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Gustavian Seating

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
Set of 8 Swedish Gustavian White Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 Swedish Gustavian mid century side chairs with an antique white painted finish and an open back design
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20th Century Gustavian Seating

Fine 19th Century Gustavian Stools
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Fine pair of early 19th century Gustavian stools in their original finish with new upholstery. Ca 1810 Sweden.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Pine

Set of Ten 18th Century Swedish Side Chairs
Located in Doylestown, PA
Ten 18th century Swedish side chairs, off-white, eight of the same design, two similar, grouped as ten. Varying sizes, measures: height from 33.5-35”, width 16” – 18”, depth 16”, sea...
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Mid-18th Century European Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood

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 the Scandinavian wood sofa are spindled, ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Cotton, Damask, Linen, Pine

Set of Six Gustavian Period Painted Dining Chairs, 19th c. Swedish
Located in Wichita, KS
A matched set of 6 Swedish Gustavian period painted dining chairs from the 19th century, newly upholstered in linen with carved and pierced ladder backs and slip seats. This is an ex...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Linen, Wood, Paint

19th c. Swedish Gustavian Sofa Bench with Egyptian Carvings in Original Paint
Located in Wichita, KS
A rare 19th c. Swedish sofa from the Gustavian period hand-scraped to its beautiful, original paint with original cushions. Fine carvings, ca 1800, Stockholm, Sweden. This piece feat...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood, Paint

18th c. Swedish Gustavian Period Laughing Chair in Original Patina
Located in Wichita, KS
A rare 18th c. Swedish 'Laughing' Chair from the Gustavian period in original patina, newly upholstered. Named a laughing chair, because the chair back resembles a laughing mouth. Th...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood, Paint

Swedish Gustavian Arm Chair Circa Early 1900's Painted Warm White
Located in London, Park Royal
A Swedish, Gustavian style arm chair from the early 1900's, carved in solid beech wood and hand painted in a warm white which has naturally aged to reveal some of the wood beneath. T...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Gustavian Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Early 19th Century, Swedish, Tragsofa
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Beautiful early 19th century Swedish tragsofa in later 20th century paint. Circa 1830.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood, Paint

Set of Four Swedish Painted Dining Chairs in the Gustavian Style
Located in Wichita, KS
A set of Swedish painted dining chairs in the Gustavian style with slat backs, cross stretchers, and slip seat cushions. The seat cushions are comfortable and in good condition. Ho...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Gustavian Seating

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Fabric, 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 arched wooden top rail, with si...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood

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, ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Fabric, Wood, Paint

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 Seating

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Wood

18th c. Swedish Gustavian Daybed Sofa Bench with Griffons in Original Patina
Located in Wichita, KS
An exceptionally rare, hand-carved Swedish Gustavian period sofa or daybed, circa 1790, hand-scraped to reveal the original paint surface and newly upholstered in antique linen with ...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Linen, Wood, Paint

Swedish Gustavian Single Chair White Color Gold Detail, Early 1900s
Located in LONDON, GB
This original Swedish Gustavian early 1900s chairs in probable original paint has highly carved detailing on the frame, arm and legs, unusual delicately fluted feet and wide seat ...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Gustavian Seating

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Birch

Gustavian Sofa in Oak from Around the 1840s
Located in Lejre, DK
Gustavian sofa in oak from around the 1840s. The sofa is in great antique condition. Measures: H - 87 cm, W - 175 cm, D - 60 cm and SH - 47 cm.
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1840s Danish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Fabric, Oak

19th Century Swedish Painted Dressing Stool
Located in Houston, TX
19th Century Swedish Painted Dressing Stool with two low arms and an exaggerated curved shape. The burlap is original to the piece and is suitable to cover with the fabric of your ch...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood, Paint, Burlap

Swedish Gustavian Armchairs Pair White Color Gold Detail Early 1900s
Located in LONDON, GB
This is a Classic pair of original Swedish Gustavian early 1900s armchairs in probable original paint with highly carved detailing on the frames , arm and legs, unusual delicately fl...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Gustavian Seating

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Birch

Antique Limed Oak Gustavian Style Urn Back Carver or Armchair
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
An elegant Gustavian style carver or armchair A lovely urn shaped splat and unadorned cabriole leg It has been recently limed to enhance the beautiful grain in the wood. Th...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Gustavian Seating

