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Georg Jensen

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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.

  1. April 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I’ve always loved Jensen. I have a piece of Jensen jewelry that I love.

    • April 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      AW: i’ve given a couple pieces of his jewelry as presents–never had any complaints! RT

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