It was Spring in Paris, well almost, and we went on a shopping spree! Discovering fanciful pieces, sconces, dinner services, Swedish beauties, and French jardinieres waiting to be filled with flowers. All are on their way safely tucked in a container, arriving late April. When they arrive spring will be in full bloom!
Although it was cold and snowy in Sweden we managed to find great pieces, from the smallest Rococo cabinet to a big multipurpose cupboard, and lots of chairs!!!
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|A little treasure, this three drawer cabinet of the Rococo Period has wonderful carvings and a diamond design on the two upper drawers.–28″ high, 22″ wide, 15.5″ deep|
|A pair of Swedish late Gustavian Barrel Back chairs circa 1810. With nice high backs, they are very comfortable and upholstered in a linen fabric.–33″ high, 23.5″ wide, 20″ deep|
|This set of six Gustavian period dining chairs, circa 1790, in the elegant lotus pattern, are often attributed to chair makers of the Stockholm guild.–34″ high, 18″ wide, 17″ seat height|
|A Swedish Rococo period chest of drawers, with original hardware and locks, with a nice pale putty grey paint surface.
–41″ wide, 31″ high, 23″ deep
|A set of 10 Swedish rococo style dining chairs, with carved shell motif on the crest, typical of the rococo period. Circa 1900.–39″ high, 17.5″ wide, 20″ seat height|
|A Rococo period bedside cabinet in the original green paint surface, with two doors and a drawer. Circa 1760.–29.5″ high, 19″ wide, 17.5″ deep|
At Dawn Hill Antiques we love marble, even if its heavy, fragile, and hard to move, it is worth it! A great marble surface looks better with almost anything on top of it, flowers, books, lamps, and of course food! Our collection of marble includes bistro tables in many sizes, garden tables and great pieces for the kitchen.
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A rare Baker’s table in a wonderful small size, with original wheels and brass details.
A white marble topped bistro table with black cast iron arts and crafts inspired base from France circa 1900.
A French bistro table with a grey marble top circa 1920.
A French Garden Table with marble top and elaborate cast iron base.
Flowers have always been a treasured element of decorative design enhancing everything from furniture and china to fabrics and wall papers depicting fanciful aspects of nature. In the 18th century the famous French painters of flowers adorned the walls of palaces with their exquisite creations and gilders topped their mirrors with cascades of carved flowers. In Sweden, flowers were often used on bridal clocks to depict a romantic crown of flowers worn by a bride and in Lindome, the guild of furniture makers, used the flowers and berries of the hopps plant as their symbol. It appears on some of the most beautiful Swedish chairs and benches that are still cherished today.
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A Swedish Bridal Clock with an elaborate crown of carved flowers and traces of original white paint.
An English footub, possibly Coalport, with hand painted flowers, scalloped edge, and bas relief of flowers, circa 1850.
A pair of French sconces with crystal flowers and stars, late 19th century.
A 19th century Belgian still-life signed, Henri Robbe (1807-1899) features voluptuous roses and tulips and a blue transferware bowl.
A multicolored floral ironstone pitcher, “California” pattern is perfect for flowers, circa 1850.
Delicate crystal flowers form a basket shape in this French 19th century chandelier.
A set of four Swedish Gustavian period dining chairs bear the fruit and flower carvings of the hops plant the signature of the Lindome furniture maker’s guild in Sweden.
An English black and pink transfer ware platter with a central medallion of flowers, circa 1840.
The Rococo style came to Sweden from france about 1730. The Swedes imposed their own restrained aesthetics on the fussy look of the french pieces and developed a rococo style of their own, with simpler pared down lines. Light colors were added in tones of blue, grey, and white to lighten the rooms during the dark northern winters.The elements of the Swedish Rococo style are see in the chairs, tables, dressers and clocks that were made by the craftsmen at that time.
CARVED SHELL MOTIFS- adorn this impressive pair of Rococo armchairs with a pale grey paint surface, circa 1760.
PLAYFUL DETAILS- subtle animal paw feet make this pale green tea table especially appealing circa 1760.
GRACEFUL CURVES – adorn the cornice of this charming secretary in old white paint surface.
GREAT LEGS- curved legs and claw feet give these simple Rococo chairs some extra appeal, circa 1770.
TOUCHES OF GOLD – enliven the pale grey/green original paint surface of this Rococo tall case clock.
LIGHT COLORS -brighten a Rococo period flip top table with scalloped edge and great paw feet in pale white original paint.
ROCOCO INFLUENCES – are evident in this earlier Baroque period chest with serpentine front, circa 1750.
Despite the temperamental nature of our weather this April, we decided that it was time to think spring and put together a sale of French Garden Antiques for one month only on our second floor.
On our last buying trip to France we found some great pieces, dining tables in various sizes and sets of chairs, plus a group of tiered plants stands to display pots of flowers.
What is so appealing about Antique French garden furniture is, that in addition to be very sturdy and practical, it brings with it a sense of history.
You can almost imagine countless lunches and dinners under the shelter of ancient trees in Provence, or a lazy afternoon by the pool.
As time passes each piece acquires a great patina than can only come from age and exposure to the elements. Highlights of this years sale include a great oval dining table big enough to seat eight to ten people and a set of garden chairs circa 1900 with traces of old paint, an Arras tables with lions paw feet, and a charming white garden bench.
Hopefully these pieces will inspire you to go out and buy a good bottle of rose in preparation for that first alfresco feast!
I have had a love affair with Swedish Mora clocks for the past twenty years, in fact a Mora clock found in the Paris Flea Market is what inspired me to sell Swedish antiques. It was the wonderful feminine yet whimsically curvy shape and the beautiful blue/grey patina that caught my eye. After that first sighting I wanted to learn more about the Mora clock and delved into 18th century history to get the full story.
Krång Anders Andersson, born in Östnor in 1727, began the tradition of clock making in the town of Mora in the province of Dalarna. A number of artisans were involved in the making of the clocks. A clock specialist might make the works while the wooden case was commissioned by the owners and made by carpenters far and wide. Eventually the pieces came together in the finished clock, which was often signed with both the name of the maker and the owner. This very personal approach is the reason for the wide variety of antique Mora clocks, which are based around the figure eight or rounded female form.
Clocks were traditionally given to the bride on her wedding day. The decorations on these bridal clocks were very elaborate. Each clock might have wonderful carvings on the body and a bonnet adorned with carved flowers and leaves resembling a bridal crown. many clocks also had urns, fans and decorative elements.
We have always tried to have a variety of Mora clocks in the store. Recently I encountered a very special one, something that I had never seen before. It still had the curved body, but amazing cutout details of a harp and a sun on the door. I, of course, purchased it immediately and then had the long wait through the Swedish winter until it finally arrived in a very large crate at the store on a day that made us wish for spring.
We assembled this quirky clock amazed at its detailed construction, but a little alarmed that you could see-through the cutouts on the front into the interior. There hung the weights and the pulleys, a sight that is usually hidden with only a glass window revealing the pendulum. We definitely felt that a clock as elegant as this one wouldn’t reveal its inner workings in such a manner. We looked closer at the door, particularly the inside, and there was the clue, tiny little nail holes that must have supported some kind of fabric. That sent me on a mission down to the lower east side to find the right fabric. I considered a golden yellow, ugh, that didn’t work, then focused on blue which is of course the Dawn Hill color.
Next came a visit from Juraci our wonderful upholsterer, who instantly got the message. “PLEATS!” he said, “YOU NEED TO PLEAT IT!”
Off he went with a piece of pale blue silk and returned a week later with the perfect solution, beautiful sharp pleats fastened to the inside of the door.
Suddenly making it the elegant clock that once stood in the great room of a Swedish manor house.
And better still, the face is signed Andersson the clock maker that started it all!