Eighteenth Century French Regence Carved Walnut Fauteuil Library Chair
A French early eighteenth Century Regence period carved walnut library fauteuil reupholstered in Gainsborough historic fabric.
This generous chair is a superb example of eighteenth century carving at its best with profusions of scallop and acanthus detailing across the arms, legs and seat rails. The walnut has generated a superb patina and commensurate softening of the carving through its three hundred years of service.
The Regence in furniture terms was a transitional period from the baroque styling of Louis XIV’s court to the Rococo styling that gained precedence during Louis XV’s reign. Signs of this transition can be seen in the straight, flat backrest and cross stretchers which are more reminiscent of earlier styles whereas the set-back arms of this piece distinguish the shift to a more modern mode of design. Carved seat rails and cabriole legs were also introduced in this period although they are more closely associated with Louis XV rococo furniture.
Some aged repairs commensurate with age.
Circa 1715 - 1725