Tullgarn Palace, Sörmland

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Nov 8, 2002
Tullgarn Palace


Tullgarn Palace is a former summer residence located on the Häggnäsviken Bay in Trosa, Sörmland.
The Palace was built in the 1720s, and was acquired for the crown in 1772 by King Gustav III, who leant the Palace to his younger brother Duke Fredrik Adolf.
Major interior changes were made following 1881, when King Gustav V took over the Palace with his consort, Queen Victoria.

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the first picture is the best picutre from Tullgarn, THANKS. :)
Great pictures !

It looks like a beautiful place, but my favorite picture is of little Crown Prince Carl Gustaf with his sisters. Such a happy little prince !
Yes. Great photos once again by Grand Duchess of another palace. Tullgarn is quite lovely.
My pictures of the palaces I visited this past summer and then added pictures off are taking a bit much of my bandwidth at Photobucket. I will let the broschure and Corbis pics be in my earlier posts be, but I will now re-post the pictures I took myself of the palaces as attachments.

My pictures of Tullgarn Palace from 25 July 2004:


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how is it used today
i think madeleine and carl philip have had parties there
but can one live in it?
The breakfast room is decorated in southern German Renaissance style from the 1890s.
The Blue Salon, Tullgarn Palace's parade room, has during this year been under careful painting restoration, which should be ready in November.
Blå salongen på Tullgarns slott Berlinerblå efter restaurering - Statens fastighetsverk


From the Instagram of Håkan Groth, a photographer and antique dealer

The Dining Room
Gustaf V's Billiards Room
The Small Ante Room
The Red Salon
The State Bedroom
A French porcelain vase from the 1820's with a painting of the Palais de Saint-Cloud.

Tullgarn Palace in spring 2016, photo from the Facebook of The National Property Board
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Beautiful palace. I suppose no longer used as the kings summer residence since the Kings prefer the Soliden palace?
Beautiful palace. I suppose no longer used as the kings summer residence since the Kings prefer the Soliden palace?

You are correct. Tullgarn haven't been used as an official residence since the days of King Gustaf V, the great grandfather of King Carl XVI Gustaf who was King between 1907-1950.

