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A Norwegian silver gilt & plique-à-jour enamel Viking boat, David-Andersen, probably designed by Gustav Gaudernack, circa 1897-1900. Of traditional form, the boat decorated with translucent shades of red, green, violet, yellow & blue enamel with flower inspired round shields around the upper rim, finished with dragon’s head & tail. Struck on the base with the David-Andersen mark as retailer, 925 silver standard, & with English import marks. Length: 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm). Height 2 3/4 in. (7 cm).
Designer Gustav Gaudernack (1865-1914), born inBinsdorf, 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 & the 1904 St. Louis World Exposition & are now held in numerous public & private collections in the United States & European. For the drawings for a nearly identical Viking boat by Gaudernack, see Jan-Lauritz Opstad & Rolf Gaudernack, Gustav Gaudernack: En europeer i norsk jugend. Oslo: Kunstindustrimuseet, 1979, no. 76, p. 53.
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