The Swedish Gustavian Settee

By Bernadette Truxal

At Maison & Co. we adore the fresh appeal of Swedish furniture, especially that of the Gustavian period.   The history of Gustavian furniture began in 1771, when the future king of Sweden, Gustav III, returned home to Sweden after an extended stay at the court of Louis XVI at Versailles.   The young monarch was highly influenced by the Neoclassical style and sought to recreate it in Sweden.

The Gustavian style that evolved is a restrained interpretation of the French Louis XV and Louis XVI style.  Initially, Gustavian furniture was reserved for royal palaces.  However, the style soon gained popularity with the average citizen.   While palaces were graced with gilded furniture, countryside homes were decorated with painted furniture; either white-washed or painted gray or soft cream.  The light painted finishes provided a reflective quality that was desired during the long dark winters.

The Gustavian style has increased in popularity over the years.  Maison & Co. appreciates the simplicity of the design and the unique patina of the aged, painted wood.  One of our favorite pieces is the Gustavian settee.  It is extremely versatile.  It works well at the end of a bed, in a front entry, in a hallway, in a sitting room, or as a banquette for a breakfast room………..the possibilities are endless! 

While buying in Provence this past summer, we discovered a charming 19th c. Swedish Gustavian settee.  It is by far one of our favorite purchases from the trip.   Our beautiful settee has been hand-scraped to reveal the original paint.   We simply love the carving detail and patina.  Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.

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Maison & Co. 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Settee