Etabletop presents Georg Jensen Products

By: Sanjeevkumar

The Georg Jensen name has always carried the mantle of the highest quality silver, made using the most expensive techniques of production. Authentic Georg Jensen silver is also quite hard to find, for even in its heyday in the 1930s - 1950s the number of silversmiths employed varied between only about 200 and 250. Today, the firm employs only 12. At one time, Jensen made 33 flatware patterns, 23 of which are no longer produced, and about 1200 holloware items such as bowls, candelabra, pitchers, tea sets, trays, vases, wine coolers, and covered fish platters.

Like jewelry, many holloware pieces were embellished with semiprecious stones like amber, amethyst, garnet, lapis lazuli, malachite, opal, and quartz. Within a given flatware pattern such as the very popular "Acorn", Jensen created as many as 272 separate pieces including serving pieces, fish knives and forks, ice cream spoons, and a fascinating array of other utensils and utility pieces.

While Georg Jensen silver comes in distinct Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Modern styles, Georg Jensen himself was a follower of the Art Nouveau movemenet. His signature motif, the cluster of grapes, is part of his repertory of forms from nature which included berries, leaves, and fauna which he combined with lightly hammered plain surfaces.

Over the years before his death in 1935, Jensen hired a series of talented designers who were allowed to go their own ways. the most noteworthy include Harald Nielsen (1892-1977), the young brother of Jensen's third wife Johanne Nielsen, Count Sigvard Bernadotte (1907-2002), the second son of Gustav VI of Sweden who was known for his classic geometric shapes like cylinders, spheres, and streaming elements, and Henning Koppel (1918-1981), a radical modernist whose unadorned biomorphic designs have become icons of their time and are in great demand. As such, Jensen's greatest talent may have been his ability to find and nurture other talents. One of the most talented, original, and influential silversmiths of the 20th century, Georg Jensen silver designs live on today as one of the most highly sought examples of the art of fine silver. Georg Jensen’s Products are available here. Please purchase on online

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