Ungewöhnlicher Empire -Armlehnstuhl mit Sirenen-Dekor, Frankreich, frühes 19. Jh.
An Empire painted and giltwood bergere or armchair in the manner of Jacob Frères. The rails and uprights are mostly of rectangular section, the back legs slightly raked, the front seat rail is bowed, the front legs are round leading up to the arm supports that are carved as Egyptian sirens with a scaled body which is gessoed and gilded. The front of the arms are rounded and sit above the sirens head, almost like a circular drum known from similar designs. The frame of the back is rectangular, the whole upholstered with pale bluish grey Mark Alexander fabric, including the paneled sides, back and the separate cushion of the seat. In Greek mythology, the Sirens were creatures, either believed to combine women and birds or women and fishes, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices. Odysseus escaped them as he had ordered all of his sailors to plug their ears with beeswax and tie him to the mast. They had to leave him tied tightly to the mast, no matter how much he would beg. The chair prominently features giltwood sirens as arm supports whilst appearing restrained in design due to its pale colors. Comparative Literature: Denise LeDoux-Lebard: Les Ébènistes du XIXième siècle, Paris 1984, p. 269.
|PERIODE/OF THE PERIOD:||Frankreich, Empire, frühes 19. Jh. / France, Empire, early 19th ct.|
|MATERIAL/MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES:||Holz farbig und goldfarben gefaßt, neue Polsterung mit MARK ALEXANDER Leinenstoff / painted Beech, Giltwood, new Upholstery with MARK ALEXANDER linen fabric|
|ZUSTAND/CONDITION:||Exzellent. Sehr schöne Alterspatina, Vergoldung aufgefrischt, neue Polsterung /Excellent. Beautifully aged patina, refreshed on the gilded surface, newly upholstered|
92 cm (36.22 in.)/
47 cm (18.5 in. )
|65 cm (25.59 in. )|
|TIEFE/DEPTH:||67 cm (26.38 in. )|