Loosely inspired by the grandeur of Versailles, the Gustavian style — sometimes referred to as Swedish country or Gustavian provincial — was initially a subdued and restrained Swedish interpretation of French neoclassicism. Named for King Gustav III, who sought to create a similar yet more reserved and accessible version of its French stylistic counterpart, the Gustavian style in many cases also shares characteristics of simplicity with the French provincial style, namely in the form of distressed painted wood. The French and Swedish styles share similar proportions and silhouettes, though original Gustavian design relies on more muted, neutral color palettes as well as native Scandinavian woods, which tend to be light in color, such as birch and pine. The rather monochromatic palette of the style is offset with plush and textured finishes, ornate carving and subtle gilding, conveying a sense of understated elegance and sophistication. The refinement and timelessness of the Gustavian style make it exceptionally compatible with a wide range of today’s most popular interior design styles, including traditional, transitional and minimalist. (text from Sotheby's Home)
Painted wood antique mirror.
Minor wear due to age. Small touch-ups professionally completed recently.
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