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    Sale 2818

    EUROPEAN NOBLE AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 606

    A PAIR OF SOUTH WEST GERMAN EBONIZED OPEN ARMCHAIRS

    BY JOHANN WOLFGANG KNUSSMANN, MAINZ, CIRCA 1830

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    A PAIR OF SOUTH WEST GERMAN EBONIZED OPEN ARMCHAIRS
    BY JOHANN WOLFGANG KNUSSMANN, MAINZ, CIRCA 1830
    The padded back and seat upholstered in green material, with scrolling arms carved with foliage, on sabre legs, stamped in ink to the underside of the seatrail KNUSSMANN 6453 (2)


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    During the Napoleonic wars Mainz was incorporated in France and thereby could take advantage of tax exemptions not available to other German cities. Its strategic position on the Rhine meant that transportation of bulk goods to and from Mainz was relatively easy. These conditions enabled Mainz to become one of the foremost centres of furniture production in Germany in the 19th century.

    Kimbel and Bembé were two of the three most important cabinet makers in Mainz; the third being Johann Wolfgang Knussmann.
    Cf H. Zinnkann, Mainzer Möbelschreiner der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts, Frankfurt, 1985, pp. 137-150.

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