Sweden- Antiques and More

Dear Diva Readers,

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If you’re planning a trip to Sweden, one place you must go is Stockholm. Take our Antiques Diva Guide Daniel Larsson’s advice and visit the only town in the world where you can go swimming in fresh water! The City of Stockholm is situated on fourteen islands and on the banks to the archipelago where Lake Malaren meets the Baltic Sea. The city centre is virtually situated on the water. In the summertime you can go island-hopping by taking an archipelago boat from Strömkajen in front of the Grand Hotel, Nybrokajen or Stadshuskajenoutside the City Hall (Stadshuset).

In the South of Sweden, Stenshuvud (translated as “Sten’s Head”) National Park should definitely be on your list of must-see places. The park is named for the over 300 foot high hill on the coast which resembles a head. From the famous hill you get a fantastic view of the Baltic Sea, over to the Danish island Bornholm. If you’re a nature lover, this is the ideal place to take an adventurous walk and also a dip in the sea.

In the West, visit the Bohuslän coast and the province of Västra Götaland. This area of Sweden and its archipelago are known for their delicious oysters, lobster, and prawns. In the quaint fishing village of Grebbestad you can take an eco-friendly “seafood safari” and then enjoy you catch at Everts Sjobod, a restored 19th century boathouse. Continue the marine theme by going to Sweden’s first national marine park, Kosterhavet National Park in the Koster Islands. There you can enjoy the coastline of beaches and rocky islands along with Sweden’s only coral reef.

In the North, there are so many things to do! From November to April you can see the Northern Lights at Abisko National Park. The Sarek National Park is filled with high alpine peaks, valleys, and foaming rivers, perfect for the nature lover. In fact, anyone who loves the great outdoors should definitely aim to visit the north of Sweden. With plenty of opportunity to get off the beaten path, it’s a must see region!

If you’re planning a trip to Sweden, why not enjoy the nature as well as the antiques? We offer 1/2 day, 1 day, and 2 day tours to antique dealers that specialize in furniture and decorative items. We take our clients to various types of antique dealers, from smaller shops with beautiful settings to big trade dealers with large warehouses. We also have access to secret sources such as one dealer that has restored a beautiful mansion to it’s original glory and has filled it with the highest quality antiques—truly like shopping in a museum.
For more information on our Swedish Tours, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com.

Happy trails,

The Antiques Diva®

What Differentiates Swedish Antiques

Dear Diva Readers,

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What Differentiates Swedish Antiques

Daniel Larsson explains: When talking about Swedish antiques the most representative period is the 18th Century with its Rococo and Gustavian styles. Named after King Gustav III of Sweden, Gustavian pieces have strong influences of neoclassical French design as well as Italian classicism. King Gustave III spent a lot of time in France. He was very interested in arts and clothes, architecture, style and design. He was very influenced by the French Neoclassical designs and he brought this style to Sweden, simplifying it with cleaner lines.

What Differentiates Swedish Antiques

Compared to French antiques however, Swedish antiques are very similar, but they are more rare because there were less that were made. French pieces often have a lot of intricate detail, and while Swedish pieces were similarly made, they were not as heavily ornamented. Swedish craftsmen focussed on quality and cleaner lines rather than an abundance of carving.

What Differentiates Swedish Antiques simple lines

English antiques are complete opposites to Swedish antiques. The style is completely different English antiques are traditionally made of dark more exotic woods because England had colonies in several regions.

However, as with any country’s antiques, many have been exported to various countries. It’s important to educate yourself about Swedish antiques before purchasing them in any country because provenance plays a huge part when it comes to price.

What Differentiates Swedish Antiques Swedish chair

The reason Swedish chairs, for instance, can be more pricey than the French chairs, is that not a lot of dealers possess original Swedish chairs. Even Swedish dealers pay a lot of money for original chairs. However, it can be a benefit to purchase Swedish antiques in Sweden because these Swedish dealers can typically tell the difference between original and 19th century reproductions which have been made in the Gustavian style. Foreign dealers often cannot tell the difference between original Gustavian pieces and 19th century reproductions, which results in higher prices being charged for reproductions.

Knowing the difference between an original chair and a chair re-made of old pieces can mean the difference between paying a few hundred Euro to several thousand Euro. Knowledge truly is power and that’s why we’re so fortunate to have Daniel as out expert in this field!

We offer 1 day and 2 day antique buying tours in Sweden to antique dealers that specialize in furniture and decorative items. We will to take our clients to various types of sources, from smaller antique dealers within beautiful settings to larger trade dealers with 3000 square meters of space. We also know places that are like secret pearls such as one dealer that has restored a beautiful mansion to it’s original glory and has filled it with the highest quality antiques. Places like this are must visits— the type of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that The Antiques Diva & Co loves to give our clients. To book a tour email us at info@antiquesdiva.com.

The Antiques Diva®