This single fauteuil, or armchair, was hand-carved in walnut wood in France during the late 1800’s. The backrest and seat have recently been reupholstered with a white muslin fabric, and a gimp border surrounds the backrest.
Carved holly leaves can be seen at the top of each arm, while shallow recessions run down the gently sloping supports. The arms terminate in volute scrolls that are adorned with interlaced S-scrolls with foliate embellishments above another holly leaf. The arm stumps beneath are grooved S-scrolls with a foliate margent carving.
A sinuous X-shaped stretcher adds stability to the scrolled legs. The legs and the stretcher continue the channeled motif seen on the arms and stumps. The front legs have similar décor to the volute scrolls of the arms, with interlaced scrolls and foliate flourishes. All four legs are affixed to small pad feet, sometimes referred to as “Dutch feet”.
During the Middle Ages, members of the aristocracy had chairs crafted to resemble thrones used by royalty. Fauteuils, such as our late 19th century walnut armchair continued to have the high back associated with early chairs. The straight back is offset by the highly scrolled arms, legs, and stretchers, adding elegance to the armchair’s appeal. This chair can be used with a variety of styles and color schemes.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor losses to wood on the back of the seatback. Light rubs and nicks to chair frame. The chair has recently been reupholstered.