A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood side table from the late 19th century, with reeded drawer, carved rosettes and fluted legs. Created in Sweden during the last quarter of the 19th century, this painted side table features a rectangular top sitting above a single drawer adorned with reeded motifs. The table is raised on four tapered legs decorated with fluted patterns, topped with carved rosettes on the knees. Painted in a soft color typical of the Swedish taste for light palettes aiming at brightening the rooms during the dark winters of Scandinavia, the table boasts a nicely weathered patina.
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 delicately carved décor, this Swedish Gustavian style painted side table circa 1880 will bring a touch of Classical elegance to any home, whether placed in a living room or bedroom.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 37.5"W x 24.5"D x 30.25"H
Inventory Number: XX35