This masterfully carved armchair is typical of the transitional period in Roman decorative arts, when the rococo, seen here in the lightly sinuous legs and armrests, was gradually superseded by the nascent neoclassical movement, manifest in the guilloche carving along the moulded edges and profile medallions in the seat and crest rails. The present lot forms part of a larger set of chairs of the same design but with variations to the medallions. One example was formerly in the Alberto Bruni Tedeschi Collection, sold Sotheby's London, March 21, 2007, lot 131. Another pair was exhibited by Christophe de Quénetain at the Paris Biennale des Antiquaires in September 2010, where the design was attributed to the architect Antonio Asprucci and the execution to Antonio Landucci, who worked for leading members of the Papal Court including Prince Marcantonio Borghese.
Scattered minor losses and rubbing to gilding throughout. Some small age cracks and minor nicks to edges of rails. Restoration to lower section of central medallion on front seat rail. Old worm holes to rails. Velvet upholstery in good condition, chosen by Juan Pablo Molyneux. 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.