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Gustavian Sofas

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
Gustavian Sofa Ephraim Stahl attributed
Located in New York, NY
Antique Gustavian sofa attributed to Ephraim Stahl. Wonderfully carved Lion & Female busts, bulbous toped legs leaf toped, acanthus ornamentation throughout all signature details at...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Swedish Gustavian Sofa Couch Loveseat White Carved, Late 19th Century 3-Seat
Located in Lewes, England
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 l...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Birch

19th c. Swedish Late Gustavian Sofa Bench in Original Paint
Located in Wichita, KS
This charming 19th century Swedish Gustavian sofa has been hand-scraped to reveal the original paint surface. Newly upholstered in linen with bolster pillows. This seat has the added...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Linen, Wood, Paint

18th c. Swedish Gustavian Period Painted Corner Banquette Sofa
Located in Wichita, KS
A rare period Gustavian corner banquette, profusely carved with unique variation of wood decor that is different on the inside and outside of the sofa, circa 1790. Newly upholstered ...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Linen, Wood, Paint

19th Century Gustavian Style Painted Sofa
Located in Houston, TX
In the opulent world of 19th-century Swedish design, the Gustavian style painted sofa stands as an epitome of elegance and craftsmanship. This magnificent piece, born in the heart of...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Fabric, Wood, Paint

Original Painted Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a Original Painted Swedish Gustavian Sofa. the seating has been restored and covered in Muslin.
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1820s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Berlin Iron

Original Painted Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is an Original Painted Swedish Gustavian Sofa. the seating has been restored and covered in Muslin.
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1790s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

Swedish Gustavian White / Gray Painted Sofa Bench. Light Blue Fabric
Located in Kastrup, DK
Swedish gustavian armed bench or sofa. Carved frame in light gray painted birchwood with natural age-related patina. Features a long single seat with coil springs, upholstered w...
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Late 18th Century Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Fabric, Beech

19th Century Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Located in Mjöhult, SE
Fine early 19th century Swedish Gustavian period sofa or daybed in Its original finish. circa 1810, Sweden.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

Neoclassical Swedish Gustavian Style Lacquered Cabriole Sofa Settee
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Sublime bespoke cabriole sofa, settee, or canapé made in the neoclassical Swedish Gustavian style. The sofa feature a gracefully curved cabriole style ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Gustavian Sofas

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Brass

18th-19th Century White Swedish Gustavian Pinewood Daybed, Antique Sofa Bench
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A light-grey, antique Swedish Gustavian daybed made of hand crafted painted Pinewood with two round pillows, in good condition. The sides of t...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Cotton, Pine, Linen, Damask

19th Century Black Swedish Gustavian Fållbänk, Antique Pinewood Fall Bench
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A black, antique Swedish Gustavian FÅLLBÄNK, fall bench composed with a storage space below sitting area, made of hand crafted painted Pinewood, in good con...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Folk Art Country Sofa or Bench
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish gustavian country sofa or bench from the early 19th century. The sofa is a country house furniture in folk art with an unusual straight shape. The sofa has profiled or fluted...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

Antique Genuine Swedish Gustavian Pine Provincial Sofa Bench
Located in Kramfors, SE
Northern Swedish Gustavian provincial sofa crafted in pine, showcasing its original scraped paint. This sofa, dating back to the early 19th century, around 1800 to 1810, exemplifies ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

100% Original Painted Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a 100% original painted Swedish Gustavian sofa. the seating has been restored and covered in Muslin.
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1850s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Birch

Original Painted Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Located in Hollywood, FL
This Original Painted Swedish Gustavian sofa was found at an Estate Auction in Stockholm Sweden. its 100% Original except for the restored seat...
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1810s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Wood

100% Original Painted Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a 100% original painted Swedish Gustavian sofa. the seating has been restored and covered in Muslin.
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1840s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Birch

100% Original Painted Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a 100% original painted Swedish Gustavian sofa. Seating restored and recovered in muslin.
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Upholstery

100% Original Painted Swedish Gustavian Settee
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a 100% original painted Swedish Gustavian settee. the seating has been restored and covered in Muslin. Arm height 26 inches.
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1850s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Birch

Original Painted Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a 100% original painted Swedish Gustavian sofa. it has new cushion seating covered in Muslin. This sofa was found at an Auction ...
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1820s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

100% Original Finish Swedish Sphinx Settee
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a 100% original finish Swedish sphinx settee, the seating has been restored and recovered in muslin.
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1880s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Birch

Early 19th Century Gustavian Sofa or Bench
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a very good example of a Gustavian Sofa or Bench that dates to the end of the 18th century or beginning of the 19th century. The sofa is in overall good to very good original...
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1790s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Upholstery, Pine

