Sunday, March 9, 2008

18th Century Armchair inspired by Antiquity


Armchair inspired by Antiquity, with a high, semi-circular back in mahogany and mahogany veneer. The armrests are supported by two winged sphinxes and rest on a rectangular base ending in wheels.
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Period: End of the 18th century Origin: Former Jean Bloch collection, sale in Paris at the Palais Galliera, 13 June 1961, Lot 108. Bibliography: An armchair of the same model can be seen in the painting by David entitled “Lictors Bringing Back to Brutus the Bodies of his Sons”. Exhibition: This armchair was part of the exhibition on “French Chairs”, held in June-July 1947, n° 186.
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Height: 4 feet 2 3/8 inches Width: 2 feet 2 inches Depth: 22 7/8 inches
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PROVENANCE: Private collection (SDK)