Tullgarn is still an official Royal Residence and the Royal Family has access to a guest apartment there for when they are visiting the Palace or hosting an event there but no one lives there anymore.
Photos from the Instagram of Håkan Groth, a swedish born antique dealer and expert, author and photographer.
The Swedish royal summer palace was built 1720-27 by French architects Joseph-Gabriel Destain for Count Magnus Julius De la Gardie. In 1771 it was bought by the State as a summer residence for Gustaf III's youngest brother Prince Fredric (1750-1803). Gustaf V (1858-1950) was the last royal to use it as a regular summer residence.
When Crown Prince Gustaf (V) married Princess Victoria of Baden in 1881 they were given Tullgarn as their summer residence. They received many guests here and in the 1890's Victoria's first cousin Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany arrived on a visit onboard his ship Hohenzollern. This was a happy occasion and another special occasion happened in 1909 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia came with his whole family onboard their ship Standart. They spent the night onboard their ship as they were worried for the risk of an assassination attempt.
Tullgarn Palace with the ramps leading up to the terrace. Gustaf V used to go out fishing with a local fisherman when he lived here. The royal family and their court used to go out by boat to some small island and have picnics in the summer. Servants would set up tables decorated with fine china, silver and crystal glasses and the king thought it was all very simple and basic.
The wings on either side of the terrace contained guest bedrooms. The small rooms still retain their Neoclassical decor and furniture from the early 19th century.
Prince Fredric started an ambitious rebuilding and redecorating program of Tullgarn in the 1780s. He hired some of the best decorators at the time, the brothers Louis and Jean-Baptiste Masreliez, Pehr Ljung and Ernst Philip Thoman. This work wasn't completed until 1807, four years after his death. Work with the Dining Room, the largest room, started in the late 1790s. In 1881 the walls room was painted in dark colours imitating oak panelling and furnished with Baroque style chairs and table fashionable at the time. Gustaf VI Adolf had this and many other rooms restored back to how it originally was in the 1950s.
A pastel portrait of Prince Fredric of Sweden, Duke of Östergötland (1750-1803) by Alexander Roslin, 1775. The arrangement with the green silk taffeta curtain is a reconstruction of an original arrangement to protect the delicate pastel colours from too much light. The Prince never married but had several mistresses, the longest lasting was Sophie Hagman (1758-1826), a ballet dancer. She was presented at Court where she was well liked by Gustaf III and she became the Prince's official mistress with the King's approval. Sophie had her own house here at Tullgarn called Bellevue.
A portrait bust of Oscar (I)(1799-1859) as Crown Prince by Gusat Göthe is a reminder that he and his family spent many happy summers here at Tullgarn from 1830. His wife Joséphine continued to live here until here death in 1876.
A close up detail of the decor of the Dining Room at Tullgarn. The Bacchanalian frieze (considered suitable for a di groom) was probably made by Ernst Philip Thoman.
A corner of the Dining Room at Tullgarn Palace. It is very unusual to find French windows in Sweden, especially from the 19th century because of the cold climate.
The bust of Carl XIV Johan (1763-1844) (Bernadotte) is by the sculptor Johan Niclas Byström.
Photos from the Instagram of Håkan Groth, a swedish born antique dealer and expert, author and photographer.
A detail of the wonderful Bacchanalian frieze in the Dining Room at Tullgarn. It is believed it was sculpted by Johan Philip Thoman in the 1790s.
A large Chinese serving dish, dated 1796, from a large dinner service commissioned by Prince Fredric for Tullgarn from the Swedish East India Company. Each piece is decorated with an image of the house.
Gustaf V's Billiards Room at Tullgarn was decorated in the late 19th century. The large painting on the wall depicts the Russian ship Standart together with the Swedish Royal ship Drott (in the background) on the occasion of the last Tsar's visit to Gustaf V at Tullgarn in June 1909. This was after the official state visit to Stockholm which turned out to be the last such foreign trip for the Russian Imperial family.
An 18th century Swedish tiled stove in the Billiards Room at Tullgarn. It's not original to the room but as installed at the end of the 19th century.
The Blue Salon was decorated around 1890 for Crown Princess Victoria in a German Rococo revival style reminiscent of interiors in the Karlsruhe Grand Ducal Palace where Victoria grew up. The chairs, sofa and table were also made in Germany. It original had a floral carpet and palms in Chinese pots. The French Louis XVI chimneypiece survives from the 18th century.
Two of the four overdoor paintings in the Blue Salon with exotic birds by a German artist called A. Waagen.
A gilt bronze Rococo revival chandelier, probably German, late 19th century in the Blue Salon.
