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    Posted 8 months ago

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    She certainly needs restoration work but I am not sure how old she really is? I've held onto it for about 20 years and I'm finally ready to find someone to restore her? Wish I knew more.

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    1. keramikos, 8 months ago
      Hi, WolfySong. :-)


      I don't know age of your chair, but it seems to be more or less in the style of Directoire Executif:


      Directoire – 1790 to 1805

      Following the French Revolution and execution of Louis XVI there was a natural break from the lavish royal style. The monarchy was gone and France was governed by the Directoire executif (executive directory), from which the name of the style derives. The Directoire period is much more subdued and austere (although many of the themes of the simpler late Louis XVI furniture continued). Geometric patterns were less extravagant. Motifs include arabesque and Etruscan themes, wreaths, torches, and other warlike emblems (reminiscent of the Revolution).

      Overall, the circumstances of the war led to a decline in furniture quality and the availability of materials. Brass was often used in place of gilt-bronze and imported woods such as rosewood and mahogany were scarce. Most Directoire pieces were made of walnut and other fruitwoods which could be found in France.


      Here are a couple of modern ones:

      The general age of your chair might be determined by an examination of the materials used, especially the internal stuff, e.g., whether it's stuffed with horse-hair or foam rubber.

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