Designer: Karl Friedrich Schinkel (German, Neuruppin 1781–1841 Berlin)

Maker: Possibly made by Johann Christian Sewining (died 1836)

Maker: Possibly made by Karl Wanschaff (1775–1848)

Date: ca. 1828

Culture: German, Berlin

Medium: Gilded mountain ash; brass mounts and casters; modern upholstery

Dimensions: 35 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. (90.2 x 61.6 x 59.1 cm.)

Classification: Woodwork-Furniture

Credit Line: 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

Accession Number: 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 Antichitá de Ercolano. The upholstery is a modern recreation after the original drawing by Schinkel preserved in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin.