28 September27 November 2016
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Detail of Pendule portique, approx. 1800.

In the County of Älvdalen, it was discovered in the early 18th century that the bedrock contained porphyry, a hard, shiny, near-black stone. King Charles XIV John bought the porphyry quarry in Älvdalen in order to provide the local poor population with a much-needed source of income. The shiny rock, which is notoriously hard to shape, was used to make exquisite objects in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

Butter box with lid, Karl Johan, 1920s.
Paper weight, approx. 1800.
Knives, stamped Jernbolaget Eskilstuna, from the second half of the 19th century.

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