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LOUIS XVI GILT WOOD ARM CHAIRS

Louis XVI gilt-wood furnitureLouis 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.

Neoclassical armchair

Neoclassical armchair

Neoclassical armchairPictured 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.

Louis XVI armchair with flat back

Louis XVI armchair with flat back

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.

Luis XVI oval dining table

custom table extantionOften customers have beautiful pieces of furniture that has been in the family for generations but doesn’t suit their present needs. For one reason or another, the treasures get stashed away because they don’t work in the new space, yet the client has an attachment to the item, does not want to sell it and would like to make it an integral part of their residence.   This particular table, inspired by the French Luis XVI oval tables,  originally sat six people and the client desired to have a table that could seat ten. At ERA Interiors we created two custom extensions with the same exact detail along the edges and sides of the table to integrate the center portion of the table as a perfect match maintaining the integrity of the original detail and design.  This Luis XVI oval dining table has straight square legs terminating in bronze square feet.  There are several variations in this French style and some have six fluted, tapering legs instead of two and usually terminate with brass casters.