Furniture and woodwork

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Introduction to the domain of the collection 

The Basel Historical Museum has approximately 1'500 pieces of furniture. About one third of the total stock is permanently exhibited. Generally the furniture of the 15th century to the early 18th century can be found in the Barfüsserkirche, while the furniture of the period after about 1720 is set out in the Haus zum Kirschgarten.

The Late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods are represented in the Museum by a range of chests, cupboards, tables, sideboards and beds of international importance. Certain pieces of furniture have particular weight from the point of view not only of typology and craftsmanship but also of provenance. The churches and monasteries, the town councils, guilds and wealthy citizens that formerly commissioned or owned them are known.

Several pieces of furniture are associated with famous personalities such as Erasmus of Rotterdam, Basilius Amerbach or Jacob Burckhardt. The largest part of the collection consists of everyday bourgeois furniture of the 18th and 19th century. The emphasis has been placed on furniture from Basel; however, it has not been limited to objects produced in Basel, but extends to furniture used in Basel, and thus to pieces imported from Paris in the 18th century and Milan and Mainz in the 19th century.

The Museum's holdings of furniture as a whole may be divided into two large groups: the general collection, which has about 600 pieces of furniture of all typological categories, and the special collection of 800 chairs. The latter includes the collection of chairs from the former Museum of Applied Arts, which dates up to very recent times.

The furniture collection is complemented by that of fixtures such as panels and portals, and also by architectural elements made of wood. This testimony to the art of joinery, usually originating from houses that have been torn down, has been built into the Museum or has been preserved as fragments to serve as sources for the history of architecture.

Console table and upright mirror

France(?), 1768/82 Carved and gilt limewood, marble top table: height 81.5 cm, width 88.5 cm mirror; height 293 cm Inv. 1934.82.

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The Landammann's chair

1806, Basle Frame: beech carving: limewood(?), gilt height 122 cm, width 83.5 cm, depth 76 cm Inv. 1884.70.

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Cupboard for the treasure of the Basle Münster

Basle, 2nd quarter 15th century Wood carcase, with limewood carvings, iron hinges, tin coated height 356 cm, width 268 cm Inv. 1904.375.

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Bay window from the Domprobstei(residence of the provost) of the Munster, Rittergasse 18

Basle, 2nd half 17th century Oak, height 96 cm, width 72 cm, depth 53 cm Inv. 1886.134.

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Armchair

Basle, ca. 1790 Oak, with Aubusson coverings height 95 cm, width 62.5 cm, depth 63 cm Inv. 1923.320.c.

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Door from the guildhall of the Zunft zu Spinnwettern (building trade workers' guild)

dated 1593 Basle Oak and walnut height 336 cm, width 236 cm Inv. 1879.27

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The Meyer zum Pfeil wardrobe

Basle, ca. 1700 Carcase: pine veneer: walnut height 256 cm, width 230 cm Inv. 1937.20.

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Panelling and sideboard from the Haus zur Isenburg, Martinsgasse 18

dated 1607 Franz Pergo, Basle Oak, walnut, ash, maple wall panelling, height 305 cm; sideboard, height 279cm, width 184 cm, depth 63 cm Inv. 1879.105. Inv. 1914.200.

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Panelled alcove from a house in the Hebelstrasse

Basle, ca. 1750 Oak height 298 cm, width 437 cm Inv. 1903.316.

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Sitting room furniture of Christoph Merian

Mainz(?), before 1855 Chairs: stained walnut, with velvet coverings table: jacaranda, solid and veneered cabinet: mahogany veneered over oak Inv. 1986.123. 127.

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Great sideboard of the Gartnerzunft

(gardeners' and grocers' guild) Matthias Müller, Basle, 1710 Carcase: softwood veneer: walnut height 344 cm, width 230 cm, depth 72.5 cm Inv. 1901.54.

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The Erasmus chest

dated 1539 Jakob Steiner(?), Basle Carcase: limewood; veneer and carving Hungarian ash, walnut height 113 cm, width 197 cm, depth 69 cm Inv. 1870.911.

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Marriage chest

Zurich(?), ca. 1490 Oak carcase and carving height 57 cm, width 177 cm, depth 64 cm Inv.1870.505.

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Part of a window casement, from the Segerhof, Blumenrain 17/19

Basle, ca. 1790 Oak, partially gilded, later painted grey height 229 cm, width 710 cm Inv. 1990.480.

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Small encoignure (corner cabinet)

one of a pair Paris, ca. 1750 Carcase: oak veneers: jacaranda, mahogany and other woods gilt bronze mounts marble top height 91 cm, width 86 cm, depth 55.5 cm Inv. 1923.95.

