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Georg Jensen

Information about Danish jewellers Georg Jensen

Jensen is a Danish firm of jewellers, established by Georg Jensen (1866-1935) in 1904.

Georg Jensen was a Danish silversmith who began his training originally as a goldsmith at the age of 14 under the Danish silversmith Mogens Baillin. He was the son of a knife grinder from the town of Raadvad, just north of Copenhagen.

Jensen opened his own shop in Copenhagen in Denmark in 1904 and is well know today for his fine quality Art Nouveau creations. These creations have been signed in a number of different ways and although he died in 1935, his namesake company continues to produce pieces bearing his signature today.

The Arts & Crafts Movement (1880-1914), refers to a group of craftsmen, artists, designers and architects who wanted to raise the status of the applied arts to that of the fine arts. The aim of this movement, which was shared by Georg Jensen, was to make everyday items objects of beauty, which working people could afford. The Arts & Crafts movement was in full swing when Georg Jensen began work.

When the First World War struck, Jensen's company created the famous iron jewellery to save the company's dwindling stock of silver. Jensen's jewellery pieces include brooches, rings and cuff-links, hat pins, with his earlier work being very collectable and often found at auction.

By the 1920s, Georg Jensen had received honours and accolades that established his importance in the art world. His career was of great significance for the design of his jewellery. His training, first as a silversmith and later as a sculptor, was invaluable when he returned to the work of an artisan and began to design jewellery. Not only did he exploit the potentials of the metal, he also combined silver with 'warm' semi-precious stones such as amber, coral, opals and malachite. Like none other before him, he gave the surface of the silver life, at the same time using stones to bring colour to the pieces. By using stones in ovals, drops and triangles, he created a surprising contrast between the stones and the detailed treatment of the silver which absolutely makes the pieces distinctive and attractive.

Jewellery represented the majority of his production. The quality and beauty of Jensen's personal work is now recognised by collectors the world over.

Jensen's fame spread worldwide and, in spite of continued financial struggle, the company grew. A larger workshop was found at Ragnagade, where the smithy remained until 1988.

The company has won many awards of the years, including the Medaille d'Or in Brussels in 1910; a Diplome d'Honneur in Gent in 1913; a Grand Prix at San Francisco in 1915; and a Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro in 1923.

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Lot FS36/218

Lot FS36/218: Henning Koppel For Georg Jensen. A Brooch of Triangular Amoebic Design

Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen. A brooch of triangular amoebic design numbered '1324' and stamped '750 18K', 42mm total length, 16gms gross weight.

Estimate: £350 - £400
Realised: £450

Lot FS28/73

Lot FS28/73: A Pair of Georg Jensen Silver Candlesticks Designed by Harold Nielson

A pair of Georg Jensen silver candlesticks designed by Harold Nielson fully stamped, 747A, of circular form with short circular knopped nozzles, 7cm diameter, 5.60ozs.

Estimate: £500 - £700
Realised: £560

Lot FS21/183

Lot FS21/183: Georg Jensen. A Silver Circular Brooch Stamped with Design Number '283'

Georg Jensen. A silver circular brooch stamped with design number '283' with two butterflies and foliage, approximately 55mm diameter, London 1957.

Estimate: £150 - £250
Realised: £210

Lot FS21/81

Lot FS21/81: A Georg Jensen Acanthus Pattern Sterling Silver Fish Slice

A Georg Jensen Acanthus pattern sterling silver fish slice stamped Georg Jensen, Sterling, Denmark, with stainless steel blade, 26cm long.

Estimate: £50 - £70
Realised: £60

Lot FS20/203

Lot FS20/203: Georg Jensen. A Lozenge Shaped Brooch

Georg Jensen. A lozenge shaped brooch depicting two Robins and a wheatsheaf, design number '250', 53mm wide.

Estimate: £200 - £300
Realised: £230

Lot FS18/212

Lot FS18/212: Georg Jensen. A Silver Oval Pendant Brooch

Georg Jensen. A silver oval pendant brooch of foliate design suspending a long drop, 110mm long from top of bail to bottom of drop, stamped 'Georg Jensen 925S Denmark 40, GJLd' and with import marks for London 1976, 28.1gm and with cable link chain necklace.

Estimate: £300 - £400
Realised: £680

Lot FS18/198

Lot FS18/198: A Silver 'Georg Jensen' Bangle, Design 38

A silver 'Georg Jensen' bangle, design 38, engraved with jagged chevrons and cloud like motifs within milled edges stamped 'GJ' and '925F', total weight approximately 43gm.

Estimate: £150 - £200
Realised: £280