Antique Armchairs, a set of three, Directoire Style, France 19th century
This charming set of three antique armchairs dates back to around 1850-60 and comes from France. The maple wood chairs have finely carved details. A very pretty needlework fabric with flower motifs covers these unique side chairs.
The Directoire Style
Directoire furniture preserves the elegant and stately characteristics of earlier periods.
But, like Gustavian design, the Directoire style is much more restrained. This moderation is evident in the elongated, uncomplicated shapes and clear lines of most pieces.
Ornamentation was sparse. Greek and Pompeian elements were common, but never covered the furniture’s elemental composition.
Prevalent forms incorporated quadrilateral shapes like squares and rectangles, as well as palmettes.
Other Neoclassic motifs were also common. Pieces often featured tureens, urns, swans, winged lions, scarabs, sphinxes, and pyramids.
Directoire chairs featured new design elements. Square-shaped rear legs curved outward but moved the eye in a vertical line to the straight back.
During this time, two types of chairs were popular. One was crafted similarly to Louis XVI. Its back was slightly curved, spreading out and back at the top.
The second type, the klismos, was inspired directly from Greece. It had a pronounced rolled-over back, similar to a scroll.
The legs of both styles of chairs had rounded tapering front legs and arms. Small carved flowers and palmettes decorated column-shaped armrests.
The antique armchairs are in good original condition. They measure Height: 35.83 in. (91 cm), Width: 22.84 in. (58 cm, Depth: 20.48 in. (52 cm), Seat Height: 16.54 in. (42 cm). The armchairs ship from Germany and include shipping costs to Boston.
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