Sunday, April 22, 2012

History of the Finland and Turku City by Oldrich Kvapil Cookie Molds

Summary of the five cookie molds by Olda with better pictures, information about molds in general and links to original paintings or pictures.


The classification indicates the name of the mold, original model for mold, Year when Olda carved it, mold and gingerbread dimensions and wood quality. Last category gives little hint how cookie mold themes will reflect different things: Local buildings, swedish kings and bishops or saints.
Photographs of each mold is turned to mirror images so texts to be understood. All molds on an exclusive basis, the only unique, each piece is carved by a Czech Oldrich Kvapil.

Turku Cathedral 
Model: Carl Ludvig Engel (1778-1840), from the year 1814.
Year: 2011
Size: 16 cm x 19 cm, 12.5 cm x 17 cm
Material: Plum
Category: Historical buildings (2)
This day gives a different view from Turku Cathedral, yet, it is possible to see similar details both in year 1814 and 2012. Most noticeable difference is tower, which is baroque styled in this painting by Engel. Also place what is seen infont of cookie mold is different today, since surroundings of Turku Cathedral suffered great damages during Great Fire of Turku 1832.

Mikael Agricola
Year: 2011
Size: 16 cm x 17.5 cm, 12.5 cm x 14.5 cm
Material: Pear
Category: Bishops of Turku (3)
In my own case, this is THE cookie mold. Agricola's work following the paths of the viewer freezes in Finland's history, perhaps more significant event: the New Testament translation of the Finnish language. Christianity came to Finland along with the school system, which was head principal of Agricola.

John III of Sweden
Model: Johan Baptista van Uther, John III , an oil painting dating back to 1582. Stockholm's National Museum.
Year: 2011
Size: 9.5 cm x 21 cm, 8.5 cm 18.5 cm
Material: Walnut
Category: Finnish rulers (8)
Duke John is standing as mighty as the great man of his time is able to reach the North. Gustav Vasa's son John had a fight with his brother Eric, was sitting in prison with queen Catherine Jagellonica, and later did same for his own brother.  The Swedish monarch's life was characterized by power struggles as the women's adventures along the Baltic Sea States. Finland was on the side, set up a few of the city.

Bishop Henry and Lalli
Model: Taivassalo church medieval limestone painting.
Year: 2012
Size: 12.5 x 20.5 cm, 9.5 cm x 18 cm
Material: Pear
Category: Bishops of Turku (3)
In the past, worship of saints was an important part of everyday life, and brought the events throughout the year. Bishop Henry and Lalli is remembered above all others in the church of men and saints, just as a Finnish narrative of the arrival of Christianity in North arrived. Taivassalo Church limestone paintings mirroring the mold brings out Henry's atribute, an axe, as well as contemporary folk coat of arms. Mold narrative date of 20 january is Henry's death, although in modern times is recommended for Memorial Day 19 january.

Erik XIV of Sweden
Year: 2012
Size: 11.5 cm x 22 cm, 8 cm x 18.5 cm
Material: Pear
Category: Finnish rulers (8)
Eric King ruled Turku for brief time, until problems with brother Johan lead to his downfall. Kaarina Maununtytär and Erik is a piece of Finnish love story dating back centuries.