Jacob Prytz (1886 – 1962) Norwegian metalworker and designer

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Jacob Prytz ornamental vases
Jacob Prytz ornamental vases

Jacob Prytz (1886 – 1962) was a metalworker and designer from Norway. He was born and raised in Oslo, where he also worked.

Education

He studied at Kristiania’s Statens Hndverks-og Kunstindustriskole and in Paris.

Biography

Before taking over as director of J. Tostrup in Kristiania from his father, Thorolf Prytz, he worked in London and Paris in 1912. He influenced the development of design in Norway from this point forwards. In the 1920s and 1930s, his Functionalist ideas about form inspired a lot of designers.

After the death of Gustay Gaudernack, who taught silversmithing there, he became the head of Statens Handverks -og Kunstindustriskole in 1914.

Jacob Prytz. Coffee set. Silver. Made by J. Tostrup. Dated 1916.
Jacob Prytz. Coffee set. Silver. Made by J. Tostrup. Dated 1916.
Jacob Prytz. Vase. Silver and enamel.
Jacob Prytz. Vase. Silver and enamel.

Prytz was the rector there from 1945 to 1945. He co-founded the Applied Art Association in 1918 and served as its chair from 1920 to 1939.

He was the chair of the National Applied Art Federation from 1946 to 1948.

Japan Jewellery Fair

Exhibitions

He exhibited his work at the Salon de Paris in 1938.

Jacob Prytz. Brooch. Gold-plated silver and mirror enamel. Made by J. Tostrup. Drawn in approx. 1915
Jacob Prytz. Brooch. Gold-plated silver and mirror enamel. Made by J. Tostrup. Drawn in approx. 1915

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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