This is an elegant antique French Empire Revival set of six upholstered back mahogany dining chairs,circa 1880 in date.
The mahogany is beautiful in colour with sperb patina.The carved top-rails feature scrolling paterae and anthemion above rectangular padded backs and seats on lotus leaf carved legs and scroll feet.
Add an elegant touch to your next dining experience.
In excellent condition. Asantique items, the pieces show signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs, the chairs display beautifully.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 92 x Width 47 x Depth 49
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 foot x Width 1 foot, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 7 inches
Our reference: A2444b
is an early-19th-centurydesignmovement inarchitecture,furniture, otherdecorative arts, and thevisual artsfollowed in Europe and America until around 1830.
The style originated in and takes its name from the rule ofNapoleon Iin theFirst French Empire, where it was intended to idealize Napoleon's leadership and the French state. The style corresponds to theBiedermeierstyle in the German-speaking lands,Federal stylein the United States and to theRegency stylein Britain. The previous style was calledLouis XVI style, in France.
The Empire style was based on aspects of the Roman Empire. It is the second phase of neoclassicism which is also called "Directoire", after a goverment system.
Furniture typically had symbols and ornaments borrowed from the glorious ancient Greek and Roman empires.
The furniture was made from heavy woods such asmahoganyandebony, imported from the colonies, with dark finishes often with decorative bronze mounts. Marble tops were popular as were Egyptian motifs like sphinxes, griffins, urns and eagles and the Napoleonic symbols, the eagle, the bee, the initials "I" and a large "N."
Gilded bronze (ormolu) details displayed a high level of craftsmanship.
Antiques.co.uk Ref: BWBJ96MGT
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