While the illusion of twisted and knotted rope, which is associated with the work of the Parisian upholsterer A. M. E. Fournier, is indicative of the mid-nineteenth-century’s flair for novelty, the chair’s curvilinear outline is characteristic of the Rococo Revival. The voluminous tufted upholstery, which was complementary to the popular style.
Upholstery springs, first employed in the eighteenth century for carriages and gymnastic chairs, came into more general use in the 1820s, making seating furniture more comfortable. By the third quarter of the nineteenth century, the art of the upholsterer rivaled that of the cabinetmaker, as evidenced at the 1867 International Exhibition, where the majority of exhibitors of fine quality cabinet furniture, such as Jeanselme and Fourdinois, also described themselves as upholsterers. A set of stools of similar design designed by Fournier is at the Château de Compiègne and inspired the Baccarat glass factory to manufacture glass seats in this style.
Armchair, ca. 1860, French, Gilded wood, -Green tufted velvet (1998.382) From The METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Napoleon III gilt wood “rope” stool with green velvet cover Kevin Stone Antiques
Italian Carved and Gilt Wood Rope Stool
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Design Toscano sells a wonderful tufted upholstered roped ottoman that has a ton of potential for being a very high end piece in your home. While it may not be the typical french look, it can be re-upholstered if you don’t like the look of leather. Consider a high end colored velvet with a gilt gold leafed frame . If you like the look Design Toscano sells this ottoman for $249 on Amazon
French Napoleon III “rope” tabouret in gilt wood newly covered in Clarence House silk velvet “Jaguar”. Kevin Stone Antiques
A pair of pink chairs with gold rope-like frames – Seen on Lonny Magazine
Original Antique French Carved and Gilded Knotted “Rope” Footstool
With the appearance of twisted and knotted rope, this antique stool is like the work of famed Parisian upholsterer A. M. E. Fournier. There are similar stools to this by Fournier at the Château de Compiègne. Antiques on Old Plank Road
France c.1870 A Napoleon III finely-carved giltwood rope twist stool, in the form of entwined rope knotted at the base, now upholstered with deep-buttoned red silk velvet. In the manner of A.M.E. Fournier. 1stdibs.us.com
An ottoman of carved wood crafted to resemble twisted and knotted rope. The wood has beautiful paint and gilt surface with lovely patina. The ottoman was recently rebuilt and reupholstered with a washed Irish linen finished with french nails. VOL. 1 antiques
Russian neo-classical mahogany and brass armchair, ca. 1800 at
Antoine Chenevière Fine Arts Ltd.
Manuel Canovas is unmistakably French in style with each new collection inspired by the spirit of the art de vivre associated with 18th century France yet re-interpreted to contemporary taste. Luxurious fabrics are instantly recognisable by bold and unusual color harmonies, in company with vibrant shades of rose Indian, anis, amethyst and turquoise
Italian Carved Rope Chairs, Pair $3455 Visit onekingslane.com