Swedish Cupboards

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>W hile my Diva Guides and I love taking clients on antiques buying tours throughout Europe, did you know we also offer buying services for those time when you can’t shop abroad?

Whether a client doesn’t have time to take a trip to Europe or if they simply want to source a few pieces for a project, we act as the “man—or woman as the case may be—on the ground to help find exactly what our client needs. And like most shopaholics, we love a challenge. We recently had a client who is an interior designer in New York email us with a request. He was looking to source an antique Swedish cabinet for a project. His client had seen one she liked on an antiques website, no names mentioned, but didn’t want to pay the exuberant price. What attracted them to the cabinet was the patina and style. While they wanted something authentic that would retain its value, they also knew that they’d be utilizing the cabinet and would most likely need to adjust the interior – and they didn’t want to pay to high of a price for the piece.


As soon as I received this request, I knew that our Swedish Antiques Divo Guide Daniel would be the person to contact. Of course Daniel quickly responded with this email:
“Authentic examples of antique Swedish cupboards like this with original paintwork have become increasingly rare. Much of the Swedish furniture currently available on the “antique” market has been comprehensively rebuilt and restored, often repainted in popular pale colours and sadly some of these created or “style” pieces are sold as period.
But we are in luck! I think I have found the perfect cabinet by reading your requests. I have found a fantastic Gustavian cabinet in excellent condition retaining it’s original paint (gray/blue). This piece has never been over painted and scraped which ads to it’s desirability, rarity and value. The Gustavian expressions are evident in the small tapered feet, restrained carved details and well balanced proportions. The price is 1/4 of the cabinet your client first saw. This piece is a very good investment in my opinion as the market prizes original paintwork when talking about Swedish painted furniture.”



While I often say that the power of the internet is amazing and makes our job so efficient – I seriously could not do my job with out it – you also have to remember that computers are not people. Simply typing in a product that you want may pull up an item on your screen, but how can you be sure that you’re getting the best value or price? That’s where we come in time and time again by acting as our clients’ man on the ground and putting the word out to all out sources and physically eyeing pieces ourselves in person to give our opinion. Within no time, in this instance, we were able to find exactly what the client wanted at a quarter of the price (that’s including our Buying Services commission, by the way). With the right people, the internet can truly be a great tool!


If you are interested in more information on our Antiques Diva Buying Services, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!

The Antiques Diva®

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.