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

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

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

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

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

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  5. 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!

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

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

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

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  9. 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.

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

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  11. 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?

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  12. 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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