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

$9,000per set


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).


  • Dimensions
    Height: 34 in. (86.36 cm)Width: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)Depth: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Directoire (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1800
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. 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.
  • Seller Location
    Ottawa, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: furn-0021stDibs: LU272837412943

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  • Shipping
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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Ottawa, Canada
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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