AFHANDLING OM DRÄLLERS OCH DUBBLA GOLFMATTORS TILLVERKNING, by EKENMARK, J[ohan.]…

AFHANDLING OM DRÄLLERS OCH DUBBLA GOLFMATTORS TILLVERKNING, by EKENMARK, J[ohan.] E[rik.] and sisters: [Hedda Christina EKENMARK, Louisa Maria EKENMARK, Johanna Sofia Ekenmark, and Gustafva Fredrika BECKVALL.] < >
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A practical weaving manual by Ekenmark and his sisters - with female ownership signature

AFHANDLING OM DRÄLLERS OCH DUBBLA GOLFMATTORS TILLVERKNING, med begagnande af Harnesk-Rustning, forfattad af J. E. Ekenmark och Systrar. Stockholm, Kongl. Ordens-Boktryckeriet.

1828. 8vo, pp. [vi], 111, [1] errata, [2]; with small folding plate tipped in at gutter of p. 39 ‘Sålfning för fig 7. Pl. 1’ and ten folding engraved plates bound at end; some occasional minor soiling, but otherwise a lovely, bright, fresh copy; with contemporary signature of Louise Celsing on inside front cover, and so from the Biby Manor in Södermanland; uncut, sewn as issued in contemporary stiff blue/grey wrappers, inside front cover slightly foxed, head and tail of spine and corners a little bumped, but a very good copy. Rare first edition of this Swedish pattern book for weavers, the work of ‘J. E. Ekenmark and sisters’, and of note for the striking series of ten black and white engraved plates showing patterns for woven figures all shown against a graph paper background to represent the warp and weft. An additional small folding plate has been tipped in at page 37 and is labelled ‘Sålfning för fig 7. Pl. 1’. As noted in the preface, the hope of the authors was to turn what could be seen as a chore, into a simple method for weaving practical and beautiful creations. The weaving process is explained in detail, including some typographically printed ‘pick diagrams’ to aid the reader. The first plate illustrates a loom, with included amongst the various patterns illustrated coats of arms, standing and mounted soldiers, scales of justice, a lion, a bird, a butterfly, a lobster, a crane, musical instruments, flowers, trees, windmills, small & large buildings, a castle, conventional coverlet patterns, an alphabet, and finally more coverlet patterns.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the Ekenmark family played a significant role in the education and development of the art of weaving in Sweden, training students and publishing several manuals both individually, and collectively as here. Johan Erik Ekenmark (1786-1833) was one of six children, together with his brother Gustaf (1789/1792-1855/6), and his sisters Johanna Sofia (1788-1864?), Louisa Maria (1795-1875) Hedvig (Hedda) Christina (1797-ca 1864), and Gustafva (1800-1859). Gustaf was married to Maria Christina, who was also actively involved with the Ekenmark sisters’ enterprise, and published her own weaving manual in 1826, Monster-Bok for Unga Fruntimmer.
‘These books were considered textbooks. They provided instruction on weaving damask on a repurposed foot-pedal loom supplied with a harness and associated implements. Using these items required proper familiarity with weaving. The books included patterns, which set the weaving style for the ensuing hundred years, particularly within handicrafts and weaving for domestic needs. The books contained weaving patterns and drawings of looms and the appendices were richly endowed with plates. The Ekenmark family travelled across Sweden and Norway during the 1820-1860 period, running weaving courses in places such as Kalmar, Växjö, and Karlstad. Johan Ekenmark and his sisters were called on to train two teachers in their “improved and fairly comprehensive weaving style” at Chalmersska slöjdskolan (now Chalmers University of Technology). Chalmers later opened a weaving school which, however,closed just two years later. In the late autumn of 1827 Louisa Ekenmark and her sister Gustafva travelled with their mother from Strängnäs to Stockholm on board the steamboat Josephine. A fire broke out on the ship destroying all their material. They appealed to the king for replacement materials and received support from the royal family. In 1828, in recognition of the Ekenmark family’s efforts on behalf of the art of weaving, a payment for 4,500 riksdaler was authorised by the estates of the Swedish parliament. The Norwegian parliament also awarded them a payment of 600 riksdaler’ (Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexidon online).
Provenance: Lovisa (Louise) Celsing (1772-1866), was the niece of the noted Swedish Ottoman diplomats Gustaf and Ulric Celsing, who amassed a large art collection, housed at one of their properties, Biby Manor. In 1806 she inherited the Fjällskäfte estate and a third of Hellefors' iron works as an entailed estate (a fideicommissum) from her uncle, together with a further property in Stockholm. In 1791 she married the military officer Elof Ihre (1766-1828). Her grand-daughter married another member of the Celsing family and some of her books ended up at Biby Manor before the collection was dispersed.

Bibliography: See https://skbl.se/en/article/LovisaEkenmark; see Charles Wood, Catalogue 167 A Touchstone for the Arts, item 101 and who cites Anna-Maja Nylen, Swedish Handicraft (trans. from the Swedish), Lund, 1976, as a notable reference documenting the importance of the Ekenmark family; OCLC locates copies at Illinois, Harvard, Smith College, Princeton, the Royal Danish Library,and the Royal Swedish Library.

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