Pair of Louis XVI Walnut and Gilt Needlepoint Upholstered Armchairs


A pair of 18th century Louis XVI needlepoint upholstered armchairs made of walnut. A carved scroll and flowers decorate the crest rail of the chair, which is flanked by round finials atop fluted stiles carved with acanthus leaves. The padded arm rests terminate in carved scroll and acanthus leaf motif above a carved bow-fronted seat rail and broad upholstered seat. The leg joints are decorated with rosettes and lead to turned and fluted legs that taper to further acanthus leave decoration and terminate in a slender foot. The upright back of each chair is decorated with needlepoint work depicting the activities of two courting couples, while the arm rests and seats depict scrolling flower motifs and cartouches of garlands and planted flowers. The carved details of the chair frame is further enhanced with gilt paint highlights.

Date: c. 1780

Dimensions: 41.5 x 26.5 x 24 in.