English, about 1810
Gilded wood and reproduction Lannes Empire silk damask upholstery
Funds from Hines Interests, Ltd. and 1994 Collectors’ Choice, 1994.507
With the beginning of the Enlightenment, Western nations began the transition from monarchies to democracies. Greece and Rome served not only as potent political models but as powerful sources of aesthetic inspiration for designers. This imperial gilded chair is an extraordinary example of the pervasive influence of classical furniture on the modern era.
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