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Bord med festdukning med vaser, blombuketter, vikta linneservetter.

3 Oct 1955 – Ongoing

30-45 min

Audio guide

Level 3

Discover interiors featuring table settings from the 16th century to circa 1950: tables for banquets, coffee and tea parties, and tables for aperitifs and aquavit – all are on display in this exhibition.

Our exhibition highlights food and drink, customs and traditions pertaining to meals and the ways in which crockery, cutlery and drinking vessels have changed and developed.

Ett festbord står dukat med festliga efterrätter, bakom syns tavlor från 1600-talet.
Photo: Karolina Kristensson / Nordiska museet

Table settings from the 16th century to 1950

Take a look at a late 16th century dining table, a banquet table featuring confectionery from the late 17th century, a table laid for serving Swedish punch, a table for a special dinner and for a tea party from the 18th century, a breakfast table and one laid for serving aquavit in the 19th century. A 20th century coffee party table will also be on display.


1. A stuffed swan as a showpiece

The table setting should be beautiful and impress from the 17th century, like here with a roasted swan in the middle of the table. Feather decoration was often used; they simply placed a new roast there.

Ett dukat bord med ett fat ostron och en uppstoppad svan mitt på bordet.
Photo: Peter Segemark / Nordiska museet

2. Spirit bottle

Time for som Aquavit? Spirit bottle in glazed earthenware from Höganäs, Sweden, 1840.

En ljusgul kvinnofigur i porslin att hälla brännvin ur
Photo: Nordiska museet

3. Game bird showpiece on the table

Notice the refined dishes and table setting details from the history of gastronomy, such as the little dove inviting guests to a pâté feast in an exclusive home.

En uppstoppad fågel som det ligger en pastej i på ett silverfat.
Photo: Mats Landin / Nordiska museet