C1770 Gilt Wood Italian Open Armchair


This delightful Rococo Italian, late 18th century fauteuil or open armchair, is in robust condition, and there are chips from the leaf gilding commensurate with age. One of the great charms of 23 ct leaf gold is that the gilding wears over the centuries. This includes the little stripes where the gilding is twice as thick due to the slight overlapping of the square sheets of the thinly beaten gold. The wear also sometimes reveals a coloured bole beneath the gold, the gesso under that, and finally the wood substrate.

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