Unusual pair very finely carved Louis XVI fauteuils with original oil gilding attributed to Antoine Gaillard. Each rectangular backrest is separated from the pomegranate-finial surmounted columnar side uprights. The rails and backrest are carved with very fine bead and twisted lozenge moldings. The incurvated armrest supports are carved with rope framed acanthus motifs and rosettes. The chairs rest on fluted paterae headed legs.
Oil gilding is rare on very high quality chairs. It was probably used in this case in order not to obscure the exquisite carving with gesso.
Nicolay illustrates a very similar armchair having an oval separated backrest inset into a crested top rail instead of the rectangular back of the present chairs. (See: Jean Nicolay: L’Art et la Manière des Maîtres Ébénistes Français au XVIIIe Siècle; Guy le Prat, Paris, 1956. Page 190, Fig. F)