In the style of Charles Dudouyt (1885-1846), a famed French woodworker whose designs are noted for their use of natural materials (in this case, beech and straw) and minimalist carvings, this pair of low fireplace chairs were hand-carved circa 1940 in France. Most of the rails and stretcher connectors of the chairs are thick and circular; the main exception is the front connector, which is turned. Both the legs and back rails are topped with large, ball finials, giving the chairs a unique appearance. Perhaps the most opulent aspect of each chair is the rush seat, woven in a diagonal cross pattern. With their distinct look and low seat H of 11 ½ inches, these beech and rush chairs are perfect seating for a fireside area.
CONDITION: Very good condition, with minor nicks and rubs to wood frames. Very light age separations to some fibers on the rush seats. Traces of old sealant to wood in some areas.