Pyramid Long-Handled Luncheon Knife
Georg Jensen Pyramid Long-Handled Luncheon Knife
Designed by Harald Nielsen
Item #: GJ3015024
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  • Designer: Harald Nielsen
  • Item #: GJ3015024
  • Availability: Usually ships in 5-7 business days
  • Dimensions: 8 1/9" (20.6 cm)
  • Material: Sterling Silver
  • Country: Denmark
  • Designed in 1927 by Harald Nielsen, the Pyramid sterling silver cutlery pattern was inspired by a fascination of Ancient Egyptian forms and symbolism which were in vogue in the late 1920s after the discovery of Tutankhamonís tomb. Pyramidís Egyptian motif, seen in the stepped pyramid finial topped off with a small ball, illustrates Harald Nielsenís contribution to the highly stylized and geometric art-deco style. As he once said: "Ornamentation should emphasize the Harmony of the pieces but must not dominate."
    Harald NielsenHarald 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, Nielsenís 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 Nielsenís 1947 version of the Old Danish silver pattern was a reaction to the years of Denmarkís 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 Nielsenís 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 Jensenís trusted colleague. After Georg Jensenís death in 1935, Harald Nielsen made it his lifeís work to carry on the masterís work. In total, Nielsen spent more than half a century at Georg Jensen.

    In many ways, the story of his involvement≠Ėfrom an early age and low level of expertise to becoming a master craftsmanĖis the story of the Georg Jensen legacy.

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