This unique chair is just a stunner. It draws you in from across the room! The black fabric has the Napoleonic crest with the bee inside a crown. The chair is made of cherry wood with a gilded finish, which has worn of in places, which is totally normal for a chair that dates back to the mid 1800's. The back is uncovered and reveals the intricate carving that was done to enhance the seat back. The arms are high up and are also carved. The legs are the typical Louis XV style. The chair seat has horsehair filling, and the fabric is a later addition. The chair is very comfortable and very stable. The fabric has some light discoloration, which I have not tried to correct. The chair measures 26" wide, 21" deep and is 32" high at the arms.
Here is some background on the bee: "Used as a symbol of immortality and resurrection, the bee was chosen so as to link the new dynasty to the very origins of France. Golden bees (in fact, cicadas) were discovered in 1653 in Tournai in the tomb of Childeric I, founder in 457 of the Merovingian dynasty. They were considered as the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of France. It is interesting to note how the bee was one of the main symbols for Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, The Merovingian dynasty and Napoleon's Coat of Arms. No other symbol (not even the Reed or the Eagle) has survived consistently as a regal symbol for such a long time!"
Just imagine this chair in that special spot in your home. It will make you smile every time you look at it!