2: Christian IV’s Writing Room

From this tower chamber, Christian IV is believed to have carried out his vast correspondence. The room has been preserved, more or less intact, since the time of Christian IV in the first half of the 17th century: the ceiling paintings with scenes from the Italian epic Orlando Furioso, the paintings inlaid in the panels, and the fireplace. However, the wall coverings of green silk printed with gold ornaments date from around 1700.

In the extension of the chamber, which is located behind the jib door in the north wall, Christian IV had a staircase which gave direct access to the basement. Frederik III later had the staircase replaced with a so-called ascenseur, or “ascending chair”, which was very fashionable at the time. The chair could be drawn to the first and the second floor, so the King did not have to climb the stairs himself.

The items exhibited in the Writing Room are mainly mementos of Christian IV, his closest family and his forefathers.

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Objects in this room
201. Painting of Christ as “The Man of Sorrows”. Christian IV’s vision at Rodenburg, 8th December 1625, with his own handwritten description.
202. Prince Christian, the Prince Elect, on horseback; in the background, his father, as in no. 203. Painted by Adrian Muiltjes c. 1635-39.
203. Christian IV on horseback in front of Kronborg Castle; in the background, the Prince Elect, on horseback, as in no. 202. Same painter as above.
204. Carved head of a stag, with the antlers of the stag which, on 28th December 1611, alarmed by the advancing Swedes, fled into the Danish camp in Kalmar and thus warned the army.
206. Christian II (1481-1559; King 1513-23). Painted on wood; old copy from Quentin Massys.
207. Frederik I (1471-1533; King 1523). Painted on wood. Jacob Binck, c. 1540?
208. Painting of Queen Anne Cathrine’s dog, with her monogram on its collar, dated 1598.
209. Christian IV c. 1612. Painted by Pieter Isaacsz.
210. Clock with moving figures: the Emperor and the seven Electors. South Germany, c. 1600. Transferred to Copenhagen from the Cabinet of Couriosities at Gottorp Castle in 1750.
211. Scriptor of ebony, dated 1580 and presumably made in Nuremberg. On the drawers are reliefs of gilt bronze depicting the 12 Labours of Hercules and the 12 patriarchs. On the sides are engraved metal plates with copies of Virgilius Solis’s biblical illustrations from 1560 and on the top engravings from Solis’s illustrations to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, 1563. The four lion feet have moveable jaws and eyes. The pedestal is modern. Transferred to Copenhagen from the Cabinet of Curiosities at Gottorp Castle in 1751.
212. Chair upholstered in silk velvet brocade interwoven with the King’s cipher, C4. Made at the silkfactory in Copenhagen c. 1623.
213. Stools carved by Christian Nerger c. 1690, upholstered as no. 212.
214. Brass andirons from Christian IV’s last years.
215. Window pane with the coat-of-arms of Holstein-Gottorp, and the name of Duke Johan Adolph of Holstein-Gottorp (1575-1616), brother-in law of Christian IV.
216. Fountain cock in the shape of Neptune riding on a dolphin. 17th century. From the “Hermitage” (now the Hercules Pavilion) in The King’s Garden (Kongens Have).
218. Portrait of Frederik II’s widow, the Dowager Queen Sophie. Detail of a full-length portrait painted by Pieter Isaacsz, c. 1610-15.
219. Christian IV. Painting signed: A.M. (Adrian Muiltjes?), 1638.
220. Queen Sophie, wife of Frederik II, née Duchess of Mecklenburg (1557-1631); married in 1572. The Queen is probably wearing her wedding costume and crown of gold with white pearls. Painted by Hans Knieper 1578?
221. Christian IV as a boy; painted about 1585 by Hans Knieper.
222. Alabaster relief of Frederik II, made after the death of the King (1588) by Gert van Egen?
223. Tin mug; part of Christian IV’s and Kirsten Munk’s daughter Princess Sophie Elisabeth’s dowry, 1632-1633. Found by excavation in Gothersgade.
224. Tin plate from among the dowry given by Christian IV to his son, Hans Ulrik Gyldenløve, in 1638.
225. Mug of stoneware, with the Danish arms. Rhenish work, 1623.
226. Silver tankard, made in 1584 for Duke Julius of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1528-89) in commemoration of the foundation of Heinrichstadt, today part of Wolfenbüttel.
227. Brass ornamental dish and bronze chafing dish; part of Leonora Christina’s dowry, 1636.
228. Silver lantern made for Christian IV by the Copenhagen goldsmith Hans Trægaard.
229. Silver cup with Kirsten Munk’s coat-of-arms and name; the hallmark of Hamburg and the maker’s mark of Hermann Lambrecht.
230. Silver mug, with Kirsten Munk’s name and coat-of-arms and the year 1653. Made by Daniel Harder in Odense.
231. Tankard of silver in the form of a manikin. The handle in the form of two entwined monkeys. Stamped AB, presumably for Arent van Bolten, Amsterdam 1608.
232. The Psalms of David, bound in silver, with David playing the harp.
233. Covered cup of silver made for Christian IV in 1600 by Gabriel Brockmüller in Hillerød as the prize in a wager with four courtiers; he who became intoxicated first was the loser. Known as the Temperance Cup.
234. Two salt cellars of Wanli porcelain, set in brass gilt with pearls, turquoises and precious stones. From c. 1610?
235. King Christian IV’s seal, used in the Court of Justice. 1630.
236. King Christian IV’s privy seal.
237. The seal of the town of Christiansstad (in Scania).
238. Two dog collars of leather. Belonged to the Electress Hedevig of Saxony (1581-1641), Christian IV’s sister.
239. Two small bedside lamps of silver and rock crystal in the shape of ships. Christian IV period.
240. Christian IV and Queen Anne Cathrine, silver plaquettes in frame of later date; attributed to Nicolaus Svabe, after J.v. Doordt.
241. Christian IV’s compass, from 1595, of silver gilt.
242. Miniature on copper of Frederik III when young.
243. Grass snake’s head with Salzburger guilder. According to the Kunstkammer (Cabinet of Curiosities) inventory, found by Frederik III near Frederiksborg after the Swedish siege. Another tradition from the last century has it that Christian IV dropped the coin while out walking near Frederiksborg. The King cut off the snake’s head, but it kept its hold on the coin.
244. Christian IV, painted by A. Magerstadt?
245. Christian IV. Enamelled miniature on gold, c. 1640. By unknown artist.
246. Balance, silver. Made by Konrad Most and Urban Wolf, Nuremberg 1585-98.
247. Table clock made 1561 by Steffen Brenner; presented to Christian IV by his father in 1584: the dial was restored under Frederik V.
248. Portrait of Christian IV in wax repoussé, c. 1640.
250. Christian III (1503-59; King 1534). Silver plate, engraved by Jacob Binck, 1535.
251. Frederik II (1534-88; King 1559). Alabaster relief, showing the King on horseback.