A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood chest from the early 20th century with three drawers, carved diamond motifs, fluted side posts, carved rosettes and tapered feet. Created in Sweden during the early years of the 20th century, this painted wood chest showcases the stylistic characteristics of the Gustavian era. The chest features a rectangular top with protruding canted corners in the front, sitting above three drawers carved with horizontal diamond motifs. Fitted with Classical brass hardware, the drawers each present a dovetail construction. The side posts are canted and adorned with fluted motifs, as well as carved rosettes. Raised on tapered feet angled in the front, 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 skillfully carved décor, this Swedish Gustavian style three-drawer chest circa 1900 will bring an undeniable touch of Classical elegance to any bedroom or living room.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 20th Century
Dimensions: 33"W x 18.6"D 34.75"H
Inventory Number: XX191