An Anna Petrus pewter mirror, Svenskt Tenn, Sweden 1929.
Makers's mark Stockholm C8 (1929), 56 x 38,5 cm.
The crest re-soldered to the frame.
Monica Eriksson, 'Svenskt tenn från Svenskt Tenn', essay, Stockholm University 1985, p 58, ill 33, see the interior from the the showroom at Strandvägen, Stockholm 1927, p 79, ill 52, interior from the showroom at Strandvägen in the early 1930's, see the model in the left corner.
Hedvig Hedqvist, Rikard Jacobson & Jan von Gerber, 'Modernt Svenskt Tenn', Atlantis 2004, compare a variant of the model illustrated p 26. The mirror is one of Anna Petrus first models designed for Svenskt Tenn.
Marie Rehnberg, "Anna Petrus Skulptör och Industrikonstnär", Bokförlaget Signum 2009. Pp 96, 100.
Anna Petrus (1886-1949) was an educated sculptor, a graphic artist as well as a designer of works of art. She designed cast iron objects for Näfveqvarns Bruk that were shown at The Paris 1925 Exhibition. She collaborated with Estrid Ericson and Svenskt Tenn between 1926-28 which as a result gave us a line of objects that have been in the Svenskt Tenn production ever since they were designed, on many of them the lion is a predominant decoration and the lion has become more or less a signature of Anna Petrus' designs.
Anna Petrus was a sculptor and designer at the beginning of the 20th Century. After her death, Anna Petrus' work was almost forgotten, but in recent years, it been rediscovered. And now, her sculptures are sought after-objects.
She was born Anna Petersson, the daughter of a medical professor and a countess, and took the surname when she studied at the Academy of Arts. She inherited a small fortune at age 11 when her mother died, which enabled her to educate in London and travel to Italy and France. Anna Petrus had her international breakthrough at the Paris World Fair in 1925, where she displayed pewter and cast iron objects in the Swedish Grace style. At the time, pewter was a material that was considered unfashionable, but its popularity increased with designers like Anna Petrus.
In 1924, she began collaborating with the newly established Firma Svenskt Tenn. The lion became a recurring motif in Anna Petrus' production as sculptures and decorations.