A rare solid wood armchair carved from the trunk of a thousand-year-old olive tree 80 cm in diameter.
Our armchair, which is more a naturalist sculpture than a seat, testifies to the inventiveness of its creator who knew how to tame the constraints of the bulb of the tree and the roots to deliver us this throne.
The back presents a blazon with a crossed out coat of arms.
The back is carved with a fleur-de-lis, an olive branch and a 5 francs silver coin with the effigy of King Louis XVIII.
Very beautiful patina, small lacks and small breaks.
Provencal work of the Restoration period around 1815.
Height: 83 cm; diameter: 80 cm
Our opinion :
The seat that we present is a symbolic throne made to celebrate the return of the monarchy and the taking of power in 1815 of the one who was Count of Provence before becoming king under the name of Louis XVIII.
After the terrible exactions of the revolution, after the terror, the emigration, the endless Napoleonic wars and the worry to see the country delivered to the foreigners, the re-establishment of the monarchy and the advent of the younger brother of Louis XVI were an immense relief for the members of the nobility.
This advent was celebrated all over the country.
The back of our throne perfectly symbolizes this immense hope, the olive branch emblem of peace, the effigy of the king and the fleur de Lys, delivers a message of peace found with the restoration of the monarchy and the return of the royal family.
Of course, in order for our hypothesis to be verified, we had to deposit the coin and find a mint date corresponding to the first coins issued during the reign of Louis XVIII.
Our coin minted in Bayonne in 1815 (photo reverse) is one of the first examples and presents a lack of wear on the reverse which proves that it was embedded in the seat from the beginning of the restoration.
Finally the use of this effigy can only be understood at the beginning of this period because very quickly the disillusionment was great and made the king Louis XVIII unpopular.
The coat of arms present on the coat of arms of the seat was probably crossed out during the fall of Louis Philippe a few decades later.
Nevertheless, our imposing throne with its strong symbolism constitutes a Provençal sculpture of first plan while being a moving testimony of the past.
Price : on request