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

Height 113.5cm
Width 68.5cm
Depth 58.5cm (23 inches)
Seat Height 49cm
Hamburg, 19th century

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.