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Swedish chairs from the Swedish Empire era at the castles of Mälsåker and Örbyhus


Chair at Mälsåker

Chairs from the Swedish Empire – Mälsåker castle

The exhibition tell the history of seating furniture 1611-1721 through ten chairs from the Holtermann collection. The selected chair models and their provenance tell a fragmentary story about the time and the furniture history of the 17th century.

The mini-exhibition runs from 3 June to 3 September.

17th century chairs on the Marketplace – Örbyhus castle

The history of seating furniture 1611-1721 is told through ten chairs from the Holtermann collection. All chairs at the Örbyhus exhibition are purchased at the major online marketplaces. The exhibition asks questions about the fate of the furniture of the Great Power era. How 17th century furniture probably disappears due to ignorance of the objects’ history and value. Another question concerns the “baroque drain”, where 17th-century furniture disappears from the country of origin to collectors abroad.

The mini-exhibition runs from 13 July to 27 august.

Chair at Mälsåker

An ongoing research project

Both exhibitions are part of an ongoing research project, initiated by Carl Fredrik Holtermann, on a number of chairs from The Swedish Empire era. One of the goals is to investigate the origins of some of the most popular chair models and how they spread across the country. This mainly applies to chairs from the end of the 17th century/early 18th century. Provenance research and dendrochronological analysis will form the basis of this work. Some theories about how chairs have been ordered and how chairs have gradually been modified in line with interior trends will also be tested. The research project is partly financed with funds from the Swedish House of Nobility, among others.


For further information contact: or go to (research web will be up and running by early august).