The specialists choice – Carl Barkman lists his favourites

Important Winter Sale — Carl Barkman talks antiques

We have spoken with Bukowskis Carl Barkman, Head Specialist Fine Art and Antiques, about this season's Important Winter Sale before the auction on December 10-11th. In addition to the conversation, he takes the opportunity to highlight some of his personal favourites.

What makes antiques and fine art interesting to you?
– Some diseases can not be cured from - the interest in art and antiques is one! In aesthetically pleasing objects, they are combined at best with quality, provenance which creates a bridge to history, that gives an extra dimension and interest for me.

How should you think if you want to start collecting antiques?
– You should not be afraid! Furniture is made to be used and has been for 200 years and will continue for another 200. There is no better form of recycling – you combine utility with the pleasure of collecting. A commode combines being an antique with being functional storage even today. Fabrics are consumables and can be changed freely to suit personal taste. Another thing is that traces of time are not dangerous; nothing is perfect after 200 years. You can allow defects but keep an eye out for replaced parts and creative renovations – in older art, the same thing applies, a little trace from the years is OK, but you have to keep an eye out, so it's not too much that has happened over the centuries. The specialists are always available to help, and you can ask for condition reports of what has caught your interest. The fundamental rule – an object needs to catch your interest; otherwise, you should not buy it.

What can we look forward to this fall's Important Winter Sale?
– This season there are several objects that I believe combine interesting history and provenance in addition to being appealing and create 'must-have'.

32. Late Gustavian console tables Pehr Ljung

These tables combine the best of Gustavian furniture art with history and interesting provenance.

Commissioned by Axel von Fersen the older for the Countess antechamber at his newly erected Ljung castle.

Thence by descent until mid 19th century when probably sold at the different von Fersen-Gyldenstolpe sales that took place then.

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45. A Royal Swedish rococo chair Johan Liung

This chair is a prominent example of the Swedish craftsmanship under the Rococo and provides an insight into the essential historical stage around the interior of the new royal castle.

The chair in question is part of a series of 12, originally yellow-painted chairs with richly cut decor featuring acanthus, rocaille and volutes decorated by Johan Liung. In 1747, the chairs were delivered to King Fredrik I's dining room in Kungshuset on Riddarholmen. After the move in 1754 to the Royal Palace in Stockholm, the chairs were placed in Princess Sofia Albertina's room and also in the colonel's room.

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59. A Royal Gustavian chair Johan Lindgren

This seemingly ordinary Gustavian chair reminds us of the political landscape around the year 1800 when people did not dare to have the coronation in the capital.

This chair belongs to a series of 36 back chairs "with Black Leather" which was acquired in the 1800s due to King Gustaf IV Adolf's impending coronation. When it took place in Norrköping, both the coronation ceremony as well as a temporary royal residence then needed to be equipped. After that, the chairs moved up to the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

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352. Olof Arenius Countess Kristina Margareta Augusta Wrede-Sparre

This little gem combines all the best — quality, provenance and insight into history.

This portrait was originally a gift to Countess Ulla Tessin. At Carl Gustaf Tessin's estate register, the painting hung in "Hans Excellences Sängkammare" in Åkerö.

Oil on parchment erected on copper/brass, cut and gilded original frame marked at the back with Cederström in pencil and paper label marked with ink C S: son Leijonhufvud and 382 in pencil.

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80. A Louis XV mid-18th-century gilt bronze wall clock Signed 'Dutertre a Paris'

This wall clock is perhaps my main favourite. Sometimes it is enough that an object is only of the best quality and appearance to arouse my desire.

During the middle of the 18th century in Paris, there were several active watchmakers in the Dutertre family. This item has a gilded bronze case in the art of J J de Saint Germain. Crown with fox hunting in the form of a sitting hunter with a raised spear and a fox and two dogs. White lacquered dial. The work with engraved signature.

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When is the viewing and auction?

Viewing: 4 – 9 December, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
Open: Mon–Fri 11 – 18, Sat–Sun 11 – 17

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Contact our Specialists

Carl Barkman
Carl Barkman
Head Specialist Fine Art and Antiques
+46 (0)708 92 19 71
Björn Extergren
Björn Extergren
Head of Consignment & Sales Department, Fineart. Specialist Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
+46 (0)706 40 28 61