Month: July, 2012

Why did it all start at 1650?

Queen Kristina who ruled Sweden between 1632 and 1654. Daughter of King  Gustav II Adolf and  Queen Maria Eleonora av Brandenburg.

Drottningholm Castle. Built during 1662–1750 by the three famous architects  Nicodemus Tessin d.ä (the older),  Nicodemus Tessin d.y (the younger). and Carl Hårleman. 1777 the Swedish government bought the castle and owns it to this day where the royal family lives.

The Château de Versailles.  Started as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it to have the court and government of France moved to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there added their own parts to it up until the French Revolution 1789.

The swedish furniture history takes off around 1650. Why is that?

The Baroque period was developed in Italy during the 1500’s with voluptuous curves, highfaluting and overdone shapes and forms, and reached its peak 1620-30. The furniture now started to become important and the goal was to create an homogeneous looking interior and the style spread to the rest of Europe.1648 Sweden ,after 30 years of war, entered a time of peace. It was now a super power so the grand Baroque look suited Sweden’s highly important position. Queen Kristina and Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie ruled the country and made the art and culture flourish.  Furniture were imported to the castles and manor houses that got luxurious interiors where gilt wood became the highest fashion. Foreign artists and architects were invited to help with the new trend that was already in full bloom in the rest of Europe: Baroque. Famous buildings such as the Royal castle in Stockholm, Drottningholm was built, during this period.

During this period of time countries like Holland and Germany were the inspiration thanks to the trade made over seas. Dutch artists traveled to Sweden and Swedish students from nobel families went to study at the University in Leiden, Germany. 1672 France invaded Flanders and Holland and as a result the Dutch culture was now replaced by the an extravagant version brought to life by Louise XIV –  Le Roi Soleil or the Sun King. The Baroque style from france was a more classic style than the Italian. Louis XIV who identified himself with the god Apollo treated life as a theater while the furniture became tools for his set design.  Via a close relationship with France Sweden could closely follow the developing style. While the French version of Baroque became the nobel way to decorate the middle class’s interiors had a simpler and darker look inspired by England and Holland. Towards the end of the Baroque period Sweden’s wealth started to impoverish thanks to the unsuccessful wars of Karl XII and led to that the growth of the grand style had to be toned down. Thats why the style of middles class got a dominating role in the following period.

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The mystic Queen Kristina

Important furniture during the Baroque period

So E.X.C.I.T.I.N.G.!!!!

This morning I received the first copy of THE book: Antiques in modern settings!!! It was more than amazing to hold the printed copy in my hand and yes, tears filled my eyes. The pictures are beyond beautiful. I cant believe its finally done and Im more than super proud of my mother who created all this!!!

Pssst! First week of September 1000 copies in English will arrive to our showroom on 200 Lex, then no more until January 2013!!

Want to pre-order one to secure your copy? Email me at: liza@laserowantiques.com

Chair Maker: Erik Öhrmark – EÖM

The Famous Sulla Chair made by Erik Öhrmark for Gustav III’s pavilion 1791 at Haga Castle

A pair of stools signed EÖM from Laserow Antiques

 

Signature EÖM often carved in under the frieze

Erik Öhrmark was a chair maker in Stockholm, Sweden born 1748 and died 1813. From the late Rococo,period, through the Gustavian period, 1775-1800 till the early Empire Period he produced many among the periods finest chairs. Pieces made during the early part of his career was very much influenced by the Dutch and English kind, while his furniture from the high Gustavian, Gustavian and Empire are known for their impeccable balance in proportions. The carvings are of highest quality with a graceful touch but still made for a practical use.

 

Erik Öhrmark was hired by the Swedish royal family to produce furniture for their castles and manor houses together with celebrity furniture architects Jean Babtiste Masreliez and Louis Masreliez. Louise Masreliez made drawings for Erik Öhrmark who made the furniture and for more difficult carvings, he used Pehr Ljung, a highly skilled carving master. The most famous chair is the “Sulla” Chair he made for Gustav III in 1791 for The Haga Pavilion that is one of the finest examples of the European Neo-Classicism of the late 1700s in Northern Europe. During 1790’s Erik Öhrmark was inspired by English furniture making. He created a chair made in mahogany,  called a “powder chair” that could spin and was adjustable in height. To manage the technique he was assisted by Mr Peter Strand who was a clock maker.

White, Black and Brown

..is a perfect color scheme to keep a home subtle with a clean feeling. Using white walls, dark details and mixing contemporary furniture with antiques in beautiful wood will get you a perfect result. The room in the picture is a great example.

What to use…Dinner for six!

Flowers! Mix your favorite kinds.

Candlesticks Swedish Karl Johan
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Porphury Salt Holders

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Set of six 19th Century Champagne Flutes

http://laserowantiques.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=584873

Set of six 19th Century Silverware

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Smaklig Maltid!

Sweden has since the Baroque period had a rich food culture and a grand table to dine by was an important part of the every day life. Setting a table with antique silverware or light it up with tall candelabras from the 19th Century creates an atmosphere with interesting energy. An old saying is : “You eat with your eye”s and the table will most definitely satisfy the hunger of beauty when letting the past meet the present on your dining table.