Georg Jensen

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Danish silversmith and designer Georg Arthur Jensen.

Georg Arthur Jensen (31 August 1866, Rådvad, Denmark – 2 October 1935, Copenhagen) was a Danish silversmith.

Born in 1866, Jensen was the son of a knife grinder in the town of Raadvad just to the north of Copenhagen. Jensen began his training in goldsmithing at the age of 14 in Copenhagen. His apprenticeship with the firm Guldsmed Andersen, ended in 1884, and this freed young Georg to follow his artistic interests.

From childhood, Jensen had longed to be a sculptor and he now pursued this course of study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated in 1892 and began exhibiting his work. Although his clay sculpture was well received, making a living as a fine artist proved difficult and he turned his hand to the applied arts. First as a modeller at the Bing & Grøndahl porcelain factory and, beginning in 1898, with a small pottery workshop he founded in partnership with Christian Petersen. Again the work was well received, but sales were not strong enough to support Jensen, by this point a widower, and his two small sons.

In 1901, he abandoned ceramics and began again as a silversmith and designer with the master, Mogens Ballin. This led Jensen to make a landmark decision, when in 1904, he risked what small capital he had and opened his own little silversmithy at 36 Bredgade in Copenhagen.

Jensen's training in metalsmithing along with his education in the fine arts allowed him to combine the two disciplines and revive the tradition of the artist craftsman. Soon, the beauty and fine quality of his Art Nouveau creations caught the eye of the public and his success was assured. The Copenhagen quarters were greatly expanded and before the end of the 1920s, Jensen had opened retail outlets as far ranging as New York, London, Paris, Stockholm, and Berlin.

Georg Jensen died in 1935, but in the preceding years he imbued the firm with his strongly held ideals concerning both artistry in design and excellence in craftmanship, this tradition has been adhered to throughout the twentieth century. Although Jensen himself was a proponent of the Art Nouveau style, he had the wisdom and foresight to allow his designers their own freedom of expression which expanded the stylistic scope of what the firm produced and allowed it to keep step with time.[citation needed]

Georg Jensen brand signs[edit]

When he was twenty Georg Jensen signed his first sculpture with "My Father" (1887). In 1894 he used the markings GJ as brandsign and from 1899 he often used GJ. In most cases the year was put next to the brand sign.

Brand signs of Georg Jensen[edit]

1. Used from 1904 - 1908
2. Used from 1909 - 1914
3. Used from 1910 - 1925
4. Used from 1915 - 1930
5. Used from 1915 - 1927
6. Used from 1925 - 1932
7. Used in the years 1930-1939 for engravings
8. Used from 1933 - 1944
9. Used from 1945 - 1951 for items that were sold in Copenhagen
10. Used from 1945–present

Brand signs from the designers of Georg Jensen[edit]

1.Johan Rohde (1856-1935)
2.Gundorph Albertus (1887-1970)
3.Harald Nielsen (1892-1977)
4.Arno Malinowski (1899-1976)
5.Sigvaard Bernadotte (1907-2002)
6.Henning Koppel (1918 - 1981)
7.Bent Gabrielsen (1928)
8.Nanna en Jorgen Ditzel
9.Nana Ditzel (1923-2005)
10.Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube (1927-2004)
11.Allan Scharff (1940)

Family tree Georg Jensen[edit]

 
Jørgen Jensen 1831-1895
 
Martha Martine Marie Harding 1831-1903
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Georg Arthur Jensen 1866-1935 Alexander Charles Johan Arild Oscar Valdemar Louis Frits Astrid Valborg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marie Christiane Antonette Wulff 1864-1897
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vidar Wulff Jensen 1891-1987
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jørgen Adolf Harding Jensen 1895-1966
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Magna Maren Petersen 1865-1907
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vibeke Jensen 1904-1937
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laura Julie Johanne Nielsen 1883-1918
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lise Georg Jensen 1912-1994
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Birgitte Georg Jensen 1914-1998
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Søren Georg Jensen 1917-1982
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Magdalene Hanna Agnes Christiansen 1888-1966
 
 
 
 
 
Mette Georg Jensen 1921-2009
 
 
 
 
 
Ib Georg Jensen 1927-
 

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