Chair Maker: Erik Öhrmark – EÖM

by Liza Laserow

The Famous Sulla Chair made by Erik Öhrmark for Gustav III’s pavilion 1791 at Haga Castle

A pair of stools signed EÖM from Laserow Antiques

 

Signature EÖM often carved in under the frieze

Erik Öhrmark was a chair maker in Stockholm, Sweden born 1748 and died 1813. From the late Rococo,period, through the Gustavian period, 1775-1800 till the early Empire Period he produced many among the periods finest chairs. Pieces made during the early part of his career was very much influenced by the Dutch and English kind, while his furniture from the high Gustavian, Gustavian and Empire are known for their impeccable balance in proportions. The carvings are of highest quality with a graceful touch but still made for a practical use.

 

Erik Öhrmark was hired by the Swedish royal family to produce furniture for their castles and manor houses together with celebrity furniture architects Jean Babtiste Masreliez and Louis Masreliez. Louise Masreliez made drawings for Erik Öhrmark who made the furniture and for more difficult carvings, he used Pehr Ljung, a highly skilled carving master. The most famous chair is the “Sulla” Chair he made for Gustav III in 1791 for The Haga Pavilion that is one of the finest examples of the European Neo-Classicism of the late 1700s in Northern Europe. During 1790’s Erik Öhrmark was inspired by English furniture making. He created a chair made in mahogany,  called a “powder chair” that could spin and was adjustable in height. To manage the technique he was assisted by Mr Peter Strand who was a clock maker.

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