Good 19th Century Gustavian Sofa
Located in Mjöhult, SE
Good early 19th century Gustavian sofa in Its original colour and newly upholstered. Ca 1810 Sweden.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

20th Century Gustavian Style Sofa
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Very unusual Gustavian style tub sofa with decorative carved decor. With superb hoofed feet , repainted in soft grey and recovered in linen.
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20th Century Swedish Gustavian Sofas

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Wood

19th Century Gustavian Swedish Sofa Bench
Located in Houston, TX
19th Century Gustavian Swedish sofa bench, newly upholstered with a hand-scraped painted finish circa 1800. Features decorative carved detailing including Griffons. This piece combin...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

19th century Swedish carved birch sofa
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
19th century Swedish carved birch sofa circa 1880. Elegant Swedish formal sofa which seats a comfortable 3.  Straight back with shaped birch border.  Roll top arms with carved acant...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Fabric, Birch

19th Century Swedish Classical Sofa
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
An unusual period Gustavian sofa with classical plaster decoration. With rare lions paw feet and scraped to original paint. Newly upholstered in linen.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Linen, Wood

Swedish early 19th century Gustavian painted sofa
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Swedish early 19th century Gustavian painted sofa circa 1810. Stunning sofa in original paint.  This would have been a day bed with a pull out section to the front, but it has since...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine, Paint

Fine 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Located in Mjöhult, SE
Fine 19th century Swedish sofa from the Gustavian period in its original colour newly upholstered in a raw linen. Ca 1810 Sweden.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

Antique Early 19th Century Gustavian Sofa / Bench, By a Swedish Cabinetmaker
Located in Odense, DK
A stunning antique late Gustavian sofa/bench, skillfully crafted by a talented Swedish cabinetmaker of the era. This exquisite piece showcases the hallmark elements of Gustavian desi...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

19th c. Swedish Gustavian Period Sofa Bench in Original Paint
Located in Wichita, KS
A long 19th c. Swedish sofa bench from the Gustavian period, hand-scraped to reveal the original paint, circa 1800. This beautiful sofa has been newly upholstered in linen and has un...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Linen, Wood, Paint

18th c. Swedish Gustavian Period Painted Sofa 'Trägsoffa'
Located in Wichita, KS
This is a stunning 18th c. Swedish Trägsoffa (sofa bed) from the Gustavian period newly upholstered in linen, circa 1790. Shaped arms and beautiful guilloche carving around the seat ...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Linen, Wood, Paint

18th c. Swedish Gustavian Period Blue Painted Sofa 'Trägsoffa'
Located in Wichita, KS
This is a stunning 18th c. Swedish Trägsoffa (sofa bed) from the Gustavian period wearing blue paint and newly upholstered in linen, circa 1790. Shaped arms and beautiful carving det...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Linen, Wood, Paint

18th c. Swedish Gustavian Period Sofa in Original Paint By Johan Lindgren
Located in Wichita, KS
A fine period Gustavian sofa, hand-scraped to the original paint, and newly upholstered with nail head trim, circa 1780. Rosettes on the leg posts with tapered and fluted legs. Signe...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Linen, Wood, Paint

Swedish Gustavian Period 1780s Painted Wood Sofa with Carved Crest and Apron
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Gustavian period painted wood sofa circa 1780 with carved crest, tall arms with finials, carved apron and cylindrical fluted legs. Step into the elegance of the Swedish Gus...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Wood

Swedish Carved Painted and Giltwood Sofa
Located in Bradenton, FL
Swedish Painted and Parcel-Gilt Sofa. Features padded scrolled back, sides and seat within a berry-leaf carved frame. The arms are decorated with unique black griffin supports, the a...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Gustavian Sofas

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Wood, Paint

Early 19th century Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fine 19th century late Gustavian sofa inspired by the Roman Empire and ancient Egypt. Hand Crafted with Gold Leaf Wood Trimmed Hand-Carved Rosette Details. The removable back allows...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Gold Leaf

19th c. Swedish Gustavian Style Sofa Bench in Original Patina
Located in Wichita, KS
19th c. Swedish sofa bench in the Gustavian style wearing its original, natural patina. There are carved rosettes at each corner post and the tapered and fluted legs feature fluted, round caps. This sofa is covered in old linen...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Fabric, Wood, Paint

18th Century Gustavian Sofa
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
18th Century Gustavian sofa. Scraped to original paint with exquisite carving and recently reupholstered in linen.
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Linen, Wood

18th Century Swedish Gustavian Tragsofa
Located in Huntington, NY
An intricately carved Swedish Gustavian tragsofa featuring a decorative hand carved Guilloché scrolling apron. Decorative fleurons sit atop fluted tapered legs. This piece has been t...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Wood, Paint

