The unknown Georg Jensen by Michael Krogsgaard


This book is about the many lesser known or unknown sides of Georg Jensen’s great life work. The reader is taken through the first important periods of his life: as sculptor and as potter and modeller with many details, and his artistic development up til the establishment of his silversmithy in 1904 is described. The book tells of the first laborious years as silversmith, the breakthrough in 1904 at the autumn exhibition af the Danish Museum for Decorative Art, and the comet-like carreer to fame, resulting in gold medal at the World’s Fair in Bruxelles in 1910. The spectacular but quite unknown collaboration with architect Anton Rosen, that resulted in a large order to Georg Jensen to produce all silverware for the Palace Hotel in Copenhagen 1909, is researched and presented for the first time. A chapter tells about the years 1924-26, when Georg Jensen emigrated to Paris and started all over with a new, small silversmithy of his own. The book concludes with a chapter about his last ten years, when he lived in Hellerup, Denmark, and produced most of his designs in his own silversmithy in his basement.

Rachel Prater