Rare mid-19th century “Vierlander” armchair, Prussia 1850, with owner’s name “Hinrich Eggers”, constructed of inlaid fruitwoods and walnut, with turned bone finials, the central back panel inlaid with flowering urn and dated “Anno 1850”, over turned spindle supports, over original rush seat on turned and chamfered legs joined by double row of stretchers, the whole with pleasing color and mellow surface.
According to Florence de Dampierre in her book “Chairs.”
“These typically German chairs originated in Prussia, which, in the 18th and 19th centuries, was a rich agricultural area. Vierlander chairs, made by Provincial carpenters, are characterized by their intricate inlay of local woods”.
Most often made to commemorate a birth or marriage, it would take a further genealogy examination of the Eggers family to determine which was the case with this particular chair.