A pastel portrait of Princess Sophia Albertina (1753-1829) when she was 15-years old by Gustaf Lundberg. She had been reigning Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg (the last) in North Germany from 1787 until 1803 when it was taken over by Prussia. She took over Tullgarn as a summer residence after her brother Prince Fredric and could move in after the redecorations were completed in 1806.
A very fine German Louis XV commode in the Blue Salon at Tullgarn made in Berlin c 1755 by Johann Michael Hopenhaupt II and the ébénist Schilansky. It was possibly a gift to Queen Lovisa Ulrica from her Prussian family and then inherited by her son Prince Fredric.
A pastel portrait in the Blue Salon at Tullgarn of Prince Heinrich of Prussia (1726-1802), a successful general and diplomat. He was the youngest brother of Fredrick the Great of Prussia and Lovisa Ulrica, Queen of Sweden.
One of a pair of Russian Empire hardstone (porphyry?) and ormolu urns on the chimneypiece in the Blue Salon at Tullgarn.
Photos from the Instagram of Håkan Groth, a swedish born antique dealer and expert, author and photographer.
The Red Salon at Tullgarn has a unique inlaid floor and it is said that the artistically talented Prince Fredric participated in its execution. The portrait in the centre is that of King Adolph Fredric (the father of Prince Fredric) by Lorentz Pasch the Younger dated 1767. On either side are portraits of two of Louis XV of France's mistresses, copies by Alexander Roslin after Jean Marc Nattier. The long Gustavian sofa and chairs are by Eric Öhrmark.
A detail of the Neoclassical tiled stove in the Red Salon at Tullgarn. It was probably made c 1790 by the Rörstrand Porcelain Factory in Stockholm. The Wedgwood style frieze of dancing girls is attributed to Johan Philip Thoman.
King Adolph Fredric (1710-71) by Lorentz Pasch the Younger 1767. The king was born a prince of Holstein-Gottorp, ruled as Prince-Bishop of Lübeck 1727-50 and was elected heir and crown prince of Sweden in 1743. He succeeded as king in 1751 and was the father of Gustaf III, Carl XIII, Prince Fredric and Princess Sophia Albertina. He was a popular king who had little power which suited him fine, but his imperious queen Lovisa Ulrica thought otherwise and tried and failed to stage a coup d'etat in 1756 to restore royal power.
A large Gustavian screen with embroideries by Queen Lovisa Ulrica and her ladies-in-waiting given to her daughter Princess Sophia Albertina. The motif to the embroideries would have been copied from French engravings.
An overdoor in the Red Salon designed and carved by Jean-Baptiste Masreliez. Looking into the State Bedroom next door.
The State Bedroom at Tullgarn was part of the suite of official rooms. It was intended as the bedroom of the wife of Prince Fredric. As he never married, the first to occupy it was his sister Princess Sophia Albertina after it was completed in 1806 by Jean-Baptiste Masreliez. It was later used by Queen Joséphine 1830-76 and by Queen Victoria 1881-1930. The French Louis XVI style green silk damask by Tassinari et Châtel was installed a few years ago.
A detail of the bed in the State Bedroom at Tullgarn. The carved gilded wreath of roses indicates that this bed was made for a lady. The Louis XVI style silk damask was woven by the French firm Tassinari et Châtel in Lyon.
The State Bedroom at Tullgarn with a console table probably made by Pehr Ljung c 1800.
A French Louis XV gilt bronze clock symbolising Asia in the State Bedroom at Tullgarn signed 'Martin à Paris'.
The decor in the State Bedroom at Tullgarn was designed in the 1790s by the brothers Louis and Jean-Baptiste Masreliez.
One of the two original tiled stoves to survive in the state rooms at Tullgarn. They were probably made by the Rörstrand factory in Stockholm c 1790-1800.
A page open in the guestbook at Tullgarn with the signatures of the last Russian Imperial family's visit 28 June (15 June Russian date) aboard their ship Standart. 'Nicolas, Alexandra, Olga, Tatiana, Marie, Anastasia and A (for Alexis)'. This was their last official foreign state visit.
Photos from the Instagram of Håkan Groth, a swedish born antique dealer and expert, author and photographer.
The Blue Cabinet is a so-called print room with a set of hand coloured prints by Volpato and Ducros from their 'Vue de Rome et de ses environs' published in 1780 glued directly on to the walls. They were unfortunately varnished so they have yellowed with time. The floor is covered with a hand painted canvas by Prince Fredric's court painter Anders Hultgren. It is a very rare survival of such a kind of floor since it was covered by a carpet in the 19th century. The commode is a work by Georg Haupt c 1780 and the pole-screen was embroidered by Princess Sophia Albertina.
The hand coloured prints glued on the walls in the Blue Cabinet were taken from the work 'Vue de Rome et de ses environs' by Ducros and Volpato published in 1780.
A biscuit porcelain equestrian statuette of Fredrick the Great of Prussian, the uncle of Prince Fredric and Princess Sophia Albertina.
An overdoor in the vestibule to the private suite of rooms of Prince Fredric's at Tullgarn. They are south facing and overlook the terrace and the sea beyond.
Prince Fredric's Dressing Room at Tullgarn has paintings fixed into the panelling.
