Family Room - Kistlar / Woodcarving

Mikið hefur varðveist af útskornum gripum á Íslandi. Þeir vitna um hversu rík útskurðarlistin var og að hún lifði góðu lífi fram á 19. öld. Útskurðarlistin barst milli kynslóða en hér á landi urðu hvorki til skólar né verkstæði fyrr en eftir að atvinnulíf breyttist og þéttbýli tók að myndast á 19. öld. Húsgögn í torfbæjum voru fábreytileg, skápar voru litlir og borð og stólar sömuleiðis. Fólk geymdi eigur sínar í skrínum og kistlum sem oft voru haganlega útskorin og jafnvel máluð. / Carved objects have survived in large quantities in Iceland. They bear witness to Iceland’s rich woodcarving tradition, which flourished into the 19th century. Woodcarving skills were passed down from generation to generation; Iceland had neither schools nor ateliers until the 19th century, when urban centres first began to develop. Traditional turf houses had little space for furniture, and cupboards, tables and chairs were small and simple. People stored their possessions in caskets and coffers which were often skilfully carved, and sometimes painted.

  • 10795 Kistill / Coffer

    Pine coffer with letters G. M. D. on the lid. Originally painted red.

  • 11760 Kistill(1766)

    Pine coffer with raised carving. On the bottom is the inscription IOS and the date 1766.

  • 11761 Kistill / Coffer(1900)

    Pine coffer, carved and painted red with black borders and corners. In the centre of the lid is a large six-pointed rosette within a circle, and two smaller ones at each end. At the front edge are the initials CI and DSB. On the sides are two large six-pointed rosettes, and circular motifs on the ends.

  • 14524 Kistill / Coffer(1820-1850)

    Pine coffer by renowned folk-poet and woodcarver Hjálmar Jónsson of Bóla. The lid, sides and ends are all carved in the same way, with an ornamental band in the middle and lines of head-letters on either side. The inscription reads: KISTANLÆS – TAFGULLIGL - ÆSTGEIMI - RSTEINAK - IÆRAE - CKINÆ - STNIEURH - ENIFÆSTO - RMAB -OLIDS (Locked, the chest of splendid treasure stores cherished stones. From it the shining gold can not be taken). This verse, commonly seen on coffers carved by Hjálmar, is by eminent scholar Arngrímur Jónsson the Learned (1568-1648). Hjálmar’s version differs slightly from the original.

  • 14529 Kistill / Coffer(1819)

    Pine coffer, all carved with head-letters. On one end is ANO and on the other 1819. The rest of the text is AFHENT SIERU T AUD - GRUND BLIDA -ÆDST U - MM IÖFUR HIMN - A RANS HANN SIE VERND ÞIN HE - IMS ASTRIDA HER ÞO MÆDI VIS - TTIL SANS ÞA ENDAST VETRARE - IMDASTRID ADSTOD GUDS ÞAD VEITE - BLID AD SIE OSS VIST SO - SINGIUM GLADAR - SUMAR HA EILIFS HA FAGNADARIADA

  • 1969-29 Kistill / Coffer(1890-1892)

    Carved coffer.

  • 1973-106 Kistill(1796)

    Painted coffer by renowned painter Jón Hallgrímsson of Kasthvammur. On the front is a painting of a man and woman kissing. The woman wears a high krókfaldur headdress, while the man is bare-headed. The front is also painted with the initials I D, the initials of the first owner of the coffer (unidentified). The front is also painted with the date, Ao 1796. The sides have paintings of birds and trees, and the lid has floral motifs.

  • 1982 Kistill / Coffer(1700-1800)

    Pine coffer. The lid is ridged. The sides, ends and ends of the lid are carved with tendrils in Icelandic style. On the lid is an inscription in head-letters: ragneidurþorda : rdotterak : istunamr (Ragnheiður Þórðardóttir is the rightful owner of the coffer).

  • 2008-5-182 Kistill / Coffer(1800-1850)

    Pine coffer with carved lid, sides and ends. Within the plain frame the ground is slightly lowered, and raised ornament is placed upon it. The motifs are all tendrils. On the lid is a large inscription in mirror-script, probably FKD or TKD.

