Empire style ormolu mounted malachite side chair

£12,000

This imposing side chair, crafted from malachite and ormolu, is a superb example of the Empire style, complete with artistic references to both Ancient Rome and Egypt.

 

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Description

This fine side chair is crafted from ormolu and malachite in the distinctive Empire style. The chair features front legs wrought from ormolu and modelled after winged sphinxes—a motif popular in Empire style art and design—with each leg terminating in a paw foot. The chunky rear legs are crafted from malachite, as is the seat rail—which is mounted with ormolu stars and other emblems. The seat cushion is finished with cream upholstery, while the backrest features a malachite frame flanked by twin ormolu foliate columns. The malachite backrest is mounted with classicising ormolu motifs, including profile busts, winged goddesses, and stylised vases. The centre of the backrest features ormolu crossed arrows centred with an Apollo mask within a laurel wreath.

Details

Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
20th Century
Period
20th Century
Style
Empire, Neoclassical
Material
Malachite, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Colour
Gold, Green

Dimensions

Height
87 cm / 34.3 inches
Width
42 cm / 16.5 inches
Depth
45 cm / 17.7 inches

Reference:
8696a

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