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Empire Bergere Chairs

EMPIRE STYLE

From 1804–15, Napoléon I reigned as the emperor of France, bringing the country into a new era of opulence after the fall of the monarchy and the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. He declared, “We must have very solid things, made to last 100 years.” Empire-style furniture followed suit, with imposing pieces constructed from mahogany and adorned with gilded ornaments. Expanding on the neoclassicism popularized in the previous century — such as in ​​Louis XVI style — Empire style borrowed from the great civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece and Rome, to connect this nascent empire to the power of the past.

Napoléon I believed the production of fine furniture would reflect the stature of the republic, with his official architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine leading the way with their work on his residences.

Luxurious materials, symmetrical shapes and bold colors characterize antique Empire-style bedroom furniture, armchairs, cabinets and other structures, with frequent motifs including mythological creatures, geometric designs, acanthus leaves, eagles, bees (the imperial emblem) and swans, a favorite of Empress Joséphine.

Flat surfaces, like marble tabletops, were accented with decadent details, such as the bronze furniture mounts made by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire for the French palaces. Martin-Guillaume Biennais, who worked as the imperial goldsmith, crafted intricate luxury objects that mixed wood, fine metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory. Ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — was essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

The style became popular abroad, influencing the American Empire style. Stately pieces carved with sprigs of olives by cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellange were acquired by American President James Monroe for the White House in 1817.

Find a collection of antique Empire tables, lighting, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Empire
Empire Style Walnut Tub Chair in the Manner of Jacob Desmalter
Located in Montreal, QC
Empire Style Walnut Bergere Chair in the manner of Jacob Desmelter with nicely carved rams head resting on articulated hoof feet.
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1850s American Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Walnut

1810s Bergere Armchair
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
A very fine 'Bergère' armchair in solid mahogany, dating from the First Empire period (early 19th century) and generously upholstered throughout in alternating stripes of deep pink a...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Walnut

1810s Bergere Armchair
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
An impressive 'Bergère' armchair in solid wood, dating from the First Empire period (early 19th century) and generously upholstered throughout in alternating stripes of deep pink and...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Fruitwood

Pair of Empire Style Bergères Chairs with Gondola Shape Backrest
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
Enhance your interior with this stunning pair of Empire-style Bergères chairs dating back to the early 20th century. These elegant armchairs feature gracefully curved gondola-shaped ...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Bergere Chairs

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Wood

19th Century Pair of French Empire Bergeres Armchairs
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
A handsome pair of fabric Bergère armchairs in solid mahogany and mahogany veneer. Dating from the Empire period, these very striking chairs are in excellent condition, with exquisit...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Wood

19th Century Pair of Empire / Biedermeier Solid Beech Bergeres, New Upholstered
Located in Darmstadt, DE
The pair of bergeres from the Empire / Biedermeier period was made of solid beech wood. The bergeres are completely reupholstered and covered with new fabric. The seat cushion is loo...
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19th Century German Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Beech

19th Century Mahogany Pair of Library Armchairs
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A very fine quality pair of 19th century mahogany French Empire library armchairs having well figured Top rails over enclosed swept arms with car...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Mahogany

Early 19th Century Pair of Empire / Biedermeier Solid Plum Wood Swan Armchairs
Located in Darmstadt, DE
A pair of Empire / Biedermeier plum wood from circa 1815, newly upholstered with new fabric in classicist style. The armrests, backrest and seat are upholste...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Wood

Important French Empire Early 19th Century Armchair
By Jacob-Desmalter
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
An impressive Napoléonic Empire mahogany armchair, attributed to Jacob-Desmalter (1770-1841). With a pedimented top rail above a rectangular padded back and seat covered in red and g...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Bronze

Two French Empire Armchairs, 19th Century
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Fine quality French Empire cherrywood armchairs. Carved arms in shallow relief with acanthus leaves, elegant saber legs, beautiful patina color. To coat however you like.
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1820s French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Cherry

