Ephraim Ståhl by Tom Ford
by Liza Laserow
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When the past meets the present old always become new – just like in this picture where a fantastic gilded chair gives the contemporary interior the edge it needs. The royal chair maker Ephraim Stahl lived in Stockholm and created masterpieces for the Swedish castle during his career 1794-1820. In the early 1800 he was asked to make all the pieces for seating in the Swedish king Karl XIV’s castle Rosenberg. He was highly known for his elegant symbols inspired from the excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Ancient Roman cities that not only inspired the chairmaker but the whole of Europe during the second half of the 18th Century. Ephraim Stahl preferred gilded finishes with patinated green details. The green was used to imitate the oxidized copper looking like it was just excavated from Italy.