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Lot 505: HARRY SØRBY AND AXEL REVOLD FOR DAVID ANDERSEN, OSLO FINE SILVER AND CEDARWOOD BOX WITH ENAMEL PLAQUES, CIRCA 1937 28cm wide, 8cm hi...
26 October 2016
Edinburgh, United KingdomLive Auction
HARRY SØRBY AND AXEL REVOLD FOR DAVID ANDERSEN, OSLO
FINE SILVER AND CEDARWOOD BOX WITH ENAMEL PLAQUES, CIRCA 1937
the enamelled panels depicting figures, boats and dock-side scenes, the interior of the top engraved with four architectural views, wood with adjustable interior partition, stamped maker's marks DAVID ANDERSEN, 925S, INV. H. S., with a presentation inscription from O. Mustad & Sons to Ernest H. Burris, dated 1937
28cm wide, 8cm high, 28cm deep
Note: Axel Revold (1887-1962) painted his most famous work, a fresco cycle which depicts the daily work of the Norwegian economy, in the Bergen Stock Exchange in the period 1921-23. The scenes from the fresco cycle that are depicted on the cigar box are: Fishing in Lofoten; The import of corn; Export of fish and Shipbuilding. Inside are engraved four further panels thought ot be buildings associated with the firm of O. Mustad & Sons who commissioned and presented this box to Ernest Harry Burris (1882-?).
Burris was a hardware importer, recorded in 1938 as living in Durdham Park, one of Bristol's wealthiest areas. He worked in the family firm, Fred Burris and Sons Ltd, which traded from 7-16 Redcliffe Street, Bristol. The company was listed in 19th century trade directories, operating from smaller premises in the same street (and earlier from Thomas St and Victoria St), as 'Horsenail factors', a line of business which had inevitably brought them into contact with the Norwegian firm of O. Mustad & Sons who originally manufactured horsenails.
Fred Burris began work as a manufacturer of horsenails, but subsequently began importing them from Mustad's, becoming Mustad's sole UK agent for all of the goods they manufactured.
By the 1930s Fred Burris & Sons had expanded considerably. The entry in Kelly's directory for 1938 for the firm lists them as 'motor and wireless and cycle accessories factors, wholesale electrical supplies and hardware factors'. Redcliffe Street, with its easy access to the dockside area known as Redcliffe Back, was a popular location for the larger Bristol import businesses. Of the better known firms from the period, W.D & H.O. Wills (tobacco importers and cigarette manufacturers) and Brooke Bond (tea importers) also had premises on the street.
Harry Sørby (1905-1988) was appointed as a designer for David Andersen silversmiths in 1929. He began his own design studio in 1946, although he continued to design for David Andersen, and is well-known for his jewellery designs from the 1960s, as well as his modernist work from the 1930s.