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CANDELABRAS, CHANDELIERS & MIRRORS WITH TEXTILE COVERS – AT A MANOR HOUSE IN 1758

In this fifth study from one of my earlier projects – about an 18th century Inventory from Christinehof manor house in southernmost Sweden – fabrics covering candelabras, chandeliers and mirrors will be in focus. In the large Hall on the second floor for instance, ’12 English cut mirror sconces with single candle holders and gilded frames with multum covers’ were listed. Such imported goods of English or French origin...

November 26, 2017
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WARDROBES AND STORAGE OF CLOTHES – AT A MANOR HOUSE IN 1758

In this fourth study from one of my earlier projects – about Christinehof manor house in southernmost Sweden – the 18th century Inventory reveals some details of how wardrobes were furnished. However, no clothing was listed in such documents as these were part of personal belongings, but the increasing consumption and desire for luxury in aristocratic families were visible in their everyday life in other ways...

November 6, 2017
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CHAIRS, SOFAS AND EAST INDIAN SILKS – AT A MANOR HOUSE IN 1758

Green velvet, red woollen plush, French linen, or East Indian yellow damask. In this third study from one of my earlier projects – about an Inventory from Christinehof manor house in southernmost Sweden – upholstering on listed chairs and sofas will be looked at more closely. Correspondence between family members gives further clues to preferred types of fabric in an aristocratic home. The Piper family’s involvement in the Swedish East India Company...

October 18, 2017
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SOCIAL LIFE, TABLES & EMBROIDERY – AT A MANOR HOUSE IN 1758

Writing tables, unpainted kitchen work surfaces, gate-legged, dining and gambling tables together with sculptured and gilded models for decoration etc. Just as today, tables were used for the most varied purposes during the 18th century. In this second study based on one of my earlier book projects – about an Inventory at a manor house in southernmost Sweden – tables will be in focus. However, worktables used for embroidery or other handicraft were not mentioned. This is unexpected...

August 18, 2017
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THE DAILY LIFE AT A MANOR HOUSE IN 1758 – AN INTRODUCTION

In one of my earlier projects – published in 2004 – a document originating from 1758 at Christinehof manor house in southernmost Sweden provided the basis for my research. This 18th century inventory list will be presented in a total of twelve studies giving numerous examples of material culture, domestic economies, standard of living and everyday life from a perspective of a wealthy noble family...

June 25, 2017