A Swedish Gustavian period two-part wooden cabinet from the early 19th century, with diamond motifs, four doors, carved open shelf and distressed patina. Created in Sweden during the early years of the 19th century, this wooden cabinet features a beveled and molded cornice sitting above two doors adorned with recessed panels accented with reeded patterns and diamond motifs. These upper doors open to reveal a yellow painted interior made of inner shelves including one to display spoons. The central section presents an open shelf with scalloped accents. The bottom part, of deeper proportions, features two additional doors opening to inner shelves as well. Their décor echoes the doors at the top. The ensemble is raised on carved bracket feet. The cabinet is painted in a soft color with nice distressing 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 nice proportions and understated décor, this Swedish Gustavian period two-part cabinet circa 1800 will make for a great addition to any home, placed in a living room, dining room or foyer.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 18th Century
Dimensions: 52"W x 18.5"D x 81"H
Inventory Number: XX40