Stunning cabinet by Gustaf Axel Berg with front in crayon and mixed media artwork by Isaac Grünewald. The cabinet is made in sycamore maple with mahogany veneer. The inside of the cabinet is dressed in white fabric and has three glass shelves.
The artwork was made directly onto the wood and shows a lively, urban Stockholm scene in 1935. The view is from Södermalm over Slussen, depicting Stockholm City Hall, steamboats on Riddarfjärden, a locomotive, busy pedestrians and smoking chimneys in an animated rendering of everyday life.
Gustaf Axel Berg ran the furniture company G.A. Berg, which sold both own designs and those of other firms and designers. In 1935 Isaac Grünewald's paintings were exhibited and sold in the G.A. Berg showroom and the idea for the cabinet grew between the designer and the artist. The concept of painting directly onto the cabinet was unique and innovative, and caused a big public buzz once the cabinet was presented.
The cabinet was intended as a gift to the Swedish-born princess Astrid of Belgium, but she tragically died in a car accident in 1935 and the cabinet was never sent. Instead it was exhibited at the World Exhibition in Bruxelles in 1935, and was subsequently in private ownership until 2007.