Carl Johann Tegelsten

Born: 1798, Karis (Finland)
Died: 1852, St Petersburg
Rococo Revival

Finnish silversmith. Born in the town of Karis in south Finland (1798). Moved to St Petersburg (1817), where he qualified as an apprentice (1821) and master goldsmith and silversmith (1833). Opened a workshop in St Petersburg, which collaborated with Nicholls & Plincke and worked directly with the imperial court, designing and making silverware in the Rococo Revival style for members of the imperial family (1830s–40s). Died in St Petersburg (1852), where his work was continued by his widow Eva Elisabeth Lönnquist and son Carl Julius Tegelsten (1852–55). Contributed to exhibitions, including the Golden Treasure Trove of the Russian Museum at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (1998), St Petersburg: A Portrait of the City and its Citizens at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2003) and Russian Odyssey: Riches of the State Russian Museum at the Florida International Museum in St Petersburg (2003–04).

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