After reading my post yesterday on Regency Style, my friend Tricia Mitchell, owner of Avolli Scandinavian Antique Furnishings sent me this very interesting information about furnishings in Sweden and Denmark during this same period. Thanks Tricia!
I thought you might enjoy knowing that the Scandinavian countries were also actively creating furniture during this time known in England as the Regency period. Sweden and Denmark were heavily influenced by popular designs coming out of England but quite often their exposure to these styles came indirectly through the interpretation of furniture makers from other countries. The designs and ornament were adapted to current production techniques in these geographic areas which resulted in subtle changes of the furniture’s appearance.
Often categorized under the umbrella term of “Empire”, here are two Scandinavian examples:
The Swedish version is known as Karl Johan. Karl Johan (previously known as Carl XIII) was Regent from 1792 (when King Gustav was assassinated) until 1796 when King Gustav’s son, Gustaf IV Adolf, became King. King Gustav IV Adolf was deposed in 1809 and Karl Johan again became leader of Sweden, being elected in 1810. Following is an example of a pair of Karl Johan chairs from Sweden:
Carl Johan Empire Style Chairs, pair – Sweden, 1st quarter 20th century. An exquisite pair of Carl Johan arm chairs from Sweden made of birchwood with ebonized details. The Napoleonic hat back rest has an ebonized trim and wreath. The scrolling arms terminate into square and tapered legs embellished with ebonized ball finials.
In Denmark, this period is known as King Frederik VI who was king from 1808-1839. Following is an example of this style:
Empire Style Dining Chairs (6)- Denmark, Early 1800’s. A set of six Danish Empire style mahogany dining chairs from the early 1800’s, each with a curved rectangular backrest accented with fruitwood and a mahogany diamond inlay over an acanthus leaf slat with small rectangular slats on each side. The drop-in upholstered seats rest on a fruitwood and mahogany diamond inlay frieze terminating with square tapered legs.
Thanks again Tricia! Don’t forget to click on over to Tricia’s site to feast your eyes on some of her amazing Scandinavian antique finds!