A pair of elaborately decorated Empire armchairs




Christian Eduard Franke Antiquitäten GmbH


Paris, around 1810

The Bergères signed by François-Honoré-Georges Jacob Desmalter (1770-1841). In 1796 he took over his father's workshop, together with his brother, which soon became one of the most important and largest workshops for exclusive furniture of the Empire period. The clients included, among others, Napoleon's sister Pauline Bonaparte, the Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais and Marie-Louise of Austria. The seating furniture with the full-round Sphinxes sideways positioned in the armrests, corresponds to the courtly style inspired by antiquity at the beginning of the 19th century. The armchairs were also created in the Desmalter workshop, and were, together with the two Bergères, part of a large courtly order.

Mahogany, solid and veneered, fire gilded Bronze applications.

Height 96 cm, seat height 45 cm, width 63 cm,

Depth 48 cm


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