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Otto Meyer was active in art casting at the end of the 19th century and a couple of decades into the 20th century. He founded and operated a large foundry on Västmannagatan 81 in Vasastan, Stockholm, and was an important person in the development of the art casting in Sweden.
Starts with a tragedy
Otto's career was started by a "pure chance" in his own words, as he was 16 years old, when he was given the chance to become a utility man for the two German bronze castors Herold and Lenz in the work of the statue of Karl XII, which can be seen in Kungsträdgården, Stockholm still today. Otto gets good credentials and may continue as an apprentice at Herolds. During the work of the next project, Molins fountain, Professor Heroldt died in an accident where one of the heavy blocks fell over him. The tragic event leads for Otto's part to the opportunity to further apprenticeships and education in Germany where they had a great knowledge in artificial casting.
After a few years in Europe, Otto returns home to Stockholm to start his business. The business is going tough at first, the interest in art casting has not gained momentum in Sweden. But Otto gets his breakthrough through a statue of Linné that was order and shipped to America and Lincoln Park in Chicago 1891. Otto started several companies after each other before he founded "Otto Meyers Konst- Metall- & Zinkgjuteri" (Otto Meyer's Art- Metal and Zinc Foundry) on Västmannagatan in Vasastan, Stockholm. The company employd at most about 50 people and manufactured everything from high-end sculptural castings to smaller everyday products such as lamps, door handles and brass fittings. The latter products are most likely the most important for the foundry's economy. Otto finishes his leadership on the foundry after nineteen years and his colleague Arne Spanier takes over. He then runs the foundry into the 1970s when the business eventually closes.
In our range, we have beautiful door pressures based on a model found in a pricelist from the late 19th-century.