Riding trappings, 1634

Riding trappings used at the wedding of Christian, the Prince Elect in 1634. Black velvet, embroidered with gold, jewels and pearls. Made by Gert Osserijn in Copenhagen. These trappings were only a small part of the colossal wedding between the Prince Elect Christian and Magdalena Sibylla of Saxony in 1634, the celebration was arranged by his father king Christian IV. The wedding was intended as a deliberate show of prestige as well as a product of dynastical succession, merely five yeas after the embarrasing defeat in the 30 years war.