Architectural antiques are very popular and some can be very expensive.For example,take this photo of a French/Italian dormer from a chateau,it is 19th century,original paint and heavy as hell.Old mirror has been added so that it can be used as a mirror in a hallway,dining room etc. or a painting could be fitted to it. A ledge/shelf is attached which would allow a carving or flowers etc.It is 72 in high(180cm) by 40in wide(100cm).
We seem to have a large interest in Swedish antiques,however,we would like to emphasize that we have a reasonable inventory of French antiques.The period that we concentrate on is the Empire period in both countries.It has a fascination for me and not only that, there is a reasonable amount of product available.In the early 19th century,Napoleon period,France and Sweden had a some what close association.In this period Sweden was in dire need of a strong leader as they wanted to gain back Finland from Russia and I guess protect themselves from Denmark.Here is the connection between the two countries. General Jean Bernadotte of Napoleon’s army was asked and he accepted to become Crown Prince of Sweden and then King of Sweden.Sweden adopted the French Empire look but on a more subtle approach.Enjoy the antiques.
Norwegian Mangle Board
I have heard of numerous uses for the mangle board. A bed smoother, used for ironing clothes, as gifts. A lot of the more decorative boards were carved by men as ‘love tokens’ for their lady friends. It is said that the man would leave the board outside his sweethearts door at night and if it was gone in the morning he knew she was saying yes to his offer of marriage.
One of the boards in our inventory is Norwegian and it is fairly rare because of the lion handle. It seems that the horse is the Swedish emblem while the lion is Norwegian. Here in Canada it would be the beaver or in the United states, the American eagle.
I have attached a picture of a Norwegian lady using a mangle board for ironing. They had a rolling pin and around it they would wrap tightly their laundry then roll it with the board.
The mangle board fits into the folk art category because of the chip carving and paint. There are some boards that are extremely well carved and this makes them rare and valuable. Hanging them on a wall adds a nice decorative touch to any room.
Every so often we come across a piece of furniture, glass, Mora clock or decorative item that we feel stands out above and beyond our already eclectic selection of interesting things. In the past we have quietly changed our sidebar image to showcase these items, pieces that you, our readers, might miss in the depths of our inventory section.
While it may not be every month, we will now endeavour to post a quick note on these pieces in our blog.in order to further highlight items we feel deserve to be on our front page. These pieces appear on the right-hand sidebar under ‘Featured Piece’
Our current “featured piece” is a carved wood gold decorated Swedish wall clock, it is signed “Hans Wesemann, Stockholm” Continue reading
In reference to the mirror below we are looking at “Swedish Empire”. The Swedish Empire period was, roughly, between the years 1810-1840. The style is characterized by pomp and pageantry and is sometimes referred to as Imperial. The French Empire is often associated with Napoleon Bonaparte who was fond of ancient Rome and its attributes. Egyptian features with sphinxes, palettes, eagles and griffins were common as decor elements. Continue reading
What do we know about Mora clocks?
Well, we know they were made, at least the clock works, in a town called Mora in the district or province of Dalarna, Sweden. We know that they were made as early as the 18th century and that the shapes that are in demand now, the figure eight and the curvaceous female forms, were produced more in the early 19th century. It seems that each province in Sweden used roughly the same internal clock works and a similar set of patterns for their body types, but each came up with a somewhat different variation on the shape or form. While there was little deviation from the standard figure eight or female shapes, there were some that were very thin and tall (northern Sweden) and some wide and overly shapely. These beautiful clocks, quickly becoming a hot commodity on the market today, were sought after even more fervently in their own time.( CLOCKS TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT ARE “SOLD”). Continue reading
Around the world Sweden is recognized by its three golden crowns on a background of blue.You will find it on a coat of arms, cuff links, clothing etc. Historians have searched for the origin and meaning of the three crowns.Researchers felt they were used by heathen gods and others felt they represented the three surrounding areas of the capital that had the right to participate in the election of the king. It came down to the three crowns were simply accepted to be the symbols of the Three Holy Kings who came to praise the birth of Christ. Continue reading