One of the most influential silversmiths of the 20th century, Georg Jensen specialized in handmade jewelry, flatware, and serving pieces inspired by nature. Today, his creations are sought after by collectors worldwide, including Janet Drucker of Drucker Antiques, who has specialized in Jensen silver since discovering one of his iconic pins many years ago.
An artistic child, Jensen was raised in Denmark, moving to Copenhagen at 14 to apprentice with a local silversmith. He opened his own atelier in 1904, initially producing only jewelry before adding hollowware and flatware collections to his offerings. Jensen's goal was to enhance the beauty of the home and daily living, and he designed flatware for everyday use (a classic characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement). In total, 33 different patterns of flatware were produced by Jensen; nine of these patterns are still in production. His "Blossom Pattern," made entirely by hand, is considered the most valuable.
Every piece of Georg Jensen Silver has specific markings to look for, including the company name, sterling content, design number, and country of origin (Denmark). Certain pieces may also feature the name or initials of its designer.
For more information on Georg Jensen Silver, check out "Georg Jensen: A Tradition of Splendid Silver." For more information regarding silver pieces seen on the show, visit druckerantiques.com.