A super pair of highly decorative early 20th century French mahogany upholstered armchairs in the Empire style.
Each armchair consists of a high back, the top rail with applied Classical ormolu mount to the centre with anthemion mounts to either side and below with upholstered back rest, seat and cushion.
The mahogany arms with shaped mahogany and ormolu swan head arm supports leading down to the seat rail of bow form, with applied ormolu mounts.
The armchairs are supported on tapered legs to the front terminating with ormolu paw feet, with outswept legs to the back.
This pair of armchairs are of ‘Empire’ style, the French Empire period was between 1800 – 1815, the furniture tending to be of larger proportions and with many decorative embellishments. The influences at this time particularly taken from ancient Rome and the Neoclassical styles.
The swan, a symbol of love and fidelity, was adopted as a symbol by Napoleon’s wife Josephine, and was used in many pieces of furniture of this period.
This pair of armchairs are in very good condition for age, upholstered in a neutral linen fabric in very good condition, they are of stable construction and can go straight into a home.
Height: 39.5’’ / 100.25cm
Width: 25.25’’ / 64cm
Depth: 22’’ / 56cm
Seat height: 20’’ / 50.75cm