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Bernhard Pankok (German, Münster 1872–1943 Munich)
ca. 1901
Oak, leather upholstery
H. 37-1/4, W. 19-1/4, D. 23-1/4 inches ((94.6 x 48.9 x 59.1 cm.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florene M. Schoenborn Bequest, by exchange, 1998
Accession Number:
Not on view
Among the earliest objects in this installation, Pankok’s armchair is part of a lady’s sitting-room suite that the designer presented at the 1901 Dresden International Exhibition. A cofounder of the Vereinigten Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk (United Workshops for Arts and Crafts), Pankok designed this chair in the manner of Jugendstil (Style of Youth), a restrained, curvilinear German interpretation of French Art Nouveau popular during the 1890s and early twentieth century. The sensuous, swelling forms and contours make
the armchair appear like a living organism. The combination of warm oak and dark leather enhances its appeal.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions of Twentieth-Century Design and Architecture," June 29–November 14, 1999, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present," June 23, 2009–May 1, 2011.

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