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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 118

    A PAIR OF GERMAN CARVED OAK OPEN ARMCHAIRS

    CIRCA 1840

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GERMAN CARVED OAK OPEN ARMCHAIRS
    CIRCA 1840
    Each with rectangular shaped back and padded seat covered in gros and petit point needlework covers, embroidered with the armorials of sovereign princely families: on one the arms of the Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg in alliance with the Royal arms of Prussia, for Paul Frederic Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1800-1842), reigned 1837-1842) and his consort Alexandrine Princess of Prussia, whom he married in 1822, on the other chair the arms of the Landgraves and Prince Electors of Hesse, for Augusta of Hesse-Cassel, (1780-1841), sister of King William III of Prussia and aunt of Alexandrine of Prussia, each with chanelled frames surmounted by a foliate finial, flanked by ring-turned finials, the downswept arms with pierced tracery decoration, above square-sectioned panelled legs with arched angles and terminating in spirally turned feet, under each set a handwritten label: Auguste P. v. Preussen} Sachsen-Weimar and Elisabeth KronPr. v. Preussen} Bayern (2)


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    Among the earliest German designs for furniture im Gotischen Geschmack are those published by Joseph Friedrich von Racknitz in Leipnitz in 1796 (H. Kreisel, G. Himmelheber, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, Munich, 1973, vol. III, fig. 586). Richly-carved 'Gothick' furniture in oak, similar to the present pair of armchairs, was made by Leonard Glink and Franz Xaver Fortner around 1835 for Hohenschwangau near Füssen, which is illustrated in op. cit, figs. 618-628.

    The labels refer to the Princesses of the Prussian Royal Family who embroidered the seats and back rests (information kindly provided by Prof. Dr. Winfried Baer, Berlin): one to Auguste of Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach (1811-1890) consort (1829) of Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, the future Kaiser Wilhelm I, the other to Elisabeth of Bavaria (1801-1873), consort (1823) of the Crown Prince and future King Frederic William IV of Prussia (1795-1861) As the latter succeeded his father to the throne on 7th June 1840, but is named on the label as Crown Prince, we have a date ante quem for the chairs. The chairs must have been part of a larger set presented to a family member.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN