söndag 17 februari 2019

A history of Lundby paintings

This history could start way back, but I've chosen to begin with the items that can be found in the 1967 catalogue. This is also the year when Lundbys more modern range of bathroom furniture (that I've covered earlier) started, along with several other, more modern items.

So what can we find in 1967? The images in the catalogue aren't as clear as you'd wish, but there are some items that can be identified. They are described as "6612 - three different pictures", "6613 - picture with lighting" and "6711 - five different pictures". When you look in other catalogues, it's obvious that Lundby recycles item numbers. This means that, for example, 6612 could be found in several different versions. Just our luck - making it more difficult to identify all the pieces. But I'll give it a try.

Here are some images of the pictures included in the 1967 catalogue and forward: 

This is a replica of "La liseuse" (Young girl reading) by Jean-Honore Fragonard: 

This is a replica of an unnamed painting by swedish painter Einar Krüger: 

This is a replica of "L'etoile" (The star - dancer on stage) by Edgar Degas: 

This is a replica of "Timmerkojan" (The log cabin) by Edvard Bergh. 

This is a replica of "Grindslanten" by swedish painter August Malmström.

Here are two examples of paintings in their original packages from around 1969/70 (my best guess).

Even if these paintings were sold by Lundby, they were not produced by Lundby. These early paintings were produced by Sufa. Their products were also sold by Lisa and other brands. I've decided to include only the Sufa paintings that I know for certain were sold by Lundby. 

This one seems to be a new addition for the 1970 catalogue (but if you look at the previous image, it's included there).

In 1974 I can find four new paintings in the catalogue.

This is a replica of "Mattrasor" by Sam Uhrdin:

This is a replica of "Saint Fabiola" by Francis Alÿs:

This is a replica of "Paris, L'Arc de Triomphe" by Lucien Delarue:

This is a replica of "Rehböcke" (Roe buck) by Carl Zimmerman:

This is a replica of "The church at Auvers" by Vincent van Gogh. 
It was produced with two different frames:

This is a replica of "Stute mit fullen" (Mare with foal) - Ignac Konrad

This is a replica of Edouard Manets "Oeillets et Clematite dans un Vase de Cristal"
I've found this painting with three different frames: blue, brown and red. 

And let's finish of with the last one from this era. 
This is a replica of "Vintersöndag"  (Winter sunday) by Anders Altzar.

Here are two more examples of paintings in their original packaging from around 1973-74:

Now, before we move on to the paintings that were produced by Lundby, I've noticed a pattern with the paintings. They seem to come in groups of 4. By that I mean that they are similar in size and has the same sort of frame. It seems like Lundby sold them with one from each group (look at the two examples above). This phenomenon is something that continues later on, so we'll get back to that.

In 1975 we also get lots of new additions. And yes, the item number is still 6615. This is also the first batch of paintings that is produced by Lundby themselves, not by Sufa. (I can't find any Sufa paintings in the catalogue after 1974, so I think it's safe to say that they were produced between 1967-1974).

These four were new in 1975 and can be seen as item 6615:

This is a replica of "Madonnina" by Roberto Perruzzi:

This is a replica of Hirsch am See (Deer by the lake) by George Kuboth

In the catalogue you can also spot two other paintings. The first one is a replica of "Mare with foal" by Heinrich Faust. This one has also been produced with a red frame (someone - not me - painted it silver, but you can still see the red)

In 1977, there's a big new thing: the swedish king and queen! They were married in 1976. This picture was taken at their engagement in March 1976, and is well known in Sweden.

1977 was apparently a big royal dollhouse year. This painting was, as far as I know, only released in the UK (and perhaps other commonwealth nations) to celebrate the queen's silver jubilee.

Here are some of the paintings above in their original packaging:

Some other news can also be spotted in the background in the catalogues from 1977-79, even if they aren't promoted. They are these:

And that concludes the 1970's. Now, lets move over to the 1980's. These can be seen in the catalogue from 81/82 and yes, it's still item 6615. They are produced with several different frames.

