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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 464

    A SET OF SIX SWISS CHERRYWOOD AND WALNUT DINING-CHAIRS

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SET OF SIX SWISS CHERRYWOOD AND WALNUT DINING-CHAIRS
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    With pierced palmette splat, the seat upholstered in gros point tapestry (6)


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    The clean and simple lines of the scrolled crest-rail, the pierced palmette ornament, the scroll-carved back splat and the square tapering legs - also called à l'étrusque - is reminiscent of the French Directoire style of the late 18th century. This angular and severe transitional style inspired by the Greco-Roman taste was particulary appreciated in the French part of Switzerland, probably not only because of France's political and cultural domination, but also because of the circulation in Europe of the design drawings entitled Collection des Meubles et Objets de Goût published in Paris from 1796 to 1830 by Pierre Antoine Leboux de la Mésangère (1761-1831).
    The Swiss interpretation of this style stands out for its comfort, the attractiveness of line, the simplicity of ornament, the use of cherry wood or walnut instead of preciuos wood like mahogany and the lack of fashionable upholstery.

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