Georges de Feure
Georges de Feure
ash, fabric upholstery
31 ¼ x 26 ½ x 22 in. (79.3 x 67.3 x 55.8 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The chairs appear to have been sensitively refinished at some point in their history to revitalize the rich quality of the ash. The wood surfaces present with scattered surface scratches and minor abrasions concentrated to the edges and consistent with gentle use. The wooden surfaces with occasional areas of sensitive inpainting concentrated to the edges of the piece which are not visually distracting. The armchair has been reupholstered at some point in the history of the piece with a light pink fabric with green leaf motifs. The fabric presents very well overall with some extremely minimal wear and occasional minor discolorations. The frontside of the seat with some very minor lifting to the fabric upholstery covering an area measuring approximately 5 in. wide. The underside of the legs with later protective foot pads. This lot is accompanied by a magazine holder clad in matching fabric measuring 13 3/4 x 19 1/8 x 13 in., which is in very good condition. The fabric presents with areas of light wear and faint discoloration, minor fraying concentrated to the edges and light surface soiling concentrated to the interior. The brass handles are in very good condition with minor surface scratches and abrasions to the edges consistent with gentle use.
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.
Gabriel P. Weisberg, Art Nouveau Bing: Paris Style 1900, exh. cat., New York, 1986, p. 184 (for a period photograph of the model)
R. Craig Miller, Modern Design in the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1890-1990, New York, 1990, p. 19 (for an example of the model in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Ian Millman, Georges De Feure, Maître du Symbolisme et de l'Art Nouveau, Paris, 1992, pp. 152 and 155-156