Rare Set of Four Empire Rams Head Carved Mahogany Armchairs, Bergeres
Located in New York, NY
A spectacular suite of four Empire period carved mahogany armchairs custom upholstered in close nailed fine crimson leather with down filled seat cushions. Each stamped Jacob on the ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Mahogany

Antique French Empire Bergere
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A lovely period French Directoire bergere, restored and upholstered in silk velvet. Lovely armchair with beautiful turned legs and columnar supports at the arms.
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Mahogany

19th Century French Empire Mahogany and Parcel Gilt
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Empire and parcel gilt bergère. Gilt swan arms and pawed feet.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Mahogany

French Empire Period Mahogany Armchair with Swans' Heads
Located in Pembroke, MA
French Empire period mahogany fauteuil or armchair with saber legs and swans' heads on the arms. The chair is upholstered neoclassical-patterned cut mohair fabric.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Mohair, Mahogany

French Empire Bergere
Located in Hudson, NY
A classical French chair from the early 19th century. The form is good and the wood selection is detailed and in great shape. The closed arm style makes the...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Mahogany

Early 19th Century Empire Mahogany Fauteuils Bergères Aux Dauphins, circa 1830
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A 1830s pair of Empire mahogany French bergères Aux Dauphins Empire armchairs in the manner of Pierre Bellange (1760-1844). The mahogany frame with sabre front legs continuing as arm...
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1830s French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Mahogany

French Empire Style 19th Century Painted Wood Marquise with Carved Palmettes
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Empire style painted wood marquise chair from the 19th century, with carved palmettes. Born in France during the politically dynamic 19th century, this French Empire style m...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Beautiful Mahogany French Empire Bronze Mounted Bergere Chair
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Measures 37.75 tall x 27.5 wide x 25 deep and seat height is 16.5. Dates to the 1940-50s era.
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1940s French Vintage Empire Bergere Chairs

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Bronze

Empire Restauration Period Armchair Bergère, France, 1825
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Empire restauration period armchair bergère, France, circa 1815-1830. solid mahogani wood with gold leaf details. fully restored, new upholstery with lace up padding. very com...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Gold Leaf

Pair of Chic French Empire Style Mahogany Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of large French Empire style mahogany armchairs reupholstered in Ralph Lauren silk/linen fabric.
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20th Century French Empire Bergere Chairs

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Linen, Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Mahogany Bergere Armchairs, Circa 1890
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair antique French Empire ormolu mounted mahogany bergere armchairs with red & gold upholstery, Circa 1890.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Ormolu

French Empire Blond Mahogany Swivel Leather Chair with Bronze Trim
Located in New York, NY
French Empire blond mahogany swivel armchair upholstered in gilt embossed red leather with brass nail head trim and having bronze embellishments and medallions throughout with hoof s...
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19th Century Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Mahogany

French Empire Gold Bergère Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Empire style (19th century) mahogany swan design Bergère armchairs with bronze trim, griffin legs, and gold upholstery.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Bronze

French Empire Silk Bergère Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Empire mahogany bergère (armchairs) upholstered in red silk with scrolled back above winged caryatid arm uprights & a loose seat cushion, (early 19th century).
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Silk, Mahogany

French Empire Leather Bergere Tub Arm Chair
Located in New York, NY
French Empire-style (19th Century) leather round back bergere arm chair with commode base.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Leather

French Empire Monumental Walnut and Velvet Throne Chair
Located in New York, NY
French Empire style (19th Cent) monumental walnut throne chair with carved figure with wreath and red cut velvet upholstery
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19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Walnut, Velvet

Pair of Chic French Empire Style Mahogany Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of large French Empire style mahogany armchairs reupholstered in Ralph Lauren silk/linen fabric.
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20th Century French Empire Bergere Chairs

