Pair of Italian mid-18th century Rococo walnut fauteuil chairs that reflects the transition between the ornate influence of the Baroque period and that of the Neoclassical. Open armchair boasts a cartouche shaped padded back with carved florets in each corner, fluted legs and a carved shell motif at the top. Typical of the era since the seashell design came from the “Rococo – the highly ornate French style which sought to glorify Nature – was named from the rocaille (rock) and the coquille (shell)”. Newly upholstered in a rare pair of matching white linen German grain sacks with a laurel wreath design from 1905.
Italian Rococo design refers to interior decoration in Italy during the Rococo period, which went from the early 18th century to around the 1760s. As in the Baroque style, furniture for the wealthy was usually gilded with silver, gold or bronze. Middle-class families and Lombard workshops left furniture unpainted and was often made with fruit woods or walnut.
Size: WIDTH: 24 in | HEIGHT: 36 in | DEPTH: 18 in | SEAT HEIGHT: 18 in
Condition: The wood in the center backs have shrunk from age, narrow gaps as shown, each back has small chip in the wood. The backs have not been polished, this is normal for the age, as they typically didn’t spend much effort on something you don’t see.
Shipping: These will be delivered via White Glove Delivery unless you would like to take care of your own shipping and delivery. Takes 3-5 weeks depending on location. No overseas shipping, sorry.