Pair of Antique French Painted Louis XVI Directoire Armchairs circa 1880
This pair of elegant antique painted French armchairs (fauteuils in French) circa 1880 possess the refined sculpted details developed at the end of the eighteenth century. Chairs were seen as moveable pieces of the cabinet making arts and as such were designed to be seen from all directions while showing off their beautiful proportions. These chairs have a square back defined by a carved ribbon twist border along with a moulded frame. The same ribbon twist pattern also outlines the seat frame with its bow front. A subtle detail to see is the manner in which the ribbon twist moves in opposite directions where it meets in the middle of the chair back and seat. Be sure to use the enlarge and zoom function to see this clearly in the photographs. The four legs are all cylindrical in shape with fluting that extends around the entire circumference before ending in a simple taper. All of these motifs are Louis XVI in origin but in this pair of antique French fauteuils the evolution of style is evident. Both arms are supported by a tall and slender carved vase reminiscent of those seen in the ancient Classical civilizations of Greece and Rome. Popularized during the French Directoire period (1798-1804) after the French Revolution had overthrown the aristocracy but before Napoleon I had come to power the major influence of design was the discovery and dissemination of the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy. These arms are different than the arms used during the reign of Louis XVI which have a sloped profile with the same moulded shape as the back instead of this marvelously decorative effect. The painted finish highlights all the details on the armchairs giving them a light and modern appeal as does the fresh upholstery with its brilliant colouration.
WIDTH: 24 in | HEIGHT: 36 in | DEPTH: 23 in
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