Georg Jensen silver serving spoon “Parallel”, Copenhagen 1933-44

Item number: 58216

A rare sterling silver serving spoon in “Parallel” pattern #25,
Copenhagen 1933-44 by Georg Jensen

A rare medium-sized Georg Jensen sterling silver serving spoon in “Parallel” pattern, also known as “Relief”, designed by Oscar Gundlach-Pedersen, 1931. Executed by Georg Jensen silversmithy 1933-44. The tip side silhouetted sawn and with ornamental wings at the end of the handle, being characteristic of serving items in “Parallel” pattern. Excellent condition without monogram or other inscriptions and professionally fine polished. “Parallel” (in Denmark and internationally also known as “Relief”) belongs to the silver cutlery that is no longer produced by Georg Jensen.

20 cm / 7.87″ length

Oscar Gundlach-Pedersen and his partnership with Georg Jensen

Oscar Gundlach-Pedersen (1886 – 1960) was apprenticed as a bricklayer at the technical school in Odense in 1906 and at the same time took lessons in house building design, which he followed up with architectural studies at the Academy of Arts in 1917. In addition to various functionalist buildings constructed in Denmark, Oscar Gundlach-Pedersen also appeared as a designer of modern furniture and silverware. He worked as a designer for Georg Jensen for both cutlery and hollow silverware. His designs for silver flatware in the patterns “Parallel” or “Relief” (1931) and “Ladby” or “Nordic” (1937) gained particular international fame due to their ornamentation with smooth, unadorned surfaces and extremely reduced decoration. With “Parallel” in particular, Oscar Gundlach-Pedersen created a silver cutlery which, with its extremely reduced and proto-modernist design, anticipates the formal language of the 1960s by a quarter of a century. Gundlach-Pedersen was also the managing director of Georg Jensen from 1927 to 1931 and continued to work as a consultant for Georg Jensen after 1931.