GEORG JENSEN: A TRADITION OF SPLENDID SILVER

by Janet Drucker
review by Sandra Todaro

 

xThe book cover from "Georg Jensen: A Tradition of Splendid Silver"

Collectors of jewelry of any type now have another acquisition for which to long. Itís a signature piece, finely detailed, a valued addition to any serious collection. It is a jewel indeed, but you may not find it at the jewelers. Itís a creation of Janet Drucker and it should stand the test of time, for Drucker has crafted Georg Jensen: A Tradition of Splendid Silver into a splendid guidebook.

Not a dry tome, crackling with boredom, it is a scholarly treatise on Jensen and a readable reference as well. Drucker sets up the volume by putting Jensenís ascendancy into perspective. She grounds him in his time period and explains the forces which created his work and his appeal. Not settling for another of a long line of picture strewn collection catalogs, she introduces the reader to Jensenís life story in well written and very readable text. Next, the collectorís delight, the litany of his accomplishment.

Chapters are devoted to his jewelry, his hollowware, and his flat wear. Then Drucker offers the benediction with a look at Jensenís worldwide legacy. But, donít stop there, because the appendix offers a look at the museum collections of the master and a listing of the artist whose work built the Jensen line.

Now, lest you think this book is a must have for scholars only, rest assured the exquisite photography and the informative, easy-to-read captioning will make this gem a perfect adornment for your home library. If you know Jensen or not, Georg Jensen: A Tradition of Splendid Silver will be a splendid find for you.

 

Review reprinted with permission

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