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Georg Jensen (Danish, 1866-1935) Old Danish Pattern Sterling Silver Flatware Service, Denmark, late 20th century, twelve tablespoons, eleven teaspoons, twelve dinner knives with stainless steel blades, twelve dinner forks, twelve fruit knives with stainless steel blades, twelve fruit/dessert forks, six butter spreaders, oval maker's mark, sterling Denmark, approx. 88 troy oz. weighable silver, together with a wood 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.
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