PAIR OF BIEDERMEIER STYLE CARVED BIRCH LOWBACK CHAIRS
Northern European, circa early 20th century
Item # 612IRG14L
An unusual and most striking pair of lowback side chairs from the first quarter of the 20th century, they reflect the austere yet whimsical taste of the Biedermeier period in the simple birch woods and interesting splat carvings. A smooth curvature from the crest through the foot balances the forward curvature of the front legs; these are locked together with a simple crest rail that arches boldly in the center and is flanked on either side by applied ringed-rosettes. The arched splat is carved of the solid with a symmetrical floral display. The undersides of the chairs are left uncovered, showing a simple and effective joinery that has resulted in firmness in all joints after nearly a century of use. The surface throughout is early and beautifully patinated, leaving the golden solid birch to glow under a shellac. Such an interesting visual statement, these work beautifully as companion pieces to Biedermeier arm chairs or as stand alone side chairs where a strikepoint is necessary - perhaps in a hallway or other tight spaces where an elegant profile and a touch of the unusual are required.
Measurements: 24 1/2" H x 15 1/8" W x 21" D, 17 1/2" H to seat
Fabric with discolorations, overall “fair" condition. Light scuffs to early surface; sturdy, strong and comfortable.