classic Louis XIV style armchair is hand-carved in old-growth French walnut,
giving it a beautiful patina. With its
broad seat and straight back, this chair is typical of the style from earlier
in the reign of Louis XIV when the armchair was evolving from the smaller,
straight-backed chairs of Louis XIII's time to accommodate the more ample and
elaborate clothing popular in during the later King's reign at Versailles.
What ismost striking about these chairs are the intricately carved lions' heads acting
as the front of the armrests. Reminding
us more of the lions with stylized manes from sculpture of Hellenistic Greece
than those commonly depicted in 19th century French furniture, they are
magnificently rendered and flawlessly preserved.
Inkeeping with the leonine theme when restoring and recovering this chair, we
selected a fabric featuring lions rampant in a broad coat-of-arms including a
crown and fleur-de-lys. The field is a
rich burgundy color highlighted with blue, red and gold.
As withall our chairs, this one is sturdy with all the joints strong - no wobbles.