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Anna Petrus

(Sweden, 1886-1949)
10 000 - 15 000 SEK
909 - 1 360 EUR
951 - 1 430 USD
Hammer price
50 000 SEK
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Camilla Behrer
Camilla Behrer
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Anna Petrus
(Sweden, 1886-1949)

a pewter wall sculpture of a lion, Firma Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm probably 1920s-30s.

With mounting for hanging, unmarked. Height 18.5 cm, width 21 cm, depth 4.5 cm.


Has been in the same family's possession since it was purchased at Svenskt Tenn many years ago..


Bukowskis Modern Art + Design, auction 598, spring 2017, catalogue no 138, compare the mirror by Uno Åhrén with Anna Petrus' lion sculpture as a crest.
Marie Rehnberg, "Anna Petrus - Skulptör och industrikonstnär", Signum 2009, see the same mirror with crest ill. p. 96.

According to the Svenskt Tenn archives the model was also sold as a wall sculpure like this.


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.

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