Guest Contributor: Rachel Prater – Gallery 925
My introduction to Georg Jensen silver came at the age of 11 when my Mother took me to the store on Madison Avenue in New York. My vivid recollection was of me being awestruck over their fantastic unique jewelry, modern sleek lines in silver with bold stones as well as the naturalistic designs of the Arts and Crafts era. Seeing the hollow ware with its”moonlight” glow just made my eyes glisten with joy. As we were leaving, my mother said, “This is not just silver to wear, use and enjoy: it is an art form, like fine sculpture.” How right she was! We always made it a point to visit the store, when going to see the galleries and museums on our sojourns to Manhattan.
In 2004, after 15 years in the wholesale jewelry trade in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to manage a department at the famed specialty store, Gump’s of San Francisco. This department specialized exclusively in vintage and antique Georg Jensen. I was able to buy and sell some of the most exceptional pieces from over 100 years of Georg Jensen silver production. In conjunction with my role at Gump’s, I participated at exclusive antique exhibitions in New York, London and Palm Beach as well as the beloved San Francisco Fall Antique show. I have participated in a number of designer showcase houses and charity benefits. I have catalogued and valued major collections. This experience, along with my passion for 20th century design, led me to open my own business, specializing in 20th century silver, featuring Georg Jensen at the head of the collection. I am always happy to respond to any questions you may have regarding Georg Jensen, whether it be to acquire, value a collection or offer advice and options for de-acquisition. I provide exceptional individualized service and maintain long-term relationships with my clients.