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Eighteenth-Century Sweden Travel Tour
The Golden Age of Gustavian Style
May 15-26, 2009
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America
In 1771, the future Gustav III returned to his native Sweden from the French court at Versailles to ascend the throne as king after his father’s sudden death. The young monarch had been profoundly inspired by French Neoclassical architecture and decorative arts. Later trips to France and Italy gave further impetus to Gustav’s passion for the Classical. During his reign (1772-1792), Sweden rose to a level of architectural and cultural sophistication never known before.
Join Classical Excursions on their fifth tour to Sweden, where you will discover the truly beautiful and singularly charming Gustavian style of architecture and decoration. The tour will be led by Lani Sternerup, director of Classical Excursions and co-contributor with Dr. Johan Cederlund on the forthcoming book entitled Classical Swedish Architecture & Interiors: 1650-1840. Together Cederlund and Sternerup will guide you through some of Sweden’s most exclusive and rarely seen Gustavian interiors.
Gunnebo Manor House
The group will be hosted by the aristocratic owners of such ancestral country manor houses as Övedskloster and Elghammar. Swedish curators and historians will give us exclusive tours and will introduce us to the Classical works of such important Swedish architects and designers of the period as Hårleman, Rehn, Adelcrantz, the Masreliez brothers, and many others. During the tour, participants have exclusive access to many sights not normally open to the public.
A private tour of the Roman palazzo-inspired Tessin Palace, designed by and for Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, Royal Court Architect. The French broderie parterre garden and intact interiors are a rarely seen sight not to be missed.
A private tour of Sturehof, known for its beautiful Gustavian interiors and large collection of Swedish tiled stoves.
A behind-the-scenes tour of Gustav III’s stunning pavilion at Haga, with magnificent interiors by the Masreliez brothers in the restrained late Gustavian style.
Day excursions to the province of Dalarna, including private visits to the Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn House & Museums.
An outing to the well-preserved 18th century Iron Works villages of Leufsta and Forsmark, with tours of two manor houses designed by the renowned Jean Eric Rehn.
A private tour of Svindersvik, an 18th-century summer house containing some of the best preserved Gustavian interiors in all of Sweden.
An exclusive tour and luncheon at the Palladian-inspired Elghammar Palace with the owner Duchesse Christina D’Otrante.
An overnight stay in the city of Gothenburg, complete with a visit to the elegant and restrained Gunnebo Manor House.
A rare visit to Princess Sophia Albertina’s Palace, now home to the Swedish Foreign Ministry Department.
A tour of the stunning 18th –century interiors of Tullgarn Palace, inspired by Pompeii and Herculaneum. Along with visits to Thureholm, Rosersberg and Rosendal Palaces.
A two-night stay at Övedskloster, as personal guests of Baron Otto and Baroness Eva Ramel in their 18th-century ancestral manor house. King Gustav III considered Övedskloster “too royal for a commoner.”
Visit www.realgustavian.com for information on purchasing Gustavian furniture or the new Lani Sternerup and Dr. Johan Cederlund book entitled Classical Swedish Architecture & Interiors 1650-1840.