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BLOSSOM vegetable dish 2A

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As most of Georg Jensen’s designs this serving piece is in the Art Nouveau style with the characteristic ornamental curved lines, organic structures, decorative ornaments of flora and fauna, and the use of honest and skilfully crafted materials. As typical for Georg Jensen’s pieces the decoration is concentrated on the top of the lid and to the handles.

Serving dish 2A is decorated with the Magnolia bud so very characteristic for Georg Jensen. The Magnolia has been in production from the beginning and its popularity is still growing. The flower bud was inspired by Japanese art, which uses the magnolia bud as a symbol of the month of May. The Magnolia – like the bunch of grapes - has become a symbol of the beautifully exuberant design of the founder of the company.

The metal spinner starts out by raising the bowl and the lid of the serving dish from flat sheets of silver. When the centre of the lid has been raised, the chaser makes the motive underneath the floral decoration with his/her fine hammer and punches and then applies the hammer marks. The silversmith makes the hammer marks on the dish while the chaser hammers the lid. To ensure that the overall impression is the same the two craftsmen co-ordinate that their hammer marks are applied with the same strength and in the same pattern so that the look is soft and harmonious.

The silversmith will build up the floral decoration on top of the lid piece by piece:
Each lid is fitted especially for each dish. When the hammer marks are applied the silver will stretch slightly and therefore each dish will vary. It may be just 1 mm or less but it is enough for the lid not to fit perfectly unless it is fitted especially for the dish. The handles on Dish 2A also have the Magnolia blossom decoration in between the bowl and the strong solid rim of silver. The handle alone consists of 21 pieces.

  • Item number: 3524850
  • Materials: Sterling Silver
  • Measurements: H: 119 mm / 4.69 inches. Ø: 241 mm / 9.49 inches.
  • Design year: 1905

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1866 - 1935
Georg Jensen

In 1904 the Danish silversmith Georg Jensen founded his first modest silver smithy in the heart of Copenhagen. Thirty years later, he had made an international name for himself. When he died in 1935, the New York Herald Tribune saluted him as "the greatest silversmith of the last 300 years."

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In 1904 the Danish silversmith Georg Jensen founded his first modest silver smithy in the heart of Copenhagen. Thirty years later, he had made an international name for himself. When he died in 1935, the New York Herald Tribune saluted him as "the greatest silversmith of the last 300 years."

Georg Jensen was unique among silversmiths because he was as devoted to art as he was to craftsmanship. He had intimate knowledge of materials and brought this experience to bear on all of his designs.

One of the most important parts of his legacy was that he was not satisfied just to realize his own talent. He went a step further and created a tradition, an inspiring and demanding framework for creative artists and proud craftsmen. Today, Georg Jensen encompasses more than just the man; the name is now a concept synonymous with excellent Danish design throughout the world.

In his early years, Jensen was heavily influenced by Art Nouveau style. He made it his own, though, by combining the sculptor's strong, free lines with the silversmith's intuitive feel for the material. His works are characterized by his fertile, creative imagination, and his capacity to innovate new styles. It has been said of Georg Jensen that “he never followed fashion, he created it.”

Following an exhibition at the Danish Museum of Decorative Arts in Autumn of 1904, Georg Jensen designs became fast favourites of Copenhagen's high society. As time went by he surrounded himself with a staff of talented colleagues, laying the foundation for a definite artistic and artisan morale.

Beginning in 1912, Danish expansion of the studio was underway. In 1917, Jensen built workshop large enough to hold hundreds of employees. By the time he had died in 1935, Georg Jensen was an international design house where inspired artisans were encouraged to carry on the tradition of mixing expert craftsmanship with forward-thinking design.

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