Fine Art & Antiques

An Introduction to collecting Estate (Vintage) Georg Jensen silver

The Georg Jensen Company was founded in Copenhagen in 1904, and has been producing iconic designs in silver for the past 104 years.

Georg Jensen is regarded as one of the greatest designers of the 20th century, and one of the greatest silversmiths of the past 300 years.

 

Today, Georg Jensen is one of the best-known brand name silver retail businesses in the world, and is renowned for its timeless 20th century design.  However, because of an acute skills shortage, and resulting production restrictions, only a small range of all the original designs produced over the past 100 years by the Georg Jensen Company, is still made today, and waiting times can be long, and prices high.

International demand for classic Jensen designs remains strong, and so purchasers and collectors are increasingly turning to the market in Estate (Vintage) Georg Jensen silver, where the choice of designs is far greater, and the prices much more reasonable, and in many cases the quality of the craftsmanship is far superior.

The Silver Fund was formed in 1995, to satisfy the international demand for Jensen silver, and has since become the largest dealer of Estate (Vintage) Georg Jensen silver in the world.  The Silver Fund has a retail outlet in San Francisco because Georg Jensen silver has always been in demand on the West Coast of America, ever since William Randolph Hearst, the publishing magnate, bought almost the entire contents of the Georg Jensen stand at the Pan Pacific Exhibition in 1915, in San Francisco.  In addition, The Silver Fund exhibits at, and/or attends all the most important international Antique and Fine Art Fairs, including all the leading Fairs in the USA, where the traditional demand for Estate Georg Jensen silver remains high.

Over the past few years, discerning collectors of Georg Jensen silver, have become much more aware of the limited supply and huge demand, which has made collecting Estate (Vintage) Georg Jensen silver a popular activity and a profitable investment.  For instance, in the five years between 2000 and 2005, on behalf of a single client, The Silver Fund created one of the best, if not the best, collection of Georg Jensen Estate Silver in the world.

Known as: ‘The Rowler Collection’, after Rowler Manor in the UK, the owner’s house where the collection was housed and displayed, it fetched just under $10 million when it was sold at Auction on 19th January, 2005, at Christie’s New York; three times the estimated value!

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Friday, August 17th, 2012