Friday, 20 October 2017

Museum Mission (Tystberga): Nynäs slott / Nynäs castle

 As you surely recall, I went to Nynäs castle's harvest market in September. Here is a little more of the castle story!
 For one thing, it is not private since 1984. One of the last castle family members rebuilt it in such a way that the bottom corner (behind the top of the staircase, I am sorry it is not visible here) was an apartment for himself.  That, too, is possible to visit apart from the parts you get to see under a guided tour. 
The gardens are run by Öknaskolan, a school which focuses on nature and farming. 
 This inner ceiling in the grand bedroom which was used to show off and not to sleep in is an original that has not been restaurated (!). It was made on the spot, each piece carefully added while the technicians were lying on their backs. There is something about a wire and loops attached directly to the ceiling, a not too complicated technique. 
This place used to be uneven, but the removed stones are reused on the premises.
When it's sunny, it's wonderful, but it's easy to forget that a castle needs a lot of heating.  The walls are thick, the rooms are many, and the sun only comes from one side.
Wonderful handwriting. I have always wondered, what if the writer makes a mistake? Is the standard always to rewrite, or are there ink-disappearing tricks?
The carpet is an original that kept its red bright colour due to arsenic treatment. When we entered, a lady dressed in black sat here in an arm chair, mourning the death of, I believe, her son.
In this room, there is the classical painting where the shoe tips and the eyes of the people on the portait seem to follow you in the room. I took photos for evidence, it really works!
There is evidence this castle has existed since 1328, and the surroundings were inhabited since the iron age. The famous families Grip and Bonde are found among the owners,
and to a large extent the Gripenstedt family. In this book, which I translate to "100 years of growth", one of the Gripenstedt men, who also was a politician, is portaited for the curious.
What is maybe even more curious, is this painting of the castle that could be truthful, but probably is not: the water is too close and the surrounding buildings might not have existed. It was made by a painter the king (Gustav Vasa, I believe) sent to register what Sweden looked like, and he had the power to enhance the image (the word pun here is perfect).
Down at the kitchen, everyone was invited to taste bread and jam.
 It is impressive how heavy all the equipment is. By the way, they used to wash linen once a year at this place. The quantities of linen is 400+.
Hairstyles and perfume.
I recall the story from somewhere else in the world, when the hairdresser hid an entire table cloth inside a lady's hair to give it volume and she didn't know - that is how good he was.
 No visit without mysteries - this time I found two. Why does August (I assume it is) Gripenstedt have a crown on his portfolio? He was not royal.
 Is this a gift from the king? The queen? On what occasion?
And is this some kind of solar watch? Or just symbolic decoration?
Vowen silk is always a complicated story. In Gustav III:s paviljong in Stockholm, the order of silk for the walls made the factory in Lille (France) survive.
Now there is some new twist on silk uprising,  a biomaterial that doesn't need the help of butterflies as much as before.
 Let's leave the castle for a bit and wander around.
 Then we would find the greenhouse that made the Gripenstedts go bankrupt.
 These days, you can have lunch inside,
 look at flowers
 or "heart on a string"
and just relax. Most people come here by car and have no clue what name the nearest bus stop bears.
 You would also find abandoned paths, a building no longer in use,
and a fountain at the other end.
 Of course I think you should come here.
Prepare to be here for a day and choose a sunny one.
And here is a useful link for more history. Basically, the visitor is encouraged to visit the spread-out archives with correspondence, bills and other documents to find out more about the manorhouse. I am very tempted to go!

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