(bc. 1580; d 1652). German cabinetmaker, active in Augsburg, where he was employed by Philipp Hainhofer (1578-1647). Baumgartner's finest work, the carving of the ebony cabinet known as the Pommeranian Cabinet, is largely destroyed (1611-15; fragments in Berlin, Tiergarten, Kstgewmus.). His surviving work includes the carving of an ebony cabinet (1625-31; Uppsala, U. Kstsaml.) presented to Duke Ferdinando II of Tuscany (1619-26, Pitti Palace, Florence) and the carving of the ebony cabinet designed by Hainhofer for presentation by the town of Augsburg to Gustav II Adolf of Sweden (reg 1611-32).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.