Vintage David Andersen Guilloche Blue Enamel & Sterling Silver Necklace. Born in Østre Toten, Norway, David Andersen (1843 - 1901) is one of Scandinavia's most revered jewelers, establishing a design firm that became world-famous for its enamel silver jewelry and silverware, and to this day continues to lead Nordic jewelry design.
From 1859, Andersen began working as an apprentice under Jacob Tostrup, a renowned Norwegian jeweler, at his workshop in Christiania - what is now Oslo. Tostrup's company was responsible for creating the enameled insignia for the Order of St. A young Andersen honed his enamel skills while working under Torstrup. In 1876, Andersen established his own goldsmith workshop in Oslo, producing silver enameled jewellery and also expanding his production to decorations and kitchen accessories. Soon, the Andersen name became at the forefront of goldsmithery in Norway, forming an integral part of the country's decorative industry.Andersen chose to cultivate young creative talent, and from 1899, he employed 121 designers, a lot of which were women. David Andersen died in 1901, but his son, Arthur Andersen, took control of the company and elevated it to even higher success. Since the 1920s, acclaimed contemporary jewelry designers have worked for the Andersen firm. From 1961 to 1985, Bjørn Sigurd Østern was employed at the firm and from 1964 to 2002 Marianne Berg, another Modernist designer, who predominately worked with geometric shapes, was part of the firm. Today, Andersen's own enamel designs can be seen in the collection at Oslo's National Museum. His most famous pieces include leaf motif jewelry, butterflies, and various abstract landscapes. The brand's designs also often appear at auctions and in private collections. David-Andersen, the company's name since its rebrand, has become practically synonymous with mid-century enameled silver jewelry. David Andersen Enamel & Silver Necklace. Vintage David Andersen sterling silver necklace with blue and white guilloché enamel. Collar style necklace with floral design. Linked panels alternate between larger and smaller with solid blue enamelling and delicate white guilloché flowers in each smaller panel.
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