Five-Piece Louis XV-Style Giltwood Parlor Suite
late 19th century, consisting of a settee and four fauteuils, all with a slightly domed padded back surmounted by a foliate shell and floral crest, joined by padded out-scrolled arms to the like seat, raised above a shaped apron on paneled cabriole legs headed by floral capitals and ending in scrolled toes on casters, all upholstered in floral-patterned tapestry.
settee h. 46", w. 74-1/2", d. 25-1/2", fauteuil h. 41"
Provenance: Collection of Reuben L. "Buzz" Harper, Natchez, Mississippi.
In overall very good condition. The pieces all appear to retain period, probably original, needlework
upholstery with normal wear, some light staining and evidence of minor past repairs. The under-
upholstery also appears to be largely original. The cording/trim and upholstery on the verso of the backs
appears to be later.
There is rubbing to the gilt and gesso, with some losses, most notably around perimeter edges and
scattered inpainting throughout. The carved surfaces exhibit normal chips and flakes to their edges.
There is a more notable loss to the top of the shell on the sofa crest.
The chairs all appear to be sturdy and functional, with tight legs, arms and backs. There is very slight
movement in the arm of one armchair. All but one armchair retain old French casters of the period with