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Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century

Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century
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  • Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century
  • Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century
  • Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century
  • Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century
  • Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century
  • Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century
  • Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century
  • Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century
  • Antique Pair Napoleon III Style Mahogany & Giltwood Armchairs late 20th Century
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Price: £1,600.00
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This is a beautiful antique pair of Napoleon III style mahogany and giltwood Empire Revival arm chairs, late 20th century in date.   

The mahogany is beautiful in colour and has been embellished with striking gilded high-lights, the seats have been beautifully upholstered in a striking golden silky fabric and the chairs are raised on turned, reeded and tapering front legs, with sabre legs to the rear.

Add an elegant touch to your home with this exceptional pair of armchairs.

 

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 99 x Width 66 x Depth 60

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 3 inches x Width 2 feet, 2 inches x Depth 2 feet

Mahogany 
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect. 

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.

 

Empire style
is an early-19th-century design movement in architecturefurniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts followed in Europe and America until around 1830.

The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire, where it was intended to idealize Napoleon's leadership and the French state. The style corresponds to the Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Federal style in the United States and to the Regency style in Britain. The previous style was called Louis 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 as mahogany and ebony, 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.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 08765

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