Wednesday, 30 November 2011


...par excellence
in this entrance hall of a Swedish mansion of the Baroque era,
1640 - 1720

The walls are painted with trompe l'oeil pilasters and shadowy landscapes
while the ceilings under the stairs are painted in grisaille
to imitate the bas-relief of Classical friezes.

Isn't it beautiful?
I love it!  Never get tired to look at it...

"The impact of Italian Baroque and French Absolutism"

From the wonderful book  THE  SWEDISH  ROOM
by Lars and Ursula Sjöberg and Ingalill Snitt

to be continued...


  1. Hi Karin, I love your new header. Is that one of your pieces? That is a lovely book, THE SWEDISH ROOM. I have used it for inspiration in painting tiles. Instead of grey and white I translate it into blue and white and end up with Delft inspired Tiles.

  2. Gina, it was an 18th century wooden panel, sold a few years ago, unfortunately...
    And yes, this book is very inspiring.

  3. Da stimmt einfach Alles!

    ♥ Franka

  4. While I absolutely love anything painted in grisaille it's your new header that I'm swooning over.....LOVE IT!

  5. Me too! Lots to inspire here today!

  6. This is so amazing, what they used to do with no teck. Thanks for sharing. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  7. Gorgeous work. And I love the glimpse into the room beyond, with the warm carpet and the crystal chandelier. Such a great combination with the grisaille.

  8. This is weird...
    I just looked at that very book a few hours ago at the bookstore. I had never seen it before. Love, love the room you chose.

    And then Pieter took one look at your new header and said to ask you if the piece was available. Boo! I guess we are a few years to late!

    What month would be good to prune your trees?

  9. Amazing combination of design, detail, hues and texture. Beautiful.

  10. stunning and so dramatic !! Gail x

  11. Happy Holidays, Karin. This is beautiful !!
    Let me know about the merchandise, I'm waiting to ship. xx's

  12. First let me say that your new header is stunning! Absolutely breathtaking.
    The paintings are exquisite beyond words. I have been looking at this post for twenty minutes in awe of all this beauty. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend,Karin.

  13. Just found your blog and I'm loving it! Beautiful post!