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2005 | 4 | 33-37

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DUNTE MANOR HOUSE OVER CENTURIES (Duntes muizas kungu maja gadsimtu gaita)


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Until 1423 Dunte manor (Rurhern, Rurershoff, Rurerhoff) belonged to the Rosen family. Proprietors changed with time but the Treiden family was Dunte landlords during the Polish-Swedish War. Its existence in the period of early Mannerism - from the 1560s to the first decade of the 17th century - is confirmed by stove tile fragments found in the former manor house foundations and cellars in autumn 2004. All of them were damaged by fire. One item deserves particular attention. It is a green-glazed tile with a man's profile at its centre. It is likely that this Renaissance period tile had been decorated with some narrative scene. A tile depicting the Allegory of Love from the series of Seven Virtues is from the stove that also belongs to the late Mannerism and early Baroque period. Such a rarely found tile from the Bauska Castle is dated by the second half of the 17th century. The Treidens owned the manor demolished by the war until the Swedish times. From the 1630 Dunte manor belonged to senior lieutenant Ernst Ludwig Glasenapp. In 1677 his heirs sold the manor to Johann von Dunten. A new manor house was built in 1719 when the Dunten family owned the manor. It was simple and rather archaic. In the mid-18th century the Dunte new manor house is related to Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Munchhausen (1720-1797) - a legendary personality who married Jacobine von Dunten, the daughter of Dunte landlord, in 1744. The Dunten family owned the manor until the Latvian Agrarian Reform. It is likely that, as a result of the 1894 restoration, the building acquired the look depicted by the oldest known photograph from the early 20th century, found in the Herder Institute in Marburg, Germany. The last photograph of the manor house was taken in the 1960s, it was pulled down in 1966 but restoration started in 2004.


  • Janis Zilgalvis, State Inspection for Heritage Protection, Maza Pils iela 19, Riga LV-1050, Latvia


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