G. Jensen by Rohde Sterling Silver Flatware Set in Acorn Pattern for 16 People (197 Pc) in Art Nouveau Style
Georg Jensen by Johan Rohde sterling silver flatware set in Acorn pattern and in Art Nouveau Style for 16 people with an impressive 197 pieces consisting of:
- 16 dinner forks
- 16 lunch forks
- 16 fish forks
- 16 dinner knives
- 16 lunch knives
- 16 fish knives
- 16 butter knives
- 16 tablespoons
- 16 dessert spoons
- 16 egg spoons
- 16 fruit spoons
- 16 demitasse spoons
- 5 fruit knives
- Each piece bears hallmarks as shown. Total weight is approximately 310 troy ounces.
According to G. Jensen themselves, "designed in 1915 by Johan Rohde, the Acorn sterling silverware pattern represents the early foundation of Georg Jensen’s organic and timeless design language. In contrast to the Art Nouveau style of the early 1900s, Acorn’s design captures a classic, understated style where decoration is used to emphasize the form and shape. Regarded as both a sumptuous and noble pattern, Acorn remains one of Georg Jensen’s most exclusive silverware patterns."
Johan Rohde hailed from a wealthy family and studied medicine prior to enrolling in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1882. A forward-thinking, anti-establishment artist, he left after less than a year, disillusioned by their refusal to accept modern trends. Rohde possessed a tireless creative mind and, in addition to painting and drawing, was also a lithographer, graphic artist, bookbinder, and designer. He embraced the Scandinavian design movement which, similar to the Arts & Crafts movement in America, encouraged the application of artistic sensibility to everyday objects.
Rohde designed furniture and silverware for his own home, which led him to commission Georg Jensen to execute one of his hollowware designs. The collaboration was so successful that they continued working together, with Rohde designing and Jensen executing the pieces. Rohde remained a designer at Jensen’s company for years and is responsible for many of their most famous flatware patterns, such as Acorn. His designs favored form and line over ornament; timeless and elegant, they remain highly desirable to discerning design and silver collectors today. Rohde was awarded the Thorvaldsen Medal in 1934 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts, its highest distinction.
Georg Jensen, a Danish silversmith, set up his own silver business in 1904 in Copenhagen. Jensen's training in metalsmithing along with his education in the fine arts allowed him to combine the two disciplines and revive the tradition of the artist craftsman. Soon, the beauty and quality of his creations caught the eye of the public and his success was assured. The Copenhagen quarters were greatly expanded and before the end of the 1920s, Jensen had opened retail in Berlin (1909), London (1921), and New York (1924).
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