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French Louis XVI Period Late 18th Century Painted and Carved Wooden Fauteuil
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XVI period painted and carved wooden fauteuil from the late 18th century, with oval back, floral fabric and distressed finish. Born in France during the reign of King ...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Wood

18th Century French Fauteuil Cabriolet
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Description. Pair of Fauteuil "CABRIOLET". Louis XVI period. Painted wood. Rudente legs. Silk lamp as upholstered, 18th century. Measures: 25" x 23" x 37" H. Price: $ 1...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

  • 18th Century French Fauteuil Cabriolet
  • 18th Century French Fauteuil Cabriolet
  • 18th Century French Fauteuil Cabriolet
  • 18th Century French Fauteuil Cabriolet
H 36 in. W 23 in. D 18 in.
Pair of 18th Century French Fauteuil
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Faux pair of Period Louis XVI armchairs newly upholstered in velvet with ribbed silk backs.
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Antique 18th Century French Armchairs

  • Pair of 18th Century French Fauteuil
  • Pair of 18th Century French Fauteuil
  • Pair of 18th Century French Fauteuil
  • Pair of 18th Century French Fauteuil
H 35.5 in. W 23 in. D 19 in.
18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuil
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful 18th century French Louis XVI period fauteuil armchair with a large oval back, a generous wide seat, and tapered fluted legs. Chair retains traces of its original gray pa...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

  • 18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuil
H 35 in. W 23 in. D 25 in.
Pair of French Fauteuil, 18th Century
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Pair of fauteuil "cabriolet," Louis XVI period. Painted wood. Rudente legs. Textured velvet upholstered, 18th century.               
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

  • Pair of French Fauteuil, 18th Century
  • Pair of French Fauteuil, 18th Century
  • Pair of French Fauteuil, 18th Century
  • Pair of French Fauteuil, 18th Century
H 37 in. W 24 in. D 18 in.
Pair of 18 Century French Walnut Fauteuils
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of armchairs, of walnut; each having a molded carved frame, with padded shield form back, its crestrail carved with flowers, extending to scrolling arms with padded elbow rests,...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

18th Century White Upholstered French Fauteuil
Located in Houston, TX
18th century French fauteuil with beautifully carved scroll arms and shell detail. Newly upholstered in crisp white.
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Antique Early 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Wood

18th Century Régence Fauteuil, French Armchair
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique French armchair from Bourgogne, France. A hand carved beechwood frame and brass detailing in good condition. Centered blue and black striped hemp fabric and matching small...
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Antique 18th Century French Régence Armchairs

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Fabric, Hemp, Beech

French Louis LXIV Fauteuil
Located in Los Angeles, CA
French LXIV adjustable fauteuil in original needlepoint, 18th century. Measures: Seat: 17" H Arm: 27" H.  
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Antique 18th Century French Bergere Chairs

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Fabric

  • French Louis LXIV Fauteuil
  • French Louis LXIV Fauteuil
  • French Louis LXIV Fauteuil
  • French Louis LXIV Fauteuil
H 45 in. W 33 in. D 29 in.
French Provincial Settee with Fauteuils, Painted, 18th Century
Located in Doylestown, PA
Beautiful French provincial rush seat settee bench with a matching pair of fauteuils (armchairs), pair of armchairs, beechwood, hand carved and painted, circa 1780. The three-seat...
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Antique 18th Century French French Provincial Settees

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Rush, Wood

18th c French Louis XV Childs Fauteuil with 18th c. silk
Located in New Orleans, LA
French 18th c .Louis XV Walnut Fauteuil with 18th c. Lyonaise Silk covering
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XV Armchairs

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Silk, Upholstery, Walnut

French Directoire Green-Painted Fauteuil
Located in New York, NY
With upholstered back and seat and padded armrests raised on stop-fluted tapering legs headed by floral rosettes. Nicely scaled to use as a desk chair.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Directoire Armchairs

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Paint, Wood

  • French Directoire Green-Painted Fauteuil
  • French Directoire Green-Painted Fauteuil
  • French Directoire Green-Painted Fauteuil
  • French Directoire Green-Painted Fauteuil
H 24.25 in. W 23.25 in. D 20 in.
French Louis XV Carved Walnut Fauteuil, Mid-18th Century
Located in Dallas, TX
A French Louis XV carved walnut fauteuil from the Provence region of France from the 18th century.  
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

