This small caned and painted banquette is from France, circa 1890. Banquettes originated in the 15th century and were designed to be light enough to be transported easily.
A plush cream-colored velvet cushion with green latticework covers the roughly 2 ½ foot wide seat. The two arch-shaped side supports are covered with caning, which mirrors the pattern that adorns the cushion. Caning is a method of weaving that has been used to make chairs since the 17th century.
The lacquered wood frame has been hand carved in the style of Louis XVI. The edges have a fluted motif aligned in a spiral fashion. Each joint is embellished with a floret panel above a tapered leg adorned with vertical fluting. The column-like legs are typical of Louis XVI seating.
Small and lightweight, our caned and painted Louis XVI style banquette can be placed at the foot of a bed or used in a small powder room.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor nicks to paint. Surface buildup