Pair of Italian armchairs
This pair of armchairs, from the collections of Queen Marie-Isabelle of Bourbon of Spain (1789-1848) by descent, is a rare and very original example of the Italian art of seat, reached an exceptional level both for the elegance of the furniture structure as well as the richness of the sculpture and ornamentation.
Each armchair of this pair, in carved walnut, features a a curved seat rail widening at the front, molded and carved with friezes of rosettes, only interrupted at the angles by dices adorned with rosettes amatis. It rests on four legs fully twisted and enhanced in this movement by a frieze of finely carved pearls. The hind feet are slightly inclined. The trapezoid-shaped back presents an abundantly sculpted rim with pearls and flowers similar to those on the seat rail. Two gadrooned and supple armrests, each ending in richly carved windings, emanate from the S-jambs elegantly extending these curves and underlined by a pearl frieze.