November 2018 Academic & Specialist Arnoldsche

Simply Danish: Silver Jewellery - 20th Century Jörg Schwandt

Hardback | Nov 2018 | Arnoldsche | 9783897905269 | 232pp | 280x240mm | RFB | AUD$87.99, NZD$109.99

Silver jewellery in Denmark occupied a prominent role in Europe throughout the entire twentieth century. By concentrating on unpretentious silver, jewellery manufacturers and designers released jewellery from its obligation to have a pronounced material value and were thus able to bring design to the forefront.

In this present publication, Jörg Schwandt gives a unique overview with 170 highlights from his new collection of Danish silver jewellery. In it he documents the development of the Danish idiom, which is in part responsible for the renown that Danish design — also over and above jewellery — went on to achieve: from the near-nature motifs before 1925, via the functional designs of the 1930s, to the sculptural forms since 1945, which attract attention with their dynamic reflexions of light.

With a special chapter on the dating of early Georg Jensen jewellery as well as an extensive index comprising seventy silver makers' marks, the publication is an indispensable aid for the unequivocal identification of Danish silver jewellery.