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Love-Seat and Pair of Louis XIV Armchairs

antique love seat and 2 chairs

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Item 3212

Love-Seat and Pair of Louis XIV Chairs

Dimensions

(in inches)

Wood

Walnut

Date

Circa 1900

Country

France

Price

$1,787

Description

It is unusual to find a pair of matching Louis XIV style chairs along with a love seat in such fine  condition in terms of sturdiness and stability, and even rarer to find them made of walnut rather than beech or other cheaper hardwoods.  The walnut is solid, well-carved and with a nice patina.

The upholstery is not original and while we were tempted to re-cover these pieces in something more contemporary than the flocked floral pattern currently adorning them, they are being sold as-is to give their eventual buyer the choice of something more contemporary and suitable for intended use.

It is interesting that as reinterpretations of the classic Louis XIV armchair are executed nearer to our own time, the carving gets more approximate to the point that the classic acanthus leaf ornament has virtually disappeared.  Therefore, this set encompassing both chairs and love-seat is an exquisite reminder of a late 19th century style, flawless in its execution.

 

Reference

Quette, Anne-Marie, Le Mobilier Franšais Louis XIII et Louis XIV (Editions Massin, Paris, 1996); Rousseau, Francis, Le Grand Livre des Meubles (Copyright Studio, Paris, 1999)

 

Uses

As with all our pieces, these are sturdy and comfortable with many years of additional life in them.

 

antique settee

 

base of antique settee in louis xiv style

 

arm of settee

 

antique settee side view
base

base detail

 

back of love seat or settee

 

2 upholstered dining chairs

 

side view of upholstered dining chair

 

base of dining chair

 

detail of base of chair

 

back of upholstered antique dining chairs