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Gustavian Furniture

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
Zabihi Collection Quirky Turkish Yastik Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Anatolian Turkish Yastik rug mat Measures: 1'8” x 3'9”
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20th Century Turkish Gustavian Furniture

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Wool

Antique Swedish Black Desk in Gustavian Style, Made by Hand in Solid Pine
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish antique desk in gustavian style from around 1820. The desk is made by hand with a frame in solid pine. Black paint with distress and patina. Two drawers with working lock and...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Pine

Late 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Gilded Wall Mirror
Located in Kastrup, DK
Antique Swedish rectangular wall mirror made of handcrafted giltwood, in good condition. Frame enhanced by softly painted blue background and hand-carved elements, upper section of t...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Gesso, Mirror, Giltwood

18th c. Swedish Gustavian Period Bench or Footstool in Original Paint
Located in Wichita, KS
19th century Swedish Gustavian period bench, newly upholstered with a hand-stitched, tufted linen seat and nail head trim. The paint has been hand-scraped to reveal the original chal...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Linen, Wood, Paint

Pair of Swedish Gustavian Style Painted Side Tables Bedside
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish Gustavian Style 2 Drawer Side Tables Bedside, A Pair These Swedish style two drawer hand painted neutral toned bedside tables have been constructed from solid wood. Classic ...
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Early 2000s European Gustavian Furniture

Materials

Brass

Antique Blue Painted Swedish Mora Grandfather Clock, circa 1820-1840
Located in Round Top, TX
Graceful curves create the attractive silhouette of this Swedish mora grandfather clock. Newer professionally applied blue layered finish (with slight white and green undertones), l...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood, Paint

Swedish Side Table with Drawer, circa 1860-80
Located in Round Top, TX
Swedish Gustavian style oak side table, may also be used as a small desk. Lovely turned and carved legs and carved skirt with flourishes add to the romantic grace of this side table...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Oak, Paint

Mora Clock
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Swedish Mora clock from the 1960's in original wood. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and a bell chime on the hour. Width:48cm / 18.9"" Depth: 25cm / 9.8""...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Mora Clock
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
1900's Swedish Mora clock with cream and gold paint detailing. Carved detailing to crown. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and a bell chime on the hour. Wi...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Antique Mora Clock dated 1850
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Antique Swedish Mora clock dated 1850 with hand painted traditional Swedish floral details. Carved detailing of crown. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and ...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Mora Clock
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Swedish Mora clock from the 1960's in original colour. Cream with gold carved detailing. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and a bell chime on the hour. Wid...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Mora Clock
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Swedish Mora clock from the 1960's in original colour with painted floral decoration. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and a bell chime on the hour. Width:...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Mora Clock
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Swedish Mora clock from the 1960's in original colour with painted floral decoration. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and a bell chime on the hour. Width:...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Mora Clock
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Antique Swedish Mora clock from the 1800's. Original paint; cream with gold detailing. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and a bell chime on the hour. Width...
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Early 1800s Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Mora Clock
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Swedish Mora clock with hand painted traditional Swedish floral details. Carved detailing of crown. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and a bell chime on the...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Antique Mora Clock
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Antique Swedish Mora clock dated 1787 in blue with hand painted traditional Swedish floral details. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and a bell chime on the...
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Early 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Antique Mora Clock 1849
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Antique Swedish Mora clock dated 1849 in brown with hand painted traditional Swedish floral details and clockmakers initials on face AAL. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum...
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Early 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Antique Mora Clock
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Antique Swedish Mora clock 1800's in off-white with gold hand painted intricate detailing. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and a bell chime on the hour. W...
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Early 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Antique Mora Clock 1832
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Antique Swedish Mora clock dated 1832 in green with hand painted traditional Swedish floral details and clockmakers initials on face AAL. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum...
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Early 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Antique Mora Clock
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Swedish Mora clock with hand painted traditional Swedish floral details. Paint detailing believed to be by Bengt Engman. Carved detailing of crown. Working Longcase clock mechanism o...
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Early 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Antique Mora Clock 1839
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
1839 Swedish Mora clock with hand painted traditional Swedish floral details. Carved detailing of crown. Working Longcase clock mechanism of pendulum and 2 weights and a bell chime o...
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Early 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Gustavian Bedside Table wuth Marble Top
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Gustavian style bedside tables with white marble top. Made in second half of 20th century. Greay color with gold detailing. Width: 50cm / 19.7" Depth: 54cm / 21.3" Height: 73cm / ...
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1950s European Vintage Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Gustavian Style Commode with natural marble top and Chinoiserie Design
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Gustavian commode with a marble slab renovated to the highest stand with Chinoiserie design. Fine original fittings in solid brass. Width: 81cm / 31.9" Depth: 45cm / 17.7" Height...
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1950s European Vintage Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Pair Fornasetti Design Nightstands with Marble Top
Located in Crowthorne, Surrey
Pair Fornasetti Design Nightstands with Marble Tops. Original cast brass fittings to the drawers and legs. Width: 40cm / 15.7" Depth: 28cm / 11" Height: 71cm / 28"
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1950s European Vintage Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Gustavian-Style Demilune Console Tables, Sweden c. 1900
Located in Kastrup, DK
Pair of demilune console tables in Gustavian style. Black tabletop with profiled edge. White-painted base with curved apron. Tapered legs with fluting. Sweden, circa 1900. Sold as ...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Gustavian Furniture

