This pair of Regence style banquettes was produced in France in the late 1800’s. A banquette is an elongated bench without a backrest that is designed to accommodate several sitting people. First seen in the 15th century, the banquette gained popularity in the 17th century as a light and portable alternative to the recently created sofas.
Regence style furniture is perceived to be more delicate than furniture from the periods that came before. Pieces from this period focus on intimacy, comfort, and pleasure. The plush tufted velour seats are soft to the touch and the light blue color enhances the silvered bases.
Elements synonymous with Regence, such as diapered backgrounds and palmettes, adorn the six tapered legs that terminate into block feet. The graceful and fluid motifs that highlight this style can be seen in the aprons and stretchers of each banquette. On display are water leaves rising from acanthus leaf rinceaux and shells flanked by C-scrolls, which is sometimes referred to as cintre.
These late 19th century French Regence style banquettes can be used at the foot of beds. They can also be placed in an entrance or hallway with a small side table in-between.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition. The color of the velour of each banquette is not identical, as one has been lightened by sun exposure. Light staining to both velour and minor buildup to silvering. Minor wear