s collection of applied art and design now includes a number of pieces made in silversmith Gustaf Möllenborgs workshop in Stockholm. The new acquisitions, which comprise a mantel clock, a pair of candlesticks and two salt cellars featuring elves eating porridge, are on display at the museum in the gallery of applied art and modern design.
Nationalmuseums collection of 19th-century silver has expanded with the addition of three new acquisitions, all made in Gustaf Möllenborgs workshop inStockholm. The oldest of the objects is a late Empire mantel clock made in 1844, which was presented to King Oscar Is personal physician, Professor Magnus Huss, by grateful patients. The pendulum clock is no doubt a special commission, since the decoration depicts the god of medicine, Asclepius, and one of the hands bears his serpent-entwined staff. The candlesticks, in a typically naturalistic style, were made in 1852 and were also a gift, this time to the chairman of the Uppsala Students Union to commemorate a student march fromUppsalatoChristiania. The salt cellars decorated with two elves eating porridge date from 1899 to 1900 and were an accompaniment to the elf service that was a gift from the women of Sweden to the Crown Prince couple Gustaf and Victoria in 1881.
Gustaf Möllenborg (1796-1851) became an apprentice to a silversmith in Växjö at the age of 13, before moving toStockholmin 1819. He became a master silversmith in 1823, at the age of 26. Möllenborgs workshop expanded rapidly and had over 40 employees by the 1840s, making itSwedens biggest producer of decorative works in gold and silver. In 1850, the year before his death, Möllenborg passed his business on to one of his journeymen and the company continued until 1927, when the contents of the workshop were donated to Nordiska Museet.
This acquisition considerably strengthens Nationalmuseums collection of silver from the 19th century, a period not widely represented among existing works. It has been made possible due to a gift from the Barbro Osher Foundation. Since Nationalmuseum has no funds of its own for the purchase of art and design, its collection can only be expanded through donations and funding from private foundations.
The new acquisition is on display in the museums gallery of applied art and modern design.