Exceptional Turned Walnut Side Chair by George Hunzinger

Exceptional Turned Walnut Side Chair by George Hunzinger

4,200.00

Exceptional turned walnut side chair by George Hunzinger. Stamped HUNZINGER, N. Y. That George Hunzinger (1835-98) is not a household name like Michael Thonet or even Charles Eames, owes as much to the vagaries of fashion as to any shortcomings on Hunzinger’s part. A German immigrant from a family of cabinet-makers, Hunzinger was a Victorian-era inventor (he held 21 patents) and designer whose commercially successful body of work embraced machine production methods and materials. Regarded by historians and critics as a proto-modernist, Hunzinger was the subject of a retrospective exhibition “The Furniture of George Hunzinger: Invention and Innovation in Nineteenth-Century America” held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1997. In a review of this exhibition, Roberta Smith of the New York Times lauded Hunzinger’s most innovative and forward-looking chairs for their transparency and structural rigor, and for offering an early glimmer of modernism’s emphasis on abstraction and visual austerity. The exhibition, she wrote, “showed furniture shedding its Victorian padding like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.” The Furniture of George Hunzinger: Invention and Innovation in 19th century America. Barry R. Harwood. The Furniture of George Hunzinger: Invention and innovation in Nineteenth-Century America. Brooklyn, New York: Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1997. 168 pp. “The Furniture of George Hunzinger: Invention and Innovation in 19th century America.” Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York, November 20, 1997, to February 15, 1998.

Original condition: incredibly sturdy frame, the upholstery being the original upholstery. The chair can be kept as is, or reupholstered.

H 35 in. x W 22.5 in. x D 22 in.

Seat Height: 18 in.

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