Renaissance Revival Chairs With Marked Mounts
A recent Rare Victorian site visitor shared with me some images of a set of high-style Renaissance Revival chairs with very high quality mounts. I have done a fair amount of digging on deciding whether the set is properly categorized as Egyptian Revival or Neo-Grec. I have even consulted with James Stevens Curl who wrote the book on Egyptian Revival and his response was as follows:
the female head is not Egyptian, though it is influenced by Egyptianising figures: the uraeus has been replaced by what appears to be a bird, and the head-dress is not the Nemes of Egypt, but a sort of Red Indian concoction.
I was on the same path as Curl that the head-dress is not what is typically seen with Egyptian Revival. There is almost seems to be a representation of feathers. The ruffle around the waist of the figure also does not lend itself to suggesting Egyptian Revival.
So, for those of you who also like to nit-pick the details, what say you of classifying this set? I’m almost tempted to leave it categorized at the “Renaissance Revival” level due to the lack of pure direction with the themes.
Have you noticed the markings on the mounts? The winged globe (or disc) is an Egyptian motif, but is often disproportionately wider and is usually accompanied by uraei. See here. This piece is marked by “AR” and the female figures have an “R” on the top of her head-dress. With the presence of “AR” and what looks to be a New York origin, one might be tempted to suggest it was made by Alexander Roux, but I question whether Roux would be that overt with his moniker. The inside of the brass hooves on the chair feet are marked with an “R” as well.
Images of two the chairs follow in matching red upholstery. There is a third matching chair of a different fabric and a non-matching sofa that I also hope to share in the upcoming posts.
I recommend hitting the full screen view via the icon in the lower right to see the set in it’s full glory: