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18th Century French Chair Louis XV Paris
Located in Berlin, DE
French chair Louis XV Paris, circa 18th century Solid wood, carved and set in gold. Traces of age, probably 18th century Bombed and carved frame on curved feet Province: Estate ...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Chairs

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Wood

  • 18th Century French Chair Louis XV Paris
  • 18th Century French Chair Louis XV Paris
  • 18th Century French Chair Louis XV Paris
  • 18th Century French Chair Louis XV Paris
H 78.75 in. W 45.28 in. D 3.94 in.
18th Century, French Opera Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ornately carved 18th century, French opera chair with gilded finish and upholstered in gold silk damask.   
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Chairs

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Gold Leaf

  • 18th Century, French Opera Chair
  • 18th Century, French Opera Chair
  • 18th Century, French Opera Chair
  • 18th Century, French Opera Chair
H 48 in. W 20.5 in. D 24 in.
French 18th Century Country Style Chairs
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Handsome set of four antique beechwood chairs, with original green paint, and rush seats. Elegantly curved front foot rests. Wide and comfortable.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Chairs

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Rush, Beech

  • French 18th Century Country Style Chairs
  • French 18th Century Country Style Chairs
  • French 18th Century Country Style Chairs
  • French 18th Century Country Style Chairs
H 37.01 in. W 19.69 in. D 17.72 in.
18th Century French Pair of Directoire Chairs
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful pair of French original Directoire chairs, France, 18th century. Measures: Seat height is 41 cm. Weathered, small losses and old repairs. Despite of their high age, the c...
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Antique 18th Century French Directoire Chairs

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Wood

  • 18th Century French Pair of Directoire Chairs
  • 18th Century French Pair of Directoire Chairs
  • 18th Century French Pair of Directoire Chairs
  • 18th Century French Pair of Directoire Chairs
H 33.86 in. W 21.86 in. D 21.66 in.
Set of 4 French 18th Century Directoire Chairs
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful and rare set of 4 French original Directoire chairs, France, 18th century. At this moment in their underwear. Seat height is 42 cm. Despite of their high age, the chair...
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Antique 18th Century French Directoire Chairs

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Wood

  • Set of 4 French 18th Century Directoire Chairs
  • Set of 4 French 18th Century Directoire Chairs
  • Set of 4 French 18th Century Directoire Chairs
  • Set of 4 French 18th Century Directoire Chairs
H 33.27 in. W 21.66 in. D 21.66 in.
French Late 18th Century Painted Directoire Chair
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A late 18th century French side chair from the Directoire Period with a carved and parcel gilt cream painted frame. The backsplat with a carved classical urn. Upholstered in green Em...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Directoire Chairs

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Wood

French 18th Century Side Chair
Located in Atlanta, GA
An absolutely charming 18th century diminutive side chair from Queyras - in the French Hautes Alpes. Wonderfully constructed from richly stained pine. Terrific patina - deep and lumi...
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Antique 18th Century French Side Chairs

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Pine

  • French 18th Century Side Chair
  • French 18th Century Side Chair
  • French 18th Century Side Chair
  • French 18th Century Side Chair
H 33.75 in. W 16 in. D 13.25 in.
18th Century French Side Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Late 18th century Group of four French Side Chairs with Cane Backs. They are Carved Giltwood and they are Painted.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Side Chairs

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Cane, Giltwood

  • 18th Century French Side Chairs
  • 18th Century French Side Chairs
  • 18th Century French Side Chairs
  • 18th Century French Side Chairs
H 34.5 in. W 21 in. D 19 in.
18th Century French Pair of Louis XVI Chairs
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful pair of Louis XVI chairs with old color, France, 18th century. Despite of their high age, the chairs are in a relative good condition but of course need new lining. Seat ...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Wood

  • 18th Century French Pair of Louis XVI Chairs
  • 18th Century French Pair of Louis XVI Chairs
  • 18th Century French Pair of Louis XVI Chairs
  • 18th Century French Pair of Louis XVI Chairs
H 34.85 in. W 23.04 in. D 21.66 in.
18th Century French Chauffeuse
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Gracious and elegant Chauffeuse, 18th century French, crushed velvet upholstered in good condition. Pale Charteuse green.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Chairs

  • 18th Century French Chauffeuse
  • 18th Century French Chauffeuse
  • 18th Century French Chauffeuse
  • 18th Century French Chauffeuse
H 34 in. W 23 in. D 17 in.
French Chauffeuse 18th Century
Located in Palm Beach, FL
One single chauffeuse, 18th century, upholstered in a strié yellow gold velvet. Good condition.
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Chairs

  • French Chauffeuse 18th Century
  • French Chauffeuse 18th Century
  • French Chauffeuse 18th Century
  • French Chauffeuse 18th Century
H 32 in. W 24 in. D 21 in.
Pair of 18th Century French Musician's Chairs, Diminutive Chair or Stools
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of 18th century French Musician's chairs, Diminutive chair or stools each in a Swedish paint decorated original finish with new upholstery. Provence: Greenwich Ct Estate Chri...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Wood

18th Century French Louis XVI Bergere Chair
Located in Doylestown, PA
A French Louis XVI period bergere chair in dark stained beech, circa 1780, with arched back, carved rosettes , scroll-form arms, and tapering fluted legs.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Bergere Chairs

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Beech

French 18th Century Walnut Corner Cane Chair
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
18th Century French walnut corner caned chair with a thin parchment colored leather pillow.   
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Corner Chairs

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Leather, Wicker, Walnut

  • French 18th Century Walnut Corner Cane Chair
  • French 18th Century Walnut Corner Cane Chair
  • French 18th Century Walnut Corner Cane Chair
  • French 18th Century Walnut Corner Cane Chair
H 35.25 in. W 29.5 in. D 23 in.
Pair of 18th Century French Louis XVI Side Chairs
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning pair of Louis XVI side chairs. Original period pieces, France, circa 1770-1790. At this moment in their underwear. Seat height is 47 cm. Weathered, small losses and old repa...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Wood

  • Pair of 18th Century French Louis XVI Side Chairs
  • Pair of 18th Century French Louis XVI Side Chairs
  • Pair of 18th Century French Louis XVI Side Chairs
  • Pair of 18th Century French Louis XVI Side Chairs
H 35.83 in. W 16.15 in. D 18.12 in.
Pair 18th Century French Walnut Bergere Arm Chairs
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality pair of French 18th century carved walnut Bergere arm chairs, circa 1780.
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Antique 18th Century French Bergere Chairs

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Walnut

  • Pair 18th Century French Walnut Bergere Arm Chairs
  • Pair 18th Century French Walnut Bergere Arm Chairs
  • Pair 18th Century French Walnut Bergere Arm Chairs
  • Pair 18th Century French Walnut Bergere Arm Chairs
H 40.16 in. W 27.56 in. D 24.41 in.
Pair of 18th Century Chairs
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of 18th century gilt ladies' chairs.
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Chairs

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Hardwood

  • Pair of 18th Century Chairs
  • Pair of 18th Century Chairs
  • Pair of 18th Century Chairs
  • Pair of 18th Century Chairs
H 34.5 in. W 17 in. D 17 in.
French, Louis XV Régence Caned Chairs, 18th Century, Two Similar
Located in Montreal, Quebec
French, Louis XV Régence Style caned Chairs, 18th Century, Two similar presented as a pair without being identical. Chair 1 - 19" W x 18.5"D x 38.25"H Seat height 18" Chair 2 - 19...
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Antique 18th Century French Regency Chairs

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Wood, Cane

18th Century Primitive Child Chair
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th century Primitive child chair.
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Primitive Chairs

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Oak

  • 18th Century Primitive Child Chair
  • 18th Century Primitive Child Chair
  • 18th Century Primitive Child Chair
  • 18th Century Primitive Child Chair
H 24.5 in. W 16.75 in. D 17 in.
18th Century, French Louis XVI Side Chairs
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Beautiful Louis XVI side chairs. Original period pieces, France, circa 1770-1790. The frame has a gold finish and is weathered, minor losses and old repairs. Despite their advanced...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Side Chairs

