Magnificent covered carriage made around 1750, probably in France. The carriage belonged to the noble Bielke family on the Tureholm estate in the province of Södermanland, Sweden.
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Date Created: 1750
Provenance: Tureholm, Södermanland, Sweden
More Information: The body is suspended by four sturdy leather straps that are attached to gold-plated springs. The frame is richly carved in the rocaille style, with gilded details on a green background. The body has rococo-style features, with curved convex sides, rounded shape and detailed carved ornaments that crown the body. The driver's seat is covered with beige velvet with floral ornaments in green, blue, beige and brown. The driver's cushion is stuffed with feathers. The edge is decorated with woollen cords in pink, green and white shades. The carriage also has two richly decorated chest harnesses with straps covered in white and red leather attached with decorative stitching. The harness and headstall both feature bronzed metal buckles with floral designs and rocaille-style shapes.
Covered carriages have been in existence in Sweden since the second half of the seventeenth century. They are depicted in Eric Dahlberg's Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna from Maria kyrka (Maria Church) in Stockholm, 1682. This carriage was donated to Nordiska museet in 1877 by the beneficiaries of Count A Bielke's estate via Chamberlain V. Ankarcrona on Thureholm.
3. Vagn NM.0019103. Negative 209. B.v