Pair of North German Carved Wood Armchairs
each with a rococo carved cresting above an elaborately interlaced splat and boldly out-curved arms, the stuffed drop-in seats with rococo carved seat-rails and raised on cabriole legs
Heinrich Kreisel, Die Kunst des Deutschen Möbels, Spätbarock und Rokoko, Munich, 1970, illustrates a closely related chair in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, fig. 870
In the 16th century Hamburg had taken in religious refugees from France and Holland, and the Dutch influence on Hamburg architecture and decorative arts persisted well into the 18th century. These armchairs show a strong connection with contemporary Dutch chair design.