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Antique Scandinavian Rocking Chair

US$3,800

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Remarkably original artisanal handcrafted rocking chair from Sweden circa 1840-1850. Stained birch wood. Entirely handmade. All joints are pegged and doweled. Splats and rails were steam bent. Seat boards hand planed. Arm supports are so organic and sculptural that they almost seem like root vegetables! What is notable about this chair versus most other antique rockers is the total absence of any machine work; no lathe turned legs or arm supports typical of the Boston rocker form. The exaggerated length of the rails permit the sitter to recline nearly horizontal and seem to pre-figure Sam Maloof and the modernist studio Craft movement nearly a century and a half in its future. This chair was brought to the USA from Sweden in the 1890s by an emigrating Finnish family. It is unknown whether the chair had been brought with them from Finland ( (Keinutuoli) to Sweden (Gungstol). It has remained in the same house and family ever since. It is ready to begin its next century with you and your family.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 43.5 in. (110.49 cm)Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Depth: 51 in. (129.54 cm)Seat Height: 21 in. (53.34 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1840-1849
  • Date of Manufacture
    1845
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. There are a couple of very old repairs which add to the richness and character of this well loved and well traveled piece.
  • Seller Location
    Hingham, MA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU886619510402

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    Ships From: Hingham, MA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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