Sweden Antiques Tours

What Will $100K Buy in Sweden?

How To Buy Antiques in Sweden

How To Buy Antiques in Sweden   

Antiques Diva Guide Daniel Larsson

Antiques Diva Guide Daniel Larsson

If you’re an antiques dealer wanting to buy antiques to stock your store, it’s hard to know how far the US dollar will go when buying antiques abroad – especially when you’re sourcing high-end Swedish antiques, which are the most prestigious and best quality of European antiques – but also the most expensiveDaniel Larsson is our native-born Swedish Divo Guide. Daniel enjoys helping clients find the right piece at their desired price point. With his extensive travel including trips to the US, England, India, Norway, Spain and Holland, Daniel comes to the table with an international mindset. When he’s not guiding Diva clients, he runs a very successful business called D.LARSSON Interiör & Antikhandel which deals in fine Swedish antiques ranging from 18th to late 19th century, specializing in high-quality Rococo and Gustavian painted furniture, Swedish country & decorative items. Daniel’s extensive knowledge of Swedish antiques is a huge asset to our company and to any client who books a tour with him, as he is sure to pass on some of his wonderful insights.

When antique dealers come overseas to buy antiques to fill a container with European antiques purchases to stock their store they often come to me with a budget of anywhere between $30,000 and $100,000. Their goal is usually to multiply their purchase cost 3 to 5 times.

We asked our Sweden Antiques Expert Divo Daniel, What can an antiques dealer buy in Sweden for $100,000? 

Daniel recommends dealers stocking their store with Swedish antiques buy at least 30% STATEMENT PIECES – these are higher priced items and higher end in terms of quality – that will help establish your reputation as a dealer.   

Also, remember when doing display space – Swedish antiques need air to breathe… room around them to look their best. And with your display space you’ve got the room to create the environment needed to set the tone of the collective!

Antiques Diva Tip:

Mix Mid-Century Modern in with these Period Pieces to Make Both Periods Pop.
Eclectic Mix of Perfectly Paired Contrasting Inventory Draws a Crowd.

General Price Points

  • Pair of Arm Chairs $4000 – $6000
  • Chest of Drawers (veneered) $3000 – $6000
  • Cabinet $4000 – $5000
  • Buffet $2500 – $4000
  • Mirrors $2500 – $3500
  • Sofa $2500 – $4000
  • Console tables $3000 – $5000
  • Chairs $1000 – $2000 
How to Buy Antiques in Sweden: Swedish Rococo Mirror

Swedish Rococo Mirror

Antiques Diva Tip:

For mirrors I often recommend clients go France as the price point on French mirrors is much lower than on Swedish – similar age and style for half the price.

Convert US Dollar to Swedish KronaTo Stock Swedish Inventory in Your Store

You should consider stocking 3 kinds of Swedish pieces:

1. Period – Original Paint

2. Period – Repainted, Scraped, Retouched

3. Finer Statement Pieces

So much of what is on the market in the USA is “style” pieces – pieces that look like the period, but aren’t of the period. You want to be known for having REAL ANTIQUES. You want to set the bar that you are offering the best antiques money can buy. In my opinion the best quality – with the best profit margin – is Swedish. 

How to buy antiques in Sweden: It's all in the details.

It’s all in the details.

To learn about Swedish antiques, read ANTIQUES DIVA MASTER CLASS WITH DANIEL LARSSONGuide to Gustavian Antiques

Stay Tuned to Learn More Details about the upcoming Master Class Daniel and I will be leading at Dallas Market Center this June 2017.

How Much Can I Buy?

If you budget $100K to fill a 40-foot container, you can get approximately 50 Swedish pieces, including a combination of top quality statement pieces as well as a wide variety of excellent quality mid-range 17th and 18th C  period pieces.

