A Swedish Empire samovar
Lot 91
A late-18th century Swedish Empire silver samovar by Pehr Zethelius, Stockholm 1797
Sold for £8,125 (US$ 12,714) inc. premium

Lot Details
A late-18th century Swedish Empire silver samovar
by Pehr Zethelius, Stockholm 1797
Urn form, the detachable dome lid chased with acanthus leaves and applied with berry finial, the body applied with drop ring handles and lion mounts, the tap with spout formed as a mythical dolphin, raised on three female terms with outswept pilaster legs terminating in ball and claw feet all on a wood tripod base with three ball feet, height 58cm.

Footnotes

  • Pehr Zethelius (1740-1810) was Adolf Zethelius' father and leading silversmith in Stockholm during the 18th century, noted for introducing new styles from the Continent into his work.

    One of his most celebrated works is the recently re-discovered memorial cup commissioned by Queen Louisa Ulrika, sister of King Frederik the Great of Prussia in 1782. The cup, along with other works by Zethelius can be found in the Nationalmuseum, 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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