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Pair of Upholstered Armchairs attributed to Francisque Chaleyssin

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Rosewood veneer with brass inlay over curved solid armrests resting on a curved base. Seat and backs covered with studded mustard velvet (4192 Java). Stamped "16129' to the seat frame and pencilled "Le Cardinal, René Tapissier, St Br****."

France, circa 1920's

Art Deco drew much of its inspiration from the French Ancien regime and so with the classicist Chaleyssin, who also held a well- published dislike of Art Nouveau and its recent transgressions against 'good taste'. Banded together with the purifying drive of modernism his chairs look to refinement of Louis XVI fauteuils and the sweeping forms of the period. Gone is superfluous ornamentation and carving, replaced by graceful proportions in the best materials that money could buy, encapsulated in the exotic rosewood veneer. The cost of producing veneer would have placed these chairs beyond the reach of most, almost certainly making them limited editions.

Soon the puritans of modernity, led by Le Corbusier and his acolytes, would pour scorn on the elitism of such design and the forces of mass-production would grind to victory. As such these exceptional examples of French Art Deco survive today as part of the last great sumptuous style, continuing a rich French tradition of cabinetmaking reaching back to late 18th Century.


H 88cm x W 72cm x D 88cm
H 34¾" x W 28½" x D 34¾"

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