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Pair of French Restauration ‘Bergères en Gondoles’



Pair of French Restauration ‘Bergères en Gondoles’

Two fine mahogany veneered French Restauration period ‘bergères en gondoles’ armchairs on four tapered feet. At the front, the tops of the wrap-around backrest’s frame end at as carved swan necks embellished with feather motifs and rings. The front legs are curved, hence the term ‘en gondole’. The curved backrests, seats and the loose seat cushions are upholstered in recently shorn purple velour covers.

Pierre-Marie Balny (d. 1832) was a member of a family of cabinetmakers who worked in Paris for several generations during the 19th century. Pierre-Marie Balny produced high-quality chairs and seating furniture, often in mahogany, but also in sculpted and gilded wood. He stamped his furniture with Balny Jne so as not to be confused with his older brother, Balny Ainé (the Elder).

Provenance:
Private collection, Belgium

Literature:
Denise Ledoux-Lebard, Le mobilier Français du xix siècle, Parijs, 1984, p. 36

Pair of French Restauration ‘Bergères en Gondoles’
Price on request
Period
ca. 1820
Material
softwood and oak, veneered with mahogany, upholstered with recently shorn purple velour
Signature
stamped: Balny Jne [front traverse]
Dimensions
82 x 63 x 60 cm

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