This charming but tired Second Empire chair is in walnut, carved profusely with flowers on the cresting rail, seat rail and knees. The rear legs are neatly pegged with the tiny round pegs characteristic of the period. These are vestigial, leftovers from the robust square or multifaceted pegs of the 18th century, but they make for robust construction. The lavish floral decoration reminds us of the character of the Empress Eugenie, whose devotion to the Martyr-Queen Marie Antoinette so strongly influenced furniture design during her glittering reign (1852-1870).
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410 Queens Parade
North Fitzroy VIC 3068

Phone: 39489 8467

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