Large abstract Sterling enamel pendant, dates to the 1960’s, designed by Uni David-Andersen. Uni grow up in the family business and is a fourth generation David-Andersen.
This series of jewelry, this pendant is part of, dates to 1966 “The silver series”. The idea behind the series was, to radically reshape the traditional Norwegian enamel jewelry. Traditionally the enamel covered the whole surface, using the silver metal as a canvas. In the new designs, the enamel was made to coexist with the metal, giving the Sterling a larger role in the design. Designs were inspired by by ancient Norse culture.
Signed on the back; Uni D-A, 925s, Sterling, Norway, INV. U.T. Has
A bit of history:
The company was founded in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway by David Andersen in 1876. Andersen (1843-1901) was a gold and silversmith with a keen sense of quality and the high standards of his workmanship brought early success to the firm. By 1888, Andersen was able to expand his workshop into a steam powered plant and a second retail location was opened in Oslo in 1892.
David Andersen died in 1901, his son, Arthur Andersen, took the reins of the firm at that time. Arthur instituted some important changes, he decided to hyphenate the family name to David-Andersen, and as chief designer, he introduced the use of enameling on the company's gold and silver jewelry as well as holloware. The new line was so successful that enamelled jewelry has become nearly synonymous with the David-Andersen name. The firm has remained a family business and is now run by members of the fourth generation, Uni and Jon David-Andersen.
Condition: excellent all original.
Measurements: 21/2” long by 17/8” wide.
Uni David-Andersen Sterling Enamel Pendent