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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 77

    A PAIR OF BIEDERMEIER AMARANTH-INLAID AND KARELIAN BIRCH CHAIRS

    CIRCA 1815, PROBABLY RUSSIAN, AFTER A DESIGN BY JOSEPH DANHAUSER

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF BIEDERMEIER AMARANTH-INLAID AND KARELIAN BIRCH CHAIRS
    Circa 1815, Probably Russian, after a design by Joseph Danhauser
    Each with an arched cresting and pelta-shaped back above a caned seat and sabre legs (2)


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    Christian Witt-Doring, the leading Biedermeier scholar, has suggested a Russian attribution for these chairs based upon the use of Karelian birch, the most favoured of all Russian cabinet-woods, and the recording of a related armchair in a 1924 photograph at Tsarskoe Selo.
    During the early 19th century, Joseph Danhauser (1780-1829) was one of the most innovative cabinet-makers in Vienna. His designs can be construed as modernist even to this day and this radical innovation in design so typical of Vienna in the early 19th century sets these pieces apart from their more conventional Biedermeier contemporaries. An almost identical design of chair, model Nr. 21, is in Laxenburg Castle, Vienna, (See Parnass, Sonderheft Möbel, Wien 1998, p. 45.).

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