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This Swedish clock cupboard is just one of the many unique items in our Eleish van Breems Tastemaker Tag Sale at One Kings Lane. Click HERE to view the Sale which runs from January 22 -24. This unique clock cupboard is the type of hybrid furniture piece that the Swedes are known for, at once beautiful and yet eminently practical.
Rooms in 18th and 19th century Swedish farm house were often limited to just two or three downstairs rooms or, in more reduced circumstances, just one communal room. Given that space was so limited, two types of furniture were often combined to save on precious space. Here is an example of a clock that has been built into a secretary to form a clock secretary hybrid. The blue clock secretary (above) is in the home that Shannon Newsom and her mother, designer Jane Moore, designed together and
has appeared in our book Swedish Country Interiors as well as gracing the cover of Veranda.
Sometimes very wealthy merchants, mine mangers and farmers would have several clockworks in one case piece, a sign of prestige and industriousness. This example, above, from our collection is painted in the darker traditional colors of the Swedish country furniture and is painted to imitate mahogany. The initials of the owner and the date are commemorated on the clock secretary's cupboard doors.