Antique Swedish Baroque Painted Chest of Drawers, circa 1760

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An antique Swedish Baroque period chest, circa 1760 featuring the original painted finish. Please focus on two important characteristics of this chest. The four drawers and the front edge of the top all have a dramatic serpentine shape that is consistent from top to bottom. This shape is a hallmark of the Baroque period that began in Italy and traveled throughout the Western world. The movement across the front was particularly effective in rooms with low lighting on the interior and the long dark winter months in Scandinavia. The second feature is on each side of the chest-the heavy iron handles. These were used to transport the chest either from room to room in the home or to carry it to another residence. This aspect is only seen on furniture considered to be important from the day it was commissioned. The beautiful paint and sculptural shape are why this chest is still greatly desirable today along with its functional storage capacity.
Of the Period
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
circa 1760
Mid-18th Century
Materials and Techniques
Excellent. The drawers slide easily so the chest may be used on a regular basis..
Wear consistent with age and use
35.5 in. H x 44.25 in. W x 24.5 in. D
90 cm H x 112 cm W x 62 cm D
Dealer Location
Houston, TX
Number of Items
Reference Number
Carl Moore Antiques
1610 Bissonnet St.
Houston TX 77005
(832) 648-1978
1stdibs Dealer since 2009 Located in Houston, TX
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