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Goblet 532C, moonstone and saphire

Wine Goblet 532 is a good example of the simplicity of design and limited stylized ornamentation characteristic of Harald Nielsen’s design. Wine Cup 532 has hammer marks applied linking it with the preceding Art Nouveau style providing the elegant and taut design a somewhat traditional look.

Another popular Harald Nielsen design, The Pyramid tea and coffee set from 1930 does not carry the hammer marks which makes it more an Art Deco design than Wine Goblet 532.

The actual goblet, the base and the rod are raised and formed by the metal spinner on his spinning machine in several steps followed by heating – the goblet and the base from a flat round sheet of silver. The chaser applies the hammer marks on the base while the silversmith applies the hammer marks on the goblet. It is important that they attune the hammer marks to each other to give a harmonic impression.

The silversmith then gathers all the pieces including the rod (solid ring underneath the base) for assembly. The stem and the small piece with the beads just underneath the goblet are castings which the silversmith will first grind and polish to a perfect finish.

Design year: 1928

Note: the delivery time is subject to stock availability.

Materials: Sterling silver, moonstone, saphire
Measurements: H: 17.1 cm / 6.73 inches Ø: 8.3 cm / 3.26 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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