This exquisite French Empire chair was made around the time of the Third French Republic, 1870. It closely resembles the original designs shown in Percier and Fontaine's book titled Recueil de decorations interieures (1801 and 1812; "Collection of Interior Decoration"), These renowned French architects originally designed this chair in 1812 for Napoleon I. This particular chair was made later for the court of Napoleon III, nephew of Napoleon I.
The chair is constructed out of rosewood and decorated with gilt bronze mountings in the shapes of suns, hunting dogs, and griffins. Our example was recently reupholstered with a gorgeous, expensive fabric, evoking a similar feeling to the original fabric. The original covering, of which we have a piece, was done in silk with gold thread bumblebees. The cushion is new memory foam with a down feather surround. Structurally, this chair is in really fine condition and all of the ormolu is present. The chair measures 46" tall by 29" wide. Its seat is 21" wide by 19" deep.