C1780 Pair Scalamandre Covered Louis XVI Period Bergere Armchairs


We have Australia's largest collection of 18th century French chairs. Certificates of authenticity available.

This pair of C1780 French Louis XVI bergere a la Reine from the time of Marie Antoinette,  are beech, originally painted, and this decoration is about 35 years old, and is copied directly from original decoration remaining on another period chair. The chairs have  been covered in a yellow Scalamandre lampas. Scalamandre fabrics being the highest quality, and jacquard, the fabric should last at least a century. Similar Scalamandre fabrics are now at least $500 a metre. Bought in Paris in 1984, the pair was disassembled and reglued, redecorated in period style.

87cm tall, 70cm deep, and 64cm wide.

They are illustrated in The Australian Room, 1999, appeared in the film Voluntary Act, 1999, and have appeared in the ABC's television programme The Collectors with Gordon Brown

The similar needlework covered chair is in the Louvre. This is a  Bergere from a set made for Madame Elisabeth,  the sister of Louis XVI. Made by Boulard C.1780 the set of chairs was commissioned to take the needlework upholstery worked by the king's sister. This upholstery still remains on the chair: a rare survivor of 18th century taste. https://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/bergere-and-four-chairs

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