Friday, January 1, 2016

Sweden: Church art


 Sweden issued this group of five stamps 8 May 2014 to commemorate one thousand years of church art. The set includes illuminated text, an organ, a light fixture, a clock works and a baptismal font. All of the stamps are denominated 7 kroner. They were issued in booklet format. The stamps appear in the booklet in one long strip of 10, two copies of each stamp. A postal bulletin from 2014 says this about the organ stamp:

Music is a natural part of the cultural heritage in churches. Organs are traditionally associated with church interiors, and the 18th century organ from Askeryd Church in the Diocese of Linköping is depicted on one of the stamps.

The church is quite old, parts dating from the 13th century. The organ on the stamp is one of two in the facility. It was built in the 18th century by Johans Wistenius. It was located on the west end of the church. Setterquist installed a new organ in 1907 intended to take the place of the older instrument. In the 1960's Frobenius restored the Wistenius organ and situated it in the north transept of the building. I have not been able to find any contemporary images of the church interior.


Here is the specification of 1760:


Manual C-c3
Gedackt 8’
Qvinta Dena 8’
Principal 4’ (façade)
Gedackt Fleut 4’
Qvinta 3’ (2 2/3’)
Octava 2’
Spits Fleut 2’
Rausqvint II chor
Mixtur III chor
Trompet 8’
Trompet 4’ (D)
Tremulant
 
And the stoplist after the Frobenius work in the last century:


Manual C-c3
Gedackt 8’
Qvinta Dena 8’
Principal 4’ (façade)
Gedackt Fleut 4’
Qvinta 3’ (2 2/3’)
Octava 2’
Spits Fleut 2’
Rausqvint II chor
Mixtur III chor
Trompet 8’
Trompet 4’ (D)
Tremulant













  








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