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Georg Jensen
THE HEPBURN WEDDING GOBLET
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
39
Georg Jensen
THE HEPBURN WEDDING GOBLET
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Georg Jensen
THE HEPBURN WEDDING GOBLET
Cosmos pattern, reverse later inscribed 'Vivien Leigh Laurence Olivier 1940 from Katharine Hepburn' 
Georg Jensen maker's mark, pattern number: 149
silver
12.5cm., 4⅞ in. high ; 214.3gr.; 6oz. 16dwt.
active 1904-present
Made between 1925-1932.
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Literature

Probably, Notley Abbey Inventory, April 1948, p. 39, silver / dining room, 'A Danish hammered wide top cup on scroll supports and circular base 5½ high [sic]'
(The Vivien Leigh Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, THM/433/6/1).

Catalogue Note

On 31 August 1940, Vivien and Larry were married at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, in a ceremony attended only by their hosts, Ronald and Benita Colman and witnesses, Katharine Hepburn and Garson Kanin. Despite being regularly in competition for roles, especially for Gone with the Wind, Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) and Vivien were close friends. As Katharine said: 'What to say... Vivien, dear Vivien, exquisite actress, thoughtful, fearless, gracious and enormously kind... a lovely little pink cloud floating through the lives of all her friends, hovering over the setting sun, and thinking of everyone but herself.'

George Kanin, who was trying to make his name as a movie producer, shared Vivien and Larry's Beverly Hills home at 9560 Cedar Brook Drive, ostensibly to help with the rent. He was a good friend and Larry asked him to be best man. Kanin was dating Katherine Hepburn and it was he who introduced her to Vivien and brought about her role as a 'snappy maid of honour' for the bride to be (Garson Kanin, Tracy & Hepburn, New York, 1971, p. 75). Kanin was also in the process of trying to persuade Hepurn to star in his project, a picture about the wife of President Ulysses Grant.

Interestingly, Katharine Hepburn had received a Georg Jensen silver kettle on the occasion of her own wedding in 1928, see The Katherine Hepburn Collection, Sotheby's New York, 10 and 11 June 2004, lot 15.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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