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French Giltwood Arm Chairs

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This opulent pair of French giltwood chairs exemplifies the majestic Empire style

Key Features

  • These grand French giltwood chairs are outstanding examples of the bold Empire style
  • Exceptional carved griffon arms and glowing gilding distinguish these majestic seats
  • Circa 1840
  • 28 1/4" wide x 32" deep x 36 5/8" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    28 1/4 Inches
  • Height:
    36 5/8 Inches
  • Depth:
    32 Inches
  • Period:
  • Origin:
This magnificent pair of French giltwood armchairs is crafted in the manner of the Maison Jeanselme, the firm that created similar armchairs commissioned by Napoleon for General Jean-André Masséna, one of the greatest generals under the emperor's command. From the meticulously hand-carved winged griffons and lion paw feet, to the graceful lines and bold proportions, these chairs are incredible examples of the luxurious and regal Empire style. Chairs of this caliber are rarities on the market. To find an original pair in such incredible condition and workmanship is exceptional.

When Napoleon Bonaparte became Emperor of France in 1804, a new period in decorative arts was ushered in to convey the majestic grandeur that Napoleon felt fitting to honor his glory, and the Empire style was born. The last of the great French styles that widely influenced furniture design throughout the world, the Empire style was informed by the classical vocabulary of great ancient empires. The classical world of the Greeks and Romans had already long held the fascination of architects and designers throughout Europe by the time Napoleon came to rule France, but Napoleon was able to use symbols from antiquity in a way that would be relevant to his time and place-namely, to promote his Empire and link the regime to powerful ancient cultures.

Circa 1840

28 1/4" wide x 32" deep x 36 5/8" high

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