Gentleman's Armchair

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1855-1875

GUSN

GUSN-40839

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

Descriptive Terms

armchairs
chairs (furniture forms)
burl veneer
gilding
incising
silk (textile)
plush
upholstering
walnut (wood)
ash (wood)
Renaissance Revival
rosette (motif)
Turkish
walnut (wood)
Walnut
Maple
Gilded
Incised
Renaissance Revival
Turkish
Plush
Upholstered
Rosette
CHAIR

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.

Additional Identification Number

A569

Maker

Attributed to Gendrot, Felix A. (Maker)

Dimensions

37 x 32 1/4 x 32 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Felix A. Gendrot

Accession Number

1936.1197

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)