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Russian Empire "Swan" Dining Chair Suite

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Complete sets of Biedermeier furniture are incredibly scarce

Key Features

  • A beautiful eight-piece Biedermeier dining chair suite of exceptional quality
  • Complete Biedermeier sets such as this are incredibly scarce
  • The fact this suite is crafted of mahogany makes it even more rare and desirable
  • Circa 1840
  • 19" wide x 19" deep x 39 3/8" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    19" Inches
  • Height:
    39 3/8" Inches
  • Depth:
    19" Inches
  • Period:
    Empire
  • Origin:
    Other
Large and meticulously preserved suites of Russian Empire dining chairs are incredibly scarce, and are some of the most sought-after furnishings. This particular suite comprises six side chairs and two arm chairs crafted of luxurious mahogany. Imaginative and elegant, the striking chairs feature an open-back design in the form of carved gilded and polychromed swans. Sweeping sabre legs and lion monopodia, or paw feet, evoke the boldness and refinement for which Russian Empire furnishings are famed.  

The Empire style is largely considering the finest in the history of Russian furniture making. Spanning a decade at the start of the nineteenth century, this period saw a refinement in style that shifted away from the heavy gilt ornamentation of the previous century. The furniture of the period boasted sleek lines, natural wood forms and tasteful ornamentation, with a special charm imparted by a repertoire of motifs including swans, military accoutrements, lions, lyres, sphinxes and cornucopias. With its striking impact and bold design, this dining suite epitomizes this elegant Russian style.

Similar chairs can be found in the collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and Pavlovsk Palace.

  Circa 1805

19" wide x 19" deep x 39 3/8" high

Reference:
Russian Furniture: The Golden Age 1780-1840, 1988, A. Cheneviere

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