Journal Article

The politics of possession

Lisa Skogh

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 23, issue 2, pages 333-347
Published in print November 2011 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online November 2010 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhq032
The politics of possession

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Dowager Queen Hedwig Eleonora's collection of pretiosa, housed in the late seventeenth century at Ulriksdal Palace on the outskirts of Stockholm, can be identified through two separate inventories. The two lists were drawn up simultaneously in 1719, almost four years after the death of Hedwig Eleonora. Both inventories were carefully compiled according to the testimony of the only two remaining relatives of the Dowager Queen: her granddaughter, Princess Ulrika Eleonora the Younger (1688-1741) and the Princess's nephew, Hedwig Eleonora's great-grandson, Charles Frederick (1700-1739), Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp. In this article these inventories are analysed not only as records of a particularly rare late seventeenth-century collection, but also as legal documents that help us understand the political struggle for the Swedish throne, a complicated political situation that absorbed Sweden, in the aftermath of the death of the heirless King Charles XII (1682-1718).

Journal Article.  9557 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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