  • 2008-5-193 Kistill / Coffer(1859)

    Pine coffer with three lines of head-letters on each side and the ends, and four lines on the lid. The inscription on the lid reads: þessistoek - urergiör - durartali - dsemer 1859 (1839) (This box is made in the year 1859 (or 1839). The inscription on the coffer is kistannlæst - medgullid - glæstgeimi - rsteina - skæraa - ldreifæ - stneurhenni - næstorma - bolidkæra - ragnhil - durgis - ladottir (Locked, the chest of splendid treasure stores cherished stones. From it the shining gold can not be taken). This verse is commonly seen on carved objects, among them several coffers carved by renowned folk-poet and woodcarver Hjálmar Jónsson of Bóla. It is by eminent scholar Arngrímur Jónsson the Learned (1568-1648). The original verse is slightly different from the carved versions.

  • 2008-5-434 Kistill / Coffer(1750-1800)

    Pine coffer with tendril ornament on both sides and the lid. On the ends are interlace patterns.

  • 2008-5-572 Kistill / Coffer (1820-1840)

    Pine coffer by renowned folk-poet and woodcarver Hjálmar Jónsson of Bóla. In the middle of sides and ends are shallow-carved bands of leaves, and the letters KMD in the middle of the lid. An inscription in head-letters reads KISTANLÆS - TAFGULLIGL - ÆSTGEIME - RSTEINAKI - ÆRAECK - INÆSTN - IEURHENE - FÆSTORM - ABOLID – SKIÆRA (Locked, the chest of splendid treasure stores cherished stones. From it the shining gold can not be taken). This verse, commonly seen on coffers carved by Hjálmar, is by eminent scholar Arngrímur Jónsson the Learned (1568-1648). Hjálmar’s version differs slightly from the original.

  • 2008-5-89 Stokkur / Box(1800-1850)

    Pine box with raised carving on lid, sides and end. The box has a sliding lid carved with the letters KID.

  • 2057 Kistill / Coffer(1750-1800)

    Pine coffer carved with foliage. On the lid is a roundel with the initials S E D.

  • 2115 Stokkur / Box(1800-1882)

    Small pine box fixed together with dowels, with sliding lid. It is carved with a verse in head-letters: hliotigiedi - heillogfrid – hrun - dmed - dygdagnot - tirkostum - buidk - uennu - alid – Krist – ingunn - arsdottir“ (Good fortune, health and peace to the maiden of high virtue. A woman of excellent qualities I deem Kristín Gunnarsdóttir).

  • 24 Pallkistill / Coffer(1771)

    Old, rather roughly cut carvings cover the entire surface. On the inside of the lid is the inscription of the name DISA A. 1771.

  • 2561 Kistill / Coffer(1699)

    Beech coffer with lid and front of oak. The lid and ends are carved with roundels, and on the front is an inscription in head-letters: Vigdis ion. The inscription continues on the reverse in a mixture of Latin letters and runes: s dotter á kistilinn og með réttu. (Vigdís Jónsdóttir is rightful owner of the coffer). The ends are carved with the date 1699.

  • 2605 Pallkistill / Coffer(1720-1790)

    Pine coffer. On the lid is raised carving in a floral pattern. In the centre is a plaque with inscription in head-letters: Þorun io d (Þórunn Jónsdóttir).

  • 2927 Kistill / Coffer(1789)

    Pine coffer, originally coloured red and pale blue, now mostly worn off. On the lid is the date 1789 , and on the reverse Þ I and D A. The ends have floral carving.

  • 2954 Kistill / Coffer(1790)

    Pine coffer, originally painted. In the centre of the lid is an openwork carving with the letters SBD. The sides are carved with ANNO and the date 1790.

  • 2975 Kistill / Coffer(1702)

    Pine coffer, carved with foliage and tendrils. The coffer is carved with a line of head-letters: eigandin hlioti a - udnu og lau med - andar fri - di heidur o - g lu(c)ku af himna s - midi og hrekist - ey af giæf - u mide - uti. The date 1702 is carved on the reverse.

  • 3018 Kistill / Coffer(1700-1800)

    The lid and sides are carved with simple rosettes, and the ends with dots. The coffer was painted pale blue with red, green and yellow rosettes. Probably late 18th century.

  • 3061 Kistill / Coffer(1779)

    Coffer, pine or spruce. Carved ANNO M 779 (i.e. 1779) and initials MED.

  • 3143 Kistill / Coffer(1731)

    Beech-and-oak coffer. On the lid is a tendril in a z-shape. On the sides and ends is Latin lettering: S.V. The front has the inscription ?VDLAVD - ÞORD - ILS – DOTTERA. One end has KISTI - LENN – MEDR, the reverse IETTVOD - ERVELA - DHRN – VM, and te other end KOME - NN - AN - O1731D – LF.

  • 3280 Pallkistill / Coffer(1700-1800)

    Coffer with carved rosettes. Along the middle of the lid is an inscription in head-letters: INGEBIØRGGRIMSDOTTERAKITA (Ingibjörg Grímsdóttir owns the coffer).

