Paris, circa 1780
sculpted and painted beechwood, modern upholstery
This pair of cabriolet chairs illustrates all the characteristics of the Louis XVI style. The tapering, fluted legs are completely straight with small, olive-shaped feet. The trapezoidal seat rim is slightly curved at the front. The armrest supports rise directly from the cubic intersection of the front leg and seat rim. The armrest itself follows the curve of the seat rim and the back is medallion-shaped. The harmonious construction is enhanced by sober sculptural decoration, composed of classical motifs such as friezes of waterleaves and beading.
inv. 22061 B
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gift of MADAME LIONEL NORMANT, 1920