Hans Christian Andersen – the paper doll Augusta Snorifass

In the 1860s, Hans Christian Andersen designed a little paper doll and called her Augusta Snorifass. Egeskov presents the paper doll and her impressive wardrobe in a special exhibition in Jomfru Rigborg Stuen (Maid Rigborg Room) until 19 October 2014.

The world-renowned Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen was born in the town of Odense in 1805. One of his favourite pastimes was to create his magical paper cuttings while telling the spellbound children stories about the fantasy figures his scissors brought to life. Hans Christian Andersen always brought his scissors with him, and with this little exhibition at Egeskov we invite you into his universe.

Hans Christian Andersen made Augusta Snorifass in the 1860s as a gift for the pastor’s daughter Amalie Madelung and also created a collection of clothes for the doll. Her head is a photo cut-out, and she has been given a complete wardrobe in 44 pieces with dresses, blouses, jackets, skirts, shifts, petticoats and accessories in the form of an apron, a shawl and a scarf. All the larger pieces in the wardrobe have a fully finished front and back.

The dresses are made of glazed, marbled and moiré paper from a variety of sources, including hymn book covers. On some of the dresses, Andersen has drawn little belts and buttons, while others are decorated with tiny ribbons and ornaments from chocolate boxes.

A copy of the doll with selected the pieces from her wardrobe is available in the museum store. The exhibits are kindly lent to Egeskov by a private collector.

Hans Christian Andersen visited the fairy tale castle of Egeskov on two occasions. Both visits occurred in connection with stays at the Glorup Estate on the eastern part of the island of Funen. He often used his stays here as occasions to visit other Funen estates: Ørbæklunde, Lykkesholm, Hesselagergård and Broholm.

‘This is all Andersen’s poetry
in cuttings!
Motley, curious all-sorts,
all done with scissors.’

Hans Christian Andersen