Friday, July 15, 2011

A companion for life??

Bonjour students of L'Ecole du Bon Gout!!! "A thing of beauty is a joy forever!!" Can an armchair be a comforting companion for life??? At your favorite window, your desk, your dinner table or your favorite spot to read, your armchair and you have a special relationship that could be for life!!

French armchairs do come in every shape, size, and form so they can be an expression of your style and your chosen degree of formality or informality.

Find following photos of 8 of the many armchairs now available at Au Vieux Paris Antiques, that trace the evolution of armchairs, from the 16th century until the beginning of the 19th century. (Note upholstery fabrics seen here are those of previous 20th century owners and not necessarily great choices.) The photos are arranged in descending order, starting with the oldest chair first. The stylistic periods of these follow roughly the political periods which are: Louis XIII: 1610-1643, Louis XIV: 1661-1715, Regence: 1715-1723, Louis XV: 1723-1774, Louis XVI: 1774-1791, Directoire: 1795 -1799( I show two Directoire examples to better illustrate the transition. ), and Consulat: 1799-1804.

Note that the design detailing of the exposed wood elements begins with lathe work turnings and then transitions into jig saw cut curves and chisel carving by Regence, then transitions back to turnings in Louis XVI and then back to the jig saw cut curves in Directoire. As with most features of style, the pendulum swings back and forth.

I do have pairs as well as single armchairs in stock, not to mention side chairs, so if you would like to have a comfortable, not to mention stylish, companion to enhance your daily life, come for a visit and "meet" some of these armchairs! Shop #337 332-2852 or visit the website at

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith

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Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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