Georg Jensen is arguably to most influential silversmith of the 20th century. Based in Copenhagen, the Danish company's designs blend craftsmanship and tradition with design and modernity.
About the Silversmith:
Jensen was born in a town just north of Copenhagen in 1866. He started training as a goldsmith at the age of 14. Jensen was not an overnight success. He struggled for many years to be able to work as an artist and designer. After training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts he became a sculptor, and exhibited his work but while it was well received he found it hard to support himself as a working artist. He turned to ceramics to try to make a living, first at Bing & Grondahl and then he co-founded a ceramic factory. Again, while well received he could not support himself and his family. Giving up on ceramic he turned towards silver, and opened his shop with fellow artist Mogens Ballin in 1904.
Today Georg Jensen still operates producing their iconic designs and creating new ones. With stores in over 30 countries they keep the company's original designs alive, and have brought the tradition of craftsmanship and design into the 21st century.
Iconic Designs and Antique Pieces:
Salt Cellar with Spoon
Art Deco Sterling Silver Footed Bowl
Silver Plated Sculptural Candelabra
Sterling Silver "Cypress" Table Service
Where to Buy:
Like most antiques the best deals are at auction houses. If you are interested in a table service I recommend looking at replacements.com and determining which pattern you like. Then keep your eye out for it on the various auction websites. You might be able to get a deal!
Contemporary designs are available on the retail level, of course. Most are done in stainless steel, giving them a more friendly price point.
Manhattan Cocktail Shaker
Bernadotte Steel Mirror Cutlery Set