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    Sale 2172

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Tapestries and Oriental Carpets

    9 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 212

    A PAIR OF DIRECTOIRE FRUITWOOD AND EBONIZED ARMCHAIRS

    POSSIBLY GERMAN, CIRCA 1795

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF DIRECTOIRE FRUITWOOD AND EBONIZED ARMCHAIRS
    POSSIBLY GERMAN, CIRCA 1795
    Each with a scrolled crest, on leaf-carved x-form supports, covered in white muslin, undersides inscribed in black ink '5' and '6' to one and '11' and '12' to the other (2)


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    These finely-sculpted fauteuils supported by curule-form bases, reflect the 'antique' influence of the excavations at Pompeii and Herculeneum, as well as Napoleon's Egyptian campaigns of 1798 as popularized by Baron Vivant-Denon in his Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte published in 1802. This new vocabulary of ornament was swiftly adopted by ornemanistes such as Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine, architects and designers to Napoleon I. A drawing for a very similar chair by Charles Percier (reproduced here), which was intended as a model for Georges Jacob, is reproduced in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Français du XIXe Siècle 1795-1889, Paris, 1989, p. 283 and 331.
    A set of four chairs of the same model but in mahogany was sold from the Segoura Collection, Christie's, New York, 19 October 2006, lot 204. ($70,000 excluding premium)

    Saleroom Notice

    The description of these chairs incorrectly states they are upholstered in pale blue cotton and velvet. They are currently upholstered in white muslin as shown in the catalogue illustration.