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In the first floor, for example, you’ll find the Great Drawing Room, or “my little Klondike” as Wilhelmina von Hallwyl called the room. Click on the numbers on the drawing and learn more about the various rooms. If you want to learn more about each room, you can do so in the drawing below.
The Dining Room
Walther, Wilhelmina, and the paid companion Uhse had their meals in the Dining Room. If they had visitors, the table could be elongated to accommodate roughly 30 guests. The walls are panelled with yellow and stained oak. The chandelier is manufactured in 1673 for Hedvig Eleonora church in Stockholm. Wilhelmina bought the chandelier at an auction in 1893 and had it electrified.
The Upper Vestibule
The Upper Vestibule was the main way to the first floor. The staircase is clad in green Swedish marble and yellow French marble. The design is copied from the royal palace in Stockholm. The green and yellow marble is enhanced by pieces of black Belgian marble and other Italian variant.
The Ladies' Drawing Room
This is where the ladies gathered after a formal dinner to drink coffee and to converse. This room was only used at formal occasions. Otherwise, the doors where shut. The room is inspired by a Rococo interior from the 1760s in the manor house Äs in county Södermanland.
The Great Drawing Room
The Great Drawing Room is the most opulent room in the house. It was a room for music and entertaining. Architect Isak Gustaf Clason designed the room in late Baroque style with the tapestries as a focal point. The furniture is mostly Swedish from the 18th Century, but clad and gilded in the 19th. The Steinway grand was delivered in 1896 and redesigned by Clason to fit the room.
The Smoking Room
On ordinary evenings Walther and Wilhelmina together with the paid companion Uhse sat in the Smoking Room to drink coffee and to play games. At formal dinners the room was used by the gentlemen. The Smoking Room is decorated in oriental style with carpets and textiles. The chairs are clad with oriental carpets and saddle bags bought in Berlin in 1893.
The Morning Room
This is where Wilhelmina did her correspondence and entertained visiting friends. The Morning Room is one of the rooms on the first floor used on a daily basis, together with the Dining Room and the Smoking Room.
The Armoury houses the bulk of Wilhelmina von Hallwyl’s collection of antique weapons and armour. The collection focuses on hunting and splendour weapons rather than regular combat weapons.
The Billiard Room
The Billiard Room is decorated in a style resembling late Renaissance/early Baroque, panelled with walnut and embossed leather. The billiard table, however, is of contemporary 19th Century design.
The Porcelain Room
This is where Wilhelmina’s collection of European porcelain is displayed. The collection contains roughly 500 items from almost all European manufacturers in the 18th Century. The objects were never used, but displayed in these display cases.