Saturday, January 29, 2011

Louis XV Coiffeuse Armchair

We recently added this wonderful armchair to our available antique inventory. It's quite charming and rare - it had a specific use as well as being made later in the Louis XV period, as it was just beginning to transition into the Louis XVI style. So to highlight the unique character of this chair we are trying something new - a short video clip, similar to our Trade Tips, explaining briefly some of the chair's finer qualities in what we hope is a more engaging format.

Hope you enjoy it.


  1. Freddy I adore this chair! Love watching the video! So great to hear the background

    Art by Karena

  2. Perfect explanation of the transition between XV and XVI - it had not immediately been obvious to me when I first looked at the chair but now I know what to look for.

  3. Thank you very much Blue - I really appreciate that! A good rule of thumb for transitional period pieces my father always emphasizes to me is the form and decoration: the decorative elements (which are easier to adapt) reflect the evolving style where as the form usually reflects the previous one. Not sure I got this across as succinctly in the video but its what I was going for. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the very informative clip! So many design professionals do not acknowledge transitional styles. And I would have labeled this as simply an example of rocaille before noting your comments on the carved decoration and the arms. Now I will be more observant. After all, there are many examples of boiserie that are transitional Louis XV to Louis XVI, so it follows that there would be furniture as well.__The Devoted Classicist

  5. Thank you very much TDC! Transitional chairs, in this case, are tricky but I think its fascinating to see how predominate styles evolve into the next.