This page will be dedicated to Swedish and Scandinavian furniture periods & styles and will provide information about Swedish antiques
Swedish Furniture Periods
Other Scandinavian periods coming soon.........................................
"Gungstol" / Swedish
1830 Gungstol/Swedish Rocking Chair Later
"Köksoffa" / Swedish
How to tell when a chair /
Gustavianskt chair was made.
Sweden has a history of folk painting dating back over 100 years. In this section I will discuss antique Swedish folk & tole painting. Here are some facts.
Sweden has a long history of stiching, cross stiching, embroidery, lace working, fine Linen, etc. Here are some beautiful examples of antique linen and embroidery.
Made by a child in school in 1907
Cross stiching and lace edging on linen
Sweden has a long history of porcelain making to and below are some examples of it.
Part of a spice rack set
3 crowns Swedens national symbol!
Tips & Ideas:
Cleaning old white marble: Use bleach and water
to clean marble.
Cleaning Linen & Lace: use stain removers or try to get the stains out with soap or bleach, try lemon juice hand wash!
Reupholster furniture with antique embroidered linen: If furniture fits the style of the embroidery use it!
To make furniture look old fashioned: Use antique handles/knobs/painting effects like wax under an area before
you paint to get the distressed look. Use ageing solutionsor wood decorations that can be found at hardware stores.
"Cleaning sick glass": Use concentrated bleach or white vinegar, let set for a day or two
Definition of "Allmoge" - Swedish and Scandinavian Folk Painted furniture mostly produced in Sweden and Norway but can also be found in other Nordic countries like Denmark and maybe some in Iceland & Finland. This furniture was primarily painted by farmers and peasants during the Baroque & Rococo periods.
Definition of "Empire: Karl Johan:" - A period that was very much influenced by the french Napoleanic empire. "Jean Baptist Bernadotte" came to Sweden from France to become the next King of Sweden then changed his name to "Karl Johan"
Definition of "Gustavianskt" - Gustav III inspired antique furniture. He is the Swedish King that brought "true" culture to Sweden and was heavily influenced by the classical periods, the french style, and rococo.
At auctions if you see a tag that says "Gustavianskt" it means the piece of furniture is an original Gustavianskt but if you see a tag with "Gustavianskt Style" it means its a later copy of the original Gustavianskt style.
Types of wood in Sweden - (Skogsstyrelsen)
A lot of foreign trees can grow in Sweden but of
economical interest are
My favorite kinds of Swedish antiques: Kitchen sofas (köksoffan), Swedish rocking chairs (Gungstol), Swedish Grandfather clock (farfars klocken or Mora klockan)
Rococo 1740-80 foot made of wood or iron, colored and sometimes has flowers.
Gustaviansk Stil 1770-1800 either has white glazed tile or decorated with flowers
Late Empire Senempire 1840-70 white and clear glazes on the tiles.
New Renaisance 1870-90 usually nice white tiles
National Romantic 1890-1920
1900 - Tal the crown and decor can vary
1900-40 inspired by the 17c. often white
Swedish Auction Houses
|Name||Address / city in "( )"||Telephone if out of .se dial +46|
|Stockholms Auctionsverk AB
Bruun Rasmussen Art Auctions
Bukowski Auktioner AB
Nordén Auktioner AB
Philips Fine Art Auctioneers
Rasmusson Claës Göran
Sotheby's Scandinavia AB
|Jakobsgatan 10 (Stockholm)
Birger Jarsgatan 2 ""
Arsenalsgatan 4 ""
Sturegatan 26 ""
Artillerigatan 2 ""
Humlegardsgatan 13 ""
Arsenalsgatan 4 ""
Arsenalsgatan 1 ""
Grevgatan 6 ""
Götgatan 107 ""
N. Mälarstrand 32 ""
Arsenalsgatan 6 ""
|08-453 67 00
08-611 89 00
08-614 08 00
08-62 01 31
08-663 05 50
08-661 74 50
08-614 08 00
08-678 88 00
08-660 23 50
08-640 42 50
08-654 56 16
08-679 54 78
Swedish Antique related Links
How to create the look of the Swedish countryside style:Important fabrics are the checkered blue & white, gold & white, red & white, pink & white mixes along with the same colored mixtures but with stripes like a red and white striped or blue and white striped fabric. With these fabric color mixes you can create the Swedish country look quickly by covering chairs, making tablecloths, napkins, curtains, bed sheets, etc with the fabric. Striped fabric should have thick stripes!
How to create the Swedish country kitchen: Collect wooden spoons, scoops, rolling pins, copper pans and cake forms, copper coffee kettles. copper and tin spoons and hang them from the ceiling on a metal frame or place them on metal hooks in your kitchen. You can also hang porcelain on plate hangers or get a traditional wooden plate rack to display your porcelain.
To get the Gustavianskt look: Paint interior walls pale grey, pale blue, or pale yellow, if you can't find authentic Swedish or Scandinavian antique furniture use doweled country chairs and tables and leave them with a "light" wooden finish, white wash or just paint the furniture white because during the Gustavianskt period much of the furniture was painted greyish white.
Window treatments: Use white lace or light white fabric and swag it across windows.
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