Lorentz Nordin (b. 1708, d. 1786)

A Swedish Rococo walnut and fruitwood commode with gilt bronze mounting, later top of white Cararra marble, curved sides and front with three drawers. Stockholm, mid-18th century. H. 84 cm. W. 121 cm. D. 67 cm.

Lorentz Nordin was trained in Paris and is one of the greatest in Swedish rococo furniture art. From his workshop on Slottsbacken in Stockholm, he and his many apprentices and journeymen produced furniture with rare form, precision and skill. Together with Christian Linning, Nordin was favored in the manufacture of chests of drawers for the interior of the newly built Stockholm Castle. Among Nordin's apprentices, Christopher Tietze and Christian Gotthardt Willkom stand out, both immigrants from Saxony who achieved great recognition as masters and members of Stockholm's carpentry trade.

Literature: Bo Vahlne, Frihetstidens inredningar på Stockholms Slott: om bekvämlighetens och skönhetens nivåer, 2012, p. 408. Torsten Sylvén, 1996, Mästernas Möbler, Stockholmsarbeten 1700–1850. p. 281–292.


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