French Louis XV Style Carved Wingback Arm Chair (or Bergère)
Late 19th to Early 20th Century, probably c. 1880-1910, France
Item # 120012WIU03
This is a remarkable and precise work. A heavily and tastefully carved Louis XV Wingback Antique Arm Chair of the Rococo Revival period, this is an arm chair that was built to last with strong and heavy construction throughout. The crest is an ornate and complicated carving of flowing ribbon tied in a double-bow and interlaced with flowers that sprout over and along the frame, likewise carved carefully with a large twisted rope molding lined by a small twisted rope border. The arms flow down into curved handholds, the arm supports terminating in the frame with acanthus leaves sprouting up along the edges. These arms flank a deep and very comfortable down upholstered cushion, thick and very supportive, complimenting the overall cant of the chair - by leaning just slightly backwards, this is a simply wonderful chair to rest and lounge in. The apron is an intense display of flowers along a vine, acanthus leaves sprouting from beneath the cushion to peak out over the edge. The chair rests over cabriole front legs with intense multi-dimension floral carvings along the knees, flowing into scrolled french toes.
This is a simply gorgeous french arm chair for anyone passionate about the Louis XV design! Impeccably carved throughout the entire frame, constructed with a strength and sturdiness to the build that is atypical of this design, and ultimately very comfortable and enjoyable to lounge in, this is the perfect selection for your living room or sitting area. With a fine distressed surface, it is a visual delight you can enjoy for a lifetime, clearly crafted with strength to last well beyond our lifetime.
Measurements: 30" wide x approximately 35" deep x 41 1/8" high to crest; 21" high to the top of the cushion, the overall cushion dimensions being 21" wide x 24" deep.
Upholstery in overall "fair" condition - the majority of the upholstery in great condition, but a burn hole has been patched in the right wing along with a few spot stains here and there. Very sturdy and strong in all joints - a heavy and well crafted chair. White distressing probably added for charm - on the back of the frame, the white distressing is absent where someone may have tried applying wax and decided to stop. Down upholstered cushion. Minor wear to feet. Typical dings and abrasions as expected in any antique, none are noteworthy.