HALLMARKS | DANISH HALLMARKS  CLICK TO RETURN | GEORG JENSEN

Georg Jensen was born in 1866, the son of a knife grinder in the town of Raadvad just to the north of Copenhagen. As a child he longed to be a sculpturer, at 14 he did a goldsmithing apprenticeship and went onto study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.He graduated in 1892 and began exhibiting his works. He later worked in a porcelain factory as a modeller and eventually went into partnership with Christian Peterson and opened a small pottery workshop.With each project his pieces were greatly admired ,but he had very little financial success. In the meantime, 1904 he was a widower left with two small children, he risked his meagre capital and opened his own little silversmithy in Bredegade in Copenhagen. Jensens training in metalsmithing along with his education in the fine arts was a combination  that lead to his unrivalled success. Soon the beauty and fine quality of his Art Nouveau creations caught the eye of the public and his future was assured. By 1920 he had retail outlets in New York, London, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin and Buenos Aires. Georg Jensen died in 1935. The legend of Georg Jensen goes on in the firm that leads and represents artistry in design and excellence in craftsmanship into the 21st. century!

Conclusion: Looking from left to right.

1) This is the signature of Sigvard Bernadotte. He was the son of King Gustav of Sweden, a Swedish designer,  who joined the ranks with Georg Jensen in 1931. He is known for his modernist designs which are often severe, smooth forms that have horizontal, vertical or even diagonal linear decorations.

2) DENMARK means made in Denmark.

3) The Georg Jensen symbol used from 1945 to present day.

4) STERLING  this is the silver content 925/1000.

Summary:

This is a  hallmark of a piece of sterling silver, designed by Sigvard Bernadotte,  made in Denmark by the firm Georg Jensen  between 1945 and present.

 

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