5th July 2019
When one thinks of stylish and contemporary silver and jewellery one often thinks of the firm of Georg Jenson. The Danish design firm was established by Georg Jensen in 1904 after he spent a short timing modelling clay sculptures for Bing and Grondahl. He invested what little capital he had in a small silversmith located at 36 Bredgade, Copenhagen. In 1909 he opened a shop in Berlin and the following year won a golf medal at the International Exhibition in Brussels. The majority of pieces are marked with the letters JG followed by the date. Post-war, the company began to produce more jewellery as the demand for silver pieces was declining, they employed several famous designers including Vivianna Torun and Nanna Ditzel.
Georg Jensen pieces always attract a great deal of attention when they come up for auction, not least when a rare silver Louvre design bowl came under the hammer at our Dumfries saleroom recently, when it was fiercely fought over by online bidders as well as telephone bidders to fetch £850. A silver preserve spoon made £180 while a small acorn pattern ladle fetched £90.
His pieces are held in international museums and collections and in 2005 an exhibition of his work was held in New York. George Jensen Design jewellery is both timeless and contemporary in design with a worldwide appeal. By the beginning of the 21st century Japan was one of the company’s largest clients.
Despite their worldwide appeal pieces can still be picked up for very reasonable price such as an enamel and silver brooch for £180, a daisy brooch for £110 or a deer brooch for £150.