Designed by the hand of Georg Jensen in 1915, Jardinière 1505 was never put into production and remained a sketch until now, when the hauntingly beautiful design was rediscovered in Georg Jensen’s historic archives.
Jardinière 1505 represents a magnificent piece of artisanship evoking the spirit of Art Nouveau design with its richly ornamented body and shapes. From top to bottom, the piece reveals magnificent decorative details like grapes, wild flowers and leaves hand-carved and sculpted into the design, lending it a romantic, natural theme while highlighting the nuanced, poetic qualities of silver.
“As ornate as the design of the Jardiniere is, there is also restraint in its elements that leaves room for the real parts of nature – flowers and fruit - to shine when they are added to the piece.”
Georg Jensen Chief Creative Officer
INSPIRATION OF NATURE
Finding his inspiration in nature, Georg Jensen decorated his creation with grapes, wild flowers and leaves each of which has been meticulously carved and sculpted from the precious metal to bring this truly unique and magical piece to life.
Hand-hammered from the finest sterling silver sheets, Jardinière no. 1505 takes more than six months to produce, making it a true testament to the unparalleled craftsmanship that has been at the heart of Georg Jensen since it was founded in 1904.
It has required highly experienced silversmiths and chasers to bring Jardinière 1505 back to life. The Jardinière represents several hours of research in the historic Georg Jensen archives and more than six months of work in the silversmithy. With its delicate hand-hammered surface and elaborate Art Nouveau-style, the Jardinière 1505 is a lasting expression of supreme craftsmanship and artistic vision.
The skilled artisans have painstakingly transformed the 105-year-old sketch into a unique and highly ornamental showpiece, which is also fully functional in any contemporary setting.
The Jardinière’s organic motifs, expressed with soft, curved lines and elaborate flourishes, were cornerstones of the Art Nouveau movement that bloomed across Europe early in the 20th century. Georg Jensen, the sculptor and silversmith, became one of the most recognizable Nordic translators of the Nouveau style, and the brand’s earliest silver designs remain icons of the movement. The widely recognizable Grape collection—designed in 1918 and known for using small clusters of its namesake fruit to create a novel, decorative symbol—proves to be a natural complement to the Jardinière, which was designed only a few years earlier, offering an early glimpse at Jensen’s growing interest in the grape motif.
ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST SIGNIFICANT SILVERSMITHS
Georg Jensen is one of the world’s most significant silversmiths. Originally trained as a sculptor as well as a goldsmith, Georg Jensen soon started applying his talents to silver. As he developed his own version of the lush, ornamented style of the early 1900’s he was the first to blur the lines between artistry and craftsmanship. He believed that the two sides were both essential and that they elevated each other. He was initially heavily influence by the fashionable Art Nouveau style, but he made it his own, using strong sculptural lines and an intuitive feel for his materials. His passion and work continues to inspire and influence and now the name Georg Jensen is synonymous with the very best in design.
Finding his inspiration in nature, Georg Jensen decorated his creation with grapes, wild flowers and leaves each of which has been meticulously carved and sculpted from the precious metal to bring this truly unique and magical piece to life. Hand-hammered from the finest sterling silver sheets, Jardinière no. 1505 takes more than six months to produce, making it a true testament to the unparalleled craftsmanship that has been at the heart of Georg Jensen since it was founded in 1904.
“The Jardiniere symbolizes the many different, unique skills that have been passed along for generations in our Copenhagen smithy. Those skills are alive today and ones we are dedicated to preserving.”
Georg Jensen Chief Creative Officer