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This chair is part of the suite of giltwood furniture, given by Napoleon to his uncle, Cardinal Joseph Fesch. He was the Archbishop of Paris and Lyon, and a major art collector. He served as France’s ambassador to the Holy See of Rome. Most of his furniture collection was sold from his house in Paris after his decision to return to Rome. The furniture now on display at Duff House was most probably bought by Sir James Erskine of Torrie in the Fesch sale of 1816. The armrests of this chair are supported by delicately carved acanthus-tailed griffins. The chair’s covers are of cut silk-velvet interwoven with gold thread. This type of silk velvet is the only surviving example in existence. The cost of this fabric would have been extravagant, even in Napoleon’s time. From the Dunimarle Collection. On loan from The Mrs Magdalene Sharpe Erskine Trust.
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Late 18th Century
h 1100mm (h 3' 7 5/16")
w 745mm (w 2' 5 5/16")
d 660mm (d 2' 2")
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