A chandelier made in brass in the shape of flowers and leaves. Six arms for candles.
A pair of candlesticks made during the early 20th century. Marked Skultuna.
Pair of club chairs made during the 1950’s in Sweden. Re-upholstered in turquoise textured cotton. Standing on rounded mahogany-colored legs.
A beautiful gilded Swedish sofa from the late Gustavian period 1790-1810. Upholstered in dark blue velvet.
Still-life a Nautilus Cup 1662. Oil on canvas by Kalf, Willem.
During the 17th Century and early 18th Century a large amount of blue and white porcelain was imported to England and Holland from China via the trade with the East India Companies and sold to manor houses and castles in Sweden. It all actually started in the 1200’s when arabic merchants shipped Chinese porcelain to Venice, Italy. The so significant white porcelain with blue painted details was developed and fully accomplished in China during the Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 and peaked between 16th and 17th Century.
The oriental porcelain was admired by the entire Europe who for a long time was wondering how the “white gold” was produced since no one understood what it was made from. Even scientists tried to understand what the components were but without success. Holland started making a cheaper and fragile version made of clay – called Fajance. The clay was shaped then burnt in an oven with 1000 degrees C. To protect it from water damages it was covered with a white glaze then decorated with blue motifs copied from the Chinese. To seals the surface and make it easier to clean it was burnt again. The city Delft in Holland soon became famous for its beautifully painted fajance pottery. The fame lasted about 100 years between 1660 to 1740. Fajance came to Sweden straight from Holland mainly in shapes of squares that was used to protect the walls from heat and moist in window panes and behind the now so fashionable tile stove.
Like in this French Empire secretary in mahogany. The gilt bronze drawer pulls with lion mascarons holding rings in their mouths (pic.1) are a significant for the Empire period. In the centre of the black leather covered writing desk is a northern star (pic. 4) gilded like the embossed edge around the same area (pic. 3). To match the drawer pulls the secretary is resting on lions feet (pic. 2).
1. An exquisite Swedish Karl Johan table made during the period 1810-1830. Made in mahogany with gilded lion feet and column base. Drawer in frieze is decorated with a gilt bronze lion head surrounded by palm leaves – characteristic for the period. Signed SEST – standing for the cabinet markers for the castle Stockholm, Sweden.
2. A handsome Regency game table from the early 19th Century. Made in mahogany with inlays of fruit wood and jacaranda. Top with leather covered inside. Top can open to double size and turn. Brass casters in shape of animal feet.
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