Neoclassical chair designed by Nicolai Abildgaard, who designed a number of items of furniture in connection with his renovation of the palace.
‘Klismos’ comes from the Greek klinein, which means ‘bend, lean’. Etymologically it is thus a recliner, though it is probably less comfortable than many modern recliners. This type of chair, with four curved legs and a broad, arched back is known from Greek vase paintings, and these undoubtedly served as a direct inspiration for Abildgaard. The klismos chair is regarded as one of Abildgaard’s most successful items of furniture, and chairs of this type gained a certain popularity following his example.
Dance Scene from Tahiti
Painted by Nicolai Abildgaard, who led the renovation of the palace after the royal assumption of it. An almost identical motif is to be found in the English explorer James Cook’s travel journal, “A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean” from 1768-71, which inspired Abildgaard to paint this dance scene. Motifs from the great voyages of discovery were a popular form of decoration at the end of the 18th Century.