Chests and Coffins

Skellefteå museum, Skellefteå

Take a look in the attic. Maybe you have an old coffin that you inherited from an older relative? Many cultural-historical treasures of this kind are found around Swedish homes, but few of think back to the time that existed before wardrobes and "walk-in closets".

In old peasant homes textiles and garments were usually stored in chests and coffins. During the period 1750-1850, the imaginative and colorful painting on these storage furniture was a way to show ones trend accuracy and economic prosperity. Simply put - a way to show status.

Furniture shapes and painting differ between different parts of the country. The furniture in Skellefteå Museum's collections is rarely signed and there are unfortunately very few named decor painters from that time. The objects in the exhibition come from people who lived in the northern shores of northern Västerbotten, where contacts with other parts of the country have been many, and there is much to explore in terms of both painters and owners.

There is a law that exists to protect culturally and historically valuable objects - a law that unfortunately too few people know about. Among international buyers, there is namely great interest in buying, among other things, chests of this kind, and every year a number of objects are taken out of Sweden.

Chests and coffins belong to our cultural heritage and we hope with this exhibition to increase awareness and interest in the local furniture painting.

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