These chairs, upholstered with the coats of arms of Baden and Eberstein on the back and seat, were made for the "Rittersaal" of Schloss Eberstein. It was acquired by Grand Duke Leopold I from the State of Baden, in 1829. Leopold I instantly started a program of refurbishment of the interior in the Neogothic taste, to complement the exterior, which had already been renovated and modified in the Gothic Style under the supervision of the architect Johann Jakob Friedrich Weinbrenner (1766 - 1826) from 1803 onwards.
The chairs are shown in their original setting on a watercolour from the album of Louis Friedrich Hoffmeister 1854-55. This watercolour shows sixteen side-chairs and one throne-like armchair in the Rittersaal, resplendant amongst neo-gothic decor, revealing that the present upholstry is the original upholstry.
All six chairs offered here are labeled with an inventory number corresponding to the Ebersteiner Schloss inventory of 1854, S.71: 19 grosse Stühle von Mahagoni Holz gothischer Form mit weissem Fillée eingelegt, Sitz und Rückenlehne gepolstert mit blaugrundigem Gobeline worauf das Wappen von Baden und Eberstein eingewirkt ist bezogen.
The present chairs are an excellent example of early German Neo Gothic furniture, although we cannot pinpoint a date they must have been conceived as part of the 1829 refurbishment of the interior, and so are not unlikely to have been made between 1829-1835.