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Burlap, Oak

Set of 6 Antique Gustavian Style Urn Back Dining Chairs
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
A delightful matching set of 6 English limed oak chairs. They have been recently limed to enhance the beautiful grain in the wood. The seats have been re-upholstered in hessia...
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Early 20th Century English Gustavian Seating

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Oak

Pair of Gustavian Swedish Beige Upholstered Bergere Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Swedish Gustavian (18/19th Century) bergere armchairs with beige painted and carved frames in Neo-classic square form upholstered in beige fabric accented by a double-piped b...
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19th Century Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood

Swedish Set of 5 Gustavian Dining Chairs
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A set of five Gustavian style dining chairs, circa 1810, with fantastic potential in any space. The curved back rests feature reeding details on the back and seem suspended by turned...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Fabric, Wood, Paint

Stockholm, Gustavian Style Armchair
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Limited edition reproductions by D. Larsson, inspired by the finest 18th - 19th-century Swedish furniture. STOCKHOLM, This Gustavian style armchair is inspired by one of the finest ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Gustavian Seating

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Beech

18th c. Swedish Early Gustavian Period Pair of Armchairs by Johan Erik Höglander
Located in Wichita, KS
A pair of Gustavian period armchairs with provenance, signed by master craftsman, Johan Erik Höglander, Stockholm 1777-1813. Considered to be one of Sweden's best chair makers during...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood, Paint

Swedish Style Carved Wooden Long Bench
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 2000s Swedish style carved wood long bench with gingham upholstery stuffed with feather down. The skirt of the bench is carved with shallow reliefs of Vitruvian scrollwork with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Gustavian Seating

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Upholstery, Wood, Feathers

Sofa, Gustavian 19th Century
Located in New Orleans, LA
Carved tapered legs support a carved base with spindles surrounding this 19th century Gustavian sofa.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Benches Swedish 19th Century
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1880s pair of Swedish benches, freshly upholstered in fabric. The benches feature carved rosettes and turned, rounded legs. Made in Sweden. Please note of wear consistent with ...
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1880s Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Bench, Swedish with Griffons, 19th Century
Located in New Orleans, LA
With significant size and presence, this armed bench has a long single seat and three separate upholstered back rests and upholstered arm rests. The elaborately carved wood is painte...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Oak 19th Century Painted Swedish Bench
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Oak 19th century painted Swedish bench circa 1890. Rare Swedish bench in that this is made of oak, when normally they are made from pine, which makes this bench more likely that i...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Oak

Pair of 19th century Swedish painted stools
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Fine pair of elegant Swedish painted stools circa 1880. Turned hand rails above the seat surface.  Standing on 4 splayed legs.  Later paint which has since taken on a weathered appe...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Pine, Paint

Pair of Antique Gustavian Style Urn Back Chairs, English, C.1920
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
A pair of English limed oak chairs. Typical Gustavian style, the chairs have delightful urn back splats, unadorned cabriole or Queen Anne legs and the elegantly understated shape...
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Early 20th Century English Gustavian Seating

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Oak

Pair of 18th Century Swedish Footstools
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Period pair of 18th century Gustavian footstools. With decorative carved detailing on the stretchers and legs. Repainted in light grey and re-upholstered in linen.
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood

Gustavian Inspired 19th Century Swedish Pine Bench
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Gustavian inspired 19th century Swedish pine bench circa 1890. Elegant painted pine bench from the late 19th century, very much in the taste of the Gustavian period. Upright ba...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Pine, Paint

Pair of 18th Century Stockholm Footstools
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Period pair of 18th century Stockholm made pair of Gustavian footstools. Repainted in soft grey with decorative carved detailing to the stretchers and legs. Circa 1780.
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood

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 Seating

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Harewood

Fine Pair of 19th Century Gustavian Chairs
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Exceptional pair of early 19th century Swedish / Scandinavian Gustavian chairs in Egyptian taste. Ca 1810 Stockholm, Sweden. Attributed to Ephraim Sthal (1767-1820). Supplier to ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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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 Seating

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Metal

19th Century Gustavian Styled Country House Side Chairs, Sweden
Located in Beerse, VAN
Beautiful pair of Swedish country house side chairs with great colours and great patina. Although the chairs are Gustavian styled, they are not period pieces. They’re from the end...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Pine

Antique Gustavian Sofa from the late 1800's
Located in Copenhagen, DK
I cant provide more photos of this item right now. Excellent condition.
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Hardwood

18th c. Swedish Gustavian Period Upholstered Armchair in Original Patina
Located in Wichita, KS
An 18th c. Swedish Stockholm quality armchair from the Gustavian period, hand scraped to the original paint and newly upholstered in linen fabric. Beautiful guilloché carved detail ...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood, Paint, Linen

