An armchair in walnut, caning, leather, and fabric. French, 18th century...
A Regency period armchair in walnut, caning, leather, and fabric. French, 18th century.
The armchair has a flat, shaped back, curving armrests, and a generous shaped seat with an undulating apron (quite special). It stands on 4 cabriolet legs that end in lovely scrolling toes. The back and seat are caned.
The chair is prominently and intricately carved all over. Shell and cartouche designs figure on the top rail, front and both side rails of the seat, and at the knees. Other carved designs include stylized leaf, vine, palmette, trellis and acanthus designs.
The chair has a natural finish with a warm patina. The armrests are upholstered in a tan leather, and the chair has two removable seat cushions - one in tan leather (that matches the leather of the armrests), and one that is newly upholstered in a silk and wool fabric from Lelievre and a decorative fringe by Houles.
The chair is the work of a Parisian menuisier (master joiner / chairmaker) circa 1730.
Excellent overall condition, displaying incidental wear as normal for its age. Minor repairs over time. The chair is structurally sound and the caning is firm. The leather on the armrests and seat cushion shows some staining and wear. The fabric seat cushion is newly upholstered.
With its beautiful lines and proportions, this elegant armchair is both masculine and refined. It's fine and intricate carving, fresh and vivid, displays the lively motifs found as styles transitioned from the Regence to the Louis XV periods. A truly superb and special piece.
Height: 94.5 cm
Width: 66.5 cm
Depth: 60 cm