Gustavian Furniture History

Here is a little bit of Gustavian furniture history for you.  The Swedish Gustavian Style was named after King Gustav III of Sweden.  He was the man responsible for bringing the design and style to Sweden in the late 1700’s.

King Gustav of Sweden

King Gustav of Sweden

Gustav loved the arts and visited the French court during the reign of Louis XVI.  He was very inspired by the Neoclassical style that he saw in France, so he brought it back to Sweden and it became a part of  Gustavian furniture history.

Here is an example of Neoclassical Style:

Neoclassical Chest from Country Living

Neoclassical Chest from Country Living

Notice the legs are straight and fluted, which is an influence from the Greek and Roman architecture. During this period archeologists were returning to Europe with their finds from Greece and Rome.   You can also see the dentil molding on top, another element of Neoclassical Style.

Neoclassical Chest from Warner Graves

Neoclassical Chest from Warner Graves

The Swedish people liked the simplicity of this style; you will see many fine antiques done in this style.

Another element that influenced Gustavian furniture history was the Rococo Style.  It was the predecessor of the Neoclassic Style, and it was a little more fanciful; here are some examples:

 

Rococo Style Swedish secretary - Gustavian furniture history

Rococo Style Swedish Secretary from Tone on Tone Antiques

Look at that gray and blue-green interior, just beautiful.  This was one of my inspiration pieces to create our gray paint, Gustav and our blue-green paint, Sophia!

Sophia_ColorBoardSophia Colors of Sweden paint

Gustav_ColorBoardGustav Colors of Sweden paint

Another good example of the Rococo Style:

Close up Antique Rococo Style Cabinet from Eloquence

Close up Antique Rococo Style Cabinet from Eloquence

Rococo Style Antique Cabinet - Gustavian furniture history

Rococo Style Antique Cabinet from Eloquence

Notice the curved top and the bun shaped feet. The Swedish people refined this Rococo style; used some of its design elements, but kept it simpler in design.  The wonderful patina of painted furniture can be seen in both Rococo and Neoclassical Style; and is one reason why the Gustavian look is sought after and desired by many.  Now you know a bit more about Gustavian furniture history.

 

The Gustavian Style is very popular today because of its simplicity, soft neutral colors and ability to fit within most any home decor.

With our paints from the Colors of Sweden you can create the aged and patina look as shown in many of these examples or a beautiful sleek piece of furniture; it is your choice!