söndag 17 februari 2019

A history of Lundby paintings

This history could start way back, but I've chosen to start 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.

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 from around 1967: 

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 picture, with the ship, seems to be the 6613 "picture with lighting".

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

There are some other pictures in the 1967 catalogue that I can't identify, so lets jump forward to 1970. We now have paintings in sets 6615and 6616. The text says (in swedish): "Examples from Lundbys painting collection". This means that set 6615 and 6616 doesn't necessarily always include the same pictures, just as I suspected. 

This one seems to be a new addition, but if you look at the previous image, it's included there: 

Let's move on to 1972. I can find one new addion in that catalogue - this one. This is a replica of the painting "Grindslanten" by the swedish painter August Malmström. But I can also spot this one in the 1970 catalogue, so I guess that it was produced in the late 60's, but didn't show up clearly until now.

In 1974 I can find four new paintings in the catalogue. This is also the first batch of paintings that is produced by Lundby, not by Sufa.

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:

The first four are clearly shown as the new 6615-kit.

I also own this one, bought in a kit with the two above, so I assume that they were produced around the same time. This is a replica of "The church at Auvers" by Vincent van Gogh. It was produced with two different frames:

Another new painting from this batch is this one - it can be seen in the 1974 catalogue as well: 

I think this is also from the same batch. It's 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 another one that must be from this era, since it was sold with some of the paintings above. This is a replica of "Vintersöndag"  (Winter sunday) by Anders Altzar.

Here are two more examples of paintings in their original packaging from around 1974:

In 1975 we also get lots of new additions. And yes, the item number is still 6615....

These four are also new, as far as I can tell:

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 1977, there's a big new thing: the 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 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.

(img: Paige Baird - used with permission)

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:

This is a replica of "Mare with foal" by Heinrich Faust:

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.

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.

The painting on the left here below is one I can't find in a catalogue, but it's very similar to its sibling on the right, so I have no doubt that it's a Lundby from the same time. 

...and yes, here it is with the ones mentioned above! 

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)

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).

Here are two version of the same painting - the older one to the right:

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.

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:

(img: Mervi Pirinen - used with permission)

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

(img: Mervi Pirinen - used with permission)

In 2005, Lundby updated their range with new houses, furniture and of course also paintings. We get the new Småland and Stockholm houses. The Småland house gets this new set of art on the walls - five paintings/photos. They were sold in a package with a pink mirror.

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).

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 Stockholm range adds another painting 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.

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).

2013 range of Småland winter/christmas items also includes a new painting. The original was later donated to Astrid Lindgrens children hospital in Stockholm.

In 2015, this painting comes with a living room set:

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.