• Christie's Interiors - Style & auction at Christies

    Sale 5924

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    22 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 156

    A SWEDISH PORPHYRY URN

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY ALVDALEN OR BLYBERG

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SWEDISH PORPHYRY URN
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY ALVDALEN OR BLYBERG
    The baluster body with pointed finial, on a spreading socle and square base
    25 in. (63.5 cm.) high


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    This elegant urn relates to C.F. Sundvall's designs for porphyry vases, which were executed around 1788-1790, and to those by the Court ciseleur Fredrik Ludvig Rung of 1799 (H. Sundblom, Porfyr, Stockholm, 1985, p. 21). During the Empire period many items in porphyry were distributed throughout Europe as diplomatic presents by the King of Sweden, Marchal Bernadotte, who reigned as Karl XIV Johann from 1818 to 1844, and whose family owned the porphyry mines.

    Porphyry was first discovered in Sweden at Alvdalen in 1731, but was not commercially exploited until after 1788 by Eric Hagstrvm under the direction of Nile Adam Bielke. The works were purchased by Bernadotte in 1818 and stayed in Royal ownership until 1856. Bernadotte used the production of primarily Empire objects in porphyry and related granite to disseminate the Empire style that he had brought from France. Production largely ceased following a disastrous fire in 1869 (H. Sundblom et al., Porfyr, Exhibition Catalogue, December 1985 - February 1986, p.31).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE KNIGHT OF GLIN