*Rococo Revisited
Gunnebo, a country manor near Molndal, Sweden: a   lit imperial in the Gustavian style
(photograph by Eric Morin for The World of Interiors magazine via The Devoted Classicist)
Pehr Hillestrom
Conversation at Drottningholms Palace
Year: 1779
Pehr Hilleström (1732 – 1816),  Swedish artist and from 1794 a professor at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts.  He produced numerous paintings of upper- and middle-class  interiors in Stockholm. Dresses and furniture were painted exactly the way they looked and provide a valuable source of information about what life was like in those days.
Portrait du comte Axel de Fersen
(Jean Jaurès, Histoire socialiste, La fuite à Varennes)
THE INTIMATE FRIEND OF QUEEN MARIE-ANTOINETTE (1755-1810)
The Swedish count Axel de Fersen is celebrated for the special friendship he cultivated with queen Marie-Antoinette. He also played an eminent political role by distinguishing himself on the battlefield during the American War of Independence and, above all, as an ardent defender of the royal family during the Revolution.
 The bedroom in Gustav III’s Pavilion at Haga, Sweden : Gustavian Classicism
The Gustavian classicism dominated Swedish interior design from 1770  to circa 1810. This austere expression replaced the ornate Rococo, but during a short transition period, the two styles lived side by side. The bedroom in Gustav III’s Pavilion at Haga (a small pleasure palace). Rococo came late to Sweden, in the 1750s, but then a new austere classical style had already began to develop  - particularly in France, where the interest in ancient Rome was very big. Gustav III was captured soon the classical currents, so did the foremost champions of the furniture and silver art. Already in the 1770s is a gentle tightening of furniture design. The forms became straighter and more symmetrical. After the king’s trip to Italy 1783-1784 the interest in antiquity was immediately apparent.
Now the ornaments and other decorations of ancient Rome - laurel wreaths, urns, medallions and classic borders became the height of fashion. Antique urns were everywhere, like framework with laurel wreaths. An elegant small border with beads on a row is often seen on chairs, mirrors and silverware.
Sturehov Castle
Sweden
Rosersberg Palace, one  of Sweden’s royal palaces. 


 It became a royal palace in 1762, when the state gave Rosersberg to Gustav III’s younger brother Karl XIII. At Rosersberg time stands still: the rooms remain almost untouched from the 1795-1825 period
Svindersvik, Sweden:   a private home built in the Rococo manner.   The interiors transcend the end of rococo  period and the beginning of the Gustavian style   A Gustavian room with   chinoiserie styled handpainted wallpaper imported from China, set of silk damask covered  neoclassical furniture signed Jacob of Paris. 
Sturehov Castle
Porcelain tiles from Gustavian Tiled Stoves in 18th C Swedish Castles & Manor Houses
Michael Perlmutter Architectural Photography
Michael Perlmutter Architectural Photography
18th C Swedish Castles & Manor Houses
Stola Herrgård, Sweden
The Green Drawing Room at Stola Herrgard. Above the soft green dado, the walls are covered in fabric hand painted with trellis leaves.
Gustav III’s Pavilion  Sweden
kungliga slottet, Sweden
Tullgarn Palace
Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities
The art and antiques interested in the King Gustav III of Sweden who purchased the majority of the museum’s sculptures during a trip to Italy in the late 1700’s. Shortly after King Gustav III’s death, it was decided that the collections, which consisted of over 200 sculptures, would be exhibited in honor of the deceased king.
Exhibition rooms consist of two galleries in the castle’s north-east wing, with beautiful views of Logården. The sculptures are placed in the galleries exactly as they were originally. In the Greater Gallery of the collection there is a splendid  sculpture - Endymion - which aroused great admiration in the 1700s.