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.