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The Silver Fund Exceptional Georg Jensen and 20th Century Silver


The Silver Fund This is the first of a new series of catalogues of recent acquisitions we intend doing several times a year. I hope you enjoy this catalogue. Please feel free to email me directly at michael@thesilverfund.com. – Michael James, Founder & Owner


The Silver Fund The Silver Fund is the largest dealer worldwide in estate Georg Jensen silver. In addition to our comprehensive collection of Georg Jensen holloware, our inventory includes exceptional 20th century silver designed by Jean Puiforicat, William Spratling, Antonio Pineda and many other great 20th century designers. Since 1996 we have sold more than $40 million worth of Georg Jensen silver to private clients around the world. We have helped build multiple large collections including the Rowler collection, the largest single collection ever to be sold at auction where it fetched $9.8 million in one session. The Silver Fund has helped put together outstanding exhibitions, including "Georg Jensen Jewelry" at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. The exhibition was the largest Georg Jensen jewelry retrospective ever presented. The Silver Fund collaborated with Susan Weber Soros, the founder and director of the center, at every stage of the exhibition. We also collaborated on the Georg Jensen exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2007. We authored the definitive book on Georg Jensen Holloware, The Silver Fund Collection. The book was the culmination of five years of research, writing and collaboration. We exhibit at exclusive art and antique fairs in the US including New York, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco. We have exhibited at many major international events including the prestigious Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair in London as well as fairs in Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. The Silver Fund has been written about extensively including articles in The New York Times, Forbes, Financial Times and Robb Report.


1. Covered Tureen by Christian Fjerdingstad 2. Handmade Bowl by Christian Fjerdingstad


3. Rare Pair of Two Branch Georg Jensen Candelabra


4. Extraordinary Silvered Bronze and Ceramic French Vase 5. Pair of Sterling Silver and Ivory Tureens by Tétard Frères 6. Pair of Unusual Georg Jensen Candlesticks


7. Jean E. Puiforcat Sterling Silver Art Deco Four Piece Tea Set on Matching Tray 8. French Art Deco Silver and Cut Glass Claret Jug with Brazilian Rosewood 9. Art Deco Centerpiece by Jean E. Puiforcat with Sterling Silver and Rosewood


10. Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Oil & Vinegar Cruet


11. American Copper & Sterling Silver Caddy in the Oriental Taste 12. Pair of American Sterling Silver and Mixed Metal Candlesticks


13. Jean E. Puiforcat Geometric Teapot 14. Georg Jensen Oval Pyramid Dish 15. Georg Jensen Three Piece Art Deco Coffee Set


16. Gorham & Co. Silver and Copper Lamp in the Japanese Taste


17. Danish Sterling Silver Table Box by Evald Nielsen with Coral Detailing (and detail)


18. Pair of German Sterling Silver and Ivory Art Deco Candelabra 19. Sterling Silver and Lacquer Enamel Jewelry Box by Dunhill of London 20. Pair of Wall Sconces with Multi-Colored Crystals


21. Set of 18 Italian Gold and Malachite Mounted Wine Glasses, 22. Italian Sterling Silver Stylized Swan with Cornelian 23. Bronze Sculpture of a Herd of Elephants, 24. William Spratling Rosewood and Sterling Silver Inset Bowl


25. Unique Chaumet Centerpiece. Carved agate bowl with 18k gold ram encrusted with diamonds, moonstones, coral, diamond-banded bloodstone horns, and emerald eyes.


26. German Sterling Silver Covered Pot with Applied Beads in the Modernist Style 27. Pair of Round Ebony Boxes with Sterling Silver Lids by Allan Adler with Hollywood Actor Alan Ladd's Initials


28. Japanese Silver Tray with Original Silk Kossu Tapestry and Stylized Trellis Border.


29. Swedish Sterling Silver Flask Designed by Sigvard Bernadotte 30. Japanese Bronze Vase with Applied Silver Fish and Copper Highlights 31. Rare Bowl Designed by Georg Jensen with Three Foliate Handles


32. Lidded Cream Jug Designed by Georg Jensen 33. American Art Deco Large Sterling Silver Two Handled Serving Tray. Orchid Pattern.


34. Pair of Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Candelabra. Acorn Pattern 35. Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Art Deco Centerpiece Bowl.


36. Murano Acid Etched Vase 37. Murano Gold Leaf Vase with Interwoven Handles


38. Murano Red and Black Stripe Vase, 39. Murano Cane Vase 40. Murano Cane Vase, 41. Murano Multi-colored Fish


42. German Silver Modernist Box, circa 1940's (and detail) 43. William Spratling Rosewood and Silver Box


44. Large Art Deco Acid Etched Vase 45. Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Modernist Box


46. Pair of Gorham & Co. Sterling Silver Naturalistic Oyster Shell Dishes


47. Victorian English Sterling Silver Water Pitcher in the Japanese Taste 48. Pair of Japanese Bronze Boxes with Sterling Silver Shikudo Work


49. Extraordinary Sterling Silver Lidded Wine Cooler Designed by Georg Jensen with Fir Cone Feet and Organic Finial 50. Pair of Sterling Silver Tureens Designed by Georg Jensen with Floral Finials and Ebony Handles


51. Chanel 18k Gold and Pearl Necklace 52. Pair of Van Cleef & Arpels Earrings 53. Pair of 1960's Gold and Diamond Inset Earrings


54. Webb of New York 18k Gold Necklace 55. Georg Jensen 18k Gold and Amethyst Bracelet 56. Pair of 18k Gold 1950's Earrings


57. Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Necklace Designed by Torun with Amethyst and Rock Crystal 58. Mexican Sterling Silver Modernist Necklace


59. Mexican Sterling Silver Bracelet by Antonio Pineda 60. Mexican Silver and Jade Bracelet with Mayan Faces


1. Extraordinarily Rare Covered Tureen. Designed and hand made by Christian Fjerdingstad for Maison Christofle. This piece illustrates the way in which Fjerdingstad managed to combine geometric French ornament with a hammered surface and the simple round forms which are so characteristic of Danish silver. Henry Van de Velde, who met Fjerdingstad in the Netherlands in 1921, regarded him as one of the best silversmiths of his day. The directors of Christofle and countless art critics also shared that opinion. Fjerdingstad had a command of all aspects of silversmithing and sometimes executed his own designs. He was a highly valued designer at Maison Christofle. An example of this particular piece in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Circa 1930's. 6" diameter, 6" tall. 2. Incredibly Rare Christian Fjerdingstad Handmade Bowl. This piece made by Maison Christofle features a beautifully hand-hammered bowl on top of a geometric pierced foot. Design number 739. Signed by the maker with French Head of Minerva hallmark. Maison Christofle mark in a diamond lozenge. Circa 1930's. 8.5" diameter, 3.75" tall. 3. Rare Pair of Two Branch Candelabra Designed by Georg Jensen. These candelabra have the Danish control mark (1926), the C.F. Heise mark (1904-1932) and the Georg Jensen mark (1925-1932). Art deco in style. Crowned with a grape motif. The color and patina is particularly good. 6-11/16" tall, 6-13/16" wide. 4. Extraordinary Silvered Bronze and Ceramic French Vase. A squid's tentacles rise to support a beautiful glazed ceramic vase adorned with fish and seaweed. Signed E. Sanglan. Circa 1900. 12.5" tall, 5.5" wide at base. 5. Pair of Sterling Silver and Ivory Tureens by Tétard Frères. Ivory handles and ivory finales on top. Circa 1930's. 10.5" diameter. 6. Pair of Unusual Georg Jensen Candlesticks. Designed by Sigvard Bernadotte. Circa 1940's. 3.5" tall. 7. Jean E. Puiforcat Sterling Silver Art Deco Four Piece Tea Set on Matching Tray. Tête-à-Tête tea set. Ebony handles and finales. Circa 1930's. 16" wide across handles. 8. Very Unusual French Art Deco Sterling Silver and Glass Claret Jug with Geometric Glass and Wonderful Brazilian Rosewood Handle and Lid. Circa 1930's. 12" tall, 6" wide. 9. Art Deco Centerpiece by Jean E. Puiforcat. Silver and rosewood. Circa 1930's. 8" diameter. 10. Rare Sterling Silver Oil & Vinegar Cruet Designed by Georg Jensen. Cut glass bottles finished with sterling silver fir cone stoppers. This piece has Danish marks from 1922; it was most likely designed that year. Interestingly, this piece has import marks for both London (1922) and France. This piece was probably originally sold through the Georg Jensen shop in Paris. 7.5" tall, 6.25" wide. 11. American Copper & Sterling Silver Caddy in the Oriental Taste. Original rich color patination. Marked Sterling Silver and other metals. Maker's mark HK. Circa 1930's. 4.25" tall, 3" square.


12. Pair of Handmade American Sterling Silver and Mixed Metal Candlesticks by S. Walker. Circa 1984. 6" tall. 13. Jean E. Puiforcat Geometric Teapot. Sterling silver and optical glass geometric handle. Jean E. Puiforcat was the greatest geometric silver designer of the 20th century. Designed Paris circa 1930's. Executed later. 5.25" tall, 6" long base. 14. Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Oval Pyramid Dish. Highly unusual oval pyramid design. Designed by Harald Nielsen in 1928. Made circa 1940's. 13" x 8". 15. Georg Jensen Three Piece Art Deco Sterling Silver Coffee Set. Ebony handles. Designed by Gustav Pedersen in 1935. Made circa 1940's. 16. Gorham & Co. Silver and Copper Lamp in the Japanese Taste. Circa 1885. 11" tall, 5" diameter. 17. Danish Sterling Silver Table box by Evald Nielsen. Floral motif with coral fruits. Circa 1941. 9" x 3.5". 18. Pair of German Sterling Silver and Ivory Art Deco Candelabra. Gilding on the branches and sconces. Maker is Bruckmann. Circa 1930's. 7" tall, 14" wide. 19. Sterling Silver and Lacquer Enamel Jewelry Box by Dunhill of London. Japanese signatures on the lacquer enamel. Oriental musicians playing under a tree. Circa 1935. 6.5" wide, 2.25" tall. 20. Pair of Austrian Wall Sconces with Multi-Colored Crystals. Signed on the back of each sconce by J & L Lobneyr. Circa 1940's. 16" tall, 9" wide. 21. Set of 18 Italian Cut Glass Gold and Malachite Mounted Wine Glasses. In fitted boxes. Circa 1960's. Six of each size. 22. Italian Sterling Silver Large Stylized Swan. Cornelian eyes. Maker A. Finzi. Circa 1960's. 22" long, 10.5" wide, 13" tall. 23. Bronze Sculpture of a Herd of Elephants. Ivory tusks. France circa 1900. 30" long, 7" tall. 24. William Spratling Rosewood Bowl with Sterling Silver Insets. Approximately 16" diameter. Circa 1940's. 25. Unique Chaumet Paris Centerpiece. Magnificent carved agate bowl surmounted with a 18k gold ram encrusted with diamonds, moonstones, coral, diamond-banded bloodstone horns, and emerald eyes. The fur is naturalistically carved to emulate the fleece of a goat. Circa 1960's. 11" x 13", 11" tall to the top of horns. 26. German Sterling Silver Covered Pot with Applied Beads in the Modernist Style. Unusual ovoid shape. Circa 1940's. 6" tall, 6" wide. 27. Pair of Round Ebony Boxes with Sterling Silver Lids by Allan Adler. The initials "A.L." on the front are those of Alan Ladd, the movie star from whose estate the boxes came. California. 6.5" tall, 3" diameter.


28. Japanese Silver Tray with Original Silk Kossu Tapestry (behind glass). Stylized trellis border. Circa 1930's. 14" x 10.5". 29. Swedish Sterling Silver Flask Designed by Sigvard Bernadotte. Wonderful aquatic engraving. Circa 1954. 6" tall. 30. Japanese Bronze Vase with Applied Silver Fish and Copper Highlights. Circa 1940's. 10" tall. 31. Rare Bowl Designed by Georg Jensen. Arts and Crafts style with three foliate handles. This piece has the Georg Jensen mark from 1915-1919 with the 830 silver mark. 6" diameter, 4.25" tall. 32. Lidded Cream Jug Designed by Georg Jensen. Because this jug is traditionally without a lid, this piece is most likely a special order, making this piece unique. Finished with a beautiful ebony handle. Designed in 1918. Has maker's mark for 1933. 5.5" tall, 7.5" wide. 33. Art Deco Large Sterling Silver Two-Handled Serving Tray. Orchid pattern by International Sterling. American. Circa 1930's. 24" across handles x 17". 34. Pair of Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Candelabra. Acorn pattern. Extremely rare. Designed by Harold Nielsen in 1930. Made circa 1940's. 6.75" tall, 10" wide. 35. Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Art Deco Centerpiece Bowl. Designed by Oscar Gundlach-Petersen in 1930. Made circa 1930's. 12" across handles. 36. Murano I.V.R. Mazzega 'Corroso' Acid-Etched Vase. 16" tall, 7.5" diameter. 37. Murano Gold Leaf Vase with Interwoven Handles. Made by Barovier & Toso. In 1938 Ercole Barovier discovered and patented the glass technique known as Rugiadose, a costly and elaborate technique incorporating gold leaf between granulated and colorless glass. 13" tall. 38. Murano Vase. Black with dark red stripes. 16" tall. 39. Murano Cane Vase. 11" tall. 40. Murano Cane Vase. 8.5" tall. 41. Murano Multi-colored Fish. 20" x 8.5". 42. German Silver Modernist Box. Hamburg, Germany circa 1940's. Maker H.J. Wilm. 6" x 4". 43. William Spratling Rosewood and Silver Box. Sterling silver jaguar and balls. Mexico circa 1940's. 5" long, 2.5" tall. 44. Large Art Deco Acid-etched Vase. Blue glass Art Deco design. Signed Legras. France circa 1930's. 19" tall. 45. Unusual Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Modernist Box. Circa 1940's. 7.5" x 3.5", 2" tall. 46. Pair of Gorham & Co. Sterling Silver Naturalistic Oyster Shell Dishes. The supporting foot is modeled as a mussel shell. Circa 1885. 5" x 2.5", 1" tall.


47. Victorian English Sterling Silver Water Pitcher. Engraved in the Japanese taste with birds sitting on branches. The handle is naturalistically modeled as bamboo. Maker Fredrick Elkington. London circa 1880. 8" tall, 4" wide. 48. Pair of Japanese Bronze Boxes with Sterling Silver Shikudo Work. Circa 1920's. 4.2" x 3.5" 49. Extraordinary Sterling Silver Lidded Wine Cooler Designed by Georg Jensen with Fir Cone Feet and Organic Finial Crowning the Lid. Circa 1920's. 14" tall. 50. Pair of Sterling Silver Tureens Designed by Georg Jensen with Floral Finales and Ebony Handles. Designed in 1925. Made circa 1940's. 10.5" across handles. 51. Captivating Chanel Paris 18k Gold and Pearl Necklace. One of ten known. Presented in original Chanel box. Circa 1979. 52. Pair of Van Cleef & Arpels Earrings. 18k Gold. Circa 1960's. 53. Pair of 1960's Gold and Diamond Inset Earrings 54. Webb of New York 18k Gold Necklace. Wonderful quality and fantastic weight. Beautifully made with simulated hand hammered finish. Signed Webb. 55. Georg Jensen 18k Gold and Amethyst Bracelet. Designed by Erik Herlow. Circa 1960's. 56. Pair of 18k Gold 1950's Earrings. American. 57. Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Necklace. Highly unusual design by Vivianna Torun with amethyst and rock crystal oval beads. Circa 1960's. 58. Mexican Sterling Silver Modernist Necklace. Circa 1960's. 59. Mexican Sterling Silver Bracelet by Antonio Pineda. Mexican Silver. Signed Antonio Pineda. Circa 1950's. 60. Charming Mexican Sterling Silver and Jade Bracelet with Mayan Faces. Circa 1940's.


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The Silver Fund Fall 2009 Catalogue