Scandinavian Painted chests

We have painted quite a few Scandinavian style chests over the years. Nowadays, we will usually only do them as part of a wider scheme / larger order. But they help to show the range of work we can do in this style.

1. Norwegian Chest
Norwegian Scandinavian seveteenth century style painted 'Rosemalling' folk chest furniture Norwegian Scandinavian seveteenth century style painted 'Rosemalling' folk chest furniture

This is very much in the style of C17 & C18th painted chests, of a type found on farms all over Scandinavia. In the days before chests of drawers, every person in the house would have their own chest to store their clothes and personal possessions.

The Norwegians used a much deeper richer colour palette as a whole, especially deep reds and blues, and covered pieces like this with a riot of 'Rosemaling' ( flower painting ).

The overall impression is the vigour of the painted designs, the very best that folk painting had to offer. One-off pieces like this really make an impact in even the most modern interior.


2. Norwegian Chest
Norwegian Scandinavian seveteenth century style painted 'Rosemalling' folk chest furniture Norwegian Scandinavian seveteenth century style painted 'Rosemalling' folk chest furniture

Another C18th style Norwegian chest, typical of painted farm furniture. Again you see the deep rich reds and blues common in Norwegian folk furniture, and covered with a profusion of 'Rosemaling' designs. Painted to order.


3. Swedish Chest
Painted 'cloud' marbled Swedish Scandinavian folk chest, furniture Swedish Scandinavian painted chest with cloud marbling & flower painted panels
Swedish Scandinavian painted chest with cloud marbling & flower painted panels  

A small C18th style Swedish chest, in a peasant style typical of the North of the country. Painted with stylised 'cloud' marbling and flower painted panels. This style of painting was common in Sweden, and could be seen on every type of furniture ( we also can paint any piece of furniture in these colours ).


4. Swedish Marbled Chest

painted marbled Scandinavian Swedish cheast of drawers furniture painted marbled Scandinavian Swedish cheast of drawers furniture

A chest of drawers, marbled all over in the C18th Swedish style. Marbling reached a peak in C17 & 18th century Sweden, and was used to paint every type of furniture. There was a very wide range of marbling styles practised, from close imitation to wild fantasy interpretations.


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