An overdoor with a painting of Stockholm seen from Kungsholmen by Elias Martin (1732-1816) from the late 18th century.
An overdoor with a painting of Stockholm seen from Södermalm by Elias Martin (1732-1816) from the late 18th century.
Part of the panelling in Prince Fredric's Dressing Room at Tullgarn can be opened to reveal the bed used by his valet.
A portrait of the Prussian Cavalry General Joachim von Zieten (1699-1786) by Anna Dorothea Therbusch in Prince Fredric's Dressing Room. It probably belonged to Queen Lovisa Ulrica and was inherited by her son. There is an identical portrait at Frederick the Great's Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam.
The Rococo desk and étagère with Chinese lacquer panels were made in 1771 by Nils Dahlin in Stockholm for Queen Lovisa Ulrica. It was inherited by her son Fredric who brought it to his Writing Room at Tullgarn. The portrait is of Fredric's sister-in-law (and cousin) Princess Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta.
An Allegory of Study clock or a 'Pendyle à la Geoffrin', modelled after a sculpture of the beautiful Madame Geoffrin in Paris. Signed Gudin à Paris, (Jacques-Jérôme G., made master in 1762), French c 1770.
A detail of one of the doors in Prince Fredric's Writing Room.
A detail of the decor in the window recesses in the Writing Room.
One of the two overdoors made c 1790-1800 by Jean-Baptiste Masreliez in the Writing Room. This room was used as the private breakfast room by Gustaf V and Victoria after they moved in at Tullgarn in 1881.
Photos from the Instagram of Håkan Groth, a swedish born antique dealer and expert, author and photographer.
Prince Fredric's Bedroom at Tullgarn was decorated c 1800. The small Empire clock with Cupid is signed by Gustaf Undén (clockmaker in Stockholm 1800-29).
Prince Fredric's bed at Tullgarn was sculpted with the prince's coat-of-arms as Duke of Östergötland by Jean-Baptist Masreliez c 1780.
The ornament above the alcove was carved by Jean-Baptiste Masreliez c 1780.
A Gustavian chest of drawers in Prince Fredric's Bedroom attributed to Jonas Hulsten (master in Stockholm 1773-94). The central medallion is inlaid with the heraldic symbol of the Wasa dynasty that ruled Sweden in 16th and first half of the 17th centuries. Gustaf III revived the symbol as he could claim the descent from Gustav Wasa, the founder of the dynasty.
A Carrara marble bust of Napoleon's second wife, Empress Marie-Louise in Prince Fredric's Writing Room at Tullgarn.
Portrait of Prince Fredric of Sweden's cousin King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia (1744-97) as crown prince, painted in 1765 by Frédéric (Friedrich) Reclam (1734-74).
The Small Anteroom was decorated in the 1790's for Prince Fredric but it was his sister Princess Sophia Albertina who brought the long divan sofa here after 1806. It is believed to have been a gift from her brother Gustaf III. The 18th century tiled stove and the metal chandelier with Meissen porcelain flowers were installed c 1890 by Gustaf V.
A portrait of King Adolph Fredric of Sweden (1710-71) painted c 1751, the year he succeeded as king, by the court painter Gustaf Lundberg (1695-1786). Lundberg was one of the most prolific portrait painters ever in Sweden and he became very wealthy. He is best known for his pastel portrait and he had been Rosalba Carriera's only pupil during her year in Paris 1721-22. He also studied for Hyacinth Rigaud, Nicolas Largillière and Jean-François de Troy in Paris.
The Small Anteroom at Tullgarn with a long divan sofa made c 1790 that is believed to have been a gift from Gustaf III to his sister Princess Sophia Albertina. It would have been covered with a more luxurious silk fabric originally. A collection of portraits of the princess's family hangs on the walls.
The window wall in the Red Salon at Tullgarn with painted decorations by Anders Hultgren. The console tables with Swedish porphyry tops were made in 1793 by Pehr Ljung in Stockholm after a French design.
A Wedgwood style frieze with dancing ladies probably made by Ernst Philip Thoman c 1790. The carved gilded decor was either carved by Thoman or Jean-Baptiste Masreliez.
A French urn from the 1820s with a motif of Château de St Cloud outside Paris (now destroyed) in Gustaf V's Smoking Room at Tullgarn.
Gustaf V's former Smoking Room at Tullgarn is now decorated with Swedish furniture and family portraits (Queen Lovisa and Queen Désirée) that belonged to Oscar I and Queen Joséphine from 1820s and 1830s.
The pediment on the garden façade of Tullgarn was decorated with the coat-of-arms of Oscar I as King of Sweden and Norway and his wife Joséphine born de Beauharnais, Princess of Leuchtenberg after they took over the estate in 1830.
At the website of the Royal Palaces
Tullgarn, near Trosa in Södermanland, is one of our most popular royal destinations and is less than an hour away from Stockholm by car. Tullgarn Palace was the summer palace of King Gustaf V and Queen Viktoria. The palace was originally built for Duke Fredrik Adolf in the 1770s. The palace park has avenues of lime trees, and makes a delightful spot for a picnic.
Tullgarn Palace - Kungliga slotten
The Palace - Kungliga slotten
The Palace Park - Kungliga slotten
History - Kungliga slotten
At Instagram and Facebook of The Royal Palaces

