Pine, carved and sculpted from a single piece decorated with pine cones, bark and more. Signed GF 94.
Around 1900, during the Art Nouveau era, the line between fine art and craft merged. In Gustaf Fjaestad's case the border is barely discernible. In 1898, he married textile artist Maja Hallen. The couple settled in the artist colony "Opstuhage" in Taserud. Prior to Fjaestad´s success with painting, he sculptured "Stabbestolar" from the thickest part of an old pine tree. The time consuming process of carving was performed entirely by hand, with a stick, iron, knife and razor.
This copy appears to be the earliest known example. Previously, a Stabbestolar dated 1898, dedicated to Fjaestad's parents in law, was considerd the earliest known. In 1900 this type of chair was exhibited at the Artists Association Exhibition for the first time and attracted great attention. Most famous is probably the furniture which Ernst Thiel ordered to his gallery in 1908 and which is still exhibited at the Thielska Museum, Djurgården in Stockholm.
Produced by Gustaf Fjaestad.