A Norwegian gilded silver and plique-à-jour enamel Viking boat, David-Andersen, probably designed by Gustav Gaudernack, Oslo, circa 1897-1900. Of traditional form, the boat decorated in translucent shades of red, green, violet, yellow, and blue enamel with flower-inspired round shields around the upper rim, finished with a dragon’s head and tail. Struck on the base with DAVID ANDERSEN in all capital letters, the mark of the firm of David-Andersen as retailer, and 925 silver standard, Dimensions: 3 1/8 in. h x 4 1/2 in. w (8 x 10.3 cm).
Designer Gustav Gaudernack (1865-1914), born in Binsdorf, Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic), completed his studies at the prestigious Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna in 1891. Having been trained primarily as a designer for ceramics, he moved to Oslo in 1891 to take a position at Christiania Glasmagasin as a designer of fine glassware. Shortly thereafter, in 1892, he was hired by the firm of David-Andersen. His designs were awarded medals at the 1900 Exposition internationale in Paris and the 1904 St. Louis World Exposition and are now held in numerous public and private collections in the United States and European. For the drawings for a nearly identical Viking boat by Gaudernack, see Jan-Lauritz Opstad and Rolf Gaudernack, Gustav Gaudernack: En europeer i norsk jugend. Oslo: Kunstindustrimuseet, 1979, no. 76, p. 53.
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