In 2007 The Art Nouveau Centre recieved extensive archives left by the goldsmith Gustav Gaudernack (1865-1914). We are currently working on recording and digitising the material it contains. Gustav Gaudernack was considered Norway´s leading art nouveau goldsmith. It is particularly his plique á jour work that has given him that reputation.
Gaudernack, who was born in Bohemia, studied craft, glassmaking and enamelling in vienna. In 1891 he moved to Kristiania (now Oslo), where he became a designer for Christiania Glasmagasin. Between 1892 and 1910 he was the leading designer at the workshops established a leading position internationally. In 1910 Gaudernack started his own enamel workshop.
Nature was Gaudernack´s most important source of inspiration. The beautiful dish with dragonfly handles and crawling beetles is a good example og Gaudernack´s elegant and innovative work. He was very veratile and productive, and this is reflected in the drawings he left behind.
He was also interested in the more tchnical aspects of enamel production, and developed new ways of producing window enamel. These new methods made it possible to produce bigger and more adventurous pieces. During the World´s Fair in St Louis in 1904, he recieved the Grand Prix for his work.