Georg Jensen was one of the great silversmiths of the last two centuries. The son of a knife-grinder, Jensen was born in 1886; from his childhood he wanted to be a sculptor; though gifted, he found the life of the fine artist too demanding, and tried his hand at porcelain, but again found the income too uncertain–by this time he was a widower with two small boys to support. A brave decision in 1904 led to his studying silver-smithing and opening a small shop. His success was meteoric–by the mid-1920s he had set up branches in New York, London, Paris, Stockholm, and Berlin.
His secret? In part, the Art Nouveau style he helped popularize; in part, his training in fine art, which allowed him to become an artist-craftsman. The demand for his work has remained steady throughout the years.
Jensen was a great artist, one who persevered in his artist quest until he found his true medium.
Photo: Thermos, created by Georg Jensen; photo author: Ellgaard Holger; WikiCmns; Public Domain.