A pair of exuberantly carved fauteuils à la reine on scrolled legs.
The carvings on the legs include motifs of scallop shells and acanthus. The front and side rails are adorned with waved edgings and foliate motifs, while the crest and front rail are centred by a cartouche with asymmetrical floral and leaf details. The back rail is more modest in design but cleverly carved in the shape of an ogee-arch.
The supports of the armrests on the side rail are beautifully enhanced by highly elevated carved ornaments of acanthus leaf while the armrests themselves feature acanthus carvings.
Elongated C- and S-scrolls give the back its exceptionally elegant curved shape. The side supports and the top rail are adorned with waved edgings and classic acanthus carvings, while the bottom rail is decorated with a foliate pattern.
This pair of fauteuils form a magnificent example of the “Style Rocaille” tradition, with their curvilinear silhouette that appears to defy gravity, as is especially visible in the voluted legs.
The armchairs thank the name “fauteuil à la reine” to their straight back; this in contrast to the “fauteuil en cabriolet”, which has a concaved back.
The widely flared seat and the slightly outwardly curved, rather far receded were essential elements of armchairs in the 1740s and 1750s. After all, the wide dresses of the contemporary fashion required more space and therefore brought changes to the design of chairs and other furniture during the 18th century.
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