Bernhard Pankok (German, Münster 1872–1943 Munich)
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.)
Purchase, Florene M. Schoenborn Bequest, by exchange, 1998
Not on view
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.
Jane Adlin in "Recent Acquisitions. A Selection: 1997–1998." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 56 (Fall 1998), p. 61, ill. (color).