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Wood

  • 18th Century, French Louis XVI Side Chairs
  • 18th Century, French Louis XVI Side Chairs
  • 18th Century, French Louis XVI Side Chairs
  • 18th Century, French Louis XVI Side Chairs
H 36.23 in. W 23.23 in. D 20.87 in.
Pair of 18th Century French "Chauffeuse" Chairs, Georges Jacob Attributed
By Georges Jacob
Located in Doylestown, PA
An important pair of Louis XVI Period "Chauffeuse" or low fireside chairs, in original grey painted finish, with lyre backs and upholstered seats, on fluted legs. Provenance: From th...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Beech

French Louis XVI Low Caned Fireside Slipper Chair, 18th Century
Located in Montreal, Quebec
French Louis XVI low caned fireside slipper chair, 18th century. This very rare and exceptional low chair is very old, and has withstood the test of time in a remarkably good state,...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Cane, Wood

French, 18th Century Dining Room Six Chairs and Two Armchairs, 1760
Located in Rome, IT
Fine French dining set with six chairs and two armchairs. We can sale to six chairs also separated. The white leather upholstery to change.   
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Chairs

French, 18th Century Dining Room Six Chairs and Two Armchairs, 1760
Located in Rome, IT
Fine French dining set with six chairs and two armchairs. We can sale to six chairs also separated. The white leather upholstery to change.   
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Chairs

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Wood

18th Century French Carved Tall Back Barley Twist Plank Seat Oak Chair
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Museum quality details in the carving of this super early French chair found in the Northwest of France. This chair would have been one of only a few if any other, chairs in a wealth...
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Antique 18th Century French Chairs

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Oak

18th Century French Empire Caned Fauteuil
Located in New York, NY
18th century French Empire Caned Fauteuil. Made with painted wood and cane. Classic example of early Empire style in 18th century France.
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Antique 18th Century French Empire Chairs

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Cane, Wood

  • 18th Century French Empire Caned Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Empire Caned Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Empire Caned Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Empire Caned Fauteuil
H 38 in. W 23.5 in. D 17 in.
Eigth Louis XVI Painted Chairs, 18th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Five stamped by Marc Gautron cabinetmaker. Upholstered in brown velvet. French.   
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Antique 18th Century French Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

  • Eigth Louis XVI Painted Chairs, 18th Century
  • Eigth Louis XVI Painted Chairs, 18th Century
  • Eigth Louis XVI Painted Chairs, 18th Century
  • Eigth Louis XVI Painted Chairs, 18th Century
H 33.86 in. W 18.12 in. D 17.72 in.
18th Century Regence Caned French Armchair
Located in Brussels, BE
Carved walnut, caned back and seat. Zebra pattern fabric cushions (Lelièvre France). Fine natural patina, 18th century period.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Régence Chairs

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Cane, Walnut

  • 18th Century Regence Caned French Armchair
  • 18th Century Regence Caned French Armchair
  • 18th Century Regence Caned French Armchair
  • 18th Century Regence Caned French Armchair
H 37.01 in. W 24.81 in. D 17.33 in.
French 18th Century Directoire Mahogany Chairs with Silk Blend Upholster Fabric
Located in Firenze, IT
This beautiful set of four late 18th-early 19th century European Directoire period mahogany gondola chairs will be the perfect addition to your dining room or living room as they can...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Directoire Chairs

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Fabric, Cotton, Silk, Upholstery, Mahogany, Giltwood

Late 18th Century French Directoire Period Painted Side Chairs Occasional Chairs
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This pair of late eighteenth century French Directoire period painted side chairs features its original patina. Their curved seat backs are detailed with a classic hand carved palmet...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Directoire Side Chairs

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Wood, Mohair

French 18th Century Louis XV Upholstered Slipper Chair Stamped Bernhard
Located in Atlanta, GA
This French 18th century Louis XV slipper chair features a slightly slanted back with a delicately carved floral carving at the crest. This small size chair is upholstered with linen...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Slipper Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Beautiful Pair of Chairs, 18th Century Style, Signed, France
Located in Paris, FR
Unique pair of chairs, created and signed by one of the greatest French cabinet maker, Atelier BHC. In 18th century style, inspired by a famous French Castle near Paris. Amazing Bo...
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2010s French Louis XVI Chairs

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Brass, Bronze

Pair Antique French 18th Century Louis XVI Side Chairs, Carved Wood with Gold
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair antique French 18th century Louis XVI side chairs, carved wood with gold.  