Pair of French Small-Scale Fauteuils
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair of French small-scale Louis XV fireside chairs in oak with Clarence House silk velvet upholstery.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Chairs

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Oak

  • Pair of French Small-Scale Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Small-Scale Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Small-Scale Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Small-Scale Fauteuils
H 33 in. W 18 in. D 17 in.
French Louis XVI Walnut Upholstered Armchair Fauteuil, Late 18th Century
Located in Dallas, TX
A French Louis XVI painted wood and upholstered fauteuil, late 18th century. Good condition. AVANTIQUES is dedicated to providing an exclusive curated collection of Fine Arts, Pain...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century Pair of French Louis XVI Fauteuils or Armchairs
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of armchairs or fauteuils, Luis XVI, late 18th century, in walnut wood with back sculpted in guilloche, on fluted tapering legs, the interior has been reinforced and restored, u...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century French Louis XV Antique Gray Painted Fauteuil Armchair
Located in Shippensburg, PA
French Louis XV worn dark-gray painted fauteuil circa late 18th-early 19th century; with parcel gold highlights Item # 008EXP26I-2 A gorgeous painted fauteuil of the Louis XV pe...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

18th Century Pair of French Louis XVI Fauteuils or Armchairs
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of armchairs or fauteuils, Luis XVI, late 18th century, in walnut wood with back sculpted in guilloche, on fluted tapering legs, the interior has been reinforced and restored, u...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

Fine Pair of 18th Century French Louis XVI Painted Fauteuils
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fine pair of Louis XVI painted fuauteuils "au chasse" William Word Fine Antiques: Atlanta's source for antique interiors since 1956.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Armchairs

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Upholstery, Paint

Pair of French Directoire Period Fauteuils
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of French painted fauteuils, period Directoire, newly-upholstered in museum reproduction cotton toile fabric. Paint appears original.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Directoire Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

  • Pair of French Directoire Period Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Directoire Period Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Directoire Period Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Directoire Period Fauteuils
H 33.5 in. W 22.5 in. D 19 in.
Matched Pair of French Grey Painted Fauteuils, one 18th Century
Located in Dallas, TX
Fine Matched Pair of French Grey Painted Fauteuils,<br /> one 18th Century, one 19th Century
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French Armchairs

French Régence Carved and Caned Beechwood Fauteuil
Located in New York, NY
Featuring finely carved decoration throughout and superb patination. The shaped crest rail centred by shell decoration over the caned back, issuing foliate carved downswept arms; rai...
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Antique Early 18th Century French Régence Armchairs

Pair of Louis XIII Fauteuils Armchairs of the 18th Century French
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of walnut carved Louis XIII Armchair Fauteuils with deeply racked back and curvaceous sweeping arms sitting on scrolling legs and stretcher. French, 18th. Century. Recently up...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XIII Armchairs

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Damask, Walnut

Pair of Late 18th Century French Louis XV Fauteuils, Aubusson Tapestry
Located in Basingstoke, Hampshire
A pair of French Louis XV Fauteuils open armchairs, upholstered Aubusson tapestry. Displaying cartouche shaped backs, demonstrating foliate scroll cresting with foliate scroll arm...
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Antique 18th Century Chairs

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Tapestry

18th Century Carved French Beech Wood Louis XIV Fauteuil with Floral Tapestry
Located in Big Flats, NY
18th century French Louis XIV beechwood armchair features wooden pinned construction and finely carved frame with more recent floral tapestry upholstery. ***DELIVERY NOTICE – Due to...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XIV Armchairs

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Beech, Tapestry

Pair of French Regence Walnut Fauteuils Armchairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of Regence carved French walnut fauteuils with shell and acanthus carved top rail and leaf carved arms and legs and cane back and seat. The seats upholstered with distressed lea...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XIV Armchairs

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Cane, Leather, Wood

Pair of 18th Century French Transitional Louis XV or Louis XVI Fauteuils
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of transitional Louis XV or Louis XVI fauteuils in beechwood and leather upholstery, French in origin and dating from the late 18th century.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Armchairs

Suite of Six French Louis XVI Fauteuils with a Painted Finish, 18th Century
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of six period French Louis XVI armchairs with a painted finish.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

Pair of French Louis XV Period Fauteuils
Located in Charleston, SC
A pretty pair of French Louis XV period fauteuils, circa 1760, in carved fruitwood with floral lamps fabric. Cabriolet backs, nicely carved and molded arms, and delicately carved flo...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XV Armchairs

