One of the most popular types of chairs from the reign of Louis XV was known as a cabriolet armchair, which was easy to move around to accommodate guests. The pair of parcel paint cabriolet armchairs seen here were hand-carved in France in the late 1800s, during a period of renewed interest in the great styles of the 18th century .
As is the case with most Louis XV cabriolet armchairs, the shoulder-high back is almost entirely upholstered, in this case, with off-white linen with cream accents (the upholstery is not original) that is affixed by numerous small nail heads. Both of the plush seats and small manchettes on each arm are covered in the same upholstery, which meshes well with the parcel paint wood frames that have a cream finish with elements of a French blue gray.
All four legs are supplely carved, with cabriole legs adorned with small volutes in the front and roughly blocked feet in the back with a subtle outswing. The sinuously shaped front apron is embellished with a small floral margent, with a larger version gracing the top of the seat back. Our parcel paint cabriolet armchairs would make excellent seating options for an intimate area such as a sunroom or library fireplace.
CONDITION: Very good condition with minor age separations, light nicks, and fleabites to the wood frames. Very light runs to the linen upholstery, which is not original.