With a distinct and beautiful form, this very attractive French Louis XV style piece is somewhere between a slender settee and an oversized arm chair - the proportions are very striking and make this piece an extremely comfortable statement over the typical French chair. Culminating from the thin molded frame, quite refined in the delicate ridge, is the light serpentine form of the crest rail - the floral carved focal point at the center is flanked by spurs in the shoulders over sprawling floral and foliage carvings at the wings. The wings curve into the back, the exposed molding flowing downward into upholstered arms over carved handholds. These flank a broad and comfortable upholstered seat, stuffed over the frame to the outline of the curved apron. The whole form rests over cabriole legs that come up softly in curled French toes wrapped in acanthus leaves.
The worn and distressed surface is not old or original, but quite attractive, giving a certain depth to the carvings and the parcel gilding that peaks through from beneath the layers of worn paint. Distressing is probably at least somewhat intentional, lending a certain "deconstructionist" appeal to the form, juxtaposing rather handsomely the refined carving of the surfaces and frame. Inordinately comfortable and very sturdy, this is a unique piece that you will certainly cherish in your home - left with only the muslin linen covering, it is ready to be upholstered to match your home.
Measurements: 47 1/2" wide x 28" deep x 36" high to crest; 18" high to seat