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Known as a fauteuil a la reine for its open arms and flat back, this chair is typical of early French Rococo furniture designs circa 1730. This example incorporates all the elements of french chair making at its zenith. The chair is light and graceful yet commodious and sturdy. The cushioned cartouche back, separated from the seat to create an impression of lightness is joined by curved arms, padded where the elbow naturally rests. These arms set back from the front rail to accommodate the ladies wide hoop skirts of the period. The cabriole legs are carved and detailed to reinforce the weightlessness of design. The original fauteuil had the stamp “Avisse” for the master joiner Jean Avisse. He was recorded as having been accepted into the furniture makers guild on november 10th, 1745 and worked for the Duchess de la Tremoille, the Marquise de Chabannes and the Comtesse de Fontenay among others. This chair certainly exemplifies the best of the Rococo period.
Materials: Hardwood. Tight upholstered back and arm rests and loose seat cushion.
Finish: Aged and burnished yellow gold-leaf finish.