Pair of French Louis XV Style Rococo Revival Bergere Arm Chairs
Parlor Suite Set, probably c. 1870-90
Item # 120010TUT22
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This is a gorgeous pair of Rococo Revival bergere arm chairs of the Louis XV taste from the last quarter of the 19th Century, each with a brilliant gold re-gilded finish. They carefully replicate each other in overall design while maintaining distinct variations in every single carving, adding visual interest and complexity. The smaller chair was crafted with perfect proportions to still be a full size chair despite it's diminutive stature, though that being said, both chairs do have slightly short seat heights at 14-15" versus the typical 17-19" seat height. The crest is a wonderful display of the carver's skill, each with bold shell formations interlaced with foliage that flows out along the molded rail, each arm curving slightly outward with rounded hand holds over cabriole arm supports, wrapping somewhat around the comfortable floral upholstered seat. The chair apron nearly mirrors the crest, again a fantastic shell carving highlighted at the focal point; the chair rests over four cyma-curve legs terminating in sharp scrolled french toes.
This is a magnificent pair of chairs for any formal sitting room, fully functional and comfortable for regular use in the home. They are a perfect pair for any serious decorator or anyone passionate about the Louis XV style, adding warmth and beauty without dominating a room. In outstanding visual condition, this pair is a classical design, one that never never goes out of fashion, and well cared for they will last through several generations.
(smaller) 27" wide x 22-23" deep x 26 5/8" high; 14" high to seat
(larger) 30" wide x 25" deep x 31 1/2" high; 15" high to seat