Vienna Secessionist Scrolled Mahogany and Leather Chair circa 1910
VIENNA SECESSIONIST SCROLLED MAHOGANY AND LEATHER ARM CHAIR
Austria, circa 1910; unmarked
Item # 803ZLS27P
One of the most striking, bold and interesting chairs we’ve brought into the shop in some time, this exceptional chair is a series of unrelenting curvatures. It is a total departure from the norm and an aberation of all slight influences: for example, the slight klismo of the front and severe outward splay of the back leg borrow inspiration from Greek Neoclassicism - but the minuteness of curvature and exaggerated swell at the top of the leg are an entirely unique departure. The chair is powerful from any angle, striking odd profiles that catch the viewer’s eye from anywhere in a room - but most importantly, the chair is inordinately comfortable. Likely intended as a writing chair before a desk, the deep stuffed leather seat is almost as comfortable as the curved seatback which perfectly contours to the sitter’s back. Beyond simply being a design element, the bold curvature of the arms allows the chair to sit tight to the desk and for the arms to perfectly support the sitter without getting in the way. Built to last the test of time, the chair is incredibly sturdy, strong and precisely crafted. It is an inordinately fine acquisition.
Measurements: 23 3/4” W x 23 1/2” D (seat); 24 3/4” (total depth) x 31 3/4” H; 19” H to seat
Original leather with unrestored tears in the seat. Chip to one scroll tip, other light wear and surface abrasions; the surface is likely original with a deep and well developed burnished patina. Sturdy, strong and very comfortable.