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Wilhelmina von Hallwyl and Bengt Claudelin in guest room 3. Photo: the Hallwyl Museum/SHM (Public Domain).
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Wilhelmina's museum

A common sight in the house at No. 4 Hamngatan were the diligent catalogue workers who sat hunched over their notebooks. They devoted themselves to describing Wilhelmina von Hallwyl’s large collection. There were not only precious antiques and artworks, but also all the usual everyday items used in the house.
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Catalogue workers August Lundgren, Carl Andersson and Signe Carlson in guest room 5. Photo: the Hallwyl Museum/SHM (Public Domain).

Wilhelmina von Hallwyl purchased a large number of items during her life, a large part of them via various antique dealers. As the collection grew, the idea of establishing a museum grew. When the von Hallwyls moved into No. 4 Hamngatan, Wilhelmina had already decided that the house with its furnishings would also become a museum. The aim, according to her, was “to bring together a rich and diverse material for the illumination of both my own contemporary and the culture of old times.”

Work on the Hallwyl catalogue work began in 1906 under the leadership of Wilhelmina herself and lasted for many decades. The catalogue was printed between 1926 and 1956. There were 78 books printed in 110 copies.

In the catalogue there is everything in the house carefully described. The catalogue is still today a source of knowledge about the collections and a document of the times that shows the level of ambition of the work to establish the museum.

Sixty-seven different groups

The house and its furnishings are, according to Wilhelmina’s order, divided into individual groups by type of object. Group one became everything related to the building Hamngatan 4, group two office furnishings, and so on.
All objects have an individual object number where Roman numerals and Latin letters indicate what kind of object it is. Common numbers define what object it is. Thus one can read Object number XXVII:II:E.09. as this:

  • XXVII = Memories of personal experiences
  • II = during the life of Walther von Hallwyl after 1865
  • E = Birthday and Christmas gifts from children and grandchildren, 1886-1921
  • 09 = Mechanical pig and dog

All object groups

Grupp I, The House
Grupp II, Office inventory
Grupp III, Kitchen and wine cellar inventory
Grupp IV, Houshold inventory
Grupp V, Lighting and fire equipment
Grupp VI, Furniture
Grupp VII, Tableware
Grupp VIII, Linen
Grupp IX, Bed equipment
Grupp X, Toilet equipment
Grupp XI, Health and nursing equipment
Grupp XII, Toolf for handicraft
Grupp XIII, Writing utensils
Grupp XIV, Smoking utensils
Grupp XV, Games
Grupp XVI, Toys
Grupp XVII, Travel equipment
Grupp XVIII, Carriges and carriage equipment
Grupp XIX, Tools for the house
Grupp XX, Tools for the collection
Grupp XXI, Walther von Hallwyl's clothes
Grupp XXII, Wilhelmina von Hallwyl's clothes
Grupp XXIII, The Hallwyl children's clothes
Grupp XXIV, Objects for personal use
Grupp XXV, Family jewells
Grupp XXVI, Sun fans
Grupp XXVII, Memories from personal experiences
Grupp XXVIII, Travel memories
Grupp XXIX, Memories from various experiences
Grupp XXX, Memories from the war years 1914-1919
Grupp XXXI, Family portraits
Grupp XXXII, Paintings
Grupp XXXIII, Graphic art
Grupp XXXIV, Arms - European
Grupp XXXV, Arms - Oriental
Grupp XXXVI, Jewellry
Grupp XXXVII, Jewellry - ethnological
Grupp XXXVIII, Objects for personal use
Grupp XXXIX, Sun fans and écreans
Grupp XL, Emaille - Europe
Grupp XLI, Older games
Grupp XLII, Silver
Grupp XLIII, Cutlery
Grupp XLIV, Religious art
Grupp XLV, Earthen- and stoneware
Grupp XLVI, Fajance
Grupp XLVII, Porcelain - Europe
Grupp XLVIII, Ceramics - China
Grupp XLIX, East Asian bronzes
Grupp L, Objects of bronze, horn, stone, wood etc - Oriental
Grupp LI, Egyptian antiques
Grupp LII, Objects of metal
Grupp LIII, Glass
Grupp LIV, Objects of ivory, stone, wood etc. - European
Grupp LV, Sculptures
Grupp LVI, Coins
Grupp LVII, Medals
Grupp LVIII, Archeological finds from various countries
Grupp LIX, Textile - European
Grupp LX, Textile - Oriental
Grupp LXI, Stamps
Grupp LXII, Naturalia
Grupp LXIII, The Library
Grupp LXIV, The Archive
Grupp LXV, Photographical portraits in frames
Grupp LXVI, Photographs from travel
Grupp LXVII, Archeological finds from Schloss Hallwil

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