Calling all antique hunters! Hidden among the rolling hills of Sheffield, Massachusetts sits a treasure trove of Swedish antiques carefully curated and lovingly displayed in a 2 story building on South Main Street. Cupboards and Roses, founded in 1989 by Edith Gibson, stands out among other antiques vendors in the area for its unique collection of 18th and 19th century painted Swedish furniture.
A passionate collector, Gibson travels to Scandinavia frequently to chase down the most exquisite pieces for her shop. Among her cache of prized finds are Mora clocks, Gustavian chests, Swedish folk art, armoires, settees, writing desks, dining tables and sideboards. She tirelessly examines each piece for its authenticity, form, function, and design aesthetic.
Many of the pieces shipped to the store from overseas grace the homes of collectors around the world. Often featured in magazines and newspapers, including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens, certain pieces stand out for their cross-cultural appeal, perfect for a country retreat or a Soho loft.
New shipments arrive sporadically throughout the year, keeping the shop fresh for new and repeat customers. Gibson is especially delighted when she finds pairs of anything antique. In a recent shipment, a pair of block front chests in black paint and a pair of round side tables captured her delight. No doubt they will be among the first to go to a loyal follower of Swedish design.
Antiques aren’t the only passion Gibson is famous for. Early on in her career as an antique dealer she uncovered a niche market designing Gustavian style beds and tables for a small market of folks looking for size and stability in Swedish design, something that was sorely lacking in the antiques in her collections. Collaborating with a local furniture maker, Gibson cobbled together her trademark “Made-to-Order Swedish Reproductions” line.
Cupboards and Roses is open daily, except Tuesday, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at her Sheffield shop located at 296 South Main Street. Stop in to see her latest finds. You’ll find yourself warmly welcomed and surrounded by beautiful things.
If you’re on the hunt for a truly wonderful antique shopping experience, plan a trip to Sheffield, MA. No matter what time of year you visit, staying at the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast will be one of the highlights of your trip.