This is a replica of "The Epsom derby" by Théodore Géricault:

This is a replica of "Return of the fishing boats" by Andre Derain. It was produced with four different frames: Yellow, pale with gold accents, matt gold and shining gold.

In the same catalogue we can also find several other new items on different pages.

This is a replica of "Des Glaneuses" (The gleaners) by Jean-Francois Millet:  

This is a replica of "Jeune fille se peignant" (Young girl combing her hair)
by Auguste Renoir: 

This is a replica of "Vendedora de alcatraces" (The flower seller) by Diego Rivera. It was produced with at least three different frames: Yellow, pale with gold accents and matt gold.

Here are some of the paintings above in their original packaging:

Before we move on - remember the "group of four"? It still exists. The only exception is the two paintings with royals from 1977.

In 1984, Lundby is introducing a new range of paintings, along with new houses and lots of new furniture. Big news: the item number has now changed to 6617! (although 6615, the latest versions, are still produced as well). They were made in two versions: One thinner with more pale colours and thicker with brighter colours.

There is also an updated version of these, found in the catalogue from 1990. Those three paintings are more rare, and seems to have produced only for a few years. In the catalogue from 1993, item 6617 is again the first three. They can be found as late as around 2000.

In 1999, Lundby retires the old range of paintings. The last catalogue picture, and last items, are these. (They now all have gold frames, so they changed a bit from 1984).

The water colour paintings survive a bit longer - they are last seen in 2004. This gives them a very long lifetime of 20 years.

From 2000, Lundby introduces posters and photographs in their furniture range. I'm not getting to deeply involved with these here. But there is one interesting item from the 2000 catalogue:

This is the only year I can find them, so I think it's safe to say that they were only produced for a short period of time.

In the same catalogue you can also find a bean bag and three posters - presumably for a kids room as well. These are the three posters:

Before we move on to an entirely new range of paintings, there is another branch of Lundby that needs attention: The advent calendars. Lundby released three of these, as far as I know: in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The advent calendars contained smaller items for the dollhouses, including - of course - paintings.

The 2004 calendar had two: the Lundby family picture and a picture of a girl.

(img: Mervi Pirinen - used with permission)

The 2005 advent calendar supplied pictures of a zebra and a bird:

Finally, the 2007 edition gave us this one. I think that it's a christmas star with something on it.. :)

In 2005, Lundby updated their range with new houses, furniture and of course also paintings. We get the new Småland and Stockholm houses. These two paintings comes with the Stockholm house in 2005. The first one is called "Prinsessan" (the princess), the second one "Tre" (three). (Yes, as in number three). They were produced between 2005-2009.

The catalogue information also gives us the name of the artist: Lisa Rinnevuo. She seems to be the artist in residence for many years to come.

The Småland house gets this new set of art on the walls in 2006 - five paintings/photos. They were sold in a package with a pink mirror, and were produced between 2006-2010.

The Stockholm range adds another painting - two versions - to the line-up in 2007:

Just as the previous items, it's Lisa Rinnevuo who is the artist. The painting is called "Bambi".

In 2010 we get a pink version of the princess painting from 2005. It was produced between 2010-2016.

The Småland range gets a big make-over in 2011. It's interesting that the catalogue images from 2011 isn't the finished product. All these three looks a bit different in the catalogue. (The next catalogue has updated images that look like the actual paintings). They were produced between 2011-2014 (the city skyline) and 2011-2017 (the princess paintings).

2013 range of Småland winter/christmas items also includes a new painting. The original was later donated to Astrid Lindgrens children hospital in Stockholm. It was produced between 2013-2019 (still in production).

In 2015, this painting comes with a living room set. It was produced between 2015-2019 (still in production).

And finally, to round up this history, we get a new version of this in 2018. Does it look familiar? It should - this is the third version of the same painting. Recycling is clearly gaining ground here.