Georg Jensen's Grape Motif

Inspired by time spent in Italy, Georg Jensen first designed his iconic Grape motif as a hollowware pattern in 1918. It was an immediate success, and he swiftly began applying it to all manner of objects, including bowls, compotes, and candlesticks. The motif is now widely considered to be a masterpiece. Its elegant and sinuous lines are perfectly balanced with delicate grape clusters and curling vines, exhibiting Jensen’s seamless combination of Art Nouveau organic forms with his own, more modern, aesthetic. 

Silver is the best material we have. And silver has this wonderful shine like moonlight...a light taken straight from a Danish summer's night. When covered by dew, silver can look like magical mist.

Georg Jensen

Georg Jensen 1866–1935

Georg Jensen, a name synonymous internationally with fine tableware and jewelry design in silver, was the son of a knife grinder in Denmark. He apprenticed as a goldsmith and studied sculpture before taking a job as modeler at a porcelain factory. In 1898 he opened a small pottery workshop with a partner, but gave this up within a few years to work as a silversmith and designer with Mogens Ballin. By 1904, he had opened his own silversmith shop in Copenhagen, inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England and the Art Nouveau Movement in France.

The public soon recognized Jensen as a gifted designer and craftsman. In collaboration with the Danish artist Christian Mohl Hansen he created the iconic Dove brooch used on many pieces of Jensen jewelry to this day. His success with jewelry encouraged him to make hollowware. He made a teapot with the now familiar flower motif that was bought by the Museum of Decorative Art. It became the protoype for a complete tea/coffee service. The pattern became known as "Magnolia". By the end of the 1920s, he had retail outlets in Stockholm, London, Paris, Berlin, and New York.

Though Georg Jensen favored the Art Nouveau style, he encouraged his designers to work in their own styles, as long as they did so with artistry and excellence in craftsmanship. In 1905 another collaboration important in Jensen's life began, this one with Johan Rohde who, in 1916, designed the most famous of Jensen's flatware patterns, “Acorn”. The popular flatware pattern "Pyramid" is a Harald Nielsen design. Gundorph Albertus, a Danish sculptor, was the designer of “Cactus” in silver and “Mitra” in stainless steel.

Georg Jensen died in 1935 after a series of financial difficulties. The culture created by Jensen’s open-mindedness succeeded in his lifetime and continued long after his death, attracting great designers such as Sigvard Bernadotte, Arne Malinowski, Henning Koppel, Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube, Arne Jacobsen and Maria Berntsen. His firm continues to this day and his ethic gives the 100 years of design produced in his name the reputation it deserves, whether for earrings, necklaces, flatware, teapots, bowls or candlesticks.

Auction Results Georg Jensen

GEORG JENSEN, Grape bowl, model 296A | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Grape bowl, model 296A

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $10,000
GEORG JENSEN, Grape compotes model 263 B, pair | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Grape compotes model 263 B, pair

estimate: $3,500–4,500
result: $6,875
GEORG JENSEN, Continental (Antik) flatware service | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Continental (Antik) flatware service

estimate: $4,500–5,500
result: $5,938
GEORG JENSEN, Grape candlesticks model 263, pair | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Grape candlesticks model 263, pair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,625
GEORG JENSEN, Six-piece Beaded flatware set for twelve plus three serving pieces | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Six-piece Beaded flatware set for twelve plus three serving pieces

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,625
GEORG JENSEN, Blossom tazza, model 2 | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Blossom tazza, model 2

estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $4,375
GEORG JENSEN, Gold reversible bracelet | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Gold reversible bracelet

estimate: $3,000–3,500
result: $4,375
GEORG JENSEN, five-piece Perl coffee and tea service, model 80A and 80B | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

five-piece Perl coffee and tea service, model 80A and 80B

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $4,063
GEORG JENSEN, Gold bracelet | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Gold bracelet

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,750
GEORG JENSEN, Sterling silver and turquoise necklace | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Sterling silver and turquoise necklace

estimate: $1,200–1,600
result: $3,250
GEORG JENSEN, Four-piece Perl tea and coffee service, models 80A and 80B, with associated tray | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Four-piece Perl tea and coffee service, models 80A and 80B, with associated tray

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,000
GEORG JENSEN, three-piece hostess set, model 71A | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

three-piece hostess set, model 71A

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,750
GEORG JENSEN, assembled Continental (Antik) flatware service | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

assembled Continental (Antik) flatware service

estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $2,500
GEORG JENSEN, beaker | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

beaker

estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $1,750
GEORG JENSEN, Blossom tray, model 2AC | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Blossom tray, model 2AC

estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $1,625
GEORG JENSEN, three-piece coffee service, model 80A | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

three-piece coffee service, model 80A

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,500
GEORG JENSEN, Amber, green agate, and cultured pearl brooch | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Amber, green agate, and cultured pearl brooch

estimate: $600–900
result: $1,000
GEORG JENSEN, Group of silver jewlery | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Group of silver jewlery

estimate: $1,000–1,200
result: $910
GEORG JENSEN, Ornamental spoons model 21, collection of ten | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Ornamental spoons model 21, collection of ten

estimate: $600–800
result: $875
GEORG JENSEN, Sterling silver earrings and two brooches | ragoarts.com

Georg Jensen

Sterling silver earrings and two brooches

estimate: $300–500
result: $224