C1820 PAIR French Louis XVI style Medallion Back Fauteuil Armchairs

$5,250.00 The Classic Pair


Made just on 200 years ago, a little later than when "Bridgerton" is set, this pair of Louis XVI style Fauteuil en Cabriole (open armchairs with a concave back) is elegant, charming and comfortable. The front legs are tapered, fluted and cabled, while the rear legs are a little simpler and lack the cable. The painted finish is ivory, which has inspired the 20th century needlework in beige with flowers. The needlework covers are still quite useable. Painted finishes were popular as the furniture was easy to see with a single candle, so you did not trip over stray chairs. The medallion back is a timeless classic Louis XVI form that provided inspiration for Philippe Starck's 2002 transparent Louis Ghost Chair.  88cm tall, 58cm deep and 58 cm wide.

The construction is pretty much, but not entirely, the same as 18th century  craftsmanship. While the chairs appear stylistically to be C1780, they were in fact made about 1820, still 200 years ago, and very finely crafted by hand. The styles of Louis XV and XVI were revived under the reigns of Louis' brothers, after the Napoleonic hiatus. The political statement behind this was to demonstrate allegiance to the returned Bourbons, and the ancient line of Kings of France and Navarre. The Restauration period (1814-1848) is that of the reinstated Bourbon kings : Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis Philippe.

 

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