Just utter the words Swedish furniture and so many images leap to mind. Swedish furniture is the very essence of style, serenity, timelessness and classic design. Who doesn’t love Swedish furniture?
Perhaps the most famous style of Swedish furniture is… Gustavian style. Sweden’s King Gustav III, who reigned from 1772 to 1792, could be characterized as a total Francophile. His love of all things French had a direct impact on Swedish design sensibilities. After immersing himself in French architecture and design, he immediately put his carpenters and furniture makers to work incorporating the delicate French designs he so admired, but in a toned-down, more reserved form that was much more suited to the Swedish character.
Early Gustavian decoration took its roots from the French neo-classical movement. Gustavian style emphasized symmetry and fluted surfaces as well as garland and ribbon decoration. Eventually, the Gustavian style popular with high society filtered down in a much more basic form to those living in more modest circumstances. Pine, which was readily available, became the wood of choice. Swedish furniture painted in light colors such as gray and white brightened country Swedish homes during the long, dark winters. This simplified form of Gustavian style reflected the down-to-earth spirit of the Swedish people.
Indigenous Swedish furniture forms include the Trågsoffa, or “trough” sofa and the tray table. A Trågsoffa always has high sides and a high back with deep cushions to capture and hold the heat on a cold Swedish night. The typical Swedish rococo form might include an ornately carved apron and cabriole legs with carved knees and scroll feet and a carved crest on the back.
The tray table has long been considered an indispensible item in a Swedish home. Wooden tray tables with metal or ceramic inserts were used for tea in the afternoons or for serving finger foods and liquors before the evening meal, a tradition dating from the early sixteen century.
The graceful forms of Swedish furniture are enhanced by their marvelous color palette that so beautifully reflects the natural world. The pale grays and off whites, the subtle greens and blues that you find in so much of Swedish furniture make for a welcome addition to homes of every style imaginable. Swedish furniture is superb in so many settings - from the most contemporary of homes and sophisticated city apartments, to vintage homes that are centuries old.
Cupboards & Roses Swedish Antiques is known for its extensive collection of 18th and 19th century painted furniture from Scandinavia and Europe... but Swedish furniture in particular. Featured Swedish furniture pieces include Gustavian chests of drawers, tables and sideboards, chairs and sofas, Mora clocks, Swedish secretaries and writing desks, Swedish folk art, lighting, and mirrors.
Here is the list of antique furniture pieces in our current inventory. Some of them may have recently been sold, but do illustrate the type of pieces we at Cupboards and Roses strive to bring to you.