Materials

Pine

Swedish Antique Gustavian Console Table Desk Grey White Carved Detail 1850-1870
Located in LONDON, GB
Shipping update - please message us directly with your city and zip/postcode for a delivery cost to your location on this item - please do not request shipping from 1st dibs Rare An...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Pine

Swedish Gustavian Painted Chest of Drawers Pair Commode Grey White C.1870
Located in LONDON, GB
NOTE - Due to the popularity and rarity of these style of drawers, please message us before you commence a purchase to make sure the drawers are still currently available as they go ...
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Mid-18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Pine

Swedish Gustavian Roseback Dining Chairs White Set of 8 1940s 2 Carvers
Located in LONDON, GB
Rare Set of 6 Swedish Gustavian roseback dining chairs and 2 matching Roseback Carver Chairs in good condition in white with lovely carvings C 1940. Great for every day usage with ...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Gustavian Furniture

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Birch

Swedish Antique Mora Clock Fryksdall Green Gold 1800s Gustavian Ekerstrom
Located in LONDON, GB
Antique Swedish mora clock from the early 1800s in lovely Green and Gold finish and Classic Fryksdall detailing with an extended belly shape body, Dual Star Motif and a clean face in...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Swedish Antique Mora Clock Grey White Gustavian Early 1800s Carved
Located in LONDON, GB
Antique Swedish mora clock from the early 1800s in lovely Grey White finish and unique leaf shape pendulum window with an extended belly shape body, simple crown and detail and a cle...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Italian Hand Painted Blue And White Italian Commode / Chest Att. Niermann Weeks
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a hand painted Italian commode with lovely Gustavian styling. It is intentionally and heavily distressed. The drawers are paper lined. I believe it to be a good reproductio...
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Late 20th Century Italian Gustavian Furniture

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Brass

Gray Painted Swedish Gustavian Stool, circa 1900
Located in Round Top, TX
This lovely Swedish stool has turned and fluted legs topped by a delicately carved skirt. The newer professionally applied antique gray layered painted finish has been gently distres...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Gustavian Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Large Gray Painted Pine Swedish Cabinet, circa 1770-1800
Located in Round Top, TX
Beautifully crafted large Swedish Pine Cabinet with curved upper bonnet and graceful panel doors standing over 7' tall. Newer custom professionally painted finish in layered shades o...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Pine, Paint

White Swedish Gustavian Bench, circa 1880
Located in Round Top, TX
This lovely lines of this Swedish Gustavian style bench come from the simple fluted carved details and turned legs. Please enlarge and examine the close up photos to appreciate the s...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Mid-19th Century Tall Black Swedish 4 Drawer Gustavian Chest
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Late 19th Century chest of drawers painted in black. This classic Gustavian commode or dresser is a very versatile piece that works well in a foyer, living room or bedroom.
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Mid-19th Century Scandinavian Antique Gustavian Furniture

Materials

Brass

Swedish Gustavian Period 1790s Painted Slant Front Secretary with Three Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Gustavian period painted wood secretary from the late 18th century, with slant front desk, multiple drawers, dark painted interior, three drawers in the façade and rustic c...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Brass

Swedish Gustavian Style 19th Century Painted Sideboard with Reeded Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Gustavian style painted sideboard from the 19th century, with reeded motifs, single drawer over double doors. Created in Sweden during the 19th century, this painted sidebo...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Swedish 1810s Period Gustavian Painted Side Table with Drawer and Carved Apron
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Gustavian period painted side table from the early 19th century with single drawer, carved apron and cylindrical legs. Born during the Gustavian era, this Swedish painted s...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Swedish Gustavian Style White Painted Stripe Upholstered Side Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of 19th century Swedish Gustavian style side chairs, the carved wood frames are painted white and the seats/backs feature a black & white striped upholstery.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Late 19th Century Swedish 3 Drawer Gustavian Chest
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Late 19th Century chest of drawers painted in black. This classic Gustavian commode is a very versatile piece that works well in a foyer, living room or bedroom.
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Late 19th Century Scandinavian Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Brass

Late 19th Century Black Painted Swedish Gustavian 3 Drawer Chest
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Late 19th Century chest of drawers painted in black. This classic Gustavian commode is a very versatile piece that works well in a foyer, living room or bedroom.
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Late 19th Century Scandinavian Antique Gustavian Furniture

Materials

Brass

Mid-19th Century Tall Black Swedish Gustavian 4 Drawer Chest
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-19th Century chest of drawers painted in black. This classic Gustavian commode or dresser is a very versatile piece that works well in a foyer, living room or bedroom.
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Mid-19th Century Scandinavian Antique Gustavian Furniture

Materials

Brass

19th Century Swedish Original Painted Mora Clock
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An early 19th Century original painted long case clock or Grandfather clock from Sweden. This Scandinavian folk art clock from the famous (for clock mechanism production) town of Mor...
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1820s Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Pine

