Sterling Silver & Bone Handle. Length = 120mm = 4.72 inches.
Blade length = 73mm = 2.87 inches. Handle diameter widest = 14mm = 0.55 inches. Blade widest = 8mm = 0.32 inches.WEIGHT TOTAL = 16.2 grams (0.57 ounces). CONDITION: Very good used overall condition.
Some very light usage wear. We meticulously inspect each piece, and describe as thoroughly as possible the exact condition.Images form part of the description. 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 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 in Berlin (1909), London (1921), and New York (1924). Georg Jensen, born August 31, 1866, Raadvad, Denmarkdied October 2, 1935, Copenhagen, Danish silversmith and designer who achieved international prominence for his commercial application of modern metal design.
The simple elegance of his works and their emphasis on fine craftsmanship, hallmarks of Jensens products, are recognized around the world. Jensens silverware achieved immediate popularity and commercial success. He was, in fact, the first silvermaker to realize a profit from the manufacture of modern silver. Until Jensens time virtually all successful silverware producers had relied on a standard repertory of popular traditional designs. Jensen, however, found that the market for his sleek, simple pieces was larger than anyone had predicted.His firm grew rapidly, expanding throughout Europe and opening branches in London and New York City. On both continents Jensens work set trends for contemporary tableware. He was among the first designers to fashion steelformerly considered fit only for low-quality, inexpensive flatwareinto handsome, serviceable cutlery. By 1935 the firm had branches all over the world and carried more than 3,000 patterns in open stock.
Out of fairness to his customers, Jensen refused to discontinue old patterns, a practice common among manufacturers of fine silver and tableware. After his death the business was carried on by his son, Søren Georg Jensen. In 1973 the company became part of the Royal Scandinavia Group. The item "GEORG JENSEN=LETTER OPENER 202=DENMARK=STERLING SILVER & BONE=ART NOUVEAU=+1945" is in sale since Friday, November 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Non-U.
The seller is "infinite_antiques_and_collectibles" and is located in Johannesburg. This item can be shipped worldwide.