Antique French Empire Mahogany 3 Piece Salon Suite C.1900

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Antique French Empire Mahogany 3 Piece Salon Suite C.1900

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This is a fantastic and highly decorative antique French Empire three piece salon suite, comprising a sofa and a pair of armchairs, circa 1900 in date.

It has been crafted from fabulous solid mahogany�and is smothered in fabulous high quality ormolu mounts reminiscent of the Empire style with Egyptian motifs such as sphinxes, urns, laurels and Napoleonic symbols.��

The arms terminating in classical female masks�and standing on elegant tapering legs that terminate in ormolu sabots. It has been reupholstered in a fabulous fabric

This gorgeous antique suite has been reupholstered in a fabulous ivory coloured�fabric and will be a wonderful addition to one special room in your home.

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored and reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 102 x Width 126 x Depth 57�-�sofa

Height 99 x Width 60 x Depth 55�-�chair

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 4 inches x Width 4 feet, 2 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches�-�sofa

Height 3 feet, 3 inches x Width 2 feet x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches�-�chai

�Empire style,�is an early-19th-century�design�movement in�architecture,�furniture, other�decorative arts, and the�visual arts�followed in Europe and America until around 1830.

The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of�Napoleon I�in the�First French Empire, where it was intended to idealize Napoleon's leadership and the French state. The style corresponds to the�Biedermeier�style in the German-speaking lands,�Federal style�in the United States and to the�Regency style�in Britain. The previous style was called�Louis XVI style, in France.

The Empire style was based on aspects of the Roman Empire. It is the second phase of neoclassicism which is also called "Directoire", after a goverment system.
Furniture typically had symbols and ornaments borrowed from the glorious ancient Greek and Roman empires.

The furniture was made from heavy woods such as�mahogany�and�ebony, imported from the colonies, with dark finishes often with decorative bronze mounts. Marble tops were popular as were Egyptian motifs like sphinxes, griffins, urns and eagles and the Napoleonic symbols, the eagle, the bee, the initials "I" and a large "N."�
Gilded bronze (ormolu) details displayed a high level of craftsmanship.

Ormolu -�(from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat�gold�in a�mercury�amalgam�to an object of�bronze.The mercury is driven off in a�kiln�leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer�known as�'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or�fire-gilding, in which a solution of�nitrate of mercury�is applied to a piece of�copper,�brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an�amalgam�of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour.�Electroplating�is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on�silver, to produce�silver-gilt�(also known as�vermeil).

Mahogany�
is probably one of the largest 'families' of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.�

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like 'Flame' Mahogany and 'Fiddleback' Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late�1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.

Width: 126.0 cm
Height: 102.0 cm
Depth: 57.0 cm

Condition: Used

Wear Condition: Excellent

Date of Manufacture: 1900

Place of Origin:

Period: Early 20th Century

Style: Antique

Listed by: Tino_8f8a

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SKU: 11860458