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LOT 60

Lot 60

CARL JOHAN TRYGG (Swedish/Canadian, 1887-1954)

CARL JOHAN TRYGG (Swedish/Canadian, 1887-1954)
Lot 60 Details
CARL JOHAN TRYGG (Swedish/Canadian, 1887-1954)


flat plane carved and polychromed basswood, each signed and dated on the bottom
each approx. height 11 ins; 27.9 cms

Estimate $300-$500

Realised: $660
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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CARL JOHAN TRYGG (Swedish/Canadian, 1887-1954)
  • CARL JOHAN TRYGG (Swedish/Canadian, 1887-1954)
  • CARL JOHAN TRYGG (Swedish/Canadian, 1887-1954)

Private collection, British Columbia


A master of 20th century wood carving, Carl Johan Trygg was known for his works in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Working with his three sons, Trygg is estimated to have carved over 10,000 figures.

Born in 1887 in Skagershult, Närke, Örebro county, Sweden, to a family of nine, Trygg left home at the age of twelve. He would hold a series of jobs while pursuing his carving as a way to supplement his income. In 1915, Trygg exhibited his work in Stockholm, Sweden, the success of which allowed him to pursue carving full time. In 1928, Trygg and his family emigrated, ultimately settling in Montreal, Quebec. The workshop they established serviced the tourist trade, producing vibrantly painted carvings made from basswood or pine.


Overall good condition.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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