Georg Jensen’s East African ladies IN THE HOUSE!

Modern, classic, and inspired by the women of East Africa, Georg Jensen, the famed Danish silversmiths created this stunning piece in 1948 in an attempt to create the “perfect ewer”.  It also was the result of focused attention on the continent as it readied itself for independence from its European colonial powers.

Known formally as #978 (trust the Danes to be practical), this pitcher has been colloquially known as the “African Girl” and is a very rare find. Designer Henning Koppel took inspiration from the rings worn around the necks of the women from the tribes of East Africa and used it to add texture on the upswept handle.  The profile is not only confident and elegant but very proud. LOVE it!
For a past feature on Jensen (a pitcher from the 1930s), click here.
Image credit: © Danish Silver