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Low armchair - Grand fauteuil à assise basse garni à carreau

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By: Paris, circa 1725-1730 € Régence period.

Description: Beech with natural finish.

Stylistically, this armchair is entirely characteristic of the Régence style. As early as 1720, in fact, the decoration that would make the Louis XV style from 1730 onwards so popular, had been already been invented, in particular the aquatic motifs: shells, molluscs, and concretions. Symmetry, however, was the rule concerning the general design of these pieces, and it reigned until the appearance of the rocaille style around 1730. Here, the lines are still very sober, with the discreet, symmetrical fret work being a clear indication that the piece is of the Régence style. The straight chair rails joined at right angles, and the rectilinear armrests with ample room left for the upholsterer to show his skill, indicate how very close this armchair still is to the Louis XIV style. The characteristic shell decoration, the legs set at 45° angles and the armrest supports set back from the front legs are innovations that distance the piece from armchairs made during the reign of the Sun King. The latter detail would become indispensable when dresses with paniers came into fashion, a moment that with the aid of François Boucher, Histoire de costume, can be dated to around 1715. Pierre Barbier, in his Journal, on the contrary, dates it very precisely to 1728. In reality, it became very much the rule as of 1720-1730, and this remained the case until 1768-1770.

The desire for comfort that emanates from this armchair is itself very typical of the Régence period. Weary of protocol and the etiquette of the Grand Siècle, both the bourgeoisie and the aristocracy were in fact greatly attracted by smaller-sized rooms and wanted them conveniently furnished, particularly by less monumental chairs, in which one was allowed to relax. This art de vivre is marvelously rendered in the famous painting by Jean-François de Troy: La lecture de Molière (Reading Molière), which can be dated to around 1728, (Feray, J., Architecture intérieure et décoration en France des origines à 1875, Paris, 1988, p. 252, ill.). In it, we find armchairs that are very similar to this one, with very low seats, fully upholstered backs, and very long armrests, the upholstery entirely covering the point where they join the back. When their seats were not fitted with a removable cushion and bolster, an abundance of small cushions provided an agreeable replacement. We would also mention an armchair from the same peri

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  • Origin : UNITED STATES
  • Materials : Beech
  • Color : Red
  • Style : Régence

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