Gustavian Period 1775 - 1810

Tuesday 6th December 2016 at 07:32

The extremely elegant interior styles of the Swedish manor houses during the late 18th century - beginning 19th century has long been associated with Gustav the third person and come to bear his name. Admittedly the King's enthusiasm for the new style made it known, but it actually begun to take shape about 10 years before his enthronement. It was a harmonious blend of rococo lightness and a new taste for the classisism, the forms became straighter and more symmetrical.

It was during King Gustav III 's reign as the style was introduced in Sweden. The King, who had a strong feeling for the fine art, music and architecture and during a trip to Italy where he visited the excavations in the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, he was heavily influenced by antiquity ideals. Back home in Sweden, he hired the best-known contemporary architects and designers for its castles and got to give the beloved style its name.

The Gustavian expression is typically Swedish : straight and simple with sparse decor. The painted furniture is often made of native woods and painted mainly in pale white, blue, yellow and red colours. The Gustavian buffet below is a fabulous example: Its sophistication, simple lines, and delightful pale colour makes a piece like this work well in a wide variety of spaces and mix perfectly with modern furniture. It’s so easy to live with them and they go well with everything. This fact makes them extremely attractive. You can open any interior magazine anywhere in the world and you are certain to find one or two Gustavian pieces highlighting a room. Even with wear and tear over centuries they show strength and charm and It is amazing how these pieces have survived through time in such great condition. We do have to be grateful to the nordic climate for preserving our heritage.