Gustavian giltwood mirror, Stockholm 18th century
Gustavian design describes the more subdued interpretation of the Louis XV and XVI styles in 18th century Sweden.
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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