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Sale of the decade! Säbylund – a Swedish manor house

A historic collection of fine art objects and furniture from Säbylund Manor at the Important Spring Sale 7–8 June.

Two hundred and thirty years ago the new manor house Säbylund in Närkeslätten was completed. The 26 rooms were furnished with the finest contemporary art and craft items available in Sweden. The owners of the house, siblings Hedvig Margareta and Claes de Frietzcky, had the most beautiful Gustavian salons created. Claes de Frietzcky’s handwritten inventory from 1789 includes, among other things, the gilded Gustavian bed with beautiful carving, and the two console tables and the mirrors hanging above them by Pehr Ljung. From an art history perspective, what is interesting is that the bed is referred to by de Frietzcky as Gustavian. It is rare for a furniture style to gain its name during the actual period.

Since the house was completed in 1787, the furniture has not left Säbylund. However, additional furniture and portraits have been added as a result of inheritance. In addition to a number of pieces of furniture, several significant Swedish portraits linked to the families who lived at Säbylund and their relatives are being sold. Several of these people played an important role in science, culture and politics. The Rococo portraits include a number of exceptional pastel portraits by Gustaf Lundberg depicting members of the von Liewen and Ribbing families.

Johan Tobias Sergel is responsible for the beautifully-executed plaster bust by Gustaf Adolf Reuterholm, and two plaster medallions, one of which depicts Count and Marshal of the Realm Hans Henric von Essen (1755-1824), who was destined to be present at a key moment of Swedish history. He was the person walking arm-in-arm with King Gustav III when the king was shot at a masquerade ball. Eighteen years later Hans Henric von Essen, then as King Karl XIII’s Marshal of the Realm, stood in Helsingborg to welcome Sweden’s new crown prince, Jean Baptiste Bernadotte.

Hans Henric von Essen’s first wife was Baroness Charlotta de Geer af Leufsta, daughter of Charles de Geer and Ulrica Elisabeth von Liewen. It was through her that H. H. von Essen became the owner of the medieval Wik Castle in Uppland. Among the items from Wik are the splendid porphyry pieces, such as the late Gustavian urn made from Blyberg porphyry, with exquisite mountings of gilded bronze, probably made by Swedish court ciseleur Fredrik Ludvig Rung. From Wik comes also Fabian Wrede’s Prechtspegel with Wrede’s arms engraved in the mirror glass.

“Today it is very rare for such an old and pristine collection of art objects of the highest class to be made available for sale. It is a privilege to get to know a family’s long and fascinating history through their possessions,” says Henrik Åberg, specialist in furniture and crafts.

Previous owners of Säbylund:
1768 – By purchase, Thure Gyllenspetz, married to Hedvig Margareta de Frietzcky.
1788 – By bequest (fideicommissum) Charlotta Elisabet von Essen, married to Nils Silfverschiöld.
1822 – Her sister Gustafva Fredrika von Essen, married to Gustaf Julius Lewenhaupt.
1838 – Their daughter Charlotte Lewenhaupt.
1869 – Her brother Axel Lewenhaupt’s widow Eugenia Carolina Desideria von Essen.
1894 – Her son Carl Harald Eugène Lewenhaupt, married to Anna Maria Helena Mesterton.
1927 – His nephew Carl von Essen.
1947 – His nephew Karl Gustav Lagerfelt, married to Mary Charmian Sara Champion de Crespigny.
1970 – By purchase, their son Johan Lagerfelt, married to Ingrid Eriksson.

WHEN IS THE VIEWING AND THE SALE?

Viewing 1 – 6 June at Bukowskis, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm. Mon–Fri 11 AM –18 PM, Sat–Sun 11 AM–17 PM.
Sale 7 – 8 June at Bukowskis, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm. The Asian Sale is held on June 8.