19th Century Swedish Late Gustavian Sofa
Located in Huntington, NY
A sizable Swedish Late Gustavian sofa made in Stockholm by master furniture maker Ephraim Stahl (active 1794-1820). Signed ES on a back leg. Frames and sashes are decorated with upri...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Wood

1900s Swedish Two-Seater Gustavian Style Gilt Velvet Sofa with Carved Decoration
Located in London, GB
This wonderfully large and comfortable Swedish two-seater gilt sofa dates from the 1900s period and is designed in the Gustavian style. The sofa features classic scrolling decoration...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Giltwood, Velvet

19th Century Large Swedish Gustavian Sofa with New Cushions
Located in San Angelo, TX
A beautiful, large and very rare large Swedish Gustavian sofa with new upholstered seat cushions added. This piece is very unique and rare with the grande scale and featuring side cu...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

19th Century Gustavian Sofa
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
19th Century Gustavian sofa in the Manor House style. With carved decoration on the arms, legs and apron. This sofa has a detachable back so could also be used as a daybed.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Wood

Pair of 19th Century, Swedish Gustavian Style Painted Sofa Benches
Located in Wichita, KS
An almost identical pair of 19th century Swedish sofa benches in the Gustavian style, newly upholstered in linen. See full dimensions below. These sofas came from a farmhouse in Svä...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Linen, Wood, Paint

Swedish Late Gustavian Period Carved-Wood Sofa Bench, Early 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish late Gustavian Period carved and painted wood sofa bench from the early 19th century. This antique sofa bench from Sweden features a high ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Wood

18th Century Swedish Gustavian Sofa Original Paint in Vintage French Linen
Located in London, GB
Lovely Swedish circa 18th century hand-scraped to the original paint upholstered Gustavian sofa. The decoration to the wood is classical and it's been reupholstered in a neutral vintage French linen...
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1780s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

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 it's original patina. The sofa frame is adorned with a lovely leaf motif and rests upon tapered and fluted leg...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Linen, Wood, Paint

Swedish Gustavian Carved-Wood and Upholstered Tub Sofa, Early 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish period Gustavian upholstered and carved-wood sofa from the early 19th century. This antique tub style sofa from Sweden features an elegantly arch...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Wood

19th Century Swedish Gustavian Sofa with Original Paint
Located in Boden, SE
19th century Swedish Gustavian sofa from Skellefteå Västerbotten, Northern Sweden. Scraped by hand to its original color. The sofa has some retouches. The kitchen sofa...
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1820s Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

19th Century Swedish Stick Back Sofa
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Period 19th Gustavian stick back sofa with storage under the wooden seat. With carved decoration throughout and scraped to stunning original paint....
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Wood

Gustavian Sofa Made In Oak From 1840s
Located in Lejre, DK
Crafted from oak in the Gustavian style, this sofa from the 1840s exudes timeless elegance and historical charm. With its gracefully curved arms and tapered legs, it embodies the neo...
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1840s Danish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Fabric, Oak

Gustavian Sofa from Sweden 1700-1800's
Located in Copenhagen, DK
I'm selling this stunning sofa from a costumer.  
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Mid-18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Harewood

19th Century Swedish Day-Bed
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Swedish 19th century daybed with carved decorative detailing throughout. This elegant daybed has the refined neoclassical style that defined the Gustavian era. The carved wood frame ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Wood

19th Century Swedish Gustavian Sofa with Original Paint
Located in Boden, SE
A lovely small Gustavian sofa from Ersnäs Luleå, Northern Sweden . The sofa has untouched blue original paint. Nice model, very easy to place. Good storage under the lid. The sea...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

19th c. Swedish Sofa
Located in Houston, TX
Early 19th century Swedish sofa with hand carved details and sunburst motif in pediment back. Hand scraped to original finish with patina showing both paint and wood grain. Reupholstered in 1860's hand woven linen fabric and hand tied. The sofa includes two round arm...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Gustavian Paint Decorated Storage Bench, New Wool Shearling, Sweden, 19th C.
Located in Stamford, CT
Gustavian paint decorated storage bench, new wool shearling, Sweden 19th Century Wonderful gustavian bench or daybed having a brand new white wool shearling/sheepskin upholstery ...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Wool, Wood

Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Gustavian Sofa with Original paint
Located in Boden, SE
Early 19th Century Antique Rustic Swedish Gustavian Provincial Sofa from Råneå Norrbotten ,Northern Sweden. A beautiful Swedish Gustavian sofa ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Sofas

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Pine

Gustavian sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Gustavian sofas for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage sofas created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, fabric and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Gustavian sofas made in a specific country, there are Europe, Scandinavia, and Sweden pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original sofas, popular names associated with this style include and Ephraim Stahl. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for sofas differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $2,588 and tops out at $17,500 while the average work can sell for $5,695.

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