An early 19th century Swedish Empire style silver two-handled soup tureen and cover, by Adolf Zethelius, Stockholm 1820,
Lot 90
An early-19th century Swedish Empire style silver two-handled soup tureen and cover by Adolf Zethelius, Stockholm 1820
Sold for £8,125 (US$ 13,805) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An early-19th century Swedish Empire style silver two-handled soup tureen and cover
by Adolf Zethelius, Stockholm 1820
The plain hemispherical bowl edged with an egg and dart border and having bifurcated scroll handles chased with over-lapping acanthus leaves, the whole raised on trumpet foot with straight gadroon borders, applied girdle and flat chased with pointed and frosted leaves, separate cover with high and waisted dome chased with anthemion motifs in frond surround and scrolls, and applied with a large cast finial depicting a cone set within leaves, the cover and tureen both having punched twin crests, height 38.5cm, length 43.5cm.

Footnotes

  • During the 19th century Adolf Zethelius (1781-1864) was a prolific silversmith, industrialist and owner of the Swedish ironworks, Surahammars bruk and Nyby bruk, which he founded in 1829.

    Most notably during his career, Zethelius was commissioned by King Charles John of Norway to make the orb, sceptre and anointing horn which now form part of the Norwegian Royal Regalia.

    Many of Zethelius' works are housed in the Nationalmuseum and Hallwyl Palace's collections in Stockholm.

    Family history relates that the present lot was purchased directly from Zethelius by Corfitz Ludvig Beck-Friis (1767-1834) of Borringe Priory and thence by descent to the present owner.
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