The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Armchair
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1860
  • Gilt, beechwood, brocade velvet with a yellow silk ground, cotton lining under seat, steel clips
  • Object size: 92.5 x 71 x 60 cm
  • F488
  • Oriental Armoury
Further Reading
  • Square-backed armchair of carved and gilt beechwood, fitted with removable upholstered chassis frames covered with floral brocade velvet. The back has a curving top rail with a scallop shell flanked by foliate scrolls in the centre, and the arms and legs each describe a double curve, with exuberant carved motifs.
    This crowded and mechanical carving, combining Régence-style foliate scrolls and shells with neo-classical reeding, suggest that it was made in the nineteenth century. The current upholstery seems to be original to this period. The chair is a pastiche of the late Louis XIV/Régence style, while not strictly resembling an armchair of that period. It may be assumed to have been carved in Paris.