Hand-carved in France during the Louis XVI period (roughly 1774-1792), this pair of fauteuils cabriolet has lovely floral tapestry upholsteries with light gray backgrounds affixed by nailheads to greige parcel painted frames. The wood also has a creamy undertone, while the tapestry cartouches feature blue, gold, red, beige, and brown highlights. Both manchettes and the oval seat are covered in the same tapestry, while the back of the seat back features a green and gray gingham pattern.
En cabriolet chairs feature a curved seat back, and our pair is medallion shaped, before tapering inward near the bottom, giving the back a basket-like appearance (chairs such as these are described as en hotte, which is a basket used for grape harvesting). There is a tied crinkle ribbon at the top of the seat back. Emanating from behind the ends of the bow is a recessed fluting that continues along the arms and arm stumps. The stumps slope gracefully beneath the wide-swinging arms that mirror the shape of the seat. A second crinkle ribbon bow can be seen on the front of the seat. All four of the tapering legs are adorned with chandelle fluting with a ring above an arrow foot.
Known for elegant, yet simplistic forms, Louis XVI chairs were often painted to match wall paneling of the rooms in which they were placed. The neutral color of our pair of fauteuils with tapestry upholstery allows them to be paired with many style of interior designs.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor rubs and age separations to wood frames. Buildup and light wear to upholstery commensurate to age and use. Acceptable paint losses resulting in a parcel finish.