Herregården Museum, Norway

Herregården Museum

The manor, or Den Grevelige Residens, was built by Governor and Count Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve between 1674 and 1677. In its heyday, the facility consisted of today’s wooden building, a new residence which was built of stone and Norway’s first and largest baroque garden. The new residence was demolished around 1760 and the garden was gradually rebuilt after the municipality bought the property in 1821.

In the 20th C. studies of Herregården showed that much was preserved behind modern wallpaper and sunken ceilings. The building was inspected and extensive restoration work under the professional guidance of Domenico Erdmann was carried out between 1919–1929.

Today, Herregården is located in the city with the Torstrand district further east. Some rooms are still preserved from the oldest phase, while most rooms in the main building have painted interiors from the 1730s. A major restoration is taking place over a number of years and the goal is to be able to present the building as it appeared during the Counts life.

Bodley Beds and Chairs

Humphries was contacted in late 2020 for two more fabrics. This time a wool or wool mixed fabric was requested to match the canopies for two more of the beds that have been commissioned. One is for a bed draped in a piece dyed terracotta wool. A suitable smaller scale design has been selected as this is needed for a number of small chairs as well as a bed cover. The Bodley Damask has been selected and woven as a tone on tone 2 pick tissue, mixing two stock yarn shades to create the best match.

The other is to match to a dark moss green wool. The same design was selected but this time woven using a rustic brocatelle construction. Again, this is to be used for a bed cover and as upholstery for a number of chairs. This will be woven on or end on end cotton warp with a silk ground and the figure picked out in viscose/flax. To enable us to match to the shade required, eight stock yarn colours have been carefully mixed to create a fabric as close as possible to the plain that is to be used in the drapes.

This part of the project is yet to be completed and we will update with photographs of the finished rooms as soon as available. We look forward to working on the final two beds in the near future and would like to thank all of those at the Larvik Museum who continue to work closely with ourselves.

Project reference: 4091 and 4158

The Green Crown Canopy Bed with Silk Coverlet

A wool tammy was to be used for the drapes and crown but in a green/gold colour. A silk damask was wanted to complete this sumptuous bed and we wove our Luino small scale Damask, on our stock black warp with olive and moss silk wefts. This was shipped and made in to a gloriously rich coverlet.

Project reference: 3744

18th Century Canopy Bed

Humphries Weaving was initially contacted in 2018 to supply them historically correct fabric for the bed covers on one of their 18th Century beds.

A custom dyed Silk Mandeville Damask, originally woven and supplied to Barrington Park, Oxfordshire, was chosen as a contrast to the gold wool tammy used for the curtains.

Project reference: 2215

To see other projects we have worked on in Europe see our Stiftelsen Skansen Museum project.