Unique 'Swedish Grace' Cabinet by Carl Malmsten

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A rare and important Swedish grace sideboard, cupboard or buffet by Swedish Master, Carl Malmsten delicately constructed of inlaid birch and elmwoods depicting a scene of Saint George and the dragon on the central interior door and six scenes of Swedish cultural life on the exterior doors. Malmsten was the leading figure of the Swedish Grace movement which occurred during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s Uniting Neoclassical Harmony with a modern aesthetic and this cabinet is fine example. Swedish Grace occurred simultaneously as the Art Deco in France but offered a more restrained approach and had as its goal, "Good Design for all."

The interior has ten storage spaces including six drawers on the lower levels for cutlery opened by brass ring pulls. There are three additional closed storage compartments on the mid-level, two with sliding panels on the sides and a central main closet with St. George and the dragon in the center. There is additional large flat open storage on the top level. The size of the total cabinet storage area is W 40 x H 39 x D 17. The entire cabinet sits on a sober, modern stand giving it a slender, elegant profile.

This is a 'piece unique' inlaid with Carl Malmsten's initials on the interior: CM, Anno 1932.
Of the Period
Scandinavian Modern
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Good. Will be cleaned and waxed before delivery to client..
69 in. H x 42.5 in. W x 17.2 in. D
175 cm H x 108 cm W x 44 cm D
Dealer Location
New York, NY
Number of Items
Reference Number
Thomas Gallery Ltd
315 E 91st St.
New York NY 10128 By Appointment Only
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