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Signed Rune Tennesmed vintage costume jewelry

Signed Rune Tennesmed vintage costume jewelry

Garden flower brooch. Pewter. Signed Rune Tennesmed vintage costume jewelry

Rune Tennesmed vintage costume jewelry
20th century Swedish jewelry designer Rune Carlsson (1929-2011) used pseudonym Tennesmed, which reflects his profession and literally means “pewter smith” in Swedish. Accordingly, he named his company “Rune Tennesmed”, as he worked primarily with pewter.
Carlsson is internationally recognized as one of the most significant Scandinavian artists of the mid-20th century for reviving old traditions. After graduating in art, he began his career working as an interior designer and decorator. However, he soon became interested in puter art, and began to master the art of forging metals in the workshop of Erik Fransson’s Art-Tin.
After training, in 1952 he opened his own workshop, Rune Tennesmed AB, where, among other things, he hand crafted jewelry from pewter, silver, copper, brass, as well as wood and glass. Noteworthy, the master made his own puter – from alloys of tin, copper and other components.

Blue glass cabochon pewter 1950s pendant

Blue glass cabochon pewter 1950s pendant

Traditionally, the markings on the back side of each piece included the stamp “R. Tenn Sweden”, or “R. Tennesmed Sweden”. His design combined the elements of ancient Viking ornamental adornments, British Modern and American Modernism. According to art critics, his mid century design demonstrates so called “Scandinavian populist modernism.”

Sun pendant. Pewter, glass

Sun pendant. Pewter, glass

They say, every fourth Swede owns at least one piece of a renowned jeweler.
In the mid-1990s, an elderly master handed over the management of the company to his sister Margit. Run by the third generation, the company sold out jewelry and giftware, but new products did not appear in the catalog for a very long time.

Signature

Signature

Signed Rune Tennesmed vintage costume jewelry

1960s pewter bracelet

1960s pewter bracelet

Bindweed pin. Pewter. 1950s

Bindweed pin. Pewter. 1950s

Cat pin brooch. Pewter

Cat pin brooch. Pewter

Circle design necklace. Pewter. 1950s

Circle design necklace. Pewter. 1950s

Face pewter cufflinks. 1950s

Face pewter cufflinks. 1950s

Floral design brooch. Pewter. 1950s

Floral design brooch. Pewter. 1950s

Flower with dangling bell pewter pendant

Flower with dangling bell pewter pendant

Funny cat brooch. Pewter

Funny cat brooch. Pewter

Geometric design pendant. Pewter, green glass cabochon

Geometric design pendant. Pewter, green glass cabochon

Geometric design pendant. Pewter, green glass cabochon

Geometric design pendant. Pewter, green glass cabochon

Mid century heart and flower pewter pendant

Mid century heart and flower pewter pendant

Modernist design pewter brooch

Modernist design pewter brooch

Orange glass pewter vintage brooch

Orange glass pewter vintage brooch

Pewter folklore design pendant. 4 cm

Pewter folklore design pendant. 4 cm

Purple glass cabochon pewter flower pendant

Purple glass cabochon pewter flower pendant

Sun modernist design pewter brooch pin. 1957

Sun modernist design pewter brooch pin. 1957

Sunflower pendant. Pewter, glass cabochon

Sunflower pendant. Pewter, glass cabochon

Trumpet flower vintage pewter pendant. 1960s

Trumpet flower vintage pewter pendant. 1960s

Tulip pendant. Pewter, 1960s

Tulip pendant. Pewter, 1960s

Wildflowers pewter brooch. 1950s

Wildflowers pewter brooch. 1950s

Tenn RC marked

Tenn RC (Rune Carlsson) marked

Hallmark

Hallmark