Here is a sample client budget for buying antiques inventory in Sweden:

Price Range for Higher Priced Items and Higher End Quality

  • Pair of Arm Chairs $4000 – $6000
  • Chest of Drawers (veneered) $3000 – $6000
  • Cabinet $4000 – $5000
  • Buffet $2500 – $4000
  • Mirrors $2500 – $3500
  • Sofa $2500 – $4000
  • Console tables $3000 – $5000
  • Chairs $1000 – $2000 

Statement Pieces You Can Buy

  • 1 x Pair of Arm Chairs $5000
  • 1 x Chest of Drawers (veneered) 5000
  • 1 x Cabinet $4000
  • 1 x Buffet $3000
  • 1 x Mirror $3000
  • 1 x Sofa $3500
  • 1 x Console table $5000
  • 1 x set of 8 chairs $8000 

SubTotal: $36,500  –  Approx 8 – 10 important pieces 


  • Cabinet ca  $2000 – $3000  
  • Chest of Drawers $1000 – $2000 
  • Tables ca Prices $500 – $1500
  • Sofa $1500 – $2500
  • Buffet $1000 – $2500 
  • Mirrors $1500 – $2500
  • Chairs 500 – 1000 (per chair) 

Nice Quality Pieces You Can Buy

  • 5 x Cabinets ca $12500  
  • 5 x Chest of Drawers $8000
  • 10 x Tables (includes side table and console) ca Prices $10000
  • 5 x Sofa $12500
  • 5 x Buffet $10000 
  • 5 x Mirrors $10000
  • two sets of Chairs of 6 – 8 $12000

SubTotal: $75,000  –   Approx 35 – 40 Pieces

TOTAL  – $100,000K  –  Approximately 50 Pieces Total

How to Buy Antiques in Sweden: Swedish Rococo Sofa, Ca 1760

Swedish Rococo Sofa, Ca 1760.

What will it cost to ship these pieces to the US?

Assuming you’re shipping a 40-foot container and crate a lot of what’s going in the container, it’s a safe assumption to budget approximately €15K for shipping 1 exceedingly well container door to door. Granted –prices vary – so this is just a guideline – you could save thousands depending on your packing needs.

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How long after my Antiques Diva buying tour will it take to receive my purchases?

Estimated lead time from payment of vendors: 2 – 3 weeks for collection and preparation + 25 days transit time + door transport.

  • handling + container traction harbor € 700,00
  • unloading collections + storage + charging packed goods into container € 1.100,00
  • export packing /m3 € 45,00   OR
  • crating for fragile items (based upon level of protection and m3) /m3 € 60,00-150,00
  • fumigation (if needed: based upon nature of shipped goods)   € 200,00-400,00
  • weighing container (for customs)     € 145,00
  • ocean freight (port-port)  Europe – US 40-ft € 3.400,00
  • insurance   1,50%
  • banking on behalf of buyer: included

Does not include duties and import taxes, demurrage or unloading at destination.

Antiques Diva Buying Services

This is what it looks like when a 40-foot container filled with Swedish Antiques arrives at a client’s shop!

How do I price Swedish antiques for sale in the US?  

We are not antiques dealers, but we work closely with dealers and designers to buy European antiques and negotiate the best price possible. Based on our experience, we find that dealers typically sell their pieces for at least 3 times over the purchase price. 

Interested in booking an Antiques Diva Sweden Buying Tour? Email to schedule a phone call to discuss your needs.

Toma – The Antiques Diva® 


Malmö Decorative Antiques Fair

book an Antiques Diva Tour in conjunction with the Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair

Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair 2016

Our Swedish Divo Guide recently enjoyed the Helsingborg Antiques Fair in July and is already looking forward to the next big antiques fair in Sweden!

The Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair in Sweden is a highlight of the year for many international antiques buyers. It’s coming up on the 26-28 of August with special trade-only preview days on 24-26 of August. One of our most important countries for Antiques Buying Tours is Sweden. We often encourage clients– trade clients especially— to attend this fair and add on a few days to source a variety of pieces from the Swedish countryside as well. It’s a great way to see what’s hot at the fairs and then go to our secret sources on the arm of our Antiques Divo Guide, Daniel Larsson to hunt for everything from Scandinavian antique furniture, to folk art, to lighting and beyond!

Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair

Our Swedish Guide Daniel happens to be on the advisory board for the Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair, which means he is in-the-know when it comes to sourcing Swedish antiques there. While Daniel’s store, D.Larsson Interiör & Antikhandel, is based in Helsingborg, he and many international dealers make their way to the Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair to score exceptional purchases and connect with industry friends. Malmo is conveniently located in southern Sweden near Copenhagen, Denmark. As the third largest antiques fair in Sweden, the Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair hosts more than 80 vendors from all over Sweden and the Copenhagen area.

Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair

Why attend the Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair?

Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair

There are several advantages of attending the Trade-only preview day. One is that you get first dibs on merchandise, as vendors are just beginning to unpack their inventory and set up their stands. Another advantage of going with our Guide Daniel is that he knows many of the vendors at the fair. Before taking clients on any tour, we always ask what type of pieces they are wanting to source. What style are they looking for? What price-points are they looking for? With this information in hand, Daniel can take you directly to the right vendors and even help you translate and negotiate.

Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair is definitely a must-visit destination for international trade buyers. With a reputation of quality pieces and knowledgeable vendors, this fair won’t disappoint! If you would like more information on booking an Antiques Diva Tour in conjunction with the Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair, email us at We’d love to introduce you to this world renowned fair and also plan a day or two to source antiques in the Swedish countryside!

Dates and Times:


24th of August 2 pm-8 pm 25th 8 am-8 pm 26th 8 am-noon


26th of August 3-8 pm 27th 11 am-5 pm 28th 11 am-5 pm

Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair


Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®

Sweden- Antique Buying Services

Dear Diva Readers,

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I recently received an email from our guide in Sweden, Daniel Larsson and had to share some of the fabulous pieces that are available through our Buying Services here on the blog! The fact that Daniel lives and works in Sweden means that he has the ability to source the best items Sweden has to offer. His experience in the antiques industry has given him the eye to discern whether pieces are period or reproduction and whether they are in original condition or if they have been restored. That means that if clients are looking for period pieces with original paint, Daniel can find them. Conversely, if clients want to spend less and are merely interested in the Swedish look, he can find 19th and 20th century pieces “in the style of” 18th century. The reason it’s so important to have an expert like Daniel with a keen eye is that the earlier period pieces cost quite a bit more than the later ones. If you’re not aware of the subtle differences, you may end up purchasing something at a high price, but with a lower value.

For those looking to source pieces that have all the style that is quintessentially Swedish, but at a much lower cost, here are some examples of pieces that are not period originals, but offer that Swedish look. Prices are listed in Swedish Kronor with estimated conversions to USD.

1. Gustavian style buffet / sideboard, ca 1890, H 101 W 150 D 50 cm, 18000:- Sek ($2209)

Sweden- Antique Buying Services-Gustavian style buffet

2. Pair of Gustavian style demi lunes, ca 1850, 8000:- Sek ($982)

Sweden- Antique Buying Services- Pair of Gustavian style demi lunes

3. Large Gustavian style cabinet, ca 1850, H 224 W 202 D 41 cm, 28000:- Sek ($3436)

Sweden- Antique Buying Service-Large Gustavian style cabinet

4. Pair of pedestals, ca 1860, H 90 W 37 cm, 7000:- Sek ($859)

Sweden- Antique Buying Service-Pair of pedestals

5. Empire style sofa, Ca 1890, H 100 W 180 D 66 cm, 18000:- Sek ($2209)

Sweden- Antique Buying Service-Empire style sofa

6. Gustavian style dinning table, H 76 W 260 D 91 cm, 15000:- Sek ($1840)

Sweden- Antique Buying Service-Gustavian style dinning table

If you are interested in our Antiques Diva Buying Services for any of our eight tour countries— France, Belgium, England, Italy, Germany, Holland, Denmark, and Sweden— email us at We’d love to help you source antiques abroad!


The Antiques Diva®

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

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

The Antiques Diva®

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