Escape from the "State Prison" - Summer at Tullgarn
Gustaf V and his family spent many long summers at Tullgarn. Queen Victoria, who in dark times called the Royal Palace the "State Prison", loved animals and nature. At Tullgarn, by the sparkling bay and greenery, she received light and air.
Even though Tullgarn Palace remains closed until further notice, the park is a visit destination in itself, well worth a trip. A walk through Tullgarn Palace Park is a walk from the 17th century to the 20th century - from Carl Hårlemans linden tree avenues to Gustaf V and Queen Victoria's exotic tree species as a Japanese screen figure. Here are several old park buildings - Victoria's stable, the greenhouse and the inn. The inn houses a castle café which opens on June 13, and is then open Tuesday through Sunday. Ask for a takeaway if you want to enjoy a snack or lunch in the park. On the web are several recipes from the archives, including Gustaf V's Tullgarnspaj.
Queen Victoria in the hammock with one of her ten dogs, probably 1886–87, from the Bernadotte Library's archive. Gustaf V with company takes a meal in the park, photo Engelberth Bengtsson for Hemmets Journal. Exterior picture Dick Norberg / Kungligaslotten.se

Tullgarn Palace Park and Cafe
During Gustav V and Victoria's summers at Tullgarn Palace, croquet was sometimes played in the beautiful linden tree avenue, coffee drinks in the orangery and boat excursions were a big part of summer life. Even today, the linden tree avenue, the orangery and the boathouse remain and can be discovered on a walk through the park.
On Saturday, Tullgarn Palace café opens. Here are places both inside and outside, if you want to settle down in the park, just ask for takeaway.

Article at the website of The Royal Palaces
Summers at Tullgarn Palace
Somrarna på Tullgarn - Kungliga slotten
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At Instagram of the Royal Palaces
A modern kitchen
In 1881, Crown Prince Gustaf (V) married Princess Victoria of Baden and Tullgarn became their summer palace. Several of the palace's interiors have survived since their time, and differ from the palace's many 18th -century furnishings. Among other things, Gustaf V had the palace kitchen modernized, which now had a stainless steel sink with water taps, water heater, cold room, heating shelf, food lift, cutting machine and coffee grinder.
Last year, the "Sessions" -outdoor concerts were started at Solliden Palace and Läckö Castle. This year there are more of those concerts, there will be eight concerts also at Tullgarn Palace.
Tullgarn Sessions - Sessions
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