I love the look and feel of sterling silver whether it’s jewelry, flatware or household objects. I love the clean, high polished shine and the dimpled hammered texture of use. I love the patina it develops over time and I love bringing tarnished pieces back to life. Georg Jensen had a unique relationship with silver. His artistic background can be seen in everything he made, he truly understood his medium. There is so much thought in the layering and lines of each piece, they feel good in your hand.
George Jensen was born in a small Danish town, Raadvad, just north of Copenhagen in 1866. He was the son of a knife grinder and began training in goldsmithing at the ripe old age of 14.
He wanted to be a sculptor and while his work was well regarded, he could not make a living so after trying his hand at porcelain and ceramic pottery he came back to metal working. He began his career again as a silversmith and in 1904 risked what small capital he had and opened a little shop in Copenhagen.
Jensen’s sculptor’s eye and attention to detail and quality led him to develop a very successful business. He always maintained his artistic vision which is still seen in the George Jensen designs of today.
Jensen died in 1935 but his business continues to thrive and expand. I am a fan of both old and new. I have always loved the Acorn and Acanthus flatware… sigh, someday.
Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Pansy Brooch.
Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Large Cosmos Tea Kettle with Ebony Handle. Photo courtesy 1st dibs.
Georg Jensen Sterling Silver and Coral Necklace. Photo courtesy Yale University Press.
Rare, Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Belt, by Ibe Dalquist, circa 1967, 40 inches long. Photo courtesy 1st dibs.
Very Rare Georg Jensen Sterling Silver, Gilt and Amber, Bridal Crown, circa 1911. Photo courtesy 1st dibs.
Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Ornamental Cake Server by Arno Malinowski, 1945-52. Photo courtesy 1st dibs.
Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Grape Candlestick, 1950’s. Photo courtesy 1st dibs.
Georg Jensen, 159 Silver Ball Moonlight Brooch. Photo courtesy 1st dibs.