27/11/2022

1823, 1844 Stockholm SE – Industrial Exhibition

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1823 Stockholm

Name:Industrial Exhibition
Dates:
Days:
Venue:Arvsfurstens Palats, Hereditary Prince’s Palace, Gustav Adolfs Torg (square), Stockholm
Theme:
Exhibitors:62 (1823), 210 with 1,336 products (1844)
Awards:
Visitors:5,000 (1844)
Legacy:

Carl John, king of Sweden and Norway, was previously Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, born into a humble family in France. He served its army and rose to be appointed a Marshall of France by Napoléon. When Bonaparte appointed himself King of Italy he named Bernadotte as Prince of Pontecorvo, a short-lived principality in Italy; after Waterloo this was recovered by the Papal States.

Bernadotte had left that principality by 1810 and was elected as the heir-presumptive to King Charles III of Sweden, when he changed his name to Carl John. He became regent of Sweden and later, as its king, founded a Bernadotte dynasty which ruled Norway until 1905 and is today’s Swedish royal family.

Carl John’s ultra-conservative approach was unpopular, but reigned over both nations until 1844. It was
during his reign that Sweden held two exhibitions in 1823 and 1844, perhaps prompted by his knowledge of
the French expositions.

Arvsfurstens Palats, Stockholm

The exhibition was held at Arvsfurstens Palats, Hereditary Prince’s Palace, Gustav Adolfs Torg (square) in Stockholm. It sits opposite the Royal Opera House. The Swedish Foreign Office took it over in 1906.

The sources for this 1823 exhibition prove quite thin, many sources do confirm that it was held in 1823 and one source suggested it attracted 62 exhibitors but had little other detail.

The porcelain manufacturer, Rörstrand, confirms it exhibited at the 1823 event. That same year the company conducted several study tours to the British Potteries, leading to many new patterns being produced.

Swedish schoolhouse, shown at Vienna 1873

Sweden had worked on improving its schoolhouses and this became something of a national success story. There had been national competitions from the late 1830s to 1854, the resulting designs were shown at the 1844 exhibition and then examples were displayed at London in 1862 and 1871, Paris in 1867, Vienna in 1873 and Philadelphia in 1876.

There is not much more data on the second Swedish event in 1844 though it is reported that it attracted 210 exhibitors that presented 1,336 products to some 5,000 visitors.

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