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Bowl 19A

The Louvre Bowl – so called since the Musée des Arts Décoratifs at Musée du Louvre in Paris acquired this bowl for their permanent collection in 1914.

The Louvre Bowl is one of Georg Jensen’s most internationally famous pieces. It has been acquired by numerous museums around the world. It often features in advertisements in international journals, and in Denmark it was one of the motifs when the Danish Postal Authorities celebrated Danish design by using outstanding products as motifs on Danish stamps.

As most of Georg Jensen’s designs the bowl is in the Art Nouveau style with the characteristic ornamental curved lines, organic structures, decorative ornaments of flora and fauna, and the use of honest and skilfully crafted materials. As characteristic of Georg Jensen, he shows restraint in the use of decoration which is limited to the middle section of leaves and beads leaving the rest of the bowl only decorated on the surface with hammer marks.

The bowl is a brilliant conception; the manner in which it seems to hover weightlessly on a base of leaves is a lovely illustration of Georg Jensen’s ability to unite ‘fine art’ with ‘arts and crafts’. This fruit bowl is a whole little sculpture in itself, and demonstrates very clearly the effect of the hammered surface.

The base of leaves and beads consists of 12 individual pieces with a total of 24 beads, which have been filed and polished to a perfectly smooth surface. Then the pieces have been soldered on to the base piece by piece. The challenge for the silversmith is that the 12 individual pieces must have the exact same height, a certain angle pointing away from the centre and at the same time they must have the perfect angle both horizontally and vertically as the rim and the bowl, which are soldered on afterwards, otherwise it will look lopsided.

Design year: 1912

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Materials: Sterling silver
Measurements: H: 16.7 cm / 6.57 inches Ø: 20 cm / 7.87 inches

Designer: Georg Jensen

In 1904 the Danish silversmith Georg Jensen founded his first modest silver smithy in the heart of Copenhagen. Thirty years later, he had made an international name for himself. When he died in 1935, the New York Herald Tribune saluted him as "the greatest silversmith of the last 300 years."

Georg Jensen was unique among silversmiths because he was as devoted to art as he was to craftsmanship. He had intimate knowledge of materials and brought this experience to bear on all of his designs.

One of the most important parts of his legacy was that he was not satisfied just to realize his own talent. He went a step further and created a tradition, an inspiring and demanding framework for creative artists and proud craftsmen. Today, Georg Jensen encompasses more than just the man; the name is now a concept synonymous with excellent Danish design throughout the world.

In his early years, Jensen was heavily influenced by Art Nouveau style. He made it his own, though, by combining the sculptor's strong, free lines with the silversmith's intuitive feel for the material. His works are characterized by his fertile, creative imagination, and his capacity to innovate new styles. It has been said of Georg Jensen that “he never followed fashion, he created it.”

Following an exhibition at the Danish Museum of Decorative Arts in Autumn of 1904, Georg Jensen designs became fast favourites of Copenhagen's high society. As time went by he surrounded himself with a staff of talented colleagues, laying the foundation for a definite artistic and artisan morale.

Beginning in 1912, Danish expansion of the studio was underway. In 1917, Jensen built workshop large enough to hold hundreds of employees. By the time he had died in 1935, Georg Jensen was an international design house where inspired artisans were encouraged to carry on the tradition of mixing expert craftsmanship with forward-thinking design.

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