Swedish 18th Century Painted Base
The gentle beauty of this well crafted whimsical 18th Century Swedish painted base section cupboard along with the somewhat geometric shape and its canted corners provide a strong colourful focal point to any room. It is crafted from pine and was originally painted with vibrant colours.
The central right hand door has a hand painted date of 1870 in typically Swedish script style; the date is painted on to raw wood with grey paint surrounding. It was common to transfer dates when pieces were freshened up so the date inside is likely to commemorate the piece being handed down and given as a wedding gift or similar as the piece would certainly have been made well before this time.
The canted corners have a door revealing an interior end cupboard and the central double doors also reveal an interior cupboard. The interiors are all painted grey and show some other original paint colours and signs of wear. The lower sections of all the cupboards below the fixed shelves are deeper than the outer moulding below the door line.
The top to the base section is unpainted and shows the old original finish whereas the carcass shows some of the original yellow and other rustic paint colours. There are a total of 6 bracket feet supporting the mitred moulded section with cupboards above. The exterior doors and end panels have raised and fielded panels, with the raised panel being worn back to reveal the natural grain. There is a blue frame around the raised panel below the moulded outer trim which shows other rustic faded colours.
This attractive cabinet is strong, stable and ready to use and has its original knobs and handle. The patina is lovely, note the wear to the shelves and the panels showing some of the original paint and wood grain. There are some minor surface marks but all areas of distress and wear are a reflection of the many generations of use and simply reflect the authenticity of this gracefully aged piece.
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