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Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.11417

Maison Soubrier, Pair of chairs with fan-shaped backs

Width: 16'' ½  42cm
Height: 37'' ¾  96cm
Depth: 16'' ⅛  41cm

France, Late 19th century

Good condition

This pair of chairs inspired by Japanese art was made by the Maison Soubrier in the late 19th century.

The Maison Soubrier was founded in 1848. It specialised in creating furniture in the ancient styles, then followed the trend for Far Eastern art with Japanese-style furniture. In the 1970s, furniture, paintings and decorations rental took over from cabinetmaking, and it is still in this field that the company continues today.

This richly decorated pair of chairs is inspired by Far Eastern art. The legs and struts feature curves and floral and geometric ornamentation reminiscent of Japanese art. Each backrest is decorated with a fan, the ends of which are held in place by two crane heads. A dragon emerges from the fan and blends harmoniously with the vegetation occupying the lower part of the back. The chairs work in pairs: their backs are symmetrical.

The Soubrier archives contain a photograph of a chair whose ornamentation is identical, apart from a few details, to that of our two chairs.

These chairs are typical of the fashion for Japonism in France at the end of the 19th century.

Price: on request

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