A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood side cabinet from the 19th century, with carved dentil molding, reeded door and petite carved feet. Created in Sweden during the 19th century, this painted side cabinet features the stylistic characteristics of the Gustavian era. The cabinet features a nearly square top sitting above a carved dentil molding. The façade presents a single door carved with reeded motifs and inlaid with a brass keyhole. The sides are plain and the back is, of course, unfinished. The ensemble is raised on petite carved feet. The cabinet 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 small proportions, this Swedish Gustavian style painted side cabinet from the 19th century will make for a great addition to any living room or bedroom.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 23.9"W x 35.5"H x 23"D
Inventory Number: XX302