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Gentleman's Armchair

1936.1197 (RS32694)

Description

Armchair. Walnut, ebonized walnut trim, burled maple panels, and trim. Velvet upholstery. Bergere form with round seat, outwardly flared arms, and rectangular flaring back. Seat, back, and arms upholstered with tufted mustard-colored velvet with grosgrain ribbon trim at base of seat. Chair skirt features walnut with central gilt palmette and carved gilt vegetal scroll decoration. Entire skirt pattern has burled maple panels framed by gilt, and applied ebonized walnut rosettes. Ebonized walnut trim at base of skirt. Ring and column turned legs with gilt and ebonized walnut details.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Like the library table to the right, this chair is in the Renaissance revival style, a style which was developed in France in the 1840s and reached its heyday in America in the 1860s and 1870s. According to family tradition, the chair and table were made by the donor's father, Parisian-born cabinetmaker Felix Gendrot. Gendrot's partnership of Gahery, Gendrot & Co. received the Premium Gold Medal at the 1853 exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. The chair was part of a suite of elaborately upholstered furniture that included a sofa and several chairs. <br/>
Maker
Attributed to Gendrot, Felix A. (Maker)
Date
1855-1875
Material
ash (wood)
burl veneer
gilding
incising
plush
silk (textile)
upholstering
walnut (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
armchairs
ash (wood)
burl veneer
CHAIR
chairs (furniture forms)
Gilded
gilding
Incised
incising
Maple
Plush
plush
Renaissance Revival
Rosette
rosette (motif)
silk (textile)
Turkish
Upholstered
upholstering
Walnut
walnut (wood)
Dimensions
37 x 32 1/4 x 32 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1936.1197
Credit Line
Gift of Felix A. Gendrot
GUSN
40839

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