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Armchair (Louis XVI Revival style)

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Ebonized blue beech, gilt bronze, original Aubusson tapestry upholstery (wool, linen warp)
  • Place Manufactured: New York, United States
  • DATES 1869
    DIMENSIONS 38 3/8 x 25 1/8 x 22 1/8 in. (97.5 x 63.8 x 56.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Unmarked
    CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Armchair, ebonized blue beech with gilt-bronze mounts in American Louis XVI style; seat and back upholstered in Aubusson tapestry. ARMCHAIR: Slightly bowed rectangular seat supported by four turned tapering legs, fluted and decorated with gilt-metal mounts. Above the fluting, a gilt-metal collar with leaf decoration is followed by turned discs which join the seat rail. The front legs terminate with a beaded disc and casters below. Gilt-metal rosettes are applied to block corners of seat rail, both front and sides, with larger rosettes at rear. Lower edge of seat rail is decorated with an applied gilt-metal strip embossed with leaf forms; upper edge has applied gilt-metal beading. Frame of chair back is rectangular with a shadow arch at the crest rail and gilt metal beading applied in a middle flute around the back. A gilt-metal mount is applied at the top of each stile on the crest rail. The arms sweep down from the crest rail to padded armrests. A gilt-metal acanthus leaf decorates the juncture to the seat rail which on the outer edge terminates in a scroll. UPHOLSTERY: Seat and back upholstered with persimmon ground Aubusson tapestry; symmetrical rococo cartouches in shades of gray and beige contain floral clusters and swags in shades of pink, green, and white; arm pads have sprigs and flowers. CONDITION: generally good, upholstery very soiled and split in several areas over the seat. All gilt-metal mounts are in place; some have darkened. On proper left seat back just below crest rail, about 2" of side edge and 7/8" of top edge are missing. About 1 1/2" of beading is missing from proper right front of seat back just below arm joint. 10/20/1989: Katherine (Kasey) Grier of the Strong Museum in Rochester, NY, said that the gimp on this chair is a replacement.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Léon Alexandre Marcott (French, 1824–1887). Armchair (Louis XVI Revival style), 1869. Ebonized blue beech, gilt bronze, original Aubusson tapestry upholstery (wool, linen warp), 38 3/8 x 25 1/8 x 22 1/8 in. (97.5 x 63.8 x 56.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund , 83.109. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 83.109_bw_IMLS.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 83.109_bw_IMLS.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/1983
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