Greg Pepin Silver
Strandvejen 179, Hellerup, Denmark 2900
About Auction HouseGregory “Greg” Pepin is a Danish-American silver expert and owner of Denmark-based Greg Pepin Silver. Previously, he was managing director of Silver at Georg Jensen, the world-renowned design house founded in 1904 by the eponymous master silversmith. As such, Greg represented Denmark to industry, traveling with Frederik Crown Prince of Denmark, as an ambassador.
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Considered one of Denmark’s most influential designers, Georg Jensen began training as a goldsmith at the age of 14. In 1904, the Danish silversmith started his own company, which continues to bear his name. The company created designs that possessed, according to Jensen, both functionality and beauty. The upcoming auction, offered by Greg Pepin Silver, presents a selection of silverware and jewelry pieces from Georg Jensen. A boxed set of Georg Jensen “Magnolia” silverware is among the key lots. The special-order set includes 472 pieces and is likely the largest service ever created in this particular pattern. Another highlighted lot from the event is a Georg Jensen tureen. Embracing the style of the Art Nouveau era, this oval piece is decorated with flowers and berry details. It comes with a matching sterling silver ladle. Both pieces were designed around the end of World War I. A coral brooch from Evald Nielsen is also available. Nielsen was a leading figure behind the organizing of Danish gold and silversmith guilds. The Copenhagen silversmith was active from 1905 through 1958. Register to bid and view each of the lots on Bidsquare.
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With a focus on silverware, Georg Jensen A/S is a Danish design company founded by silversmith Georg Arthur Jensen in 1904. Five years later, Jensen opened his first shop in Berlin, and in 1912, he opened a bigger workshop and retail store in Copenhagen. The Spring Inventory Sale, presented by Greg Pepin Silver, offers rare silver hollowware, jewelry, and gift items designed by Georg Jensen. One of the key lots in the auction is a 472-piece Georg Jensen Blossom "Magnolia" silverware service. Handmade in Denmark, this is likely the largest Georg Jensen Blossom silverware service ever made and was a special commission. All of the pieces are enclosed in 12 mahogany cases. Another highlight is a Georg Jensen "Louvre" champagne bowl from 1912. It stands on a stem of leaves and berries. The hand-hammered surface is one of Jensen's trademarks. When filled with ice, water condenses on the outside of the bowl to give it a distinct sheen. In 1914, this design was purchased by the Louvre museum in Paris for their permanent collection and is commonly referred to as the "Louvre" bowl. To view the complete catalog for this auction and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare.
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Johan Rohde began a long and significant collaboration with the Georg Jensen Silversmithy after commissioning several of his own designs. Impressed with the results, Jensen secured a long-term contract with Rohde seven years later. A selection of the resulting collaborative works will be offered in the upcoming Johan Rohde and Georg Jensen auction, offered by Greg Pepin Silver. Many of the available lots were made in Rohde’s Art Deco style, which he helped advance within the silver market. Works from the Acorn/ Konge pattern from 1915 and the Scroll/ Saga pattern from 1927 are especially highlighted in this sale. A large sterling silver centerpiece bowl in the latter pattern is among the featured lots. Designed in 1917 and executed between 1945 and 1977, it has a hammered pedestal base with a floral center. Another key vintage item in this auction is a pre-war sterling silver tea and coffee service with a matching tray. The lot includes a coffee pot, teapot, cream jug, and sugar bowl, all with ebony handles. This set was designed by Rohde around 1928 and bears individually-stamped hallmarks. A set of Acanthus silverware will be presented as well. The sister pattern to the Acorn, the Acanthus emphasized small scrolled details on each piece. Browse the full selection of Georg Jensen silver and register to bid on Bidsquare.