A museum quality seat by Patriz Huber
Solid walnut and beech, walnut veneer, the seat reconstructed, the back rest with the original spring upholstery with foam wadding, horse hair and sheep's wool, the forest green silk velvet cover with the original decorative borders. Old repairs to a breakage on the back of the left armrest. In very good condition for its age, the wood with fine patina. H 80, W 79, D 108 cm.
Produced by Heinrich Julius Glückert in Darmstadt, 1901.
This armchair originates from the studio and house of the painter Paul Bürck on the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt, designed by Patriz Huber in 1901 on the occasion of the International Building Exhibition. It is obviously a piece of furniture designed for rest and relaxation rather than as a club chair, similar therefore to the chaise longue, which became popular as seating furniture in the mid-18th century. The photograph reproduced in the Darmstadt catalogue shows a view of Bürck's studio in the Ernst Ludwig House, with the two fauteuils at the back of the bay window, in front of the large windows, though facing away from them. Their placement suggests that they were used to read with the daylight streaming in from behind or, facing away from it, to briefly close one's eyes. The simple but precious silk velour, elaborately reconstructed in France, emphasizes the extraordinary design of the seat with all its extravagant details: The squared ball feet carved from solid wood, the interesting arch developed from the way in which the back legs support the armrests, which widen towards the front and are almost organically moulded.
Studio of Paul Bürck, Darmstadt, Mathildenhöhe.
In a Munich private collection as of around 1942.
Important European private collection.
Cf. Die Ausstellung der Darmstädter Künstlerkolonie, Darmstadt 1989, Reprint p. 148.
Cf. Koch/Fuchs (ed.), Großherzog Ernst Ludwig und die Ausstellung der Künstlerkolonie in Darmstadt von May - October 1901, Darmstadt 1901, p. 148 and 26.