A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood side table from the late 19th century, with single drawer, reeded accents and tapered legs. Created in Sweden during the last quarter of the 19th century, this side table features a rectangular top sitting above a single dovetailed drawer accented with reeded motifs and a simple wooden pull. The apron is adorned with fluted corners on all sides. The table is painted in a soft color with nicely distressed patina, typical of the Swedish taste for light palettes aiming at brightening the rooms during the dark winters of Scandinavia. It is raised on four tapered legs with fluting.
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 subtle 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 or foyer.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 36.25"W x 19.75"D x 31"H
Inventory Number: xx125