20th Century Design Online
Georg Jensen (Danish, 1866-1935) Cactus Pattern Sterling Silver Flatware Service, Denmark, 1910-39, twelve cream soupspoons, nine tablespoons, twelve teaspoons, twelve dinner knives, twenty dinner forks, twelve salad/dessert forks, twelve oyster forks, twelve butter spreaders, twelve ice tea spoons, twelve fruit spoons, twelve demitasse spoons, one large serving spoon, one small serving spoon with stainless steel bowl, and a spoon and fork salad serving set with stainless steel tines and bowl, lg. 4 1/4 to 9 in., together with one Georg Jensen "Acorn" pattern demitasse spoon, approx. 157 troy oz. weighable silver, with a mahogany storage chest.
Note: Jensen was a Danish silversmith and founder of Georg Jensen A/S. He studied sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and gained work as a modeler at the Bing & Grøndahl porcelain factory. In 1901, Jensen abandoned ceramics and began again as a silversmith and designer with Danish master Mogens Ballin—he opened his own workshop in Copenhagen in 1904. Jensen's training in metalsmithing, combined with his education in the fine arts, led him to combine the two disciplines and produce his works under the 'artist as craftsman' tradition that was becoming prevalent in Arts & Crafts.
Jensen won the Grand Prix at the 1915 World's Fair, and with increasing international acclaim, the company enjoyed growth and prosperity throughout the 20th century. Operating director Anders Hostrup-Pedersen employed a number of award-winning designers including Sigvard Bernadotte, Henning Koppel, Søren Georg Jensen, Magnus
Stephensen, and Nanna Ditzel. Like the Danish furniture houses of the time, these designers were given the freedom to express themselves while developing new styles for
production. The work of Jensen designers was featured in exhibitions of Danish handicrafts at the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York and in 1962 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Good condition. Surface wear consistent with age and use.
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