A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood chest from the late 19th century, with three graduated drawers, carved motifs and brass hardware. Created in Sweden during the last decade of the 19th century, this three-drawer chest showcases the stylistic characteristics of the Gustavian era. The chest features a rectangular top sitting above a beautifully carved frieze depicting Romanesque style arches. The façade presents three drawers of graduating size, each fitted with brass Classical style hardware and accented with a molded frame. The side posts are carved and the sides are plain. 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 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 commode circa 1890 will make for a great addition to any home, placed in a bedroom or living room.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 36.25"W x 17.75"D x 34.75"H
Inventory Number: XX434