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Louis Majorelle Pair of "Aubépines" Armchairs


A plush pair of "Aubépines" armchairs by Louis Majorelle from the Art Nouveau period boasts a low and elegant profile. Executed in oak, the baluster contour back of the works rests on elegantly curved saber legs. The crown of the back, the arm, and the seat supports are all decorated with joyously carved hawthorn leaves and berries.

Customization: The chairs are currently upholstered in a dark puce satin fabric embroidered with white dandelions, but can be reupholstered in any colorway of your choosing upon request.

*Please allow minimum 4 weeks for custom upholstery.*

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Item #: F-20294
Artist: Louis Majorelle
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 33.125" height, 26.75" width, 26.75" deep
Materials: Walnut, Velvet 
Literature: Similar chairs are pictured in: Majorelle - Nancy: décorations d'intérieurs: meubles, tentures, bronzes, ferronneries (the 1906 Majorelle catalogue); and in:  Louis Majorelle: Master of Art Nouveau Design, by Alastair Duncan, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1991, p. 200

Norman peasants wore hawthorn sprigs in their hats as a reminder of Christ’s crown of thorns. Hawthorns were believed to hold apotropaic (magically protective) qualities, a quality quite attractive to France’s superstitious peasantry. Hawthorns were also seen as an acceptable alternative to church to pray if someone was a long way from church, and it was traditional for mothers to pray at these trees for the health of their children.

According to Émile Gallé, Majorelle’s friend and President of the local horticultural society, many new hawthorn species from Central and East Asia had made their way to Nancy, France. Coinciding with the 1876 Russian annexation of Turkestan, one of the presiding Colonels, Korolkov, sent a new hawthorn species to Baden-Baden (Germany). The new species was much appreciated by the Nancy horticultural community for its sizeable berries and shiny foliage.