Sweden, Denmark, and Europe in the Berkshires
Specializing in painted Swedish furniture from the Gustavian and Neoclassical periods – armoires, chests, seating, Mora clocks, as well as Swedish folk art.
Cupboards & Roses Antiques occupies a post-and-beam building full of painted antique furniture and folk art from Sweden, including Swedish Gustavian settees and chairs, tables, cupboards, and chests of drawers. The extensive collections of Swedish folk art and Swedish tall case Mora clocks are a must see.
Cupboards & Roses Antiques is known for its extensive collection of 18th and 19th century painted furniture from Scandinavia and Europe. Featured Scandinavian antiques include Gustavian chests of drawers (commodes), tables and chairs, Mora and Bornholmer clocks, and Swedish secretaries and writing desks. The selection of German and Austrian armoires and hope chests is one of the most extensive in America.
Edith Gilson, the owner of Cupboards & Roses Antiques, has built her reputation on her discerning eye, her inclination for the unusual, and her expertise in the field of antique painted furniture. Since 1990 she has traveled extensively in Scandinavia and Europe, developing relationships with people whose families have spent years studying and collecting painted furniture from specific regions. Through her store, she brings the collective knowledge of these specialists to her clientele.
Each piece of furniture at Cupboards & Roses Antiques has been scrutinized carefully by Edith. She has studied its construction, its painted surface, and its overall condition. “The details are important, of course,” she says. “But each of these pieces is unique, and it is when one speaks to me through its form and color and decoration that I buy it for the store.”
Pieces from Cupboards & Roses Antiques have been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Country Living, Florida Design, The New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens. Arthur Dunnam, design director at Jed Johnson Associates was quoted in Architectural Digest as saying, “These pieces work well in a country setting but are sophisticated enough for the city.”