Georg Jensen A/S
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|Founded||April 19, 1904 in Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Headquarters||Søndre Fasanvej 7, Frederiksberg, Denmark|
David Chu (Chairman)|
Eva-Lotta Sjӧstedt (CEO)
Annemette Nøhr (CFO)
|Revenue||€135,499 million (2014)|
|Total assets||€118,843 million (2014)|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Georg Jensen Investment ApS|
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.
Georg Jensen was bought in 1972 by Royal Copenhagen, which was mereged with Orrefors Kosta Boda, Boda-Nova Höganäs Keramik and the Venini, to create the Royal Scandinavia Group. In 2001, Royal Scandinavia Group was sold to the private equity group Axcel Capital Partners. In 2012 it was sold to Investcorp for US$140 million.
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