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Nine pieces of stainless steel cutlery, comprising two knives of slightly different design (a-b), one with entirely flat stem (a), the other with heavier, more rounded stem I(b), three sizes of fork (c-e), two sizes of spoon (f-g), a right-handed soup spoon (h) and a butter knife (k). Maker's marks on all pieces.
- Production date
- 1957 (designed)
Length: 19.90 centimetres (Fork (c))
Length: 18.70 centimetres (Fork (d))
Length: 15.50 centimetres (Fork (e))
Length: 20.10 centimetres (Knife (a))
Length: 19.90 centimetres (Knife (b))
Length: 16.30 centimetres (Soup spoon (h))
Length: 18.50 centimetres (Spoon (f))
Length: 15.60 centimetres (Spoon (g))
Length: 16.50 centimetres (butter knife)
- Curator's comments
- Designed for the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, one of Jacobsen’s most prestigious architectural commissions, for which he designed all the furniture and fittings. He imagined this celebrated modernist set as extensions of the human body, hence the complete break with traditional shapes. This group bears the mark of A. Michelsen Solvsmedie, who made the original set and continued to make the cutlery till around 1970 when production was taken over by Georg Jensen. The flatware was used for only a short time at the SAS hotel; the guests found it impractical. It is possible that the alternative version of the knife in this group, with its thicker stem, was designed to be more comfortable to hold.
For further information, see Poul Erik Tøjner and Kjeld Vindum, 'Arne Jacobsen. Architect & Designer', Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen 1999, pp. 76-77. See also Carsten Thau and Kjeld Vindum, 'Arne Jacobsen', Danish Architectural Press, Copenhagen 2001, pp. 146-7.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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