Good C1820 Pair of Restauration, Louis XV style Fauteuil Armchairs

$3,950.00 were $5250 the sophisticated pair

This sophisticated pair of fauteuil (open armchairs) has a horseshoe shaped seat with the legs set in the curve, on the diagonal, which is very complex joinery. The violin shaped back is a la Reine (flat!). The construction is pretty much, but not entirely, the same as 18th century  craftsmanship. While the chairs appear stylistically to be C1760, 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 is that of the reinstated Bourbon kings: Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis Philippe.

The chairs are mortice and tenon and pegged, and the painted decoration is probably the original. The old velvet looks fabulous, but if one were to use them regularly, new upholstery would be a good idea.

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