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Candelabrum 278

Candelabrum 278 is a good example of the simplicity that characterises Harald Nielsen’s designs. Nature is only present in a highly stylised form and decoration was used only to accentuate the form.

Candelabrum 278 is an exquisite item with fine details that challenges the silversmith. For instance the curves at the top of the plateau must be filed perfectly; otherwise they will reveal even the tiniest inaccuracy when the beads, the leaves and arms are soldered on.

The beautiful floating arms must have the exact same curve and they must be in perfect angle horizontally as well as vertically before they are soldered on. The slightest inaccuracy will result in a dripping candle.

In the decoration underneath the candleholders you will see a small twig and a small bead. Though they are the smallest elements they are the final pieces to be soldered on as they require the least amount of heat. When these two pieces are soldered on the silversmith has to heat up the arms, the candleholders and the larger beads so that they all have the same temperature. The challenge is to heat up the pieces just enough to solder on the two final pieces. If the pieces are heated up too much the previous soldering will loosen up and the whole piece will fall apart.

Design year: 1928

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Materials: Sterling silver
Measurements: H: 15.5 cm / 6.10 inches L: 20.2 cm / 7.95 inches W: 10.9 cm / 4.29 inches

Designer: Harald Nielsen

Harald Nielsen had an outstanding talent as a draughtsman and was the originator of some of the most successful designs from Georg Jensen Silversmithy in the 1920s and 30s. At the beginning of his career, Nielsen’s designs were similar to the prevalent Art Nouveau style of the time. Soon enough, though, Nielsen departed from classic Art Nouveau and developed his own distinctive style that incorporated existing design language but, on the whole, represented serious innovation.

Perhaps his most famous design, Harald Nielsen’s 1947 version of the Old Danish silver pattern was a reaction to the years of Denmark’s occupation during World War II. Thoroughly Danish and possessing a solid and expressive feeling of precious silver, the line has been a favourite set for three generations.

The double flutes of the pattern belie its original heritage: they come from a French style that has been common in Denmark since the 18th century. Harald Nielsen used the characteristic decoration to accentuate a shape whose strong, clear lines are utterly his own.

The Old Danish cutlery line is a testimony to Nielsen’s long and intimate affair with silver. He came to the Georg Jensen Silversmithy as an apprentice as early as 1909 and went on to become Georg Jensen’s trusted colleague. After Georg Jensen’s death in 1935, Harald Nielsen made it his life’s work to carry on the master’s work. In total, Nielsen spent more than half a century at Georg Jensen.

In many ways, the story of his involvement­–from an early age and low level of expertise to becoming a master craftsman–is the story of the Georg Jensen legacy.

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