06 June 2016
A diminutive pearwood occasional chair with turned legs and splayed feet. The padded back and upholstered seat in its original velvet.
Denmark, c. 1868
With a Friederiksborg Lottery brass badge to the underside and a maker's label numbered and dated 1868.
In 1859, the Friederiksborg Castle suffered a huge fire devastating the majority of the building. In an effort to raise funds to to rebuild the castle, a public lottery of collectable art and antiques was established in 1860. Each item was marked or had a stamp applied to it which identified it as part of the lottery.
The oval stamp showed a cherub with the words " Bortlodning Af Konst ag Konstelidsarbeider - Eneberlitiget" translating as "Lottery of Art and Artworks - exclusive rights". This mark meant that this item was selected and could only be sold through the lottery.
Schinkel was one of the most influential architects and designers of early-19th century Berlin, becoming state architect of Prussia in 1815. He often designed entire interiors, creating one-off pieces of furniture for specific locations. His influence spanned countries and generations and can clearly be seen in this chair.
Painting by Ferdinand Richardt (1819-1895) depicting the fire at Friederiksborg Castle in 1859.