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To Wheat Sheaf or Not to Wheat Sheaf

To Wheat Sheaf or Not to Wheat Sheaf

Hello to our Summer House Peeps!

As you learned in our last post, Margaret has really been able to further explore her passion for antiques in the recent past. This has sharpened her eye and expanded her knowledge on Swedish antiques, from the Gustavian period in particular. She has found that when it comes to antique furniture, there is always something to learn!

This post was deemed necessary after a slight mix up in the store… As a new employee, I needed to learn about the products we have. One day, Margaret was discussing a piece with me and kept referencing a “Wheat Sheaf” motif. I heard Sheath. We have multiple pieces in the store that feature the wheat sheaf motif so this clearly had to be clarified.

The use of the wheat motif originates from the deep appreciation of nature, a key element to Swedish decor. The interpretation and representation of wheat, animals and other key sources of nutrients in art history and decor is ubiquitous. The first known record of art is in the caves at Lascaux; the underground caves are filled with scenes of hunting and gathering.

lascaux-cave

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While some representations are less direct than the example from Lascaux, in the pictures above you can see the natural progression of different artisans interpretations of the importance and meaning of wheat to society just from the three different pieces we have featured in the store.

You learn something new everyday!

— Kelly & Margaret

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