Georg Jensen-Style Candelabra, ca. 1950

Value (2012) | $6,000 Auction$8,000 Auction

I purchased them from a lady that used to be the silver buyer for Macy's in New York. I received these and a bunch of other stuff, all her catalogues, and she used to get samples of everything they were selling. I told her that I had liked the items and if she ever wanted to sell them, and one day she called up and said she wanted to sell them.

I love this catalogue that you brought that is actually a catalogue of Georg Jensen, New York. What do you know about this pair of candelabra?

I assume they're Georg Jensen because of the photo and what they sold for originally.

Yeah, and it's interesting what they sold for originally, if you look on...

That was the shocker.

$695 each. How old do you think the catalogue is?

She told me she worked there in the '50s, I think late '50s, early '60s.

In this particular catalogue for Jensen New York, they're showing that this is item 2D, "Pomegranate candelabra designed by Georg Jensen. "The perfect accessory to complement your loveliest dinner table," I love that, for $695. If you look at the objects themselves and you look at that, they look the same. So when you put them down on the table, I thought to myself, "Oh geez, these are beautiful Georg Jensen candelabra," so I turned them over and it wasn't exactly what I was expecting to see. Now, Georg Jensen is sort of the be all and end all of Danish silversmithing. He was born in 1866, a classically trained artisan. He started a very successful silversmithing shop. He also appreciated craftsmanship of other artists, and he hired great silversmiths that worked with him. He appreciated his team. This design is one of Jensen's himself. So the surprise that I had when I turned it over is the mark that I'm seeing is not a Jensen mark. And it's marked with a cipher of monograms, "Sterling" and a different number. I did some quick research, and interestingly, that hallmark, I've seen it before, it's not someone that we know. I believe it's probably an American silversmith. It is someone who is working in a Jensen style. Sometimes we see things that are Jensen-inspired. In this case, we'd have to say it is an Jensen copy. It's still absolutely gorgeous, all this hand hammering just makes the piece shimmer, you can see the stylized pomegranate with sort of fruiting vines. It's beautiful. I know that you have other material that you purchased from the original owner. How much did you pay for the group of items?

For everything, I believe it was around $5,000, and I broke it down to these were around $500.

I would say as an auction estimate, I think you're probably looking at maybe $6,000 to $8,000 as an auction estimate. If they were true Jensen pomegranate, I think you'd probably be maybe looking at double that as an auction estimate, somewhere between $12,000 to $15,000, somewhere along those lines.

Well, that's still a nice price.


Appraisal Details

Wishart Appraisals
Stuart, FL
Appraised value (2012)
$6,000 Auction$8,000 Auction
Seattle, WA (August 18, 2012)
November 03, 2016: After this appraisal aired, a viewer suggested that this could be an authentic Georg Jensen candelabra because artisans in America occasionally neglected to mark the pieces.   While it is true that Jensen pieces from Denmark were retailed in the U.S., a dispute arose between Jensen and his exclusive U.S. retailer, Frederick Lunning.  Lunning had been selling items under the Jensen name that were not authorized by Jensen during WWII.  Jensen ultimately sued Lunning and their business agreement ended. This adds an element of suspicion for collectors when purchasing any Jensen items that do not have the Danish hallmarks.  Appraiser Sara Wishart explains her attribution further: "All in all, even if this specific pair of candelabra could be attributed to 'Jensen USA/NY,' I'd still refer to them as ‘Jensen-style’ because they are a direct copy of an actual Jensen pattern (design #324, created in 1919).  If the mystery mark could be traced to an actual silversmith, that would certainly add to the story of the piece, but would still keep them in the realm of 'Jensen-style.'  As such, I don't think the value would be affected, because they're still Jensen copies."

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