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A LARGE SWEDISH PORPHYRY 'BLYBERG' TAZZA
A LARGE SWEDISH PORPHYRY 'BLYBERG' TAZZA
A LARGE SWEDISH PORPHYRY 'BLYBERG' TAZZA
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A LARGE SWEDISH PORPHYRY 'BLYBERG' TAZZA

CIRCA 1800-1810, ÄLVDALEN

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A LARGE SWEDISH PORPHYRY 'BLYBERG' TAZZA
CIRCA 1800-1810, ÄLVDALEN
The circular cup with outscrolled rim and slightly waisted neck above a circular spreading socle and square plinth base
16 in. (40.5 cm.) high; 23 ½ in. (60 cm.) diameter

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Lot Essay


This tazza corresponds closely to no. 7 and no. 25 of the 1799 designs by Fredrik Ludvig Rung and no. 25 in the 1805 priced catalogue of the Taillerie de Porphyre at Älvdalen, Sweden, which was illustrated in the 'Prix-Courant des diffrentes pièces de la Manufacture de Porphyre d'Elfdal en Suède, qui se vendant à Stockholm Sous l'adresse de la Direction de la Manufacture des Porphyres d'Elfdal'. The Älvdalen porphyry seam was discovered in 1731 and flourished in 1788 with new techniques introduced by Eric Hagström under the direction of Nils Adam Bielke. However, production was halted after a fire destroyed half of the factory in 1869.
A closely related tazza is at Rosendal Castle near Stockholm, and is illustrated in C. Laine, Rosendal, Stockholm, 2003, p. 306.

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