Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
For Princes or Maids?: Provenance, form and value of serpentine at Skokloster castle
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Skokloster castle, Sweden, houses a group of more than fifty objects in serpentine stone, acquired during the 17th century. The group is generally called Wrangels fältservis [Wrangel’s field service], referring to field marshall Carl Gustaf Wrangel (1613-1676).

The, in many aspects, unresearched material is here approached through the field of material culture studies. The thesis is based on a three-partite approach towards the material, in which the first is the result of actual handling and examination of the objects, paired with a comparative analysis of similar objects regarding dating and influences. The second is a theoretical study of form and serpentine matter, and why the serpentine objects share so many form elements with metal artifacts. The third is based on inventory research and aspects of value, both monetary and cultural. The ascribed value of the group varied over time, from being used as kitchen utensils in the 17th and 18th century, to be regarded as private museum pieces in the 19th and 20th century. The various attitudes have left marks on the objects, both physical (as in level of attention given to repairs etc.) and in inventory matter (as in location and descriptive detail), which can be studied and reveal information otherwise unaccessible.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Serpentine, Skokloster castle, baroque, material culture, form, transference, value, status, Zöblitz, Carl Gustaf Wrangel, applied art
National Category
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52492OAI: diva2:387867
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-01-21 Created: 2011-01-15 Last updated: 2011-01-21Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1752 kB)183 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1752 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Art History
Art History

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 183 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 168 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link