A French pair of Regence period style carved walnut library fauteuils, upholstered in a floral needlework fabric.
These generous armchairs are a superb example of eighteenth-century style carving at its best with profusions of scallop and foliate carving.
The Regence in antique 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 antique furniture.
Some wear of fabric as shown in photos.
Height 108 cm, width 71 cm, depth 60 cm, seat height 41 cm