Thursday, March 5, 2015

Niels Erik From: Modernist Scandinavian Jewelry

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No designer does Modernist quite like Scandinavian designers. This extraordinary pendant necklace by Niels Erik From is a beautiful example of the heights of Scandinavian jewelry design.

Niels Erik From (1908—1982) is considered among the greats of Danish silver design, along with such notable names as Georg Jensen. From trained as a silversmith and opened his first workshop in 1931 at the age of 23.

From's early jewelry pieces reflect the SkĂžnvirke style, a Scandinavian development of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements. These early pieces are explorations of the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau interest in naturalistic designs incorporating flowers, leaves, and other foliage, as well as animal motifs. The pieces were usually beautifully detailed and have a rather romantic air.

This pendant necklace is a striking example of the later Modernist pieces that came out of From's workshop. The necklace is hand crafted with a boldly sinuous shape crowned by a large translucent amber cabochon. The Modernist designs are striking yet simple, with a sculptural elegance.

This pendant is hallmarked "NE From Sterling Denmark 925s", but smaller pieces are sometimes simply marked "From" or "N.E. From" in an italic script.


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