It is unusual to
find a pair of matching Louis XIV style chairs along with a love seat in such
fine condition in terms of sturdiness
and stability, and even rarer to find them made of walnut rather than beech or
other cheaper hardwoods. The walnut is
solid, well-carved and with a nice patina.
The upholstery is
not original and while we were tempted to re-cover these pieces in something
more contemporary than the flocked floral pattern currently adorning them, they
are being sold as-is to give their eventual buyer the choice of something more
contemporary and suitable for intended use.
It is interesting
that as reinterpretations of the classic Louis XIV armchair are executed nearer
to our own time, the carving gets more approximate to the point that the
classic acanthus leaf ornament has virtually disappeared. Therefore, this set encompassing both chairs
and love-seat is an exquisite reminder of a late 19th century style, flawless
in its execution.