Antique Chairs - Item 3312
Louis XIII Chairs
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||Pair of Louis XIII Chairs
||Width 20, Height 34, Depth 17 (in inches)
Height from floor to top of seat is 17½
matching pair of Louis XIII chairs displays an exuberance of classic Louis XIII
design elements. Predominant are the
intricate, hand-carved turnings for the "H" shaped stretcher as well
as the horizontal piece connecting the front legs. These same turnings or torsades characterize both the front and
the back legs. Unlike so many chairs of
this period, these are not made of beech or other lesser woods but carved from
old-growth walnut whose exquisite color is preserved. While the turnings are wide and massive, their carving is intricate,
some of the loveliest we have ever seen in the Louis XIII style.
The chairs are covered in a dark chestnut brown leather that complements the Louis
XIII design and the old-growth walnut. We have selected "pull-up"
leather for these chairs because its extra thickness as well as its natural
look with the original hide markings are ideal. Samples of the leather are available for prospective buyers.
and awaiting at least another hundred years of enjoyment, these chairs are
outstanding examples of the simplicity and elegance characterizing the Louis
Yves, Le Guidargus du Meuble Régional (Les Editions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1990);
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)
chairs are ideal as occasional chairs in a living room, library, den or foyer
(with table 3093). They would also work
well in an office, for example, for guests to be seated opposite a desk (such
as 9280) , but may be too low for some dining tables.