Beech; paint, gilding, bronze, wool
Overall: 38 x 26 3/4 x 28 in. ( 96.5 x 67.9 x 71.1 cm )
Painted and gilded Empire open armchair (fauteuil); square upholstered back with gilded fluted stiles; round upholstered arms with circular metal lion's head mounts (replaced) on arm terminations above baluster-shaped supports; upholstered square seat with bowed front seat rail; front and side seat rails decorated with gilded rondels; baluster-shaped front legs on blocks and raked rear legs; upholstered in original red wool showcover with applied metallic tape.
Gift of Louis Borg
engraved: on brass plaque with chair (now in object file): "ARM CHAIR USED BY/NAPOLEON BONAPARTE/WHILE FIRST CONSUL/OF THE/REPUBLIC OF FRANCE/PRESENTED BY LOUIS BORG/1867"
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821); to his brother Joseph Bonaparte (1768-1844); to his business associate Felix Lacoste (1795-1853); to Louis Borg (1812-after 1867), his successor as consul general; to N-YHS.
Olson, Roberta J. M. "A selection of European paintings and objects." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 182-187.
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