Large Vintage Pine Arm Chair From The Studio Of Cornish Artist Sven Berlin

$1,283.26

Large Vintage Pine Arm Chair From The Studio Of Cornish Artist Sven Berlin


Provenance relating to chair is shown is in the photo as printed and shared in a few of the photos in this listing



Sven Berlin (1911–1999)

Sculptor, painter, draughtsman and writer who led a bohemian, often controversial life. Born in London of an English mother and Swedish father, Berlin was apprenticed as a mechanical engineer, in 1928 enrolled at Beckenham School of Art, but decided instead to pursue a career as an adagio dancer in music-halls. In 1934 and 1938 pursued art studies at Camborne-Redruth Schools of Art in Cornwall as well as other subjects such as poetry, philosophy and comparative religion. Had first one-man show at Camborne Community Centre in 1939, by which time he had begun sculpting. Although a conscientious objector at outset of World War II, he eventually joined the Army. Settled in St Ives, and was co-founder of Crypt Group in 1946 and a founder-member of Penwith Society in 1949, the year his book Alfred Wallis, Primitive, was published.




Other books included The Dark Monarch: A Portrait from Within, about St Ives and its inhabitants; it led to several libel actions. His autobiography A Coat of Many Colours, 1994, contains chapters on fellow-artists in St Ives; second volume, Virgo in Exile, appeared in 1996. After a few moves, partly by horse and gypsy waggon, Berlin eventually settled at Wimborne, Dorset. He was a regular exhibitor of work sometimes extremely strong, sometimes of variable quality. A notable show was at Belgrave Gallery, 1989. Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Gallery, National Library of Scotland and other British and foreign collections hold his work. Sven Berlin’s daughter Greta Berlin was a sculptor and her daughter the artist Zennor Witney.




This is a unique, very large chair which would look great in a studio. A chair to sit and ponder in


This wonderful 'one of a kind' chair measures approx 127cm high x 56cm wide and seat height is approx 46cm


Will be sent via private courier to mainland UK only

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