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Rob & Jaap Thalen

  • Thalen & Thalen
  • Silversmith
  • Francorchamps, Belgium
  • Master Artisan
Rob & Jaap Thalen Silversmith
By appointment only
+32 473842435
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Passionate about pure silver

  • • Rob and Jaap make objects in pure silver 999/000
  • • Their work is intended to last, in contrast to today's throwaway culture
  • • They try to imbue their silver creations with passion and personality

Father and son Rob and Jaap Thalen opened their workshop Thalen & Thalen in 2006. Rob had studied silversmithing and trained as a bronze sculptor. He started working as a sculptor in the Netherlands in 1982, exhibiting all over Europe. His son Jaap studied architecture, but soon realised he didn’t want to work in an office all his life. After much consideration, the pair decided to apply their talents to relaunching silversmithing as an art form. “Our quest started from a feeling that we wanted to be surrounded by objects that guide us and inject enjoyment into our lives.”

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Frozen Morning Light

One morning, looking across the grass behind his house, Rob Thalen was captivated by the sparkles of ice crystals glistening in the light. “How can I capture this ‘image’ in the design of a silver vessel?” he wondered. After working on sketches and exploring options, Rob and his brother Jaap came up with a design composed of 30 kg of silver and 300 diamonds to create the sparkling effect of morning dew.

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After the Rain

This solid silver sculpture is part of a small series of vessels. The piece evokes crumpled-up paper or a dried-up riverbed.

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Ripple series

Thalen & Thalen created this limited series of classically shaped silver bowls, whose surface is reminiscent of the gentle ripples of a stream.

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Theater for a Flower

The idea behind this concave vessel was to recreate a landscape whose topographical features change according to the angle they are viewed from. The glass insert is designed to hold a single flower.

Length 22 cm
Width 30 cm
Height 26 cm

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This is not an amphora

The shape of this silver vessel was inspired by the ancient Roman amphora. The vessel, placed atop a leather pillow, is intended to be tactile, inviting the viewer to pick it up and feel the surface.

Length 36 cm
Width 21 cm
Height 21 cm

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