Enameled pansy David-Andersen

enamelled pansy David Andersen

Viola tricolor var. hortensis



Made in Norway



Silver gilt, enamel

35,1 x 43,3 mm

 10,5 grams





In the language of flowers, flowers were often used for secret messages to potential romantic partners.  The pansy flower was used to express amorous thoughts like “You are always on my mind” or “I am thinking of you”.

Pansy, the name of the pretty flower, indeed comes from the French word pensée; a noun derived from penser, “to think or “ponder over something”.

 As penser also means to consider, to take measure of a situation, to take everything into consideration, the pansy flower was also embraced as a symbol by the Free Thinkers Society, a group of people who decided to adopt a mode of logical thought that was free from societal constraints, expectations, emotions or dogma.

The art of enameling has been raised to a high level by skilled Norwegian craftsmen. The company David-Andersen was founded in 1876 in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway, by gold and silversmith David Andersen. His son Arthur Andersen decided to hyphenate the name of the family and as chief designer he made the name David-Andersen practically synonymous with enamel. The family-owned firm still produces silverware and jewellery. Link for more information.

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