So lucky to find this handmade Letter Opener by an early practitioner of the Skonvirke movement, Evald Nielsen. Created in 830 Silver, the letter opener dates to 1928. It possesses a natural design comprised of layered leaves and berries. The upper part of the design, which is domed, harkens back to Art Nouveau while the middle has more of a sleek Deco look where abstract lines fan out into leaves.
Measures: 7-1/2" long by one inch wide and 1/4" deep.
Marked on the back: 830 in a stippled oval, E R, S in a stippled oval and No. 6. The upper part has the initials J . G.
Weight: 39.5 grams
Skonvirke translates from the Danish means "beautiful work" and is the name for the Danish Arts & Crafts period.
According to Wikipedia, Evald Nielsen opened his workshop in 1905, the year after Georg Jensen started as silversmith. By 1914, his workshop employed 14 craftspeople. In the years to come Evald Nielsen put his mark on the Danish skønvirke-style. Contrary to Georg Jensen, Evald Nielsen based his firm on his own design and only to a small extent used artists and architects as designers. During the first decades he himself designed jewelry, hollow ware and cutlery. He generated his own style, among other things characterized by the so-called drawn out or stretched mountings holding stones.
Evald Nielsen Skonvirke Letter Opener 830 Silver Denmark
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