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Cupboard

dated 1751 Joseph Labhardt, Constance Carcase: softwood veneer and carving: walnut height 234 cm, width 210 cm, depth 87 cm Inv. 1986.217.

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Jacob Burckhardt's desk

Basle, about 1850 Softwood, oilcloth height 73.5 cm, width 140 cm, depth 96 cm (top, in two parts, 56 cm high, 107 cm wide, 29 cm deep) Inv. 1990.497.

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Panelling of the Rose Boudoir from the Haus zum Kirschgarten, Elisabethenstrasse 27

dated 1780; Painted by Matthias Klotz, Basle Painted oak height 365 cm Inv. 1923.303.

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Dinner table

France(?), ca. 1780 Walnut and oak, with brass rollers height 75 cm, diameter 147 cm Inv. 1925.55.

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The Wettstein bed

France(?), 2nd half 16th century, with alterations made about 1650 Solid walnut height 157 cm, length 299 cm, width 162.5 cm Inv. 1873.17.

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Wainscotting from the Haus zum Cardinalshut, Freie Strasse 36

Basle, ca. 1500 Pinewood, height on wall 302 cm Inv. 1893.93.

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Bed from the Basle Charterhouse

Basle, 1510 or 1512 Carcase: oak, beech carving: pinewood, limewood height 291.5 cm, width 194 cm, length 241 cm Inv. 1906.3504.

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Cabinet

Basle, ca. 1593 Carcase: oak, walnut veneer: oak, walnut, ash, maple height 254 cm, width 225 cm, depth 109 cm Inv. 1882.187.

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Dropfront cabinet of Andreas Ryff: detail of the marquetry on the inside of the dropfront

dated 1592 Basle Walnut and various woods, some stained and smoked height of panel 49.5 cm, width 70.3 cm Inv. 1906.1120.a.

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Dresser

Johann Gottfried Leuchte(?), Dresden, ca. 1750 Carcase: oak and pine; veneer: rosewood gilt bronze mounts height 220 cm, width 124.5 cm, depth 66 cm Inv. 1974.133.

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Vier Stühle mit Polstersitzfläche, geohrter Rückenlehne mit drei flachen Pfeilern als Vertikalstreben

Basel, 2. Viertel 19. Jh. Nussbaumholz teilweise geschwärzt, Stoffbezug auf Polsterfläche H. 87,5 cm, B. 48 cm, T. 45,5 cm H. 45,5 cm (Sitzhöhe) Inv. 2004.161.1.-4.

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Zwei Stabellen mit beidseitig

Basel, um 1700 Nussbaumholz, geschnitzt H. 96,8/97,2 cm B. 46,5 cm T. 54 /50 cm Inv. 2005.7.1.-2.

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Basler Aufsatzschrank

Basel, Mitte 18. Jh. Nussbaumfurnier auf Tanne, Marketeriehölzer Nussbaummaser und Birkenmaser (?) Messingbeschläge, originale Schlösser und Schlüssel aus Eisen Reste einer originalen Papierauskleidung H. 216 cm, B. 109,5 cm, T. 61,5 cm (gesamt) Inv. 2006.4.

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Basler Flachbarockschrank genannt der «Socinschrank»

Basel, 1. Viertel 18. Jh. Nussbaumfurnier, Ahorn und Zwetschge auf Tannenholz; Langbänder; Schnappschliesse und Schloss aus Eisen; Schlüsselschilder aus Messing, durchbrochen gearbeitet und mit gebläutem Eisen hinterlegt; Schlüssel fehlt; Innenauskleidung mit Kleisterpapier H. 228 cm, B. 213 cm, T. 72 cm Inv. 2006.312.

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Kabinettschreibtisch

Basel, um 1730 Hersteller: Johannes Tschudy-Meyer (1672-1736) (Ebenist, Schreiner, Ingenieur) Tanne (Blindholz), Einlagen aus verschiedenen einheimischen und einzelnen exotischen Hölzern in einem Nussbaumfond H. 172,5 cm, B. 133 cm, T. 76 cm Inv. 2007.159.

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Paravent für die Gewerbeausstellung 1901

Basel, um 1901 Hersteller: Maroquinerie mann Holz, komplett mit farbig geprägtem Leder überzogen, Schwarzweiss-Fotos, Glas H. 173 cm; B. 45 cm (zusammengeklappt); T. 6 cm Inv. 2007.388.

