Pair of 19th high backed side chairs
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High back with three pierced vertical splats above a stuff-over seat on bulbed legs with graceful serpentine cross-stretchers with a centre finial. Covered in velvet floral fabric.
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In the early 19th c the fashion for furnishing in antique styles was widespread with a range of much earlier styles being reproduced. These chairs are a perfect example of a late Baroque style with highly ornamental pierced and carved back panels referencing the designs of Daniel Marot from around the1690s.
The backs of the chairs were not carved as the arrangement of the furniture was formal, with no furniture set in the middle of the room. The chairs were placed in rows with the backs to the wall and were pulled out when they were being used.
Marot (1661-1752), the son of a designer to Louis XIV, became himself a designer to William the III in the Netherlands and subsequently in England at Hampton Court. We know of his designs thanks to the folio of his furniture designs published in Amsterdam in 1712. His style was richly decorative with a strong tendency towards verticality and he helped establish the idea of a unified interior where all pieces were designed and made at the same time.
Natalia says "These are superb chairs and beautifully made- real show stoppers"
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