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).
Private collection, Belgium
Denise Ledoux-Lebard, Le mobilier Français du xix siècle, Parijs, 1984, p. 36
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