The Golden Age
The end of King Karl the XII's wars and the King's death in 1718, contributed to a period of peace in the country, the economy flourished and prosperity increased. Those who could afford it, put down large sums of money to decorate and beautify their homes. During the first half of the 18th century a significant amount of furniture was imported, mainly from England. To support the domestic carpenters and carvers the Swedish government decided to ban the importation of furniture in 1731. The peace, prosperity and ban contributed to an unprecedented development of indigenous furniture making, having its apogee during the second half of 18th the century. Never before or since have the artisans been so prolific and skilful. This was the period when furniture design and construction evolved into fine art. Today the 18th century is generally regarded as the "golden age" of antique Swedish furniture.