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    Sale 7631

    Important European Furniture & Sculpture

    4 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 87

    A SET OF FOUR RUSSIAN PARCEL-GILT AND BRONZED MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS

    CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR RUSSIAN PARCEL-GILT AND BRONZED MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS
    CIRCA 1820
    Each with a rectangular padded back and drop-in seat covered in close-nailed patterned green horse hair, the stiff-leaf carved tablet above shaped arms with winged female monopodiae supports issuing scrolling foliage and terminating on paw feet, each with ink stamp 'GT' beneath a crown, inscribed 'G' and numbered '34'
    46½ in. (93 cm.) high; 24½ in. (62 cm.) wide; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) deep (4)


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    The superb rinceau and scrolling foliate carving decorating of these well-proportioned Empire fauteuils are characteristic of St. Petersburg chair-making of the early 19th century. They are related to seat furniture designed for the refurbishment of Pavlovsk after a fire in 1803 had destroyed much of the original decoration. Two spectacular armchairs at Pavlovsk, designed by Andrei Voronikhin (1759-1814) and made in 1804 for the Greek Hall and Maria Feodorovna's boudoir respectively, are similarly decorated with bronzed mahogany eagle-headed monopodiae front legs and the carving to the back panels shows a related pierced scrolling foliate-carved field (see E. Ducamp, ed., Pavlovsk - The Collections, Paris 1993, p. 111, ill. 24, 25).

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, 10 June 1994, lot 207.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (LOTS 85 - 87)