18th C. Swedish Gustavian Period Upholstered Armchair in Original Patina
Located in Wichita, KS
A Swedish armchair from the Gustavian period in Stockholm quality, hand-scraped to the original paint and newly upholstered in linen. Exquisitely carved floral and leaf motif on the ...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Linen, Wood, Paint

19th Century Swedish Gustavian Sofa with New Cushions
Located in San Angelo, TX
A beautiful, large and very rare Swedish Gustavian sofa with new upholstery added while in Europe. This piece is very unique and rare with the grande scale and featuring side curved ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood, Upholstery

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 Seating

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Pine, Fabric, Linen

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. Reupholstered in linen.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood

Set of Four 18th Century Gustavian Dining Chairs
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Fantastic set of four 18th Century Gustavian dining chairs. These chairs are marked underneath by the designer "IAS" which are the initials for Johannes Andersson. All four chairs...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Linen, Wood, Paint

Rare Pair of 19th Century Gustavian Chairs
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Rare and fine pair of early 19th century Gustavian chairs in Chinese taste signed by master chair maker Ephraim Sthal (1767-1820) Supplier to the Royal Court and one of the most soph...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Pine

Genuine Northern Swedish Gustavian Country Chair
Located in Kramfors, SE
Gustavian country house chair from the early 1800s, around 1810 to 1820. The chair is a genuine country house furniture from northern Sweden. It’s painted pine with the untouched ori...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Pine

Mid 19th Century Large Painted Swedish Bench Day Bed
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Large rustic Swedish pine bench / day bed circa 1850. Very heavy item. Ideal for a summer house or garden room. Lift up seat which allows the base to be pulled out to form a bed. ...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Pine, Paint

18th Century Giltwood Gustavian Bucket Chairs, Set of 4, Sweden, Circa 1790-1800
Located in New York, NY
18th Century Gustavian bucket chairs, set of four (4), giltwood, origin: Stockholm, Sweden, circa 1790 - 1800. Elegant proportions, beautifully hand-carved, extremely comfortable...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Giltwood

Welcoming & Functional Gustavian Style Faux Painted Mudroom Bench with Storage
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Newly upholstered character rich Swedish Gustavian style faux painted bench having storage to offer under its seats. Perfect for a mudroom or entryway! seat height without cushion ...
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19th Century French Antique Gustavian Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

19th Century Swedish Painted Hall Bench, Trundle Bed
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century Swedish painted hall bench ~ trundle bed is the perfect selection for the active family! By day, a handsome, country style hall bench ~ by night, pullout / pull-out the ...
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1880s Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood

19th Century Swedish Provincial Sofa
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Fine 19th century provincial Gustavian sofa with an unusual curved back rest in its original finish with retouches. Ca 1810, Sweden. Newly upholstered in linen.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Pine

Dining Chairs Swedish Set of Four Gustavian Original Paint Green Sweden
Located in New York, NY
A set of four side chairs made during the Gustavian period in Sweden 1790-1810. The original paint in a grayish green which has a stunning patina. Rounded legs with channeled details.
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

Set of Six 19th Century Swedish Dining Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of Six 19th century Swedish dining chairs feature classic, stylish lines that are tailored, yet cleverly engineered. The curvature of the seat back with three slats conforms to y...
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1890s Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Oak

Swedish Classical Sofa
Located in Hudson, NY
A truly elegant Gustavian period bench or sofa from early 19th C Sweden, in birchwood. This style epitomizes the elegance of the period and can be seen in many historic palaces a...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Birch

Pair of White Painted 19th Century Swedish Chairs
Located in Doylestown, PA
Pair of white painted 19th century Swedish chairs of Gustavian style. Measures: 36.5” H. x 18” W. x 18” D. SH:).
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19th Century French Antique Gustavian Seating

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Wood

Antique Pair of Swedish Bergère Chairs in Louis XVI Style in Old Paint C1800's
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique pair of Louis XVI style Swedish bergère chairs in old paint, a bergère chairs is defined as; an upholstered armchair of an 18th century style having an exposed wood frame. Th...
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1890s Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Fine Pair of 19th Century Gustavian Barrel Back Armchairs
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Fine pair of early 19th century late Gustavian barrel back armchairs in their original condition with lion head carvings on the armrests, needs upholstery. Ca 1810 Sweden.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Seating

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Pine

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