Pair of Neoclassical mahogany arm chairs or fauteuils, stamped COUDURIER on the underside of each seat rail, mahogany with beech secondary wood, having square upholstered backs with husk and rosette carved crestrail, leaf-carved arms with reeded and scrolling supports terminating in carved rosettes; trapezoidal upholstered seat with husk and rosette carved seat rail and scroll-carved cabriole front legs. Recent Neoclassical style green and gold upholstery with laurel wreath and rosette motifs. 36" H x 25 3/4" W x 22" D. Circa 1815-1820. Provenance: Private Nashville, Tennessee collection, ex-Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York. Hirschl & Adler's description of the chairs notes that while "no indication of a maker named Coudrurier appears in records known to date, the design for this pair of French armchairs seems to have been taken directly from Plate 53 (1805-08) of Pierre de la Mesangere's "Collection des Meubles et Objets de Gout" which appeared serially in Paris from 1796 to 1830 (reprint, ed. A Calavas, Paris Librairie des Arts Decoratifs, undated). Interestingly, while the joint between the scrolled arms and the stiles for the front legs as well as the front legs themselves in this pair differ completely from Mesangere, they are virtually identical to those on a chair made in Philadelphia about 1820." CONDITION: Small area of extraneous paint splash to one foot, otherwise excellent condition.
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