This pair of ladies side chairs are in the fully developed Rococo Revival manner which was expressed with great style and invention in the United States. It is richly carved, with cabriole legs, and is made of solid rosewood throughout.
The chairs have a back composed of cartouche-shaped upholstered "chair-back" panels, with the carvings of pendant fruits and nuts terminating in full bunches of grapes. The crests of each chair is elaborately carved with fruits and nuts and grapes. The shaped C-scroll skirts are carved with a smaller central pendant finial of fruit.
Each chair is upholstered in crimson silk with matching gimp. It has an oval panel in the back, some woven with a vignette of a cupid sculpting a marble bust; and a vignette of a tall formal case of flowers.
Each chair rests on casters.
These chairs are carved in similar style to the sofa available in a separate listing.
These chairs are carved in a very similar manner to the furniture of the Belter School of New York City rococo cabinetmaking. The absence of laminating in the pierced carved sections and the greater restraint in overall form and detail suggests an attribution to Charles A. Baudoine or Alexander Roux, contemporaries and competitors of John Henry Belter. The French-born Baudoine was a highly sophisticated cabinetmaker, and this parlor set bears kinship to the simpler but elegant parlor set made by him for a house called Fountain Elms in Utica, New York, that set often cited in reference works as a hallmark of his style.
American, New York City, Circa 1850-60, Attributed to Charles A. Baudoine.
A fine carved open-arm chair by Charles Baudoine sold at the Weymouth Hall Auction in Natchez , Mississippi, on March 1-2, 1997 from which the value of this set has been extrapolated.
39" tall 20" wide 22 1/2" deep
Condition: Good condition for its age. The chairs were rarely used and sat for many years in a protected living room setting. The chairs were re-upholstered in the elegant red silk damask in the early 1950's, and the yardage was purported to have been $80.00 per yard. The wood is in very good condition, but from photos you can see one chair has two worn areas.