Armchair (Louis XVI Revival style)
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
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) (show scale)
H. Randolph Lever Fund
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Leon Alexandre Marcott. 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
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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.
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