Gustavian giltwood mirror, Stockholm 18th century
Impressive and beautifully wood carved and gilded mirror. The gable of this Gusavian giltwood mirror is decorated with a tropaion. On both sides of the mirror are Egyptianesque columns.
Gustavian design describes the more subdued interpretation of the Louis XV and XVI styles in 18th century Sweden.
Specifically, it refers to the reigns of kings Gustav III, Gustav IV, and Charles XIII. Gustav III, who reigned from 1771 to 1792, brought French influence to Sweden after his 1771 visit to France.
In France, Gustav fell in love with the Neoclassic designs popularized during the reign of King Louis XVI.
At first, furniture made in the Gustavian style was only for the royals in their stately homes. In these palaces, rooms showcased polished and inlaid woods, luxurious gilt finishes, and expensive fabrics, silk tapestries, and bold parquet flooring.
Soon, the integration of foreign mannerisms diffused throughout Sweden. First, with the upper-class, then quickly to the Swedish country.
Details about this mirror
The design of this mirror features the typical characteristics of the French Louis XVI and Neoclassical style. Straight lines embellished with decorations, like the tropaion, deriving from antique design motives.
The splendor of this carved and gilded mirror suggests a provenance from a small castle or mansion.
It is in very good condition with some small blemishes.
It measures 70 x 36.5 x 5.5 inches.
Also read our blog post about the history of Gustavian furniture.
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