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Exceptional 18th Century Gustavian Commode, Origin Stockholm, Sweden, circa 1780
An exceptional Swedish 18th century, neoclassical Gustavian chest of drawers or commode in original red paint with a magnificent patina and proportions, Origin: Stockholm, Sweden, circa 1780 The Gustavian, neoclassical period is characterized by a return to symmetry and straight lines, Antique motifs such as laurels, medallions, and columns, replacing the curving, delicate and asymmetrical elements of the Rococo period. In Sweden, an aesthetic simplicity of everyday life took hold of the court and countryside. The neoclassical style desired characteristics were classical proportions, pared down silhouettes. This commode is a wonderful example of Gustavian refined purity and simple elegance. Gustav III, upon the death of his father, was called back from a study trip in France to assume the Swedish throne. Having been greatly influenced by the French Neoclassical style of the courts of Louis XVI, Gustav III brought French Neoclassicism to the royal palaces of Drottningholm and Gripsholm. The popular style spread quickly to the city houses of the Swedish society and out to their country house. This is a regal example of a master Stockholm cabinetmaker's hand. Provenance: Dienst Collection, Sag Harbor, New York, illustrated in Martha Stewart Living.
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- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacturecirca 1780
- Materials and Techniques
- Condition Detailscharming, old, metal reinforcements on back panels
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 32.29 in. x W 42.92 in. x D 19.49 in.H 82 cm x W 109 cm x D 49.5 cm
- Seller LocationNew York, NY
- Seller Reference NumberDD1968
- Reference NumberLU3653312268981
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