A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood console table from the early 20th century with faux marble top, two drawers, brass rosettes, two shelves and curving feet. Created in Sweden during Turn of the Century which saw the transition between the 19th to the 20th, this petite console table features a rectangular marbleized top with canted corners, sitting above two drawers, a narrow one fitted with a brass pull over a larger one with ornate escutcheon. This lower drawer is conveniently partitioned on the inside. The table is raised on four slender slightly tapering legs, adorned with brass rosettes on the knees and showcasing scrolling extremities. These four legs secure two shelves, the lower one presenting in-curving accents. The table is painted in a soft color with nicely distressed patina, typical of the Swedish taste for light palettes aiming at brightening the dark winters of Scandinavia.
The Gustavian style takes its roots in the Louis XVI era. Swedish King Gustav III resided in 1771 in Paris, at the beginning stages of the Louis XVI style. There, he was inspired by French art and fashion. With that in his luggage, he had a strong desire to introduce something similar in Sweden. The country had fine craftsmen with high quality craftsmanship, who produced a simple style with harmonious aesthetics. The Gustavian style was born and has been in vogue ever since. It is incredibly popular, especially in England but also in France and in the USA. Price and age are of course inextricably linked, the older and rarer the higher the price!
With its elegant lines and petite proportions, this Swedish Gustavian style console table circa 1900 will bring a touch of Classical elegance to any home, whether placed in a living room, bedroom or hallway.
Place of Origin: Sweden
Period: 20th Century
Dimensions: 20"W x 13.5"D x 30"H
Inventory Number: XX93