A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood chest of drawers from the late 19th century, with dentil molding, carved side posts, tapered feet and Classical hardware. Created in Sweden during the last quarter of the 19th century, this four-drawer chest showcases the stylistic characteristics of the Gustavian era. The chest features a rectangular top with canted corners in the front, sitting above a carved dentil molding. Four graduated drawers, flanked with delicately carved side posts, make up the façade. They are all fitted with brass Classical style hardware and present a dovetail construction revealing the piece's age. The ensemble is raised on four short tapered feet, angled in the front. 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 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, small proportions and delicately carved décor, this Swedish Gustavian style four-drawer chest circa 1880 will make for a wonderful addition to any home, placed in a bedroom, living room or hallway!.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 27.5"W x 16.25"D x 34"H
Inventory Number: XX98