A pair of richly carved Fauteuils à la Reine on volute-shaped legs. The legs are carved with shell shapes and acanthus. The backs of the chairs are elegantly shaped in elongated C- and S-volutes.
These chairs represent the best tradition of the “Style Rocaille” with its flowing lines that seem to defy gravity. The “Fauteuil à la Reine” can be recognized by the upright back, this in contrast to the “fauteuil en cabriolet” that has a declining back.
The seats that are flared towards the front and the reclining armrests were necessary properties of sitting furniture of the mid-18th century. The wide frocks required by the fashion of the day needed some extra space.
Private collection, Paris, France
bought from la Galerie Etienne Lévy, Paris, 1978
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