Maker: Manner of A. M. E. Fournier (French, active after 1850)

Date: ca. 1860

Culture: French, probably Paris

Medium: Gilded wood, upholstered in modern green tufted velvet

Dimensions: 45 3/8 x 26 1/2 x 24 3/4 in. (115.3 x 67.3 x 62.9 cm)

Classification: Woodwork-Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.382


With its deeply tufted back and seat, this innovative and amusing armchair epitomizes the desire for originality and variety combined with a concern for comfort that was charactersitic of the Second Empire. Seat furniture carved in this manner is generally associated with the Parisian upholsterer A.M.E. Fournier, who supplied at least one rope stool, now at the Musée National du Château de Compiègne.