D. Ledoux-Lebard, Les Ebénistes Parisiens, Paris, 1951, p. 77, Pl. IX, fig. 16
Pierre-Gaston Brion (1747-1841) was commissioned by Napoléon I, Charles X and Louis-Philippe to supply numerous pieces to Fontainebleau, Versailles, Pau and the Tuileries. This pair of fauteuils are similar to a suite of furniture ordered by Napoléon I in 1812 which was not used and was stored in the Garde-Meuble until 1838. It was subsequently moved to the salon de la famille of the Grand Trianon and currently remains at Versailles.
In very good condition and presentation; frames sturdy; wear to gilding mostly to handholds showing red bole undercoat; some wear to edges and carved detail of armrest showing red bole undercoat; some minor chips to gilding showing gesso. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.