Very Fine French Louis XV Style Gilt Painted Carved Fauteuil Arm Chair
France, circa 1850-75
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The detail in this chair is simply outstanding, with masterfully executed carvings flowing across the entire frame, it's gold gilt paint oxidizing and wearing into an incredibly fine patina and a deep upholstery bringing old country comfort to this work of art. The crest is carved with a familiar floral arrangement, flowing down into the molded frame and crawling outwards from it. Two carved finials top a square molded frame, with deep infinity designs carved along the center and foliage spilling down from a rosette motif. These flank a broad upholstered trapezoidal back, flowing down into two upholstered arms with carved arm rests. The top of each arm rest has a tiny filled peg, masking a screw that beneath the wood locks the support into the arm rest. Each arm rest curves inward, with deep carved molding and leafing at the bottom. The deep seat is stuffed over the frame, rimmed by the infinity design carved around the entire apron, broken only by the swirled rosette at the center and both corners above the legs. The frame rests over four cabriole legs terminating over french toes.
This fine work of art is a must-have for any collector of the Louis XV design, or the designer with a formal room in need of a focal point. It is a conversation piece as well as a wonderful seating piece for practical regular use. It is strong, comfortable and gorgeous - all the elements of well designed formal decor. It is a chair that will be treasured in your home for several generations.
25 3/4" wide x 21" deep x 36 1/2" high; seat rests 17" above the ground
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