George Hunzinger Sofa With “Opera Singer” Arms
George Hunzinger furniture hasn’t graced the pages of Rare Victorian for a while, so I thought I’d alert Hunzinger fans to the sofa that is currently seeing very active bidding on Ebay. With 2 days to go, it has seen 20 bids and is standing at $5,500 – very close to the $5,750 that one of these sofas sold for at Neal Auction last year. I prefer the Neal Auction version with the gilt-incising and ebonized accents.
We’ve recently been talking about the carved female arms on furniture of this period and this Hunzinger sofa is another example. I still plan to get to another post exploring other options for who this carving is meant to depict (and give out the book I promised to give away). The Jenny Lind theory is still pervasive as is evidenced by the listing on this particular sofa: “I have been told that the woman’s face carved in the center and on the arm ends was a famous opra singer from the 1800’s”.
More info and bidding can be found at the listing.