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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 104

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS

    SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS
    SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Each with scrolled top-rail with central frieze carved with a shell and coral-filled tazza flanked to each side by a hippocampus, above a padded backrest and sprung seat upholstered in highlighted cream silk damask, above a stiff-leaf carved seat-rail, the rope-twist arms terminating in seahorse monopodia running down to scroll feet, joined by an acanthus-carved pierced side-rail terminating in outswept bulbous scroll back legs, one inscribed M S to the reverse of each seat-rail (2)


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    These 'fantastical' armchairs are early examples of a whimsical, exotic and frivolous style of decorative art that blossomed in the nineteenth century. Their Grecian-scrolled gilt frames, elaborately carved with shells and seahorses, recall the luxuriant late-Empire designs of Jacob Petit's Collection de Dessins d'Ornament, and anticipate the late 19th century fashion for Venetian 'Grotto furniture'.

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