DIRECTOIRE WHITE AND PARCEL GILT PAINTED SIDE CHAIR
Likely Northern European, circa early-to-mid 19th century
Item # 802PNR24P
A fine chair in the Directoire taste, perhaps Swedish or German by origin, it was likely crafted around 1830-50. The simplicity of surface decoration allows the splat to be the highlight of the object, this fan-like display topped by gilded spheres spaced out along the simple crest rail molding. All members lock together with a tenon-mortise construction, the tenon affixed with tiny wooden pins visible beneath the old white paint. Gilded highlights have worn nicely to reveal the red bole beneath. It is a remarkable and unusual chair, sturdy and comfortable for use before a writing desk or simply as an accent. We will be cataloging the pair to this chair shortly, so if a pair of these are needed just contact us to see if the other is still available.
Measurements: 16” W x 19 3/4” D x 36 1/2” H, 17 3/4” H to seat
Painted surfaces at least somewhat refreshed over the years; wear, chipping and scuffs to paint throughout. Sturdy joints. Upholstery is old but still serviceable.