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Fruitwood

  • Pair of French Louis XV Period Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Louis XV Period Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Louis XV Period Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Louis XV Period Fauteuils
H 34 in. W 23.5 in. D 23 in.
Pair of Louis XV Fauteuils, 18th Century
Located in Doylestown, PA
A pair of French Louis XV period fauteuils en cabriolet, circa 1760, in whitewashed frames upholstered in blue and white fabric.   
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Beech

  • Pair of Louis XV Fauteuils, 18th Century
  • Pair of Louis XV Fauteuils, 18th Century
  • Pair of Louis XV Fauteuils, 18th Century
  • Pair of Louis XV Fauteuils, 18th Century
H 35.5 in. W 24 in. D 24 in.
Set of Four French Mid-18th Century Rococo Louis XV Painted Fauteuils
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
A rare and attractive set of four period Louis XV pale green and rose painted armchairs. Each with a flowerhead and foliate carved toprail, padded and scrolled arms and a serpentine ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Tapestry, Wood

Very Fine Pair of Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuils, Gilt Carved
Located in Dallas, TX
A fine pair of large late 18th century French Louis XVI gilt carved fauteuils. Covered in a fine late early 20th century silk in beautiful condition.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Giltwood

Pair of French Louis XVI Painted Fauteuils
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of French Louis XVI painted open armchairs, channeled medallion back connecting padded armchairs and serpentine seat, original Louis XVI needlepoint fabric depicting floral bask...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Beech, Gesso, Tapestry, Walnut

  • Pair of French Louis XVI Painted Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Painted Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Painted Fauteuils
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Painted Fauteuils
H 36 in. W 23.5 in. D 25 in.
Regence Period Fauteuil in Carved Walnut, France, c. 1720
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fine Regence Period Fauteuil, the frame in solid Walnut with peg construction, with leather-upholstered seats & backs. Originating in France, and dating from the first quarter of t...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Armchairs

Directoire Polychrome Fauteuil
Located in Vista, CA
18th century, Directoire polychrome fauteuil rectangular back surmounted by a foliate wreath-carved crest, joined by rounded arms to the padded set, raised on paneled square legs, u...
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Antique 18th Century French Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

  • Directoire Polychrome Fauteuil
  • Directoire Polychrome Fauteuil
  • Directoire Polychrome Fauteuil
  • Directoire Polychrome Fauteuil
H 25 in. W 21 in. D 18 in.
Directoire Mahogany Fauteuil
Located in New York, NY
Directoire mahogany fauteuil. Tablet cresting, downswept arms, square outsplayed legs
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Antique 18th Century French Armchairs

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Mahogany

  • Directoire Mahogany Fauteuil
  • Directoire Mahogany Fauteuil
  • Directoire Mahogany Fauteuil
  • Directoire Mahogany Fauteuil
H 37 in. W 24 in. D 28 in.
Pair of French Louis XVI Period Fauteuils Armchairs
Located in Charleston, SC
A very unique and highly-decorative pair of Louis XVI period armchairs or Fauteuils, in natural fruitwood with lovely 18th century tapestry upholstery. One chair is stamped "J.Mercie...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Tapestry, Beech, Wool

18th Century Louis XV Period Painted Fauteuil Armchair
Located in London, GB
A mid-18th century Louis XV Period painted fauteuil or open armchair, the cartouche back and seat with caning, having scrolling arms and raised upon cabriole legs.  
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Cane, Wood

Louis XV Fauteuil De Bureau, Mid-18th Century
Located in New Spencertown, NY
The walnut desk chair with caned back and seat, upholstered with zebra pattern dyed calfskin, with floral carving.
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

18th Century Louis XVI Fauteuil Upholstered in Fortuny Fabric
By Fortuny
Located in Stockton, NJ
A lovely 18th century Louis XVI chair upholstered in original Fortuny fabric.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

Pair of French Louis XVI Period Fauteuils or Armchairs
Located in Charleston, SC
A stunning pair of French Louis XVI style painted armchairs or fauteuils with "caps de gendarmes" detailing, tapered fluted legs, and having lovely French black and white re-editione...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fruitwood, Upholstery

Pair of French Open Armchairs Late 18th Century Louis XVI Fauteuils to Recover
Located in FR
Pair of Louis XVI fauteuils Medaillon, French open armchairs, late 18th century. Original painting You can choose fabric of your choice to suit your interior Frames sound and soli...
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Antique 1790s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Louis XVI Parcel Gilt Fauteuil's, 18th Century
Located in Port Chester, NY
Pair of Louis XVI carved and painted oval back Fauteuil's with carved flower crest and apron on stop fluted legs.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

Louis XV Period Leather Upholstered Fauteuil Armchair, 18th Century
Located in Dallas, TX
A Louis XV period fauteuil armchair. Mid-18th century walnut open armchair with cabriole legs and shaped front rail, The shaped back gently inclined over generous seats. Upholstered ...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century Pair of Beechwood Louis XV Fauteuil
Located in Hudson, NY
This lovely pair of period chairs circa 1750-1760 were made in France during the reign of Louis XV. Light and fun these small-scale chairs are comfortable and well crafted. The lesse...
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Antique 1750s French Louis XV Armchairs

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Wood

Louis XV Fauteuil in Walnut with Painted Accents, France c. 1760
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fine Louis XV period Walnut Fauteuil, featuring carved foliate designs on the exposed apron & seat-back, and restrained green painted accents. Dating from the mid-1700s, and French...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Lounge Chairs

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Walnut, Upholstery

Pair of 18th Century Painted Square Back Louis XVI Fauteuils
Located in Washington, DC
Pair of 18th Century Painted Square Back Louis XVI Fauteuils
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Chinese Parcel Giltwood Continental Fauteuils
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of rare 18th century Chinese parcel giltwood and black lacquered painted continental fauteuils.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Giltwood, Lacquer

  • Chinese Parcel Giltwood Continental Fauteuils
  • Chinese Parcel Giltwood Continental Fauteuils
  • Chinese Parcel Giltwood Continental Fauteuils
  • Chinese Parcel Giltwood Continental Fauteuils
H 37.5 in. W 22.5 in. D 19 in.
Pair of Regence Caned Fauteuils
Located in Port Chester, NY
Pair of Regence carved and stained beech cane-filled fauteuils with cartouche shaped backs, scrolled arms and X-form stretchers.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Armchairs

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Walnut

  • Pair of Regence Caned Fauteuils
  • Pair of Regence Caned Fauteuils
  • Pair of Regence Caned Fauteuils
  • Pair of Regence Caned Fauteuils
H 38 in. W 25 in. D 21 in.
A Fine Early Louis XV Walnut Fauteuil Attributed Pierre Nogaret, 18th Century
By Pierre Nogaret
Located in Sheffield, MA
A Fine Early Louis XV Walnut Fauteuil 18th Century Attributed Pierre Nogaret Maitre June 1745 Height 41 in Width 26 in Depth 22 in Cha51
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XV Armchairs

Jacob Frères Fauteuil, circa 1795
By Jacob Frères
Located in Doylestown, PA
A fine Louis XVI Period Fauteuil in grey painted finish, by Jacob Frères, the sons of George Jacob. The chair is stamped on the underside with their mark and is in very good conditio...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Beech

  • Jacob Frères Fauteuil, circa 1795
  • Jacob Frères Fauteuil, circa 1795
  • Jacob Frères Fauteuil, circa 1795
  • Jacob Frères Fauteuil, circa 1795
H 34 in. W 22 in. D 22 in.
Important Pair of Stamped Louis XVI 18th Century Armchair or Fauteuils
Located in Arles, FR
Important pair of 18th century Louis XVI armchairs stamped Menuisier du Roy (Ebeniste of the King). Very generous proportions, these beautiful armchairs are constructed with strong ...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Beech

Louis XV Pair of French Armchairs or Fauteuils, Stamped Jean-Jacques Pothier
Located in London, by appointment only
A very fine pair of mid-18th century Louis XV period beechwood fauteuils armchairs of unusually large-scale. A near identical pair of chairs illustrated on the front cover of Rob...
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Antique Early 18th Century French Rococo Armchairs

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Beech

French Late Régence, Early Louis XV Beech Fauteuil à La reine, c1720
Located in valatie, NY
Late Régence, Early Louis XV beech fauteuil à la reine, c1720, the top arched rail with beautiful rocaille carving, continuing to the down swept, reeded and scrolled arms above a ser...
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Antique Early 18th Century French Régence Armchairs

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Upholstery, Beech

Louis XVI Fauteuil or Armchair Attributed to Georges Jacob, France, circa 1785
By Georges Jacob
Located in Kinderhook, NY
Exquisite French circa 1785 late Louis XVI period and style fauteuil having tall tablet form backrest on chamfered vertical supports continuing into dramatic panel cut splayed rear l...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fruitwood, Cane

18th Century Pair of Beechwood Fauteuils or Armchairs with Provenance
Located in Stamford, CT
18th century pair of beechwood Fauteuils or armchairs with Provenance. There are a total of four of these finely carved and upholstered fauteuils or arm chairs available. This listin...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Fabric, Fruitwood

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XIV Armchairs or Fauteuils
Located in New Orleans, LA
A stunning large-scale pair of 19th Century Louis XIV Armchairs. The scrolled arms finishing in "bec de corbin" (billhead) and arched feet linked by crossbars and an "H" shaped stret...
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Antique 18th Century Armchairs

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Wood

Louis XVI French Silk Armchair, Claude II Sené, Fauteuil a la Reine, 1780-1783
By Claude Séné II
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Louis XVI French silk armchair, Claude II Sené Fauteuil a la Reine, early 1780s. Arched, padded back with stylized flowerhead hand carved topsail, similarly poetic hand carved seat r...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Silk

A Fine Pair of Louis XV Giltwood Fauteuils By Louis Delanois, 18th Century
By Louis Delanois
Located in Sheffield, MA
A Fine Pair of Louis XV Giltwood Fauteuils Circa 1761-62 By Louis Delanois Maitre in 1761 Stamped Delanois The shaped back with a carved floral crest leading to two shaped sc...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XV Armchairs

Louis XVI French Silk Armchair, Claude II Sené, Fauteuil a la Reine, 1780-1783
By Claude Séné II
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Louis XVI French silk armchair, Claude II Sené Fauteuil a la Reine, early 1780s. Arched, padded back with stylized flowerhead hand carved topsail, similarly poetic hand carved seat r...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Silk

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18c French Fauteuil For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the 18c French fauteuil you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, fabric and hardwood, every 18c French fauteuil was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer 18c French fauteuil, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 19th Century. A 18c French fauteuil is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Louis XV, Louis XVI and Regency styles are sought with frequency. Georges Jacob, Jacob Frères and Jean-Baptiste Boulard each produced at least one beautiful 18c French fauteuil that is worth considering.

How Much is a 18c French Fauteuil?

A 18c French fauteuil can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $6,133, while the lowest priced sells for $960 and the highest can go for as much as $41,464.

Finding the Right Armchairs for You

Armchairs have run the gamut from prestige to ease and everything in between. 

Long before industrial mass production democratized seating, armchairs conveyed status and power. In ancient Egypt, the commoners took stools, while in early Greece, ceremonial chairs of carved marble were designated for nobility. But the high-backed early thrones of yore, elevated and ornate, were merely grandiose iterations of today’s armchairs. 

Modern-day armchairs, built with functionality and comfort in mind, are now central to tasks throughout your home. Formal dining armchairs support your guests at a table for a cheery feast, a good drafting chair with a deep seat is parked in front of an easel where you create art and, elsewhere, an ergonomic wonder of sorts positions you at the desk for your 9 to 5.

When placed under just the right lamp where you can lounge comfortably, both elbows resting on the padded supports on each side of you, an upholstered armchair — or a rattan armchair for your light-suffused sunroom — can be the sanctuary where you’ll read for hours. If you’re in the mood for company, your velvet chesterfield armchair is a place to relax and be part of the conversation that swirls around you. Maybe the dialogue is about the beloved Papa Bear chair, a mid-century modern masterpiece from Danish carpenter and furniture maker Hans Wegner, and the wingback’s strong association with the concept of cozying up by the fireplace, which we can trace back to its origins in 1600s-era England, when the seat’s distinctive arm protrusions protected the sitter from the heat of the period’s large fireplaces. 

If the fireside armchair chat involves spirited comparisons, your companions will likely probe the merits of antique and vintage armchairs such as Queen Anne armchairs, Victorian armchairs or even Louis XVI armchairs, as well as the pros and cons of restoration versus conservation.

Everyone seems to have a favorite armchair and most people will be all too willing to talk about their beloved design. Whether that’s the unique Favela chair by Brazilian sibling furniture designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, who repurpose everyday objects to artful effect; or Marcel Breuer’s futuristic tubular metal Wassily lounge chair; the functionality-first LC series from Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret; or the Eames lounge chair of the mid-1950s created by Charles and Ray Eames, there is an iconic armchair for everyone and every purpose. Find yours on 1stDibs right now.