A beautiful set of four French Empire period, mahogany and mahogany veneer fauteuils with inverted backs that have carved decoration of roses and palms. The arms rest on carved winged swan necks. The arched feet are carved with lotus leaves. The upholstery is a silk tapestry with a different flower decoration for each chair. The fauteuils are stamped, “L. BELLANGE”, by their maker Louis-François Bellangé.
The upholstery, which is not original to the fauteuils, was covered around the late 19th or early 20th century.
Louis-François Bellangé (1759-1827) was the younger brother of the famous ébéniste, Pierre-Antoine Bellangé and uncle of Alexandre-Louis Bellangé. He became supplier of furniture to Napoleon I. His furniture can be seen at the Château de Rambouillet, Windsor Castle in England, The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Vetted Antique Shows/Fairs
The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York, NY, 2008
Louis-François Bellangé, Paris, France
Private Collection, Comtesse Pierre de Montesquiou
Private Collection, Grefulhe, then by descendants
Mary Helen McCoy Fine Antiques, Charleston, South Carolina