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A Rare Pair of Consulat Walnut Curule Side Chairs

A Rare Pair of Consulat Walnut Curule Side Chairs

Of curule shape. The design of these chairs after an Antique 'folding stool' was derived from the Roman consular curule. The rediscovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the earlier part of the 18th century led cabinetmakers to create archaeologically-inspired forms such as this form of chair. This curule form in particular was reinvented by the architects Charles Percier (d.1838), and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine (d.1853) in their Recueil de décorations intérieures, 1801 where similar designs were published (see D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Français du XIX Siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 283). A related mahogany version, attributed to the celebrated ébéniste François-Honoré-Georges Jacob Desmalter (d.1814), for whom Percier executed the design, is also illustrated by D. Ledoux-Lebard (ibid. p.283).

Early 19th Century

31 1/4in high, 21in. wide and 31 1/2in. deep overall

Status: Available

Inv Number: #1166

Price: 11,000.00

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