French Louis XV Style Carved Fruitwood Barrel Back Vanity Bench
First quarter of the 20th Century, Rococo Revival Period
Item # 120010QPE08
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This is a cute little bench in the Louis XV taste, probably original designed as a Lady's Vanity Bench for in front of a dressing table or bureau. It is remarkably versatile though, having diminutive height with full proportions for the seat and width (20" height to the seat), making it an excellent selection for in front of a desk or as a reading chair in the corner. The crisply carved fruitwood is noteworthy, the crest a complex work of outward flowing acanthus leaves over S-scrolls flanking scales, the entire crest topped by a small flower. It flows into a tight carved frame of thin lines, backswept and barrel back to culminate in curved arm supports that flow directly into the cabriole legs with acanthus carved knees, each terminating over french toes of multiple scrolls. The upholstery is heavily buckled, the webbing and springs will need to be completely repaired, but is structurally incredibly sturdy and strong and ready for another century of life. This is a fun piece that can be implemented into so many design scenarios. With some fresh upholstery, it will quickly be the most charming part of the room.
Measurements: 25" wide x 24" deep x 30 1/4" high; 20" high to seat
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