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Pewter mirror

November 15, 2018

 

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Mirror, 1957, Dia: 63 cm, Materials: Mirror and pewter, Manufacturer: Svenskt Tenn, Sweden.

Estrid Ericson (1894 – 1981) graduated as a drawing teacher from the Technical School in Stockholm in 1918. She worked for Svensk Hemslöjd and for the interior decoration company Wikman and Wiklund before she founded the renowned design company Svenskt Tenn in 1924 together with Nils Fougstedt, who had specialised in working with pewter. Ericson managed the company, that is still active today, until 1978.

At the outset the company produced objects in pewter, but it soon added other types of homeware objects to its assortment. In 1934 the Swedish-Austrian architect and designer Josef Frank became attached to Svenskt Tenn and he achieved extended recognition for his designs for the company.

While the company also collaborated with other designers, the present mirror is Ericson’s own design. With its vine leaves of pewter encircling the mirror it mimics the neoclassicist aesthetics, but at the same time the rigid symmetry and regularity of the neoclassicism has been replaced by a more vivid and naturalist style. The cool simplicity of the materials—the mirror glass and the pewter—adds a minimalist, modernist touch to the design and it became a signature of pieces from Svenskt Tenn.

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