Karl Friedrich Schinkel (German, 17811841)
Gilded mountain ash, brass; H. 35 1/2 in. (90.2 cm), W. 24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm), D. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm)
Purchase, Gifts of Mr. and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst Jr., Irwin Untermyer, and John D. Rockefeller Jr., by exchange, and Bequest of John L. Cadwalader, by exchange, 1996 (1996.30)
This armchair is from a set of ten (eight armchairs and two sofas) designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in 1828 for the Marble or Reception Room in the Prinz Karl Palais in Berlin. Schinkel, the leading German architect and designer of the early nineteenth century, based the model on a Roman chair in a Herculaneum wall painting, engraved in the Antichità de Ercolano. The upholstery is a modern recreation after the original drawing by Schinkel preserved in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin.