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Pewter is a silvery-white metallic element that is extracted primarily from the mineral tinstone or cassiterite. It is one of the few metals that have been in use since prehistoric times.
Svenskt Tenn's classic pewter lion was designed in 1926, by Anna Petrus, an artist recognised for her lion sculptures and reliefs created with inspiration from the Far East.
Sculptor and designer Anna Petrus (1886-1949) studied in London, at Althin Painting School and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. In the mid-1920s, Anna Petrus was one of the leading designers at Svenskt Tenn. She participated in a number of exhibitions; the World Exhibition in Paris in 1925, the Stockholm Exhibition in 1930 and the Swedish industrial art exhibition in London in 1931.
Pewter is a soft material that requires careful treatment. We recommend using cotton gloves when handling pewter. Objects that are not being used can be stored in a plastic or felt bag to avoid scratching.
It is generally recommended to avoid using polish on pewter, since it can cause scratches. To remove fingerprints and other stains, rinse the pewter in warm water with a small amount of dish detergent. Dry with a soft cloth. For more advanced cleaning of pewter objects we recommend a professional restorer, for example, KA Johnsson in Stockholm.
Sustainability and manufacturing
The metal pewter has been used since ancient times and is extracted from the mineral cassiterite. At Humstorp Metallverkstad in Västergötland they are constantly working on choosing the most environmentally friendly alternatives when purchasing. Throughout the manufacturing process, waste is minimised and whatever metal scrap remains is sent to recycling. Excess pewter can be melted down and used once again. In addition, a separate solar power facility provides approximately 40% of the workshop’s electricity consumption.
This is how Anna Petrus’ pewter lion is manufactured
It takes approximately 12 – 15 hours to manufacture Anna Petrus’ classic pewter lion at the workshop in Västergötland. The first step in the process is to start the crucible. The pewter is melted at 263°, and it takes approximately one hour before it is sufficiently warm to be cast into the moulds.
The lion comprises six different parts which are cast individually, a factor which demands enormous precision and craftsmanship. The slightest incorrect calculation can result in a casting being rejected and melted anew, and therefore it is of the greatest importance that the various moulds are of the right temperature, that they are angled correctly and that the pewter is cast into the moulds at the right speed.
Once the moulds are ready, each piece must be ground and filed. After that, it’s time for the most critical moment in the process, namely soldering the six different parts into a lion.
In many other cases, when soldering, an alloy can be used that melts earlier than the mould, which makes the process simpler. When manufacturing the pewter lion, however, the same pewter alloy is used as in the moulding, with the consequence that the pewter that is added melts simultaneously with the pewter in the different parts of the lion. This makes the work more difficult, but avoids having small colour differences upon assembly.
Once the soldering is completed and the pewter lion is assembled, it’s time to grind down the soldering and create the lion’s deeper contours by hand. After that, it’s polished in order to obtain its fine lustre. At this stage, an inspection is also made as to whether any part of the lion must be repaired or reworked. The least impurity in the pewter means that the lion must be soldered, ground and polished until the correct final result is achieved.
Sustainability in focus
Read more about Svenskt Tenn's Sustainability Philosophy below.
Designer Anna Petrus
With a distinct aesthetic and vast knowledge within her field, Anna Petrus pioneered the way for pewter and highlighted its many uses.
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Return & Exchange
30 day right to return
You are always entitled to return your item(s) within 30 days from the time of receiving your order. To exercise the right of return within the timeframe, you can contact Svenskt Tenn’s Customer Service and notify them. If the payment has been made via Klarna invoice, you can log in directly to Klarna, report your return and the payment will be paused.
30 day right to exchange
You have the right to exchange the item(s) for something else in the range within 30 days of placing your order. Send it back and place a new order on svenskttenn.se. Please pack the item in its original packaging along with the receipt.
You are responsible for shipping costs when you use the right of exchange and return. Right of exchange and return do not apply to textiles purchased by the meter or made to ordered items. If you want to exchange or return in-stock furniture, please contact Svenskt Tenn’s Customer Service.