DESCRIPTION: Louis XVI, French antique Montgolfier chair, circa 18th C. Originally designed by John-Baptiste Bernard Demay for queen of France, Marie Antoinette, to mark the augural flight of the hot-air balloon in 1783. Hand-carved with sculpted hot-air balloon on back splat bearing the monogram “M” for Marie Antoinette. Rich natural patina. Antiqued Veg-tan full-grain aniline leather with antiqued nail-head trim and tapered fluted legs. Dove-tail joints have been re-enforced.
COLOUR: Cognac Brown leather, natural wood patina*
DIMENSIONS: Height: 36¼”, Width: 18”
PREVIOUS LIFE: Discovered as a needle-in-a-haystack, this chair was spotted atop a pile of “forgotten” dusty chairs in a furniture finishing factory north of Toronto, Ontario. No upholstered seat but serpent coils were intact.
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CHAIR'S NAME: "Beau" is the founder's only nephew and Hollis Newton's master craftsman, Russell's son.
CARE: To clean leather, use a conditioner every 6-12 months and wipe up spills as they occur with a clean cloth. Avoid using normal cleaning supplies—like soaps, detergents, solvents, etc. which can discolour leather. If leather furniture is placed near a sunny window or heat source, accelerated drying may occur in which case you may want to condition every 3-4 months.
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