Month: March, 2012

A Red Spot



Doesnt have to be a bad thing.




17th Century In a New Frame

Swedish 17th Century copper print from the collection

Swedish 17th Century copper print from the collection

I am a big fan of these kind of prints because of their contemporary but yet traditional feel and work absolutely best when used in a group of 6-8 to cover a whole wall.

The big name behind the famous copper engravings series “Suecian” is a man called Eric Jonsson who later got the name Dahlberg. He had a background within the military but managed to get himself an education in Germany as a writer, which was quite an achievement for an orphan during the 17th Century. In Germany Mr Dahberg learned the basics to draw and sketch that later developed into a more advanced form of architecture drawing and 1650 when he  was sent to Frankfurt he got in touch with ” Theatrum Europaeum”: A series of portraits of important Swedish officers and this gave him the idea to produce a series of copper prints of Sweden and the Swedish countryside. The work started 1660 but because of the war against Denmark the work got delayed and was not completed when he died 1703. The Suecia can be described as the grand vision of Sweden during its period as a great power. In its final state Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna comprised three volumes with a total of 353 plates

The process started by making a model with pencil made on site that then was translated into ink. The model was used to engrave a copper plate. Since the copper printing technique was not to be found in Sweden the main part of the work was made in France and Holland.


Even In The Kitchen

A pair of blue and white Oriental urns

Renaissance Cabinet

A Swedish Gustavian daybed

Antiques in 3 different kitchens.

Goodbye Obvious

Swedish 19th Century Table with Original Paint

Wishbone Chair By Hans J Wegner

French Farmers Table From the Early 19th Century

Wishbone Chair By Hans J Wegner

When using a design classic, like the wishbone chair by Wegner I think it can get a little too obvious and seem a little too easy but by combining it with a 19th Century Farmers table really takes the obvious out of the equation.

The Master of The Chair

Hans J Wegner  was born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark and the son of a shoemaker. He finished his apprenticeship with H. F. Stahlberg as a cabinetmaker at the age of 17. Three years later he moved to Copenhagen to study before he became an architect.

In 1940 Wegner, as young architect, joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller to work on furniture design for the new Århus city hall. The same year Wegner began collaborating with master cabinetmaker, Johannes Hansen, a driving force in bringing new furniture design to the Danish public.  The Copenhagen Museum of Art and Industry acquired its first Wegner chair in 1942.

1943 Wegner started his own design office and only a year later he designed the “Chinese chair”. The first kind in a series of new chairs that were inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs. The most successful and famous in the series is the “Wishbone Chair” that came to life 1949 and has since 1950 been produced by Carl Hansen & Son in Odense. Apart from the wishbone chair Hans J Wegner designed more than 500 chairs with many considered as master pieces of chair design, he is often referred to as the master of the chair.

Welcome In

Antique Light Fixture

Antique Side Table and Bouillotte Lamp

Antique Bench and Pedestal Table 3 beautiful hallways where the antiques make the difference.

Mirror Mirror…

Swedish Mirror made in Buchardt Precht Art from the Baroque Period 1650-1750

Swedish Rococo period (1750-1775) mirror signed by mirror maker Niclas Meunier (NM)

Swedish Mirror with a carved and gilded wooden frame from the Gustavian Period 1790-1810

A Tall Swedish Mirror from the Karl Johan Period 1810-1830

Italian Baroque (1650-1720) mirror hanging in my apartment.

Photo by Fabian Berglund

First famous story about a mirror is from 384 BC and about the Greek speaker Demosthenes who practiced his speech in front of a mirror. At that time mirrors were extremely expensive. During the Middle Ages women carried mirrors in a thin chain hanging from their waist. To protect the glass they were covered in a graceful cover made from ivory. Some of those mirrors carried inscriptions such as ” To be together or die.”  or “Don’t complain about me, woman. I  give you only what you give me.”

People have been fascinated by mirrors since ancient times. The idea was that the mirror could hold the soul and power of life of the persons reflection and that the mirrored surface was the gate to an enchanted kingdom. Different cultures have their own interpretation what the mirror symbolizes. According to Buddhism the mirror is the purity and truth, in China a square mirror is the earth and a round is heaven, Christianity equalizes the spotless surface with virgin Mary.

The mirror came to Sweden during the Baroque period when the economy got better and habits from the European continent were picked up but it wasn’t until the Rococo period (1750-1775) the form of art flourished. To build mirrors in Sweden the 18th Century you had to obey strict rules. The certified mirror makers had to work in a shop to learn the profession then present a master piece. It was prohibited for the mirror maker to do anything else such as build the frame, gilding the frame etc. Famous mirror factories were Olof Westberg, Joseph Schurer, Erhardt Gobel and Niclas Meunier (see picture).

An incorrect theory regarding the divided mirror glass is that they weren’t able to make them large enough. The real reason was that if you could afford a large mirror with a complete glass you could also afford to pay a higher wealth tax. So to not pay taxes the mirror glass stayed divided.

To read more about Mirrors (unfortunateley its in Swedish): Torsten Sylven and Elsbeth Welander-Berggren’s: SPERGLAR – Spegelmakare & Fabrikörer i Sverige 1650-1850.

Gilded Beauty

Gilded Gustavian sofa from the hight Gustavian period 1775-1790

Gilded furniture are tricky to get right but by keeping the rest of the interior rustic and simple will enhance the beauty. Let the contrasts speak.

Steal Your Mothers China

…and use it!

Royal Copenhagen coffee cups and coffee pot.

The Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory, which later became Royal Copenhagen, was founded as the result of experiments carried out by the pharmacist, Frantz Heinrich Müller (1738-1820). He was an expert chemist who specialised in mineralogy, and since the early 1770s he had been experimenting with hard feldspar porcelain made from quartz, kaolin and feldspar. This was the secret Chinese recipe, which had been recreated by Meissen in about 1710.

For many years Meissen had successfully kept the secret to themselves, but by the time Müller began his experiments, the ingredients of porcelain were well known, and had even been printed in a number of books. Nonetheless, theoretical knowledge alone is far from enough to guarantee success in practice, and Müller spent all his time and money on experiments with his little porcelain kiln.

In 1774 Müller was finally ready to invite potential investors to subscribe for shares in a Danish porcelain factory, but very little interest was shown. This changed when the Queen Dowager Juliane Marie and her son the heir presumptive to the throne Frederik became partners in a limited company, which became a reality in 1775.

For almost a century the Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory was run by the Royal Family. In 1868 it passed into private hands, but still retained its name and the privilege of flying the royal swallow-tailed flag. Some years later, in 1882-84, the factory was amalgamated with the Aluminia faience factory and moved from the centre of Copenhagen to new premises in Frederiksberg.

Richard Powers

Came across photographs of Richard Powers and had to share.