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French Antique Louis XIV Lion Chair

Item 3109 by M. Markley Antiques

 

antique louis xiv chair with lion

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Item 3109

Louis XIV Armchair

Dimensions

Width 27, Height 46, Depth 19½ (in inches)

Wood

Walnut

Date

Circa 1880

Country

France

Description

This classic Louis XIV style armchair is hand-carved in old-growth French walnut, giving it a beautiful patina.  With its broad seat and straight back, this chair is typical of the style from earlier in the reign of Louis XIV when the armchair was evolving from the smaller, straight-backed chairs of Louis XIII's time to accommodate the more ample and elaborate clothing popular in during the later King's reign at Versailles.

What is most striking about these chairs are the intricately carved lions' heads acting as the front of the armrests.  Reminding us more of the lions with stylized manes from sculpture of Hellenistic Greece than those commonly depicted in 19th century French furniture, they are magnificently rendered and flawlessly preserved.

In keeping with the leonine theme when restoring and recovering this chair, we selected a fabric featuring lions rampant in a broad coat-of-arms including a crown and fleur-de-lys.  The field is a rich burgundy color highlighted with blue, red and gold.

As with all our chairs, this one is sturdy with all the joints strong - no wobbles.

 

Reference

Quette, Anne-Marie, Le Mobilier Français Louis XIII et Louis XIV (Editions Massin, Paris, 1996); Un Temps d'Exubérance, Les Arts Décoratifs sous Louis XIII et Anne d'Autriche, Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2002); Rousseau, Francis, Le Grand Livre des Meubles (Copyright Studio, Paris, 1999).

 

Uses

Ideal for home or business, this chair will command attention and provide comfortable seating in virtually any setting.

 

3109-arm

 

3109-acanthus leaf on arm of louis xiv chair

 

3109-lion crest on louis xiv armchair

 

3109-back of louis xiv chair

 

3109-carved lion arm of louis xiv antique chair

 

3109-detail of carved lion

 

3109-face of carved lion on antique chair

 

3109-side view of louis xiv armchair

 

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