A very special jewel of skilled art in the heart of Einbeck - the Eicke House.
The building owner had a pictorial programme added on 42 panels to two façades. On the entire house façade, you may admire numerous late Renaissance wood carvings of the planet gods, the seven liberal arts, the virtues, the Muses, the five senses as well as Jesus Christ and the four evangelists. For instance, symbolic images of the five senses (face, hearing, smell, taste and sense) are displayed as female figures. Furthermore, you may discover the planet gods (Moon, Venus, Sun, Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn and Mars) and the liberal arts (Grammar, Music, Arithmetic, Rhetoric, Geometry and Dialectic) as well as the Muses (Happiness, Lyric Poetry, Singing, Mime, History and Dance). Also, if you take a closer look, you will also find the four Apostles (St. Matthew, St. Paulus, St. Matthias, St. Andrew) as well as Christ and the four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).
Further to the Old Latin School in Alfeld, this town house is one of the buildings with the largest preserved pictorial programme in norther Germany and it counts as a monument of special national and cultural historic importance since 2001.
But, who was the owner of this magnificent building? Probably a wealthy and educated merchant – that is the only thing that is known. After its completion, the building often changed owners. Its name “House of Eicke” reminds of the haberdasher and wool merchant Herrmann Eicke. He bought the splendid timber-framed building in 1877 and, for more than 60 years, the building housed his laces, embellishments & Co. business.
Since 2002, this timber-framed jewels belongs to Foundation The House of Eicke. The foundation was created to gather funds for the necessary renovation to put the house back into use. The house was restored until 2006 and repaired from a static point of view. Structural engineers, archaeologists, architects, monument preservationists, conservationists and more than 40 trades worked for four years to restore the house’s stability and have it shine in new splendour. The numerous, previously coloured ornamental wood carvings were returned to its wood-coloured status and refined with linseed oil and waxes. With a great festival for its citizens, Einbeck inaugurated the Eicke House on 3rd September 2006. The foundation received the German Award for Timber-Framing for the restoration work around the project “The Eicke House” in 2009.
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