designer: Charles Percier (French, b.1764, d.1838);  designer: Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine (French, b.1762, d.1853); Léonard;  upholsterer: Richard Bisgrove Art Upholsterer;  furniture maker: unknown; 

circa 1870
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chair, throne, pair, giltwood, originally thrones for the Viceroy of India, and bearing stamped inventory numbers for Government House, Calcutta. They are in the Empire Style, after designs by Percier and Fontaine, the French architects-designers. Each with a scrolled padded back and seat, the padded arms with swan supports and mask heads, the seat rail with anthemion on square tapering legs with block feet.

The elegant model for these chairs was executed by Jacob-Desmalter (d. 1841) and follows watercolour designs by Charles Percier and Pierre-Francois Leonard Fontaine, architects and designers, to Napoleon I. Their designs were later engraved by La Meangere in his Recueil de Meubles et Objects de Gout.

These pieces are part of or were added to a large suite by the Earl of Mayo who obtained funds from the India Office to buy furniture in order to be able to fittingly receive the second son of Queen Victoria, HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1870.
Maker and role
designer: Charles Percier (French, b.1764, d.1838)
designer: Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine (French, b.1762, d.1853); Léonard
upholsterer: Richard Bisgrove Art Upholsterer
furniture maker: unknown
Production place

[Calcutta], India
Production date
circa 1870
Media description
giltwood (recent), silk covered (recent)
1030 x 720 x 670 mm
back: 550 x 430 mm
seat: 440 x 620 mm
Credit line
Foundation Collection, 1989
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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