Fryxells Antiques

18th and 19th century furniture, rustic, provincial manor-house furniture and sigend Stockholm work.

Per Fryxell started Fryxells Antivitetshandel in 1986 and zestfully runs it concurrently with his profession of middle-school teacher. The shop occupies a small building next to his home in Kalmar and also includes a workshop.

In addition to selling antiques, Per Fryxell spends a lot of time restoring furniture to its original condition, which means painstaking, time-consuming renovation to bring out the original workmanship. During this slow process he gets to know his furniture and antiques down to the tiniest detail, which tells him a very great deal about the history of the item concerned, knowledge he readily shares with others and gives careful account of, so that customers will feel secure in their purchasing.

The Fryxell family spend their summers on a farm with a history going back to the 18th century, at Lerkaka in the Parish of Runsten on the eastern side of Öland. The place is known for its five well-preserved windmills, lined up along the roadside. The antique shop has a summertime branch in a listed outhouse dating from 1811, right next to the dwelling house.

The building, which has hardly changed at all since it was first built, makes a fine impression with its marbled ceilings and deep red original wallpapers, the latter terminating in a green-patterned border over a pale blue dado. The summertime range in the antique shop has a regional connection and consists to a great extent of Öland vernacular, Öland provincial furniture and also a certain amount of furniture and decorative art from Småland. Per Fryxell likens a visit to the antique shop at Lerkaka to driving to the nearby Himmelsberga Museum, wich has a large collection of traditional rural artefacts.