2. A Swedish Empire first half of the 19th century.
Hammer price 
44 000 SEK
Estimate
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
4. Three late Gustavian circa 1800 stools.
Hammer price 
15 000 SEK
Estimate
8 000 - 10 000 SEK
5. Six late Gustavian circa 1800 chairs.
Hammer price 
40 000 SEK
Estimate
12 000 - 15 000 SEK
6. A pair of Gustavian late 18th century chairs.
Hammer price 
15 000 SEK
Estimate
4 000 - 6 000 SEK
7. A pair of late Gustavian circa 1800 chairs.
Hammer price 
8 500 SEK
Estimate
4 000 - 6 000 SEK
8. A Swedish Empire 19th century foot stool.
Hammer price 
6 000 SEK
Estimate
3 000 - 4 000 SEK
9. A pair of Swedish Rococo 18th century console tables.
Hammer price 
135 000 SEK
Estimate
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
10. A Swedish Rococo 1760's mirror.
Hammer price 
100 000 SEK
Estimate
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
11. A Swedish Rococo 1760's mirror century mirror.
Hammer price 
70 000 SEK
Estimate
40 000 - 60 000 SEK
12. A pair of Gustavian late 18th century console tables.
Hammer price 
270 000 SEK
Estimate
150 000 - 200 000 SEK
17. A Swedish mid 19th century table.
Hammer price 
41 000 SEK
Estimate
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
19. A mid 18th century screen, France or Holland.
Hammer price 
85 000 SEK
Estimate
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
20. A Swedish 18th century Baroque cupboard.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate
50 000 - 75 000 SEK
22. A Swedish 1940's century dinner table.
Hammer price 
23 000 SEK
Estimate
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
24. A Swedish Rococo 18th century cabinet.
Hammer price 
38 000 SEK
Estimate
40 000 - 60 000 SEK
25. A late Gustavian late 18th century writing table.
Hammer price 
18 000 SEK
Estimate
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
27. SWORD, Swedish, m/1773. Later wooden 19th century hilt.
Hammer price 
12 000 SEK
Estimate
6 000 - 8 000 SEK
28. HALBERD, Swedish, m/1697.
Hammer price 
10 000 SEK
Estimate
6 000 - 8 000 SEK
29. HALBERD, Swedish, Arboga circa 1570-1590.
Hammer price 
14 000 SEK
Estimate
6 000 - 8 000 SEK
30. JAVELIN, For Swedish infantry, used circa 1720-1788.
Hammer price 
10 000 SEK
Estimate
6 000 - 8 000 SEK
422. David von Krafft, Carl Gustaf von Liewen (1695-1722).
Hammer price 
165 000 SEK
Estimate
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
423. David von Krafft Attributed to, Bernhard von Liewen (1651-1703).
Hammer price 
50 000 SEK
Estimate
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
424. Gustaf Lundberg, Ulrika Elisabeth von Liewen (1747-1775).
Hammer price 
42 000 SEK
Estimate
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
425. Carl Stephan Bennet, Royal Hussar on horse.
Hammer price 
20 000 SEK
Estimate
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
426. Johan Ahlberg, Lieutenant general Adam Ludvig Lewenhaupt (1748-1808).
Hammer price 
14 000 SEK
Estimate
15 000 - 18 000 SEK
428. Carl Fredrik von Breda, Carl Fredrik Reinhold von Essen (1789-1820).
Hammer price 
120 000 SEK
Estimate
50 000 - 75 000 SEK
429. Olof Arenius, Ulrika Eleonora Ribbing af Zernava (1723-1787).
Hammer price 
22 000 SEK
Estimate
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
432. Gustaf Lundberg, Henrika Juliana von Liewen, (1709-1779).
Hammer price 
90 000 SEK
Estimate
100 000 - 125 000 SEK
434. Martin Mijtens d.ä Circle of, Gentlemen and lady portrait.
Hammer price 
28 000 SEK
Estimate
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
438. Per Södermark, Probably Baroness Julie Löwenskiöld née Coyet.
Hammer price 
5 000 SEK
Estimate
8 000 - 10 000 SEK

Contact:

Sara Bourke
Stockholm
Sara Bourke
PR & Brand Director
+46 (0) 739 400 826