A Magnificent Carved and Giltwood Marble Top Centre Table

A Magnificent Carved and Giltwood Marble Top Centre Table

c. 1870 France

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A Magnificent Carved and Gilt Wood Marble Top Centre Table.

The table decorated with lion masks, snakes, grapes and vine on eight reeded cross stretched legs.
Højriis Castle, Denmark.

Højriis Castle was first mentioned in 1397. The Knight Johan Skarpenberg, the owner at the time, was one of Queen Margarethe’s most important advisors. Skarpenberg was a powerful man, and owned further estates around Denmark, one of them being a place called Spøttrup in Salling.

The present Gothic guise of the house is the result of a major refurbishment during the late 19th century. Until then, Højriis was a simple renaissance building with three floors of a very functional construction. In 1859 the then owner Didrik Galtup Gjedde decided to build himself a more grandiose house with romantic towers and coloured glass windows - all according to the new taste of the time, the ‘Strawberry Hill’ ‘Gothick style’. Højriis differs from the typical Danish gothic style though because of its Venetian influences, which was inspired by Arabic architecture, and it gives the house a light and dreamy impression. The rest of the refurbishment, including a knight’s hall, was finished off by Gjedde’s son-in-law C. L. A. Steenson-Leth in 1876. He was also the one to plant the forests surrounding Højriis today.

Højriis soon fell on hard times and by the end of the 1940’s only a few rooms were habitable, and by the end of the 1960’s the place was uninhabitable. After that a pictoresque decline took over until 1995 when the current owners started an extensive renovation of Højriis, sealing the roofs of the Knight’s Hall and Garden wings and repairing the foundation of the building; even the clock tower is up and running again.
Højriis, “Danske Slotte og Herregårde”, 1943, pl. III, p.549 and pl. XII, p. 193.
Height 88.00 cm (34.65 inches)
Width 200.00 cm (78.74 inches)
Depth 100.00 cm (39.37 inches)
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