Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Välkomna på besök!

I övermorgon torsdag har vi vårt traditionella Öppet hus i affären. Kom gärna förbi, det brukar vara trevligt och mycket folk. Och mängder av intressanta och vackra föremål-kanske något för önskelistan..

If any of you from abroad would happen to be in town on Thursday evening; do drop by for a drink!

Monday, 7 November 2011

New in the shop

This super charming table is one of our latest additions. And it´s so small it will fit in anywhere, really.
The table is a gustavian corner piece from ca 1780 and it has a marble imitation top that may be original and white and gold paint that is early 20th century. I´ve actually refrained from scraping it as I think it´s great as it is. And you never know how it will end up otherwise...
If you have any questions about the other items, in the photo, just let me know.
Soon I will show you a baroque wall cabinet with old  grey paint and a rarity indeed- a late 18th century chest of drawers in original paint. And not red but bluish grey, one never sees that anymore!!Right now I´m deciding if I want to keep it for myself or sell it. As I haven´t seen one in years it´s not an easy decision!

Here is a peak at the baroque cabinet:
To be continued..

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

It´s been a long lovely summer..

..without any new posts but we have had a lot of press during this time of recuperation.
You may have seen us in Sköna Hem where our stool was on the cover (yes I know- not very significant in that shot, no..). It was a lovely story from Gotland, where I actually spent these last two months, and the Villa Muramaris, well worthy of your visit, I can tell you!

Here´s the whole image

Gods och Gårdar (which, sadly, doesn´t have a website yet so I can´t show you all the photos) borrowed a lot of stuff from us for stories in two consecutive issues. The first one was styled by Inger Wachtmeister and I think it was shot by Anna Kern. To the right is a fantastic rococo desk and to the left one of a pair of ladies working tables.

 The other issue is styled by Cathrine Lindberg and shot by Martin Cederblad.

Here is a portrait of one of the lovliest pieces we have ever had. And yes, it is sold.
And yes, I am sad.
It´s one of those "If this was a person, we would be friends" pieces.

Next time I will show you my favorite pieces from the Quality Auctions last spring.
Until then,

Monday, 13 June 2011


This is what it looks like after we fixed uo the shop a little.
We spent a long time getting that pale warm blue color and were surprised to see how well it worked with almost everything!

And being crazy about color we laughed about how even the antique chips took up the colors of the cushion next to it...

I love these dark bronzes against the cream white of the mock tile-oven cabinet. It´s Napoleon and his son the King of Naples.

This is a rather large gustavian mirror with a very beautiful glass, the arms are later, really simple for this elegant mirror but they bring charm and history to it.

My favorite Strömbäck urn and a rare Marieberg ceramic.

And just look at this beauty! Talk about color! Its all original paint of such a rare shade. One of the most beautiful chest of drawers we have ever had. Or that I have ever seen!
And the chairs next to it are also original and look almost grey in comparison but they actually have a greenish shade to that grey. Exquisite condition with great foot endings, the part that is almost always worn down on rococo chairs which strongly changes their apperance.

It was difficult to photograph this outstanding drop leaf in the shop which is so crowded at the moment. It has legs of a slightly darker, almost turqoise shade and the top is pale blue with paint all over and in absolutely fantastic condition. I will do a post about it later because it has some very special details as well......
The plate is a rare one from Marieberg.

This single rococo arm chair is of that unusual cream yellow. It has everything one might want from a chair of this type and the patina is to die for. A truly wonderful piece. And it´s not mine,!
It´s my business partner Mats Freidenfelt´s! We now share the shop and he has brought some fantastic items, the mock tile cabinet is his as well.

I have a soft spot for botanicals.
This is part of a large collection by a woman who spent 60 years of her life collecting plants and flowers not only in Sweden but in Greece, Germany, Spain and other Euopean countries.
Common for all of them are the meticulous presentation and attention to detail.
And she also used acid-free paper so the condition of them are excellent.

A set of rococo saltines from London.
Don´t you think that the contrast of silver on such a rustic table top is just the thing?

It´s not easy getting colors right with my camera- just look at the difference of the shade of that wall in these two photos.
But I assure you that is is truly wonderful. As is the clock of the best Stockholm quality.
And the chest of drawers as well, although it actually isn´t from Stockholm which is why it is not allowed for export, being a rare example of gustavian provincial carpetry of great quality.
And isn´t the rococo lady a great personality whe way she firmly holds that blue umbrella.
And the frame is the original one too.

I collect these bonnets. They are so sculptural and I am also a sucker for antique emboidery.
And again- that shade of pale green silk...

