Louis XVI armchairs feature elegant silhouttes, varied ornamentation and rigid, flat or coved backs. Gilded armchairs from this period were reserved and used as ceremonial furniture. These armchairs feature a flat back with a en chapeau (arched with the archsprings indented) . The legs are conical with straight flutings and the arms are set back with arm pads that curve down from the sides of the back terminating in the front with simple volutes.
This is a chair we designed and have built slightly different variations of for several new york city based interior design firms. It’s a popular, timeless style which retains the warmth of the natural wood while also having a contemporary flair. One request we’ve heard from time to time is that clients don’t want their furniture to feel “too cold” but also want the piece to be integrated easily into an interior that has several different styles of furniture. To view larger photos and different angles please visit our store.
The chair in the right hand column with a link to our store fits a similar description, with beautiful, soft fabric, nice natural wood carved legs and a modern feel.
Pictured is an alternate, simpler version of the flat back Luis XVI armchair. The difference from the Luis XVI armchair with flat back that we posted earlier this month is this armchair has a more contemporary clean look illustrated by the simplicity of the carving incorporated in the design. This armchair features straight fluted legs and has a white washed oil finish.
Pictured is a gilded Louis XVI chair that features a rectangular flat back and straight en asperges legs. The rich intricate carved ornaments are present throughout this furniture piece. This armchair is also known as Armchair a la reine and its charm is illustrated by the elegant silhouette and sculptural ornaments on its back, seat, arms and legs. It features a rectangular flat back , set-back arms with arm pads that curve down from the sides of the back, and volutes which terminate on the front. The arm supports also have detailed volute carving. The perfect proportions and timeless elegance of these armchairs have been the inspiration for other furniture styles and there are many variations of this chair with different backs and legs.
This armchair design was inspired by the Neoclassical style and features elements characteristic of Louis XVI period as well as the contemporary clean lines of the present. It has a rectangular silhouette enriched with vertical and horizontal flutings. The legs are topped by square blocks which feature hand carved small rosettes with light and delicate proportions the same way that the chairs in the Dining set in Neoclassical style do. The chair back in this furniture piece is rectangular but there are also other variations in the Neoclassical style that we’ll post in the future such as the oval back and the spiral flutings among others.
These closed armchairs (referred to as “directoire bergeres”) are a highly sought after style originating in Northern Italy around the early 1800s. This chair is a variant of the original Bergere chair which usually had more carving in the legs and arms. There are bronze medallions on the arms and the legs have a nice, modern feel while still retaining the antiquity’s warmth.
This delicate chair created in the American Empire style is one of two chair we created for a client’s living room. They have swans carved up over the top rail of each side and turned legs. The carving in American Empire furniture tends to be less decorative in favor of a smoother surface highlighting the rich grain, usually mahogany, of various fine veneers. American Empire Chairs vary between open backed and upholstered. Furniture created during the American Empire often incorporates animal motifs and was inspired by the French Empire style, while keeping the clean, straight lines from the Neoclassical period. It’s a classic style that clients often want to incorporate in their space designs.
There are many stores in New York City, on 1st dibs and around the world selling antiques. Often, upon closer inspection, many of these expensive and sought after items are not antiques at all. We’ve come across a number of instances where clients brought us an antique and they want an additional piece created. And were disappointed to find out that the credenza they paid $55,000 for was actually created in the 40s and there are plenty of other versions of it out there. The historical and unique component associated with antiques are what give them value. Five basic ways you can check to see whether or not they are in fact antiques are:
1) Thickness of veneer (if it’s very thin veneer chances are it’s not an antique)
2) The color of the glue (if it’s black it’s probably an antique)
3) The shape of the nailheads (if they are square it’s an antique)
4) The type of joints (Dovetail joints were used for high quality antiques)
5) Check the saw marks on the underside (circular saw built marks after 1850, straight saw marks before 1850)
If you are unsure and really love the piece of furniture it is completely worth hiring a professional antique appraiser to take a look at it. A good appraiser will run you between $200-$400 which is a drop in the bucket for a piece of furniture costing $100k.