Carl Johann Tegelsten was born in the town of Karis, southern Finland. He moved to St.Petersburg in 1817 and enrolled as an apprentice at a silversmiths there; he was promoted to a journeyman in 1821 and became master in 1833. After becoming a master, he opened a workshop in St Petersburg that worked directly with the imperial court, designing and making gold- and silverware in the Rococo Revival style for members of the imperial family. Tegelesten died in St Petersburg in 1852, where his work was continued by his widow Eva Elisabeth Lönnquist and son Carl Julius Tegelsten.
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