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19th Century Swiss Chair


This is a particularly elaborate example of a traditional Swiss chair. It was made in the 19th century in the Alpenzell region of Switzerland, and features beautiful carving in a baroque idiom: stylized faces blowing wind in opposite directions on either side of the back, crowned by the head of a cherub. This chair is fine piece of European folk art, completely handcarved and constructed with beautiful joinery. It was meant to serve a family for many generations. As with tribal/ethnographic objects, a traditional chair such as this one works rather amazingly well alongside more austere modern design.


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  • Condition
    Excellent original condition. .
  • Dimensions

    H 38.5 in. x W 16.5 in.

    H 97.79 cm x W 41.91 cm

  • Seat height
    19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
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