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Georg Jensen Silver Marks

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George Jensen Maker's Marks
    1used 1904 ~ 1908
    2used 1909 ~ 1914
    3circa 1910 ~ 1925
    4used 1915 ~ 1930
    5used 1915 ~ 1927
      (raised lettering)
    6used 1925 ~ 1932
  7used c.1930s
      (engraved mark used on holloware)
  8used 1933 ~ 1944
  9used 1945 ~ 1951
      (on items retailed in Copenhagen)
10used 1945 ~ Present
      (incuse lettering)

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On occasion, designer's marks are found alongside the Jensen maker's mark.
Some of the firm's more notable designers include:

Johan Rohde Johan Rohde (1856-1935)

Gundolph Albertus Gundorph Albertus (1887-1970)

Harald Nielsen Harald Nielsen (1892-1977)

Arno Malinowski Arno Malinowski (1899-1976)

Nielsen Sigvard Bernadotte (1907-2002)

Henning Koppel Henning Koppel (1918-1981)

Bent Gabrielsen Bent Gabrielsen (b.1928)

Nanna & Jorgen Ditzel Nanna & Jorgen Ditzel (JD - d.1961)

Ditzel Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005)

Torun Bulow-Hobe Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube (1927-2004)

Allan Scharf mark Allan Scharff (b.1940) with JG from 1987

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Born into a working class family in the town of Raadvad just to the north of Copenhagen in 1866, Jensen was son of a knife grinder.

He began his training in goldsmithing at the age of 14 in Copenhagen. His apprenticeship, with the firm Guldsmet Andersen, ended in 1884 and this freed the young Jensen to follow his artistic interests.

From childhood, Jensen had aspired 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 sculptures were well received, making a living as a fine artist proved difficult and he turned his hand back to the applied arts. First as a modeller at the Bing & Grondahl 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 raising 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 Bredegade in Copenhagen.

Jensen's training in metalsmithing, along with his education and experience in the fine arts, allowed him to combine the two disciplines and revivify 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 became assured. The Copenhagen quarters were greatly expanded and before the close of the 1920's, Jensen had opened retail outlets as far ranging as New York, London, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin and Buenos Aires.
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 20th 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.

Georg Jensen Flatware Patterns
1906 ~ 1966 • Illustrated Index
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Georg Jensen Silversmithy, 77 Artists, 75 Years
Erik Lassen, Smithsonian Institution, 1980

Georg Jensen, Silver & Design
Thomas C. Thulstrup, Gads Forlag 2004

Georg Jensen, Holloware
David A. Taylor & Jason W. Laskey, The Silverfund 2003

Dansk Smykker / Danish Jewelry
Jacob Thage, Komma & Clausen 1990

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