The silver takes the visitors on a journey through stylistic history that offers a grand and clear view of the varying trends and fashions in silver design over the centuries. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to see how changing fashions and styles have influenced painting and furniture design. In addition to the hundreds of silver objects that form the core of the exhibition, the display also includes examples of pre-Protestant Danish ecclesiastical art, furniture and paintings from the stylistic periods represented in the exhibition.
The Collection of the Erik Fjeldsøe Foundation
The exhibition includes the museum’s blue treasury, which showcases a selection of silver objects kindly lent to the museum by the Erik Fjeldsøe Foundation’s collection of Danish silver.
The Erik Fjeldsøe Collection is one of the country’s biggest private collections of Danish silver, covering a span of time and styles ranging from the mid 1500s until just after 1800. The collection includes goblets and lidded jars, tea caddies, castors and sugar bowls as well as coffeepots, teapots and a small number of bowls, dishes and spoons.
Inside the treasury, the visitors find themselves surrounded by 112 carefully selected silver objects from Erik Fjeldsøe’s collection and thus have access to a unique, close-up look at the many exquisite objects with their stunning detailing.
Queen Caroline Matilda’s dressing set
As part of the exhibition at the old royal castle, visitors will also encounter a royal museum object with a unique history: Queen Caroline Matilda’s dressing set, consisting of thirty gilded silver objects in a lined hardwood chest with a total weight of just under 90 kilos. The first time this impressive dressing set came to Koldinghus was in autumn 1766, when the only fifteen-year-old English princess spent one night in Kolding on her way to Roskilde to meet her husband-to-be, the future King Christian 7 of Denmark. The heavy dressing set was a farewell gift from her big brother, King George 3 of Great Britain and Ireland. After a long and dramatic journey of more than 250 years, the unusual dressing set eventually returned to Koldinghus, where it is now on display to be seen and admired by museum visitors.