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Set of Six Directoire Period Brass Inlaid Mahogany Dining Chairs, Circa 1800


An extremely fine set of Directoire Period dining chairs featuring backrests with applied brass mouldings framing ebony panels inset with brass swan-shaped silhouttes, hand-carved solid mahogany lyre-shaped splats with brass 'strings', brass strung stiles, front seat rails & sabre-leg front supports. All six frames are exceptionally sound by virtue of their classical construction using oak as the secondary wood for strength & durability, beneath the primary wood of fine mahogany veneer. The swan motif was favoured by cabinetmakers and mount makers during the Directoire Period and was associated with Napoleons consort Josephine, interpreting her protective nature towards her children like that of a swan of it's cygnets). For comparative examples see works by Charles Percier (1764-1838) and Martin-Guillaume Biennais (active 1796-1819). (International clients are tax exempt on antiques when shipped from Canada. Ontario residents are subject to 13% HST on goods and services purchased. Canadian residents living outside of the Province of Ontario are subject to 5% GST and/or HST on goods purchased as it applies to their province). 


  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    All six frames in extremely good overall condition, structurally sound and exhibiting a fine patina and a French polish overall. Additional images or information gladly provided upon request.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 34 in. x W 17.5 in. x D 18 in.H 86.36 cm x W 44.45 cm x D 45.72 cm
  • Seat Height
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Ottawa, CA
  • Seller Reference Number
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
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