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Gustavian Settees

GUSTAVIAN STYLE

With clean lines and muted colors, antique Gustavian furniture is understated and elegant. It represents a more restrained version of the transition from Rococo to neoclassicism that was happening in France under Louis XVI. The style developed under Swedish King Gustav III, who reigned from 1771 until his assassination in 1792, and his son Gustav IV, who ruled until 1809. Although Gustavian furniture is mostly used to refer to pale painted cabinets, commodes, armchairs and other items, it involved a range of influences.

Gustavian-style furniture was inspired by discoveries at Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as the grandeur of European palaces like Versailles, with local softwoods such as pine and birch. There was also an emphasis on natural light; crystal chandeliers and large mirrors played a role in radiating the fleeting daylight of winter, giving it a distinctive aesthetic.

Where earlier furniture was curvy and florid, this new era was more architectural, with tapered and fluted legs and rectangular and oval shapes. Luminous gilt contrasted with the palette of soft blues on upholstery and painted surfaces. Leading furniture builders included Gottlieb Iwersson, Louis Masreliez and Erik Öhrmark. The latter, a French-born Swedish decorator, designed the Sulla chair, a seat that was demonstrative of technical skill and precise craftsmanship and drew on Greek klismos chairs. Masreliez’s Sulla chair was made by Öhrmark and featured decorative ornamentation produced by Jean-Baptiste Masreliez, Louis’s younger brother.

While the wealthy had furniture carved with neoclassical details like scallops and rosettes, more affordable options were adorned with faux finishes that mimicked marble and stenciled patterns. The simple elegance of Gustavian furniture would have a long impact on Swedish design, informing the 20th-century appreciation for function and form. In the 1950s, IKEA mass-produced copies of a Gustavian commode designed by cabinetmaker Georg Haupt, who created pieces for the Royal Palace, making the furniture a fixture of everyday Swedish life.

Find a collection of antique Gustavian seating, tables, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Gustavian
18th c. Swedish Sofa Bench in Original Patina, Gustavian Period
Located in Wichita, KS
A beautiful Swedish sofa bench from the Gustavian period dry scraped to its original patina. The sofa frame is adorned with a lovely leaf motif and rests upon tapered and fluted legs...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Wood, Paint, Linen

Striped Upholstered Settee
Located in Stamford, CT
Painted and carved wooden settee in the Gustavian style, upholstered in a blue and white striped upholstery. The frame of the piece is also carved with scrolled arm holds and fluted,...
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20th Century Gustavian Settees

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Wood

18th Century Gustavian Settee
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This eye-catching 18th century Swedish painted settee is a jewel of a find. The hand carved details throughout are beautifully accentuated by the original pale gray painted finish. A...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Metal

19th Century Swedish Painted Sofa with Decorative Detail in the Gustavian Style
Located in London, GB
Early 19th century painted Swedish sofa. This charming piece in Gustavian style has decorative detail to the front and sides. Open stylish stick back with decorative finals to the ...
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1820s Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Pine, Fabric, Linen

Antique Swedish Gustavian Style Settee in Distressed Putty Grey Paint
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique Gustavian style settee in a nicely distressed putty gray paint, however, our antique Swedish settee is currently just covered in muslin and does require new upholstery. Just ...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Upholstery, Wood

Antique Hand Painted Wood Setee with Open Fret Work & Plaid Upholstery
Located in Kenilworth, IL
Unicorn hand painted Setee of unknown European origins. Stately yet accessible piece will fit in your formal spaces as well as your family corners. Plaid upholstery nods to the tradi...
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Early 20th Century European Gustavian Settees

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Gustavian Style Sofa with Black and White Striped Upholstery
Located in Madrid, ES
Gustavian style sofa from circa 1900 with lacquered wood frame with carved leaf and flower details. Back, seat and armrests reupholstered in black and white striped fabric.  
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Early 20th Century Swedish Gustavian Settees

