Johan ROHDEGEORG JENSEN SILVERSMITHY, Bowl (Design no 171) Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1


Denmark 1856 – 1935



Denmark commenced 1904

manufacturer (organisation)

Bowl (Design no 171) 1920 Description: Bowl
Place made: Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Creation Notes: Designed: 1916, Manufacture: 1920
Materials & Technique: metalwork, tazzas, 925 silver: raised, fabricated and polished

Dimensions: 14.0 h x 20.0 w x 20.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.365

Rohde founded the Kunstnernes Studieskole (Artists’ Studio School) in Copenhagen in 1882 and was its Head from 1908-1912. He joined Georg Jensen’s Copenhagen silversmithy in 1903 and remained a designer for the firm until his death. His austere interpretation of Art Nouveau suited the craft techniques of the firm and contributed to its design success. This bowl balances his characteristic foliate and organic motifs against plain, planished silver surfaces and shows a confident handling of the relationship of form and decoration that is identifiable in Rohde’s later, simpler work of the 1920s.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design