For your château? Armchairs | Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: For your château? Armchairs

August 04, 2010

For your château? Armchairs

I am going to try a new format.  Decorative arts are easy to love or hate, but let's try a comparison.  Which do you prefer and why? The attention to detail was quite extraordinary in 18th century furniture. 

I posted close up images so you could see the details better! Now, which piece do you prefer and why? What would you have in your château??



Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené, Louis-François Chatard, Armchair . French, 1788, walnut, gold, cotton twill, silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.




Georges Jacob, (upholstery style of: Philippe de Lasalle, Armchair, French. 1780-85,
Carved and gilded walnut, covered in embroidered silk-satin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
13 comments
Heather Carroll said...

I prefer the rather busty choice #1; I'm a sucker for the simple white fabric. Tres chic!

Vic said...

The white is lovely, to be sure, but the second one would fit in very well as a conversation piece just inside my livingroom.

Heather said...

I like the lighter colors of the fabric in the 1st one. But the details of the chair in the 2nd are my favorite.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I completely agree with Heather!

The Duchess said...

I like the first one better. I like that it is white. I also like the design better on it.

Lauren said...

The white one is very pretty, but it would never do for my guests.

There is always champagne spilling and food being dropped. I would go with colors for just that reason!

katya said...

I love the 2nd chair it's much simpler it can go with anything

Miss Honnete said...

I agree with @Heather, besides what are those egyptian figures incrusted in the first chateau?? I think they are completly out of topic.

Viola said...

I like the Chatard one. It's more ornate and elegant, I think.

Victoria said...

Both are beautiful, but I like the second one better. Even though the embroidery is more ornate, I think lines of it seem a bit more comfortable. Very elegant.

Lauren said...

I'm in the #1 chair camp. Love it!!!

Christine Trent said...

I like the second one because it would hide dirt better. But, then, I guess all of the servants would keep it in pristine condition, wouldn't they?

Lauren said...

Now that I revisit them... I could put them to use in different rooms for various reasons... like taking tea or gossiping!

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