Cigar lighter
  • TitleCigar lighter
  • Technique/ MaterialSilver, bone
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b x dj) 9,5 x 14,6 x 6 cm
  • DatingMarked 1917
  • Artist/Maker Designed and made by: Märta af Ekenstam, Swedish, born 1880-05-03, dead 1939-08-04
  • CategoryApplied art and design, Metal, Silver
  • ClassificationRökdon, Lighter
  • Geographical originMalmö, Sweden
  • Inventory No.NMK 26/2015
  • AcquisitionPurchase 2015 with funds from Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
  • Description
    Images and media

    She first studied under Sven Bengtsson in Lund. In 1909, she became Sweden’s first female journeyman smith in precious metals. She then studied in Italy, Holland and Germany. After her studies on the continent and five years’ working in Munich, in 1913 she opened her workshop for applied art metalwork in Malmö. She specialised in utility objects and jewellery, using a detailed, Jugend-inspired style that was typical for that era. She also produced ornaments in enamel, often in silver and ivory, and decorated with semi-precious stones and chase work. She founded an art school, Skånska Målarskolan, in 1925, which was then taken over by artist Tage Hansson in 1927. She lived in Pasadena, California for several years from 1929, where she continued working. She exhibited at the Baltic Exhibition of 1914, in Los Angeles in 1937, and in Paris and New York in 1939.