Marvels in Silver – Georg Jensen jewellery
The Danish silversmith, Georg Jensen (1866-1935), is considered to be one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Dr.Sally Hoban, author of Miller’s Collecting Modern Design, and a frequent TV broadcaster,examines his life and work for The Arts Society Wensleydale on Tuesday 13th November at 2pm in the Middleham Key Centre.
Born into poverty, Jensen was largely uneducated and, failing to make a living as a sculptor, turned to silversmithing in 1904. He adopted the Art Nouveau style where beauty, quality and utility were merged in his handcrafted work as a stark contrast to mass produced Edwardian uniformity. Jensen’s innovative silver jewellery, with its non-precious stones was designed as art for the middle classes, evolving into a modernist style in the 1920’s, when he achieved world-wide fame. Working collaboratively with his designers, he inspired them to explore their own creativity and ensured they were always fully credited for their work. This principle continues to the present day in the prestigious Georg Jensen brand.
Chris A Whittaker