  • 3291 Kistill / Coffer(1730-1744)

    Coffer with pyramidal lid, carved with large head-letters: Þurídur Pálsdóttir á kistuna med riettu, og er vel að henne ko(min (The coffer rightfully belongs to Þurídur Pálsdóttir, who well deserves it). The ends are carved with Anno 1744. On the lid is a nonsense inscription: TYBSYMDLASMABÞGGCSAHLRGYMAN.

  • 4282 Pallkistill / Coffer(1747)

    Coffer, carved with date ANNO 1747, and on the lid HLIOTE ALLS KINS HEILLA SPA - HAMINGIU LAN OG SOOMA - KISTILINN SEM EIGNAST A - EIKENN BAZU LIOOMA. (Blessings of all kinds, happiness, good fortune and honour, come to the one who receives the coffer, ei kenn báruljóma.)

  • 5027 Kistill / Coffer(1760)

    Coffer, carved on sides, ends and lid with unusual tendril/interlace patterns. In the centre of the lid is an oval surrounding the inscription Marsebil Asgrímsdoottir. Anno MDCCLX.

  • 5397 Stokkur / Box(1700-1800)

    Small pine-and-beech box in the shape of a book. Probably 18th century.

  • 5458 Kistill / Coffer(1820-1840)

    Pine coffer. The lid, sides and ends are carved with two lines of head-letters with a border of leaves between them. The coffer is the work of famed folk-poet and woodcarver Hjálmar Jónsson of Bóla. The inscription reads: KISTANLÆ - STAFGULLI - GEIMERS - TEINASKI - RAEC - KINÆS - TNIEURHE - NIFÆSTOR - MABO – LIDSK (Locked, the chest of splendid treasure stores cherished stones. From it the shining gold can not be taken). This verse, commonly seen on coffers carved by Hjálmar, is by eminent scholar Arngrímur Jónsson the Learned (1568-1648). Hjálmar’s version differs slightly from the original.

  • 6121 Stokkur / Box

    The lid, sides and ends are carved with two lines of head-letters: GUDBIØ - RGIONS - DOTTER - AEINAR - SNES - EAÞE - NNANNS - TOCKEPT - IRFOST – RASIN (Guðbjörg Jónsdóttir of Einarsnes owns this box from her foster-father). In the box is a small compartment carved with the word GULLID (gold or treasure).

  • 6243 Kistill / Coffer(1700-1750)

    Coffer with five carved circles on lid and sides. On the ends are knot motifs.

  • 6829 Kistill / Coffer(1780)

    Pine coffer for storing money. The lid is carved with flowers and the initials I S D. A flower is painted on the inside of the lid. The front and reverse have carved and painted floral ornament. On the front the date 1780 is carved and painted. The ends are double; the outer boards are carved with openwork heart-shaped flowers.

  • 7030 Kistill / Coffer

    Beech-and-pine coffer, carved and painted in various colours.

  • 8650 Stokkur / Box(1783)

    Pine-and-beech box. The sliding lid is painted black with red stripes around, with narrow white stripes between the colours. Painted with the letters JSSEA, probably signifying “property of Jón Sigurðsson the elder” or similar. Sides and ends have similar painting. One side is painted with ANNO, the other 1783.

  • 867 Kistill / Coffer

    Large coffer with small openwork rosettes and leaves which are nailed onto the surface. Within the rosette on one side of the front is a man on horseback, and on the other side a man holding a glass, and behind him a boy with a bottle. Also a woman wearing a high krókfaldur headdress. The coffer is unusual for its fine woodcarving, and because it is painted. It is the work of Hallgrímur Jónsson (1717-85).

  • 91 Kistill / Coffer

    Coffer with monogram on the lid with letters S. M. D. set within a cross. On the sides and ends is floral carving.

  • 9227 Kistill / Coffer(1834)

    Pine coffer with date ANNO 1834 at the top of the lid. Originally painted green.

  • 936 Kistill / Coffer

    Rather large coffer. The exterior is all painted, with rosettes on the sides and ends. On the lid are three openwork carved letters: R.F.D. framed in red. The coffer has a sliding lid.

  • 974 Kistill / Coffer

    Coffer carved with rosettes. On both ends are animals which emerge through the rosettes. They are carved with initials F.E.D.

  • 983 Kistill / Coffer

    Mahogany coffer carved with rosettes and interlace. On the lid is a six-pointed rosette within a circle. On either side is knotted interlace with leaves at the ends