Story: Furniture

Exhibiting art furniture

Exhibiting art furniture

Johann Levien, a German, arrived in Wellington in the early 1840s and soon gained a reputation as a gifted cabinetmaker. He was particularly interested in using native timbers to make art furniture. In 1843 Levien emigrated to London with a consignment of tōtara and other wood and established a successful workshop. In 1851 he showed several pieces in the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace, including this chair and console table made from New Zealand timber.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0164-07/08
Engraving by Johann M. Levien

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How to cite this page:

William Cottrell, 'Furniture - Early New Zealand furniture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/37458/exhibiting-art-furniture (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by William Cottrell, published 5 Sep 2013