FRENCH LOUIS XVI STYLE GILTWOOD CANAPE
France c. 1900
Item # C103002
A fine work from the late 19th to early 20th century, the surface is finished in an extremely attractive and vibrant burnished gilding. The crest is intricately carved with upward sprawling acanthus leafage along the twisted rope-and-ball framing, flowing around the entire outer frame and apron of the canapé. The acanthus leafage is repeated throughout, flowing down the handholds, climbing up the arm supports, lifting the medallion back and draping from the turned legs. Each portion of the canapé is handsomely embellished. The sofa retains a later silk upholstery, this mellowed and soft to the eye from years of use, but remains in "good" condition with only minor discolorations. The entire form rests over turned and tapered legs with deep fluting terminating in ball feet. Of large and impressive dimensions, this is an incredibly striking work from an era of the very best in Louis XVI revivalism. For anyone passionate about very fine French decor, this is an outstanding acquisition - comfortable, sturdy and enjoyable, refined in every sense.
Measurements: 67 1/2” W x approximately 35" D x 44 1/2" H to crest; 17-18" high to seat; seat depth 25 1/2"
Upholstery in "good" condition: several spots of discoloration (see some close ups along front edge), some light dirtiness to the fabric - overall enjoyable mellow fabric. Wear to gilt throughout, this handsomely oxidized and patinated. Vibrant gilding, mostly original with only minimal inpainting. Sturdy and strong. Please review all images below for a full overview of condition.