SOLD - A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood chest from the late 19th century, with carved dentil molding, three drawers, fluted side posts, brass hardware and tapered feet. Created in Sweden during the last quarter of the 19th century, this painted chest showcases the stylistic characteristics of the Gustavian era. The chest features a rectangular faux painted top sitting above a carved dentil molding. The façade presents three drawers fitted with Classical brass hardware adorned with urn motifs. Their dovetail construction reveal the piece's age. The side posts are adorned with reeded motifs while the ensemble is resting on four short tapered feet. The chest is painted in a soft color typical of the Swedish taste for light palettes aiming at brightening the rooms during the long and 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 its clean lines and subtle carved décor, this Swedish Gustavian style painted wood three-drawer chest circa 1890 -1900 will make for a lovely addition to any home, placed in a bedroom or living room.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: Late 19th Century
Dimensions: 42.5"W x 17.5" D x 31" H
Inventory Number: XX155