Pair Antique Swedish Baltic Biedermeier Birchwood Armchairs circa 1840
This handsome pair of antique Biedermeier birchwood armchairs circa 1840 are enhanced with the additon of a carved giltwood band of open work beneath the seat back. The use of large panels of highly grained birchwood visible from both the front and the rear of these chairs indicates they were always designed to be seen from all directions with equal pleasure. Especially since these chairs were designed and constructed in the early nineteenth century when interior light came from lit candles and open fires the use of the pale speckled birchwood timber in contrast with the boldly carved gilt wood decoration would have been impressively beautiful. The front legs of each chair are circular in shape with the additon of a fluted tassel detail visible just below the seat. This additional decorative element gives away the Swedish Baltic origin of these Biedermeier chairs as does the reflective gold leaf open work carving. Please motice the difference between the gold leaf on the front of the band versus the reverse side where the gold leaf is much more uniform in appearance. Obviously this shows the use of each chair where the gold was rubbed repeatedly when a person was seated. Even the arms have a slightly shpaed profile when seen from above that is in scale and proportion to the overall profile of the chair demonstrating the skill of both the designer as well as the cabinet maker who constructed the pair of chairs. The seats have been recoved in a contemporary fabric chosen for its bold colouring and pattern in keeping with modern taste.
WIDTH: 22½ in | HEIGHT: 36 in | DEPTH: 19 in
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