A Swedish Gustavian style bow front painted wood sideboard or desk from the early 20th century, with single drawer, two doors and tapered legs. Created in Sweden during the Turn of the Century which saw the transition between the 19th to the 20th, this piece showcase the stylistic characteristic of the Gustavian era. Made to be used either as a sideboard or a desk, the piece showcases a rectangular bow front sitting above a single drawer flanked with two doors. These doors open to reveal inner shelves offering convenient storage opportunities. Raised on four tapered legs, the sideboard 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 soft color, this Swedish Gustavian style sideboard or desk circa 1900 will make for a wonderful addition to any home, placed in a living room, dining room or study.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 63"W x 32"H x 19.5"D
Inventory Number: XX460