graceful shapes and limited ornamentation. Cabochon stones were often used in place of enamel to bring color to designs. Hand-worked, hammered forms were made in 826 and 830 silver, and later in 925.
The David Taylor Collection of Georg Jensen Jewelry includes several of these early 830 silver pieces, as well as rare works in yellow gold.
With confronted scroll links. Maker mark for 1933-1944, 18k, #346.
Each a hand built design of confronted fronds with a lustrous Akoya pearl 7.6 mm, unnumbered design 1920-25. Maker mark after 1945.
Each a hand filigree and frond, designed by Johan Rohde. Ca. 1913. Maker mark post 1945, 18k, 750, #53.