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Georg Jensen Wheat Sheaf Circle Pin 1940s

Regular price $350.00

Danish design genius. Georg Jensen US kept the name going during the war when Denmark was occupied. this dates from that period.  Silver/925 pin, round, one of the firm’s most iconic designs. The pin clasp has been modified.

After finishing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1892, Georg Jensen tried his hand at clay sculptures, before moving to the applied arts. He began as a modeller at the Bing & Grøndahl porcelain factory and, in 1898 he had small pottery workshop. In 1901, he abandoned ceramics and began again as a silversmith and designer with the master, Mogens Ballin. This led Jensen to make a landmark decision, when in 1904, he risked what small capital he had and opened his own little silversmithy at 36 Bredgade in Copenhagen.

In 1909 the first shop in Berlin opened, and the following year, Jensen received a gold medal for the work he displayed at the International Exhibition in Brussels. In 1912, a larger workshop and a larger retail shop opened in Copenhagen.

The company’s Berlin store entered a periode of financial trouble with the beginning of World War I. The company did however enjoy international success, winning the grand prix at the 1915 world’s fair, with William Hearst reportedly buying the whole exhibition.

Georg was director until 1924 and continued as creative leader until his death in 1935.

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