Pair Of Swedish Gustavian Style Chests With Three-Drawers
Located in Kastrup, DK
A pair of Swedish Gustavian style breakfront chests off white / gray painted finish, three drawers, tapered feet and brass hardware.
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Brass

Swedish Gustavian Style Blue Painted Commode Chest of Drawers
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Wonderful hand painted textured Gustavian style chest of drawers. This commode has been constructed from solid wood with a hand-applied distressed finish with brass ring hardware. T...
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Early 2000s European Gustavian Furniture

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Wood, Paint

Swedish Gustavian 18th Century Settle
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A Swedish Gustavian settle or bench from the 1790’s with its original paint finish. The frame of this Swedish bench is made of carved pine with its original worn blue paint finish. T...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Linen, Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Pair of Swedish Gustavian Style Blue Painted Chest of Drawer
Located in Kastrup, DK
A pair of Swedish Gustavian style breakfront chest of three drawers, dating from the 19th century, painted in a light blue-green color scheme. Each chest features a top with canted ...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Gustavian Style Blue Painted Chest of Drawers Commodes
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish Gustavian Style Blue Painted Chest of Drawers Commodes, A Pair Classic Pair Swedish Style Painted Chest of Drawers. Two drawer chests based on an 18th Century Gustavian anti...
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Early 2000s European Gustavian Furniture

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Brass, Bronze

19th Century Mahogany Side Table
Located in London, GB
A substantial 19th century Swedish Gustavian side-table. The symmetry and simplicity of this painted mahogany side table are hallmarks of the Gustavian style, a distinctly Swedish ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Mahogany

Antique Gustavian Style Painted Stool, Circa 1870
Located in Dallas, TX
Swedish Gustavian-style painted stool, circa 1870. Gustavian-style furniture was styled after French Neoclassicism, but with less ornamentation. More information coming soon…
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

Materials

Metal

Swedish mid 19th century alder root occasional table
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Swedish mid 19th century alder root occasional table circa 1850. Elegant piece of mid 19th century furniture from sweden.  Over sailing top with alder root outer edge and alder cros...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Birch

18th c. Swedish Gustavian Period Foot Stools in Original Paint
Located in Wichita, KS
A charming pair of Swedish benches from the early Gustavian period in original paint, circa 1780. These stools display beautiful carved egg and dart detail on the seat frame, rosette...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Wood, Paint

19th Century Dark-Green Swedish Gustavian Pinewood Commode - Antique Chest
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early 19th Century, dark-green antique Swedish Gustavian chest made of hand crafted painted Pinewood with a limestone top, in good condition. The single Scandinavian cabinet is co...
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Early 19th Century European Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Limestone, Metal, Brass

Pair, Gustavian White Painted Chest of Drawers, Sweden circa 1840-80
Located in Round Top, TX
A pair of decorative Gustavian pine chest of drawers painted in shades of white, fitting their Swedish origin. Canted fluted side posts with upper carved diamond medallion, raised c...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

Materials

Brass

A Pair Of Gustavian Scandinavian Hall Chairs Sweden 19th Century
Located in Bjuråker, SE
2 lacquered and carved Scandinavian hall chairs with bronze accents. The beautifully weathered sturdy chairs from Sweden are completely original. Gustavian 19th Century. It is used b...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Pine, Fabric

Inlaid Swedish Satinwood Console
Located in Greenwich, CT
Very fine Swedish 19th Century gilt bronze mounted center table in the manner of George Haupt. In mixed woods, the top with marquetry basket of flowers withing an oval on a satin bir...
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1850s Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Bronze

Antique Pair of Swedish Gustavian Bergère Chairs in Old Paint Unrestored c1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique Pair of Bergère Chairs from Sweden in the classic Gustavian style of furniture. Gustavian furniture was a leading style in Swedish architecture and interior decor during the reign of King Gustav III of Sweden. Gustav was heavily inspired by French Neoclassicism style and actually spent time at the Palace of Versailles. In addition to his official government duties, King Gustav was a patron of the arts and had a keen eye for all things related to design and decoration. Our pair of Swedish Gustavian Bergère chairs design is clearly derived from the French Louis XV style. Use the chairs as is or reupholster in your choice of fabrics. The Gustavian pair of Bergère chairs frames...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

19th - 20th Century Swedish Gustavian Farm, Kitchen Folding Pinewood Table
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A late 19th Century, antique Swedish Gustavian rectangular farm table with one drawer, consisting a round pull, made of hand crafted Pinewood in good condition. The rustic Scandinavi...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Gustavian Furniture

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Metal

Gustavian furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Gustavian furniture for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage furniture created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include case pieces and storage cabinets, seating, tables and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, softwood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Gustavian furniture made in a specific country, there are Europe, Scandinavia, and Sweden pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original furniture, popular names associated with this style include Ephraim Stahl, Hendrix Allardyce, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, and Jonas Frisk. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for furniture differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $50 and tops out at $49,500 while the average work can sell for $4,473.

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