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TWO PAIRS OF GERMAN FAUTEUILS IN THE MANNER OF JOHANN MICHAEL HOPPENHAUPT FROM THE BEERENKLAU CASTLE
(LOTS 236 - 237)
These four chairs are typical of the friederizianische Rokoko which was pioneered by Johann Michael Hoppenhaupt (1709-1769) and his brother Johann Christian Hoppenhaupt (1719 - 1786) under king Frederick II of Prussia (1740 - 1786). Their generous proportions, bold a-symetric ornament, and exagarated organic lines, especially to the arms are characteristic of this style. Many of Frederick's palaces were furnished by the Hoppenhaupt brothers, In 1746 Johann Christian became the Directeur des Ornaments for Frederick. They mainly supplied seat-furniture and wall furnishings such as mirrors and console tables. Examples can still be found in
Schloss Charlottenburg, Neues Palais, Schloss Sanssousi and other castles of the friderizianische Rokoko.
A comparable chair in Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg, H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, Munich, 1970, pp. 233-240, cat. Nr. 752.
Cf. C.H. Baer, Deutsche Wohn- & Festräume, Stuttgart, 1912, p. 152.
Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Berlin und Autoren, Kaiserlicher Kunstbesitz, Berlin, 1991, pp. 94-97.