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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.

pair swedish armchairs Dawn Hill swedish antiques

update: sold

CARVED SHELL MOTIFS- adorn this impressive pair of Rococo armchairs with a pale grey paint surface, circa 1760.

Swedish Antique Rococo Table Dawn Hill Swedish Antiques

update: sold

PLAYFUL DETAILS- subtle animal paw feet make this pale green tea table especially appealing circa 1760.

white secretary dawn hill swedish antiques

GRACEFUL CURVES – adorn the cornice of this charming secretary in old white paint surface.

pair of antique Swedish, Rococo Side Chairs with carved ball and claw feet on curved wide knee legs

update: sold

GREAT LEGS- curved legs and claw feet give these simple Rococo chairs some extra appeal, circa 1770.

gold detail swedish mora clock dawn hill swedish antiques

update: sold

TOUCHES OF GOLD – enliven the pale grey/green original paint surface of this Rococo tall case clock.

Dawn Hill Swedish Antiques Sweden Flip top Table

update: sold

LIGHT COLORS -brighten a Rococo period flip top table with scalloped edge and great paw feet in pale white original paint.

serpentine front drawers dawn hill swedish antiques

update: sold

ROCOCO INFLUENCES – are evident in this earlier Baroque period chest with serpentine front, circa 1750.

French Garden Antiques Spring Sale

April sale X800

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.

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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!


The Story of a Swedish Mora Clock

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.

swedish antique mora clock gold and green

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!