C1795 Very RARE PAIR of Directoire period Marquise Armchairs
A marquise is a very wide armchair with enclosed arms. They are quite rare indeed, and excruciatingly so in Australia. In addition, the pair of wide bergeres is very comfortable, small in scale as suits new apartments and terrace houses, as it hen suited apartments in Paris during the French Revolution. Directoire period furniture, made during the reign of the Directory, 1795-1799, so just after The Terror, is characterised by very elegant forms, based on Classical furniture. Gilding, heavy carving, silk upholstery and such ostentatious luxuries were avoided as it was tactful to distance oneself from the old aristocracy. The guillotine was still waiting for clients! Directoire furniture was typically upholstered in simple printed cotton: toile du Jour.
This wonderful pair will soon be polished up and recovered. At present, the choice of covering could be yours.
77 cm tall, 77 cm wide, and 58 cm deep. For a single 19th century COPY:https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/seating/bergere-chairs/19th-century-french-painted-directoire-style-marquise-chair/id-f_14193152/
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