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Georg Jensen: The Art of Shaping Silver since 1904

In the modern era where handicrafts disappeared one by one, Georg Jensen has succeeded in preserving the silversmithy traditions and transferring its knowledge and heritage from generation to generation throughout 115 years.

Monday, September 14, 2020
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Georg Jensen: The Art of Shaping Silver since 1904

Georg Jensen: The Art of Shaping Silver since 1904

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by Beren Dere

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The famous Danish silversmith Georg Jensen was born in 1866. Georg Jensen, who has an artistic spirit, graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1892 and worked as a porcelain designer in the early years of his career. In 1898 he founded his own pottery workshop. One of his designs was exhibited at the Danish Pavilion in the 1900 World's Fair in Paris and was highly acclaimed. This gave Georg Jensen a reputation both in Denmark and in the international design community.

In pursuit of a more sustainable process, Georg Jensen decided to continue as a silversmith and designer in 1901 and worked with Mogens Ballin, one of the most renowned masters of the time. And in 1904, he founded his own silversmithy in Bredgade, one of Copenhagen's famous streets. With this initiative, the foundation of Georg Jensen, which still carries out its activities with its first-day vision and bearing its name, was laid.

Georg Jensen opened its first store in 1909 in Berlin. Georg Jensen continued to grow in 1912 by opening a larger workshop and store in Copenhagen. Georg Jensen's designs have been exhibited in many exhibitions since the products he created were of beauty and quality that could be included in museum collections, not a home ornament. After the challenging years of the First World War, it made its biggest breakthrough by opening a store in New York in 1924.

Georg Jensen, a brand focused on silver jewelry and silverware, has collaborated with the world's most famous silversmiths. It is possible to feel the Art Nouveau style approach of its founder Georg Jensen in almost all of its products. Since its inception, the brand has honored its founder's manufacturing philosophy and designs functional and beautiful silver jewelry and silverware.

Georg Jensen currently offers products in four main categories, jewelry, watches, home decor, dining & bar. Georg Jensen, one of the most famous silverware brands that have existed for more than 100 years with a production approach that does not compromise on quality, represents the Scandinavian design approach with each product.

With hundreds of designs in fifteen different jewelry and three different watch collections, Georg Jensen adds Danish elegance to the lives of its users. In addition to these Georg Jensen designs that have been with you throughout the day, you can enjoy unique Georg Jensen designs both in your kitchen and in every corner of your house when you come to your home. Georg Jensen, who designs silver products for every area of ‚Äč‚Äčlife, is one of the rare brands that has managed to create its own customer base with its unique style. The secret behind this success is the brand's unique design vision, let's take a look at some of these silver products.

Georg Jensen: Fine Silverware

BLOSSOM vegetable dish 2A

Item number: 3524850
Design year: 1905
$20,340.00

Georg Jensen - BLOSSOM vegetable dish 2A
Georg Jensen - BLOSSOM vegetable dish 2A

BLOSSOM Vegetable Dish 2A is one of the most iconic pieces in Georg Jensen's collection. It is a unique work of art with its raw material, design, and production technique. BLOSSOM Vegetable Dish 2A's Art Nouveau style ornaments of flora and fauna on the lid and handles reflect the characteristics of this service piece. Magnolia bud, an expression of Georg Jensen's design approach, was inspired by Japanese art. Magnolia symbolizing the month of May, is an integral part of Georg Jensen's floral designs. BLOSSOM Vegetable Dish 2A, which consists of a bowl and lid formed by flat sheets of silver formed by hammer strokes applied by two artisans at the same time, was designed in 1905 and continues its popularity. Successive hammer strokes give shape to the silver plate thinner than 1mm, and each lid only fits with the bowl it is produced with. Each product is unique and representative of high-quality craftsmanship.

GRAPE bowl 263A, small

Item number: 3526665
Design year: 1918
$4,610.00

Georg Jensen - GRAPE bowl 263A, small
Georg Jensen - GRAPE bowl 263A, small

In 1904, when Danish silversmith Georg Jensen founded his first silver smithy, he had many design ideas and dreams. What made him one of the most talented silversmiths of all time was his ability to reflect these ideas in silver. The GRAPE bowl 263A, small, is one of the signature designs by Georg Jensen. The GRAPE bowl 263A, designed by the great master in 1918, where the grapes wrap the bowl with unmatched elegance and balance, made Georg Jensen the world's most famous silver designer. This silver artwork with a height of 127 mm and a diameter of 128 mm is one of the most important legacies of Georg Jensen, who passed away in 1935. In 1918, the magnificent view of the GRAPE bowl fascinated those who see it. Although the design approach has changed over the past 100 years, it still looks great and proves why Georg Jensen's designs are called timeless designs.

Wine stopper 100

Item number: 3522132
Design year: 1918
$1,400.00

Georg Jensen - Wine stopper 100
Georg Jensen - Wine stopper 100

Danish master silversmith Georg Jensen, whose almost every piece has become a classic, has bequeathed a world-famous and well-established brand to his children. However, its legacy was not only a brand bearing its name. Each of his designs allowed consumers to beautify their homes. Wine stopper 100, designed by 1918, is one of these unique products. The floral ornament details of the design he created using cork and silver symbolize the elegance of silver. One of the most elegant ways to preserve the freshness of wine in an opened wine bottle should be to use Georg Jensen Wine stopper 100. This hand-made silver wine stopper, which is 1.97 inches high and 1.42 inches wide, tells its story with tiny blow marks on it.

BLOSSOM coffee pot 2D

Item number: 3523601
Design year: 1905
$14,920.00

Georg Jensen - BLOSSOM coffee pot 2D
Georg Jensen - BLOSSOM coffee pot 2D

BLOSSOM Coffee Pot 2D is a masterpiece designed in 1905 by Georg Jensen. Designed by the Danish master silversmith, inspired by Japanese culture and art, BLOSSOM Coffee Pot 2D stands out with the magnolia buddies that symbolize May. BLOSSOM Coffee Pot 2D, the first tea and coffee set designed by Georg Jensen, is one of the artist's most typical Art Nouveau. The BLOSSOM Coffee Pot 2D, which had an ivory handle in its original design, continued to be produced with ebony handles to protect the environment and elephants. Each handle is made by master carvers for a single BLOSSOM Coffee Pot 2D. Hammer marks on its body make each piece unique. Once you have one BLOSSOM Coffee Pot 2D, you can be sure there is no other one of the same.

PYRAMID creamer 600A

Item number: 3522996
Design year: 1930
$3,250.00

Georg Jensen - PYRAMID creamer 600A
Georg Jensen - PYRAMID creamer 600A

All photos courtesy of Georg Jensen.