Thomas Deprez Fine Arts

Victor Horta (Ghent 1861-1947 Brussels) for Philippe Wolfers (Brussels, 1858-1929)
Original and complete set from the 'Magasin Wolfers', circa 1910
Including two armchairs and a stool
Cuban mahogany with original upholstery in 'crin rouge' fabric and braid
H 96 x W 48 x D 52.5 cm (armchairs), H 57 x W 46.5 x D 46.5 cm (stool)
One of an estimated four sets produced by Frederick Sage & Company, London, and displayed in the shop of Wolfers Frères, 11-13 Rue d’Arenberg in Brussels
Provenance: the shop of Wolfers Frères in Brussels, until circa 1974; former collection Michel Wittamer, Brussels; private collection, Belgium
Other known versions: An identical armchair and stool are held in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, inv. 160915 & 160916. Two armchairs, with refurbished seats, are held in the collection of the Musée Horta in Brussels
Related documents: the sets can be seen in multiple vintage photographs of the 'Magasins Wolfers', which have been widely published
Literature (amongst others): Hommage de la Maison Wolfers Frères à l’occasion du 75ème anniversaire de sa fondation, Brussels, Editions C.-L. Sips-Catoir, 1925, ill.; Franco Borsi & Paolo Portoghesi, Victor Horta, Brussels, Vokaer, 1970, ill. pl. 304 & 305; Borsi & Portoghesi, Victor Horta, Brussels, Vokaer, 1977, ill. s.p. 'Magasins Wolfers'; Françoise Aubry, The Horta Museum, Saint-Gilles, Brussels, Ludion, 2004, ill. p. 59; Françoise Aubry, Horta ou la passion de l’architecture, Gand, Ludion, 2005, ill. p. 194; Werner Adriaenssens & Raf Steel, De Wolfers dynastie: van art nouveau tot art deco, Antwerpen, Pandora, 2006, ill. p. 162; Michèle Groslar, Victor Horta (1861-1947): L’homme, l’architecte, l’art nouveau, Brussels, Fonds Mercator, 2012, ill. p. 444