Hand-carved in France, circa 1880, this pair of giltwood fauteuils are in the style of Louis XVI. Typical of chairs from this period, the four fluted and tapering legs are paired with a ringed protuberance above the arrow feet.
Both chairs have a rectangular back with canted upper corners, surrounded by a similarly shaped wood frame that is adorned with a protruding crown of gadrooning. On both sides of this motif is a pinecone finial atop a vertical rail embellished with fluting. The rails gently slope downwards into manchettes before terminating in volutes adorned with a repeating trefoil motif. Beneath the arms are fluted arm stumps with large acanthus leaves above square joints that are festooned with florets (the floret appears only on the front legs; the back are blocks). The seat sits above a repeating foliate motif that is also seen on the chair back.
The original upholstery of the chairs has been long removed, allowing a future owner the determine the final color, pattern, and texture of the fabric. A white cotton upholstery can be added upon request. Please contact us for details. Today, this elegant pair of 19th century French fauteuils can be placed in any living room, bedroom or sitting room.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor nicks and rubs. Light buildup and acceptable losses to gilding. The old muslin, which is commensurate to the age and use, needs to be replaced.