18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
Jensen began producing its flatware designs during the first decade of the twentieth century when Denmark was enjoying an economic boom. Sterling silver cutlery was considered a luxury item and the company was well positioned to respond to the growing demand for it. Sigvard Bernadotte, son of King Gustavus VI Adolphus of Sweden, began his career as a designer with Georg Jensen in 1930. His functionalist designs are of notable grace. The ribbed handles of this service not only provide a visual contrast to the smooth, uninterrupted functional elements of each piece, but also ensure a firm grip.