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‘Ceres’, Sterling Silver Cigar Canister by Atelier Borgila, 1936

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Reference: 6989

Erik Fleming, Atelier Borgila of Sweden

An extraordinary and beautifully crafted Art Deco silver cigar canister made by Atelier Borgila in Sweden. The canister was commissioned by the Swedish Brewery Association as a presentation piece for Erik Olsen (1886-1966), a Swedish parliamentary politician and Vice Chairman of the Swedish Brewers Association. Appropriately, the lid features the seated figure of Ceres, goddess of agriculture and grain crops, and the base of the faceted canister features stylized, Art Deco symbols of wheat and hops, and central monogram, all hand hammered and shaped by Erik Fleming and his artisans. The interior has a wood lining, with a lift-out Sterling silver platform, which when raised, elegantly ‘offers’ the cigars. All elements of the piece are hallmarked ‘K8’ (for 1936) and signed BORGILA STERLING, and to the interior of the lid, there is a hand engraving CIVILINGENJÖREN ERIK OLSON 1886-1936 FRÅN VÄNNER INOM SVENSKA BRYGGAREFÖRENINGEN.

Height: 7½ inches (19 cm)

Atelier Borgila was founded by designer Erik Fleming in the early 1920s. In a very short time the company achieved great success and came to the attention of the Swedish royal family. When a wedding gift was to be commissioned in 1932 for Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla, Borgila was commissioned to design and manufacture a service that comprised over 800 elements. In 1933, pieces from the royal tableware service were exhibited at the World’s Fair in Chicago and resulted in the Metropolitan Museum in New York commissioning a number of works from Atelier Borgila for their permanent collection.

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