Origin: French Period: Modernist Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1930-40 Armchair 1: Height: 31” or 13” at seat Width: 27.5” Depth: 28.5” (all at extremities) Armchair 2: Height: 31.25” or 13” at seat Width: 26.75” Depth: 28” (all at extremities)
The attractively shaped pair of French modernist armchairs in burgundy panelled rexine and leather, being coil sprung and horsehair stuffed, the slanted backs with scroll ends to fanned barrel arms, the pair surviving from the second quarter of twentieth century France.
The condition of the chairs is good with no structural flaws to report. They are comfortable and stable with some areas of wear to the rexine as per the photographs, though with no large rips or tears. We have had to replace the seats with leather and match them in as they were absent. One chair is marginally smaller than the other as per the measurements above but one cannot tell on sight without measuring. There is one very small puncture to the reverse of one chair.
Modernism was an artistic movement that started in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century and is generally considered to have developed until the 1950s. Many artists of the time believed that the previous styles were outdated and didn't meet the needs of the industrialised world, so the goal of modernism was to define a new aesthetic for the modern world. It touched all forms of art and design, including furniture. Modernist furniture became known for its sober character and undecorated elegance with comfort and functionality often the priority and ornaments being considered unnecessary.