Pair of Early 20th Century Hand-Painted European Japonisme Chairs

An intricately hand-painted pair of decorative chairs crafted in the Early 20th Century. The design is a European interpretation of crafts imported from Japan. These round-seat chairs are lacquered in a black-brown finish. The artisans have delicately painted idyllic landscapes rendered in gilt paint. These scenes adorn the seats and the backrests, while floral and Greek key patterns cover surfaces throughout. Also noteworthy are the sculptural curves that echo the patterning. The legs culminate into scrolled feet.


Overall the chairs are in fair condition with wear that is consistent with their age and use. There are areas of one chair that have chipped and missing edges. There is craquelure that cover the surfaces, which give the chairs character. The chairs could use some repair to restore the the chipped sections.

22.25 in. width
23 in. depth
34.5 in. height
28 in. arm height

19.5 in. height
17.75 in. width
19.5 in. depth

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