Neoclassicism in the North: Swedish Furniture and Interiors, 1770-1850: With a Catalog of Furniture Types and Styles and Notes on the Architects, Artists, and Craftsmen by Hakan Groth soon to be presented for sale on the first-class BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Thames & Hudson, 1990, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; References; Frontispiece; Title page vignette; Plans;
From the cover: When the twenty-three-year-old Crown Prince Gustaf returned from Versailles in 1771 to ascend the throne of Sweden, he was determined to give his country a leading place in Europe culturally as well as politically. The style that he fostered Neoclassicism was itself an international movement. There are echoes in the interiors displayed here of the Louis XVI and Empire modes; pieces of furniture may reflect French, English or German influences, or be copied from objects discovered at Pompeii but all is suffused by a distinctively Swedish freshness and by the northern light.
From royal salons with exquisite Pompeian ornament to modest spatter-painted Biedermeier halls, Hakan Groth and Fritz von der Schulenburg open the doors on an astonishing sequence of interiors which will come as a revelation to all but a few fortunate travellers; some, intensely private, are little known even in Sweden. Fritz von der Schulenburgs marvellously evocative photographs, all specially taken for this book, present in detail the decoration and furnishings of twenty houses and apartments. Hakan Groth traces the evolution of the Neoclassical style in Sweden, placing it in its wider European context, and explores each of the buildings and its history. Plans, and original drawings by the architects and designers, complete the picture. These beautiful interiors are of unique value today not only as evocations of the past and treasure-houses of superb craftsmanship but also as a stimulus to contemporary decorators, who are increasingly turning to Neoclassicism for inspiration, and as a reminder that an international language can be spoken in a delightfully personal way.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is sunned at the join of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Index. 11½” x 9¼”.
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