David Andersen


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(b 1843; d 1901). Norwegian silversmith. Founder of the Oslo company of silversmiths now known as David-Andersen. In 1876 Andersen established a workshop and retail shop in Christiania (Oslo). His early work, mostly in 830 silver, uses traditional Nordic motifs. David's son Arthur (1875-1970), who became the principal designer for the firm and inherited it in 1901, introduced enamel (cloisonné and plique-à-jour) and upgraded to sterling silver. Arthur changed his surname to David-Andersen, and the company is now run by members the same family. David-Andersen is now regarded as the finest manufacturer of enamelled jewellery.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

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