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Schubladenschrank aus dem Verkaufsraum der Maroquinerie Kaufmann

Basel, um 1900 Hersteller: Maroquinerie mann Fichte, Karton, Leder mit Goldprägedruck, Stoff H. 119,5 cm, B. 78 cm, T. 46,5 cm Inv. 2007.389.

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Schreibtisch, entworfen von Wilhelm Brodtbeck-Buess

Basel, um 1900-1910 Entwerfer: Wilhelm Brodtbeck (1873-1957) Nussbaummaser und Nussbaumwurzelmaser auf verschiedenen Konstruktionshölzern furniert, Messing H. 76 cm, B. 146, 5 cm, T. 86 cm Inv. 2007.413.

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Bank aus dem alten Ehegerichtssaal des Basler Rathauses

Basel, um 1600 Künstler: wohl Mathis Giger II. Eiche und Nadelholz (Sitzfläche), geschnitzt und punziert L. 230 cm, T. 56 cm, H. 92 cm Inv. 2008.173.

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Rocking cradle

Basel, ca. 1680–1700 Walnut veneer on softwood Solid walnut (carving) H 78 cm, L 108 cm, W 83 cm Inv. 1887.80.

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Council table

Johann Christian Frisch, Basel, 1675 Solid walnut with inlaid mother-of-pearl, ivory, ebony and pewter H 85 x W 116 x L 184 cm (348 cm when pulled out) Inv. 1894.490.

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Cabinet

Franz Pergo, Basel, dated 1619 Walnut H 241 x W 170 x D 68 cm Inv. 1905.276. Museum Faesch

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Basilius Amerbach’s coin cabinet

Basel, ca. 1578 Walnut, oak, maple, pear, linden wood, solid and veneered, in places onto softwood H 45.9 cm, W 73.3 cm, D 55.6 cm Inv. 1908.16.

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Reiseklistierstuhl

Herstellungsort unbekannt, Anfang 19. Jh. Nussbaum, Leder, Messing, Zinn H. 11 cm, B. 22,5 cm, T. 44 cm (zusammengelegt) H. 42 cm, B. 23 cm, T. 44,5 cm (aufgestellt) Inv. 1923.437.

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Gestellhängewiege

Firma Gebrüder Thonet Wien, um 1900 Buche (Bugholz) H. 187 cm, L. 128,5 cm, B. 58 cm Inv.Nr. 1997.222.

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Kinder-Hochstuhl

Basel, Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts Eschen- und Buchenholz teils gedrechselt (Bambus imitierend) H. 98 cm, B. 51,5 cm T. 54,8 cm H. 56,5 cm, B. 51,5 cm, T. 88,5 cm (heruntergeklappt auf Rädern) Inv.Nr. 1979.189.

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Preziosenkästchen mit Inhalt

Süddeutschland (Augsburg?), um 1600 Ebenholz (Furnier), Bein Profilhölzer: geschwärztes Birnbaum Konstruktionsholz: Eiche, Nussbaum, Nadelholz Beschläge und Griff: feuervergoldete Kupferlegierung Schloss: Eisen H. 15,8 cm, B. 15,3 cm, T. 10,9 cm Inv. 1882.94.

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Augsburger Ebenholzschränkchen mit Elfenbeineinlagen, 17. Jh.

Augsburg, 17. Jh. Ebenholz, Elfenbein, Messing H. 21,5 cm, B. 27 cm, T. 15,5 cm Inv. 1946.441.

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Schrank mit Architekturgliederung

Basel (?), Mitte 17. Jh. Nussbaum furniert auf Tanne, geschreinert, gedrechselt, geschnitzt B. 233,5 cm, H. 239,5 cm; T. 72,5 cm (Maximalmasse); B. 64 cm; B. 63,5 cm (Türflügel); H. 162,5 cm Inv. 1996.258.

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Wiege

Basel, 1. Hälfte Inv. 19. Jh. Donator: Dr. Dieter und Christine Burckhardt-Hofer Nussbaumholz massiv, Einlagebretter im Boden gebeiztes Nadelholz H. 181,3 cm (inklusive Schwanenhals); B. 121,1 cm; T. 56,1- 56,3 cm (am Wiegenkorb oben) 2001.315.

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Nachtstuhl "Thonet"

Wien, um 1890 Gebrüder Thonet, Frankenberg / Eder Kupfer (Kübel); Holz, gebogen, verschraubt H. 87 cm, B. 59,5 cm, T. 48,5 cm Inv. 2002.357.

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Faltstuhl ("Sedia Savonarola")

Herstellungsort unbekannt, um Inv. 1900 Nussbaum oder Kastanie, braun lasiert H. 109 cm, B. 82,5 cm, T. 64 cm Inv. 2011.685.

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