They are credited with the invention of a type of Neo-Classicism that combines Egyptian forms with those of the Greco-Roman era.
In Nagel’s sale in Stuttgart on May 17-18, a pair of mahogany armchairs by an unknown, probably north European cabinetmaker from the early 19th century, is coming under the hammer.
The fauteuils were certainly inspired by the style propagated by Percier and Fontaine. Even in those parts of Europe where the completed pieces could not be found, the designs were widely available in numerous publications.
The front legs are carved with lion heads and claw feet; they are partly painted in green and gold.
The chairs, which are unrestored, are expected to bring €25,000-35,000.