Armchair

Maker:
Manner of A. M. E. Fournier (French, active after 1850)
Date:
ca. 1860
Culture:
French, probably Paris
Medium:
Gilded wood, upholstered in modern green tufted velvet
Dimensions:
45 3/8 x 26 1/2 x 24 3/4 in. (115.3 x 67.3 x 62.9 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.382
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
With its deeply tufted back and seat, this innovative and amusing armchair epitomizes the desire for originality and variety combined with a concern for comfort that was charactersitic of the Second Empire. Seat furniture carved in this manner is generally associated with the Parisian upholsterer A.M.E. Fournier, who supplied at least one rope stool, now at the Musée National du Château de Compiègne.
[ Mallett at Bourdon House, Ltd. , London, until 1998; sold to MMA ]