Pair of 19th Century French bergères in the transitional style between Louis XV and Louis XVI period. The Neoclassical channeled rectangular back with petit and gros point needlework with bold floral motifs centered with a Chinese figural scene, embroidered padded arms and serpentine seat with closed sides with floral spray design. Rococo carved apron with foliage supported on four slight cabriole legs ending in a scrolled foot. Stamped by maker Verdan.
A bergère is a type of upholstered armchair that originates from early designs of the 18th century with closed sides, as compared to open armrests as the fauteui. The bergère was designed for extended lounging in comfort with a deeper and wider seat than that of regular fauteuil. A bergère in the eighteenth century was essentially a "meuble courant", designed to be moved about to suit convenience, rather than being ranged permanently formally along the walls as part of the décor.
Furniture Design during the transitional period between Louis XV and Louis XVI was inspired by ancient Greek and Roman architect, still with an aura of luxury and elegance, but organic curves became cleaner lines and geometric, cabriole legs became more subtle, and less ornamentation was used. When the transition was completed, geometric shapes replaced rococo curves and the straight tapering leg superseded cabriole legs. This 18th century French design is a timeless, elegant but understated and works well in modern, contemporary or traditional interiors.
Place of Origin: France
Period: Circa 1880
Maker: Stamped by maker Verdan.
Dimensions: (35.5 in.Hx27 in.Wx22 in.D)
Condition: Excellent antique condition, wear consistent with age and use.