A pair of Swedish Gustavian style painted wood bedside cabinets from the 19th century, with carved diamond motifs, beaded frieze, single drawer over single door. Created in Sweden during the 19th century, each of this pair of Gustavian style bedside cabinets features a rectangular top sitting above a discreet carved frieze showcasing petite beads. The upper section presents a single drawer adorned with a horizontal diamond flanked with smaller ones, while the rest of the façade is made of a single door with simply recessed panel. The side posts are discreetly accented with fluted motifs. The doors open to reveal inner shelves offering convenient storage. The sides are simply divided into two sections echoed from the front and the back is, of course, unfinished. Raised on short tapered feet, the cabinets are painted in a soft color typical of the Swedish taste for light palettes aiming at brightening the rooms during the dark Scandinavian winters.
The Gustavian style takes its roots in the Louis XVI era. Swedish King Gustav III resided in 1771 in Paris, at the beginning stages of the Louis XVI style. There, he was inspired by French art and fashion. With that in his luggage, he had a strong desire to introduce something similar in Sweden. The country had fine craftsmen with high quality craftsmanship, who produced a simple style with harmonious aesthetics. The Gustavian style was born and has been in vogue ever since. It is incredibly popular, especially in England but also in France and in the USA. Price and age are of course inextricably linked, the older and rarer the higher the price!
With their clean lines and carved décor, this pair of 19th century Swedish Gustavian style painted nightstands will make for a great addition to any home, particularly placed in a bedroom!
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 15.5"W x 14.25" D x 29.25 H
Inventory Number: XX152