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18th Century Sweden: The Golden Age of Gustavian Style

June 3-13, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this week-long excursion to discover the beautiful and unique Gustavian style of architecture and decoration in Sweden, which has attained great popularity in America. The Gustavian style originates from Gustav III, the King of Sweden from 1771 – 1792. During his reign, Sweden reached a peak of architectural and cultural sophistication. Gustav III’s influence transformed the country, setting a standard of style for most levels of Swedish society that continued well into the 19th century.

The tour will be led by Lani Summerville of Classical Excursions and Dr. Johan Cederlund, author of Classical Swedish Architecture & Interiors: 1650-1840. During the tour, participants will be exclusively hosted by the owners of such ancestral country manor houses as Elghammar. Swedish curators and historians will provide participants with exclusive tours, providing introductions to the classical works of such important Swedish architects and designers of the period as Hårleman, Rehn, Adelcrantz, the Masreliez brothers, Sergel, and many others.

Tour highlights include:

  • A five night stay in a five star hotel in the heart of historic Stockholm

  • A private tour of Sturehov Manor, renowned for its unique collection of Marieberg tile stoves and its original 18th century Gustavian interiors

  • Private tours of Drottningholm Palace, Palace Theatre, and the Chinese Pavilion. The Drottningholm Palace Theatre is considered to be one of the best preserved 18th century theaters in the world, still featuring the original sets and operating machinery

  • A private tour of the renowned Masreliez Rooms in Old Town, one of the few 18th century apartments left intact in Stockholm. Most of the interior wall paintings and paneling remain here, along with a wealth of period furnishings from the Gustavian era

  • A visit to Svindersvik Manor, one of the best preserved early Gustavian houses in Sweden, designed by Court architect Carl Harleman in 1740

  • A visit to the “Palladian” estate Elghammar, privately owned by Duchesse Christina d’Otrante, which contains all of its original Russian Empire and late Gustavian furnishings. This grand home was designed by the Court Architect of Catherine the Great, Giacomo Quarenghi

  • A day touring 18th century houses and collections such as Hammarby, Leufsta Bruk, and others, accompanied by renowned preservationist and author Lars Sjöberg

  • A visit to the privately owned 17th century Olivehult manor house, complete with original 17th & 18th century interiors

  • A private tour of Gunnebo, a stunning neoclassical masterpiece in Gothenburg

  • A special visit to the Tessin Palace and its French parterre garden. The palace was constructed as the home of royal court architect Nicodemus Tessin, and is now used as the official residence of the governor of Stockholm. The interiors are considered to be the best-preserved examples of 17th century French interiors in the world

  • A private visit to Gustav III’s pavilion at Haga

  • A lecture by Johan Cederlund, author of the landmark book Classical Swedish Architecture & Interiors 1650- 1840, and current Director of the Anders Zorn Museum & Collections in Mora, Sweden

    For further information, contact contact@classicalexcursions.com, 860-926-4895.


Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Make your required donation here.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Holger Ellgaard, Flickr/Xiquinhosilva, Wikimedia Commons/ArildV, Wikimedia Commons/Holger.Ellgaard

All Travel Program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.