As the week draws to an end, I am happy to share this rather obscure beauty.
Daniel Pabst, designer and maker
American, born Germany,1826-1910
Ebonized cherry, fabric not original
size approx 37x22x19
I would describe this chair as belonging to the Aesthetic Movement. I see hints of the hard, almost machine like qualities that Dresser explored in his more daring design work.
It also vaguely hints at the East, a certain Orientalist mystery to it. I can see it as the pride and joy of some 19th century Turkish Corner. Very fitting for Shabbos.
Daniel Pabst worked pretty exclusively in my favorite city, Philadelphia. Frank Furness made use of his talents. There is wonderful desk, along with several other pieces in the Philadelphia Art Museum, permanent collection.
Unfortunately this great beauty is not on display, the Brooklyn Museum has it listred as not on view. A pity.
I look forward to exploring Pabst in more detail but for now this glimpse of this talents.