A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood chest from the Mid-19th Century, with three drawers, fluted side posts, tapered feet and brass hardware. Created in Sweden during the second quarter of the 19th century, this painted chest features a rectangular top with canted corners in the front, sitting above three drawers. Adorned with subtly carved panels, the drawers are fitted with brass Classical hardware. 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 winters of Scandinavia. The ensemble is raised on four short tapered fluted feet, angled in the front.
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 subtly carved décor, this Swedish Gustavian style three-drawer chest circa 1840 will make for a lovely addition to any bedroom or living room.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 48.5"W x 30.7"H x 20"D
Inventory Number: XX421