In the meantime, let’s check out the following new arrivals:
First up is this late 1700s / early 1800s Swedish secretary with a pretty form. The top part features an arched cornice and a pair of glass doors with divided muntins. I’ve styled it with ceramics, silver, books and a small watercolor painting. At a beach house, I’d display shells, coral and driftwood. It’s such a versatile and neutral piece, most anything would look amazing and important in it. Putting something behind glass seems to elevate its status!
Here is another cabinet with glass doors. With full length glazed doors, this Swedish vitrine (45″ w x 16″ d x 90.5″ h) shows books, china and other collections elegantly. The panes of wavy glass give it luminous depth.
In the shipment is a selection of sideboards. At 64.25″ long, this Swedish Gustavian style sideboard holds quite a bit. It would be fabulous as a focal point on a dining room wall, or in a family room under a flat screen TV. Both ends step back from the center slightly, visually breaking up the expansive surface.
The holidays are coming – is your buffet ready for gatherings? Time to bring out those gleaming white ironstone serving pieces. I’ve stocked the shop full of this favorite antique china of mine. With ironstone, more is definitely better. I love them en masse! To read about ironstone, click on my post here.
Speaking of chests, this handsome one from circa 1790s really makes a statement in form and color. It’s larger than the average chest, and that deep blue is definitely not neutral!
A cluster of grapes is suspended from the eagle’s beak. Perhaps this was commissioned by a wine connoisseur or vintner?
Here is a very different kind of clock. Painted in a chalky pale gray with lovely details, it’s an elegant example of a Swedish Mora clock. The round hood and curvilinear waist both have beaded trim resembling strings of pearls. The footed plinth is carved with a crisscrossed latticework.
Let’s look at some unpainted items. Do you recognize this antique wall rack? Tom and I came across it in France, and bought it for our former home, where it anchored a wall in the mudroom. We originally wanted built-ins, but decided against that after finding this one-of-a-kind piece which reminded us of a baker’s rack. In all of our homes, we always incorporate found objects with unique character.
With three graduated shelves there is plenty of surface to display. For storage, wicker baskets (very complementary to the pine’s mellow patina) on the shelves would work well.
When it comes to accessories, I cannot resist the quirky ones like this early oak hat / scarf tree with turned spindles and stripped surface. In addition to the foyer, use it in a bathroom for towels, child’s bedroom, master closet, etc.
The Empire strikes back! A tiny Empire period mahogany chair that would’ve been a chairmaker’s sample. Compare it to the life-sized Danish armchair with very similar lines. Both chairs are from circa 1840s. As is the giltwood lyre architectural fragment.
A silver plated mirror from Strasburg, Germany hangs over a Swedish oval side table. This time of year, I really appreciate the light reflected by mirrors. BTW, I’m not looking forward to the shorter days…..
Now for something charming: a pair of carved birds perched on twigs. Not all birds fly south for the winter – these are in the shop ready to greet customers.