This is a wonderful and rare antique harlequin set of twelve high backed Dutch walnut and floral marquetry dining chairs, Circa 1780 in date.
The set comprised ten side chairs and two armchairs that have been skillfully crafted from walnut and bear profuse floral marquetry inlaid decoration. They are typical of the very best period Dutch marquetry furniture.
The majestic chairs are inlaid with stunning armorial crests, the craftsmen did everything to make the chairs stand out, and they are smothered in floral and foliate marquetry decoration with bouquets, urns and butterflies which add an extra touch of elegance and finesse to these sumptuous chairs.
The luxurious shaped drop-in seats have just upholstered in a beautiful cream fabric and the chairs are raised on elegant gently curving cabriole legs that terminate in claw and ball feet.
Transform the fine dining experience in your home with this set of dining chairs fit for a king.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, French polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 112 x Width 52 x Depth 54 – Chairs
Height 113 x Width 55 x Depth 57 – Armchairs
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 foot, 8 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches – Chairs
Height 3 foot, 8 inches x Width 1 foot, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches – Armchairs
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: A2620a