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The museum’s books

We at Hallwyl Museum have published several books, about everything from the house’s food management and costume collection to the creation of the fortune that once made the Hallwyl Museum possible. Unfortunately, we do not sell books online, but you can purchase our books on-site at the museum shop.

Friendships – Rolf de Maré and his circle

Author: Erik Näslund
Price: SEK 150
Pages: 103
Languages: Swedish and English

In the book about Wilhelmina’s grandson Rolf de Maré, we get to follow the story of his private life, with an emphasis on his intimate love relationships. By channelling Rolf, we obtain a picture of how one as a homosexual could meet and make contacts at a time when this was illegal in Sweden, if one belonged to the social class that had the financial resources to have private spaces. We also can see how the society’s view of same-sex love caused troubles or suffering.

Palace of Technology – Modernity, Technological Innovation

Editor: Annika Williams
Price: SEK 180
Pages: 180
Languages: Swedish

In the museum’s new publication The Palace of Technology – Modernity, Comfort and Technological Innovations at Hallwyl House, the reader gets a broader overview of the technological breakthroughs and innovations that changed the society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A century of costume and fashion

Editor: Gösta Sandell
Price: SEK 180
Pages: 155
Languages: Swedish

A well-to-do household at the turn of the 20th century was in many ways a microcosm, where class differences and social patterns were similar to those that existed in the society-at-large. This book intends to present general phenomena in fashion by connecting them to a specific dressing room, namely the one at the Hallwyl Museum. As the von Hallwyl family belonged to the upper strata of society, the household was a large apparatus which was resource-intensive and required a large number of staff to run. The costume collections therefore include not only men’s and women’s clothing for public and private use, but also working clothes for servants.

The von Hallwyl sisters

Editor: Sofia Nestor
Price: SEK 180
Pages: 159
Languages: Swedish

The von Hallwyl couple were both in their fifties when they moved into Hallwyl House. Their three daughters had by then established their own families. In the publication Systrarna von Hallwyl [The von Hallwyl Sisters], a much sought-after and in-depth picture of Wilhelmina von Hallwyl’s daughters, Ebba von Eckermann, Ellen Roosval and Irma von Geijer emerges, each of who each represent three very different life histories and life choices. The book provides answers to one of the most common questions among museum visitors: whatever happened to the children?

The forest behind the palace

Authors: Mats Isacson och Ingalill Jansson
Price: SEK 60
Pages: 104
Languages: Swedish

The book tells the story of how Wilhelmina’s father, Wilhelm Kempe, came to Sweden from Stralsund, built up a business empire based on wood and iron from Hälsingland, and established the immense fortune that would later be inherited by Wilhelmina, his only child It is not only a story about an intense phase in the growth of Swedish industrialism, about business acumen and inherited money, but also about class differences and workers’ protests. A successful business required a lot of workers and manpower, and sometimes conflicts arose.

The stable and the horses at No. 4 Hamngatan

Author: Ingalill Jansson
Price: SEK 100
Pages: 87
Languages: Swedish and English

The Hallwyl stables is the only private stable from the turn of the twentieth century in Stockholm’s inner city that has been preserved as a museum, completely untouched with carriages and equipment. The museum’s creator Wilhelmina von Hallwyl wanted to preserve the stable and its equipment as a monument to the time when the family had horses in Stockholm in the years 1884–1908. More than a hundred years ago, the horses were still snorting in the stable at No. 4 Hamngatan. This is a book about that time.

Snail hunting in the Hallwyl Palace

Authors: Sara Dixon och Gösta Sandell
Price: SEK 50
Pages: 82
Languages: Swedish

Margit and Erik have gone to grandma Wilhelmina and grandpa Walther during the Christmas holidays. They live in a large house in Stockholm. Margit has her pet snail, Mrs Winberg, with her. And woe and horror, now it’s gone! Grandpa takes command and everyone is dragged into the hunt for the fugitive. Yes, everyone except Grandma because she continues to catalogue objects she has collected for the house to become a museum. The children search from the attic to the basement, crawl in a dark tunnel, find treasure chests, eat Russian platters and almost hit the hole in the boiler room, before Grandpa Walther sends a message: – Battalion to the guest room!

European porcelain from the Hallwyl Museum’s collections

Author: Ingalill Jansson et al.
Price: SEK 100
Pages: 190
Languages: Swedish

The Hallwyl collection of European porcelain consists of nearly one thousand objects, many of them from the 18th and 19th centuries. Most of the then most famous European manufactories are represented in the collection, with pieces from over 70 workshops and 13 countries. Porcelain from German, French and English production is dominant, and many objects are of international interest.

Asian ceramic pieces – from the Hallwyl Museum’s collection

Authors: Rose Kerr och Ingalill Jansson
Price: SEK 160
Pages: 206
Languages: Swedish and English

The Asian collection, which numerically is one of the museum’s largest, consists of 694 inventory items from the various Chinese, Japanese and Thai dynasties and in its diversity it reflects the focus on, and interest in, the collection of Asian ceramics during the time Wilhelmina von Hallwyl actively built up her collection.

Art to view. Scenes from the Hallwyl’s collection of paintings

Author: Ingalill Jansson et al.
Price: SEK 100
Pages: 169

The painting collection is a sample collection of Dutch and Flemish 17th century art collected with great determination for a short time. The driving force behind the collection and the museum was Wilhelmina von Hallwyl. During her countless trips to the Continent, she had visited all the preeminent museums and collections. The book deals with various visual art genres: portraits, landscapes, still life and genre art. Each chapter presents four or five artists, along with their main paintings that are part of the collection.