A single lovely rococo chair of Stockholm quality.
Original paint of course!

As I said before- so well presented!

This is the back of a small mirror you have seen on the blog before. I just love that décor.

My set of four Wedgewood plates an one of two demi lunes with original marble-imitaion tops.
In the background is a delicious silk embroidery.

An elegant gustavian clock, unfortunately without the actuall clock inside. I am looking for one but it´s not easy to find one as it must fit with the holes on the face of it.

We are not going all vintage here but we couldn´t resist this color again and the military fur is actually "original color" and makes me wonder what kind of soldier was allowed that shade which wouldn´t have been created to blend in- quite the opposite!

This dress is hand embroidered and from the early 20th century. A dream!

Our little wood bird looking out..

These troughs are from the Kinnekulle area in Sweden and hand carved in sand stone. They were originally meant to hold food for animals and were made in the second half of the 19th century.

A favorite of mine- a baroque box with exquisitely printed leather and original metalwork.

This is also Mats- a wonderful tray table with original paint except on the top which is retouched.
It had just the right rococo curves, not too much and not too little.

A decorative set of empire coffee cups from France.

And a tole tea-urn which you can read more about in an older post. Love it!

Well this was one massive post, I hope you have enjoyed it!

Friday, 20 May 2011

If this was a person we would be friends too..

We have spent the last weeks painting and getting the shop ready for a new start and it has never been so beautiful!
So here´s a sneak peak, more photos coming soon..
And this cabinet is also a start on a series on my theme "If this was a person , we would be friends". Antiques to me are so much more than just things.
Some of you might remember the first post about that.

I´ll be back soon with more!

Sunday, 20 March 2011

New treasures in the shop

I have a weakness fore tole objects. This is a lovely samovar with a strong chinese influence in shape and form, just look at the legs and that pagoda-shaped tap!
It´s not so common to find one with all parts remaining and it is also a nice stately size- around 45 cm high.

Once I hesitated just a bit too long and missed out on a pair of 18th century shoes and there and then I promised myself that this would never happen again. So I instantly grabbed these exclusive embroidered empire shoes when I found them although they were more expensive than most of my own...

Another of my favorite areas are boxes and objects covered in red leather, so called maroquin named after the origin of the fine quality leather, namely Marocko.
This is a lady´s sewing box from the beginning of the 19th century. In the lid you can see a print on silk with an exotic motive. During this time travel literature was becoming very popular and with this came all kinds of prints from exotic places. Although I have never seen this motive in a sewing box before. Look also at the little needle book made with so much care.

This is an urn made at Höganäs pottery works in Sweden. I have had one unglazed object from them before but they are not so common.
This one uses Thorvaldsen´s motive "Night" and "Day" on each side. There is some small damage to the handles but I just found it soo charming!


I also found a set of four Wedgewood plates with the acorn pattern that I love.

and four small jugs in the green ceramic from Skåne which is another passion of mine; I buy all I can find!

Finally a tole tray with a lot of patina. I am always on the lookout for red objects as they work so well with the pale colored furniture I have.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Fresh and French

Just a seductive shot of some French tulips, my favorite kind, in front of a recent purchase; a fantastically faded beauty which I guess is French.
And, yes, my post about the fair IS coming soon, I just have some problems with my photo archive...

Thursday, 17 February 2011

The 2011 Antique Fair in Stockholm

This years Antique Fair is the première for my collaboration with Mats Freidenfelt and his beautiful antiques. We are now sharing both the shop and our stall at the fair.
We were asked to participate in a newscast on TV4 sending live from the fair yesterday morning. The theme was "Provenance" so we decided to talk about my cabinets with provenance from Forsby Herrgård.
As I participated in a similar newscast 2 years ago we thought it was time for Mats to go through same ordeal...

Take a look

At the time of the shoot we were far from ready with loads of work to do. We finally finished about 15 minutes before the opening. I will hopefully have time to take some photos today and post them asap.
Until then, enjoy Mats' performance!

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Breathtakingly beautiful embroidery

We recently did a photo shoot in the shop for Gods och Gårdar and here are some fantastic pieces, beautifully photographed by Anna Kern and styling by Cathrine Lindberg with me as assistant.
Most of the purses are from a museum, Kungliga Myntkabinettet, and some of the other pieces are from me or from Willborgs here in Stockholm.
As I am very pressed for time right now, we are perpairing for The Antique Fair here in Stockholm (we move in tomorrow) I will let you read all the information about the photos in the last issue of Gods och Gårdar.