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Textile, Upholstery, Wood

Grey Painted Swedish Settee with Shell and Foliate Carving
Located in Essex, MA
Grey painted Swedish settee with shell and foliate carving with turned stretcher bottom and gently curved legs. Off-white muslin seat cover. Measures: 44" H x 50.5" W x 21" D.
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Wood

Circa 1890s Swedish Painted Sofa Gustavian Style Upholstered in a French Linen
Located in London, GB
A good size and comfortable Swedish sofa in the Gustavian style. Circa 1890. The paint has been hand scraped and refreshed. It has a frieze of applied plaster leaf detailing and ro...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Wood, Linen

Swedish Neoclassical Three Piece Salon Set
Located in Norwood, NJ
Hand carved Swedish Empire painted 3 piece salon set. Settee with two fauteuils armchairs. Beautifully carved details with urn form in elongated diamond at lower seat back. Settee 3...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Late 19th Century Gustavian Style Gilt Settee and Matching Chair
Located in New York, NY
Late 19th century Gustavian style gilt settee and matching chair newly reupholstered. Former restorations and repair to back left leg of settee. On Casters.
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Wood

Swedish Gustavian Sofa Couch Loveseat White Carved, Late 19th Century 3-Seat
Located in LONDON, GB
Swedish antique Gustavian sofa in classic white finish with delicately carved detailing decorative front fluted legs and a central carved motif along the back. Fine example of the...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Birch

19th Century Swedish Louis XVI Painted & Caned Sofa
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century Swedish Louis XVI painted & caned sofa, canapé is the perfect choice for a cozy nook or entryway (especially with the original matching salon pieces)! Timeless styling i...
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1890s Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Cane, Wood

Pair of Swedish Gustavian Style Grey Painted Benches or Settees
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Pair Of Swedish Gustavian style grey painted benches Complimentary delivery to most areas of London UK.
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1920s Swedish Vintage Gustavian Settees

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Pine

Late Gustavian Barrel-Back Upholstered Swedish Sofa from the Early 19th Century
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
An early 1900 Century Swedish Gustavian barrel-back upholstered and wood sofa in original paint, featuring elegant floral and scroll carving. This antique sofa from Sweden has an ele...
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Early 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Upholstery

19th Century Louis XVI Gustavian style Salon Suite 1 Sofà 6 Chairs 2 Armchairs
Located in Vigonza, Padua
They can be sold separately. -Sofa: measures cm. W 140, D 70, H 115/45 cm PRICE US$ 6,500.00 -2 Armchairs : measures cm. W 60 , D 60 , H 95/45 PRICE US$ ...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Gustavian Settees

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Walnut, Silk

19th Century Gustavian Sofa Bench
Located in Houston, TX
19th century Gustavian sofa bench with original paint. Exquisite carving on the front and side panels and along the perimeter of the upholstered areas. Four carved finials flank each...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Wood

Mid 19th Century Antique Swedish Gustavian Gilt Carving Sprung Sofa Loveseat
Located in LONDON, GB
Very beautiful Swedish Antique Gustavian two- three-seat sofa loveseat intricately decorated with carved canework, acanthus leaf motifs and shell carvings. One of the best examples ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Birch

Swedish Upholstered Sofa in Original Paint, 18th c. Gustavian Period
Located in Wichita, KS
A Swedish daybed sofa from the Gustavian period dry-scraped to reveal the original paint and newly upholstered in linen with side bolster pillows. This sofa or banquette is beautiful...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Linen, Wood, Paint

19th Century Swedish Neoclassic Settee
Located in Bradenton, FL
A Swedish Neoclassical style carved-wood sofa bench from the early 19th century. This antique settee from Sweden features a slightly curved back rail atop a beautiful succession of o...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Settees

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Wood

Swedish Gustavian Style Painted Sofa with New Upholstery
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1900 Swedish sofa in traditional style with carved a gilded details. New upholstery in sage colored short-nap commercial velvet. Very good vintage condition. Coordinating set o...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Gustavian Settees

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Upholstery, Wood

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