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M.S. Rau Antiques Features King of Italy's Throne Chair

M.S. Rau Antiques Features King of Italy's Throne Chair

ROBB REPORT.COM, October 7, 2015 - This incredible Bergère armchair was made for the King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II, who ruled from 1849 until his death in 1878. Used on the King's personal train, this magnificent seat served as his majesty's throne. Crafted of sumptuous Cuban mahogany and upholstered in leather, this armchair is surmounted by the coat of arms of the House of Savoy, the Royal House of the Kingdom of Italy and one of the oldest royal families in the world. In the 1860s, the King had his private railway cars remodeled with French furnishings by L'Orme and Buire, the firm to which this throne chair is attributed. The stylistic taste of this chair is French Revivalist, reflecting the bold, strong designs inspired by the Renaissance. The Bergère form, or enclosed and fully upholstered French armchair, displays the solid rectangular features that characterize these resplendent seats during the 19th century. Set apart by a brilliant provenance and outstanding craftsmanship, this grand armchair remains in excellent condition. See our collection of fine antique chairs.

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