Bergere chairs are armchairs with closed sides, as opposed to the open armrests seen in chairs prior to the early 18th century. Designed for comfort and relaxation, bergère chairs feature a deeper and wider design than its predecessor, the fauteuil. This fabulous pair of Louis XVI style armchairs were crafted by Maison Gouffé, in Paris, circa 1940.
The wood frames have been painted antique white, which offers a stark contrast to the light brown leather that has been affixed to the seating areas and arms via hundreds of iron nailheads. Slender manchettes and cylindrical bolster pillows have been upholstered in the same leather. The frames have been hand-carved with acanthus leaf and volutes motifs along the armrests. Square joineries have a floret carving on the front side, with recessed square molding on the other three sides. The carved recessions can also be seen along the top of the back and the arm stumps. Each leg has been carved with tapering chandelle legs (known during Louis XVI as gaine legs) and bun feet.
Pierre Gouffé was a famous maker of period furniture with a studio in central Paris. In the late 1930’s/early 1940’s, Gouffe would employee a designer, Jean Royere, who specialized in contemporary design. Utilizing the knowledge of both craftsmen, Maison Gouffe was able to produce high quality furniture such as this pair of Louis XVI style leather armchairs.
CONDITION: Good condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including light staining and chapping of leather. Minor age separations and losses to wood frames. Light buildup to the back of the frames.