This is a stunning and rare pair of antique high backed Dutch walnut and floral marquetry dining chairs, typical of the very best late 19th Century Dutch furniture.
The chairs have been skillfully crafted from walnut, and bear profuse floral and foliate marquetry inlaid decoration.
They have refined shaped drop-in seats and are raised on gently curving elegant cabriole legs terminating in attractive claw and ball feet.
The chairs have been French polished and the seats have been just reupholstered in a sumptuous golden damask fabric which brings out the splendour of this wonderful pair.
Add a touch of unparalleled grandeur to your room with this stunning pair.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, French polished and reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 113 x Width 52 x Depth 53
Height 50 – Seat height
Dimensions in inches:
Height 44.5 x Width 20.5 x Depth 20.9
Height 19.7 – Seat height
The Walnut woods are probably the most recognisable and popular of all the exotic woods, having been used in furniture making for many centuries. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.
The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian “Cosmati”-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the “hardstones” used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.
Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
Our reference: 09775c