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Linen, Upholstery, Mahogany

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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Two French Empire Armchairs, 19th Century
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Fine quality French Empire cherrywood armchairs. Carved arms in shallow relief with acanthus leaves, elegant saber legs, beautiful patina color. To coat however you like.
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1820s French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Early 19th Century Pair of Empire / Biedermeier Solid Plum Wood Swan Armchairs
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Early 19th Century German Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Pair of French 19th Century Louis XV Style Giltwood Marquises Bergère Armchairs
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Art Nouveau Cherrywood Pair of Bergere / Armchair
Located in Darmstadt, DE
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Early 1900s German Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Important French Empire Early 19th Century Armchair
By Jacob-Desmalter
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
An impressive Napoléonic Empire mahogany armchair, attributed to Jacob-Desmalter (1770-1841). With a pedimented top rail above a rectangular padded back and seat covered in red and g...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Bronze

Pair of French Bergere Armchairs, circa 1900s
Located in Chorzów, PL
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Early 1900s French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Mahogany

Pair of French Bergere Armchairs, circa 1900s
Pair of French Bergere Armchairs, circa 1900s
H 46.07 in W 27.56 in D 33.86 in
Louis XV Style Giltwood Bergere Armchairs
Located in London, GB
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Louis XV Style Giltwood Bergere Armchairs
Louis XV Style Giltwood Bergere Armchairs
H 41.25 in W 33 in D 25.5 in
19th Century Ebonized Empire Bergére
Located in Houston, TX
A 19th Century Empire bergére chair newly stylized with a matte ebonized finish and newly upholstered silky black Italian long hair hide.
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19th Century Italian Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Ormolu

19th Century Ebonized Empire Bergére
19th Century Ebonized Empire Bergére
H 34.25 in W 26.5 in D 19.75 in
Pair 20th Century Empire Style Gold Gilt Ram Heads Bergère or Tub Chair
Located in Houston, TX
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20th Century Empire Bergere Chairs

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Wood, Giltwood

Pair of 19th Century Country French Provincial Walnut Bergere Armchairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
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Brass

Empire Settee, France 1810, Manner of Jacob Desmalter (1770-1841)
Located in Leimen, DE
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Early 1800s French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Bronze

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Pair of 19th Century French Empire Period Hand Carved Walnut Bergeres, Armchairs
Located in Fayetteville, AR
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Pair Neoclassical Style Johnson Hartig Libertine Hotch Potch Swan Chairs
Located in Houston, TX
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19th Century Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Early 19th Century French Empire Period Hand Carved Mahogany Armchairs
Located in Fayetteville, AR
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Fine and Large Pair of 19th C. Empire Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Mounted Bergeres
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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19th Century Bergère Beech & Leather Armchairs Empire Legs
Located in High Wycombe, GB
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19th Century British Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Leather, Cane, Beech

French 19th Century Mahogany Col De Cygne Bergere
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This fabulous col de cygne bergere was crafted in France circa 1810! In good antique condition with signs of wear consistent with over 200 years of use. Deeply toned, patinated mahogany frames beautifully compliment the stunning green velvet upholstery. Embossed with laurel wreaths and floral forms for a smart but whimsical design with floral border. The arms feature intricately hand-carved swan forms with detailed wings on the interior and exterior; a unique and intentional characteristic. Distinctive front legs with claw feet create a cohesive design. The cushions retain the original horsehair cushioning and tan and white gingham fabric...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Bergere Chairs

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Pair Empire Style Bergeres
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is an outstanding example of an empire-style bergere that was created by Karges Furniture c. 1980. The bergeres are beautifully upholster...
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Late 20th Century American Empire Bergere Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Pair Empire Style Bergeres
Pair Empire Style Bergeres
H 31.5 in W 23 in D 26.5 in
20th C. Empire Style Black Lacquered Parcel Gilt Zebra Print Bergeres, a Pair
Located in Morristown, NJ
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Late 20th Century American Empire Bergere Chairs

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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Pair of Antique Painted Armchairs
H 34 in W 28 in D 26 in
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Located in Beuzevillette, FR
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Located in Dallas, TX
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Bronze

Empire bergere chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Empire bergere chairs for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Early 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage bergere chairs created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, fabric and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Empire bergere chairs made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and United Kingdom pieces for sale on 1stDibs. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for bergere chairs differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,760 and tops out at $2,800 while the average work can sell for $2,464.

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