Georg Jensen- Danish Silversmith

Georg Jensen- Danish Silversmith

30 November

The principle philosophy of Georg Jensen was to create innovative designs that are both beautiful and functional. Jensen, born in 1866 in Raadvad, Denmark, just north of Copenhagen, was a Danish silversmith and designer.

Jensen trained as a goldsmith, his apprenticeship with Guldsmed Andersen ending in 1884. From this, he went on to study sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1892. Jensen found instant success selling his work in Copenhagen. He worked in ceramics until 1902, when he joined master silversmith and desinger,  Mogens Ballin. From the moment he opened his silversmith in 1904, Georg Jensen set a tone for his company that would chart its course for decades to come.

Jensen’s innovative craftsmanship and Scandinavian design sensibility would become its hallmarks. His obituary in the New York Herald Tribune in 1935 saluted him as, ‘the greatest silversmith of the last 300 years’ and his legacy as a deign innovator lives on today.

Jensen made his first piece of jewellery in 1899, a silver and silver gilt ‘Adam and Eve’ belt buckle. O’Reilly’s are pleased to offer this Jensen brooch, depicting a bird in foliage, Lot 555, in our December auction.