Cult Danish design brand Georg Jensen’s output spans jewellery, watches, silverware and homeware, all linked by a recognisable Scandinavian vibe that’s managed to stay ultra-modern throughout the house’s 113-year-old history. Some iconic pieces of that history will be displayed in a vintage and heritage exhibition at the brand’s London flagship until Saturday July 15, with 160 pieces of rarely seen jewellery, hollowware and flatware on sale, sourced from personal collections and refurbished by silversmiths at the company’s Denmark atelier.
Around 80 items of jewellery are on offer, the oldest of which date back to Georg Jensen’s founding art-nouveau days, such as a 1904-8 antique floral pattern coral brooch and a 1908-14 gold bracelet punctuated with green agates (both price on request). Among the modern pieces, meanwhile, are a joyful Splash necklace (£1,800) and a bracelet (£950).
The house is known for its design collaborations, and not to be missed are an Oscar Gundlach-Pedersen bangle (£650) with an ethnic-style engraving, Nanna Ditzel’s cool, post-1944 gold brooch with a single pearl (price on request) and Kristian Mohl-Hansen’s art-deco, floral and bird-motif bracelet (price on request). The polymath artist Arno Malinowski was also a keen co-creator, and his pieces include a funky gold brooch with two dolphins (price on request) and a feminine silver bird brooch (£350) – but the most notable piece is a 1961 interlocking 18ct gold bracelet (£7,000) that was produced in both silver and gold and rarely seen in either version.
On the homeware front (hollowware from £1,160; flatware sets from £10,000), aficionados will be making a beeline for the vintage tea sets, which have long been big with Georg Jensen collectors. A 1933-44 five-piece tea/coffee set complete with a tray is on offer for £57,100, or there’s Henning Koppel’s stylish 1945-77 five-piece set for £31,600. Meanwhile, an incredibly chic teapot (£11,300) with a bespoke guaiacum wood handle has the added provenance of having won a gold medal at the Trienniale di Milano in 1954.
Among the rarest works is Johan Rohde’s impressive five-light candelabrum (£28,800) – it was designed in 1918 and only six were ever made (the piece on offer is from 1933-44) – while an understated 1945-77 silver bowl (£17,300), a trio of 1915-30 silver boxes (£8,000) and an eye-catching midcentury perfume flacon (£1,800) showcase the breadth of Georg Jensen’s creativity – and mastery of clean, pure lines.