Mysterious Blue Light Special: Norwegian Good
Yesterday, I purchased some fantastic 1940s and 50s-era guilloche enamel jewellery from Norway. Yesterday, a strange spiraling blue light was spotted in the Norwegian sky. Yesterday, Barack Obama picked up his Nobel Peace Prize … in Norway!
Coincidence? Of course.
First, I want to say that I find myself with so much Scandinavian Modernist jewellery, that I should have a blog named Bljøg.
Anyway, the beautiful leaf bracelet above is by Bernard Meldahl (I’ve also seen it spelled Meldah), an Oslo-based designer who specialized in enamelled jewels. Meldahl’s studio closed when he died in 1950, but his designs continued to be produced by Hans Myhre through the next decade. The mark on this bracelet pre-dates that time, however.
Leafs motifs were super popular at the time, as evidenced by the silver enamel Willy Winnaess for David-Andersen necklace that I also bought (pictured below). The David-Andersen company was founded in 1876 and popularized enamel jewellery early in the 20th century. Although well-established, the company embraced whatever was new and fresh in design. Winnaess worked for David Andersen in the 1950s.
Both pieces came from the estate of a Toronto lady who had a huge collection of Norwegian jewels. On top of the Meldahls and the David-Andersens, their were some art deco-era pieces and some abstract shells by J. Tostrup (whom Arne Korsmo worked for in the 1950s).
I would’ve bought it all, had I the money. I didn’t really have the cash for these pieces. I don’t want to tell you were I found them because I hope they will still be there when the day that I have money comes around. Ask me nicely and I’ll give you directions.