Throne armchair, ca. 1905
Carved, painted and gilded pine
h. 50 3/4 in. (129 cm) - w. 25 1/2 in. (65 cm) - d. 24 3/4 in. (63 cm)
PROVENANCE : Collection of Claude Richard, Aix-en-Provence, ca. 1972 - French art market, mid-1970’s - Danish private collection, until 2003 - Bruun & Rasmussen, Copenhagen, December 2003 - Blomqvist Kunsthandel, Oslo, October 2005 - Franck Laigneau, Paris - French private collection, 2005-2022.
SIMILAR PIECES : Very few examples of this high-back chair are known to date, including one in the Higgins Art Gallery & Museum in Bedford, UK, and another in the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
EXHIBITED : ‘Design contre Design’, Galeries Nationales du Grand-Palais, Paris, from 26th September 2007 to 7th January 2008.
LITERATURE : Bjarne Sorensen, Lars Kinsarvik, Norskdomsrorsla og Hardanger Folkemuseum, 1996, page 16 - Wendy Kaplan, The Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe & America : Design for the Modern World, 2004, page 192 - Jean-Louis Gaillemin, Design contre Design, Galeries nationales du Grand-Palais, Paris, 2007, page 217.
NOTE : A period photograph of an almost identical chair is in the collection of the Hardanger Folkemuseum (HFU.LK.160) and several furniture and architectural drawings signed by Kinsarvik are held at the Norsk Folkemuseum, Oslo (NF.ark.1008.taa.0001).
COLLECTION : Los Angeles County Museum of Art