MUNTHE, Gerhard
(b. 1849, Skanshagen at Elverum, d. 1929, Baerum)

Armchair from the "Fairy-tale Room"

Carved and painted pine, 109 x 61 x 67 cm
Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo

Although Gerhard Munthe (1849-1929) is probably best known as a painter, his most original contributions were in the areas of design and interior decoration.

His largest works in these areas include King Håkon's Hall in Bergen (1910-15; destroyed 1944) and the Fairy-tale Room at the Holmenkollen Tourist Hotel (1896; destroyed 1914). In addition to the wall ornamentation, he also designed furniture, doors and other fixtures for these venues. In doing so, these works became part of the country's first Gesamtkunstwerk.

The armchair from the Holmenkollen Tourist Hotel was designed by Gerhard Munthe and manufactured by the cabinetmaker and wood-carver Johan Borgersen (1863-1930).

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