A Swedish Gustavian style side table from the late 19th century, with three drawers, reeded motifs and tapering legs. Created in Sweden during the last quarter of the 19th century, this side table features a rectangular top sitting above three drawers accented with reeded motifs typical of the Gustavian style. These drawers open thanks to a simple wooden pull. The table is raised on four tapered legs with fluted accents. It is painted in a soft color typical of the Swedish taste for light palettes aiming at brightening the rooms during the dark winters of Scandinavia. It boasts an undeniable rustic character.
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 elegant lines and discreetly carved décor, this Swedish Gustavian style side table circa 1880 will bring a touch of Classical elegance to any home, whether placed in a living room, bedroom or hallway.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 37.5"W x 24.5"D x 31"H
Inventory Number: XX78