Pair of Louis XV Style Associated Side & Arm Painted Carved Chairs
Continental, probably circa 1850-70
Item # 120009RQY16
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This pair of painted chairs are associated, meaning they are not an identical pair, but are rather upholstered to match and have very similar age and surfaces. However, as you examine the carvings and overall design, it quickly becomes clear that they were designed by different craftsmen during a very similar timeframe. Carved of the solid, the fruitwood frames have a nice molding about them, the side chair with a fruit-basket carving at the top and along the apron, the bergere arm chair with a plain molded frame flowing into the upholstered full arms. Each has a deep plush removable cushion, though both chairs should be reupholstered to truly experience them correctly. The fruitwood surfaces are covered with a thin gesso beneath the tarnished green paint, the oxidized white of the plaster showing through here and there on each distressed frame. With their preserved and original patina, these would make excellent "deconstructionism" subjects, to be upholstered in a way that the underpinnings and overall construction is exposed and unfinished. However, with a fine silk damask, they also would make outstanding chairs in a formal living room amongst Louis XV decor. Sturdy and strong in all joints, this is a pair that can be used functionally and regularly in your home without concern. They are built to last many lifetimes and in terms of construction, they are still quite young. Well preserved, these chairs will easily be enjoyed for a lifetime.
(arm chair) 26 1/2" wide x 26 1/2" deep x 35 1/4" high; 20" high to seat
(side chair) 22 1/2" wide x 20" deep x 35 3/4" high; 20" high to seat
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