Georg Jensen & Harald Nielsen
Perhaps his most famous design, Harald Nielsenâ?s 1947 version of the Old Danish silver pattern was a reaction to the years of Denmarkâ?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 Nielsenâ?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 Jensenâ?s trusted colleague. After Georg Jensenâ?s death in 1935, Harald Nielsen made it his lifeâ?s work to carry on the masterâ?s work. In total, Nielsen spent more than half a century at Georg Jensen.
In many ways, the story of his involvementÂâ??from an early age and low level of expertise to becoming a master craftsmanâ??is the story of the Georg Jensen legacy.