Georg Jensen Pyramid Short-Handled Dinner Knife, 925 Sterling Silver
- The Designer
- The Maker
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 Tutankhamon's tomb. Pyramid's Egyptian motif, seen in the stepped pyramid finial topped off with a small ball, illustrates Harald Nielsen's 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."
- Brand:Georg Jensen of Denmark
- Country Denmark
- SKU: GJ-3015013-FJ
- Material 925 Sterling Silver
- Designer:Georg Jensen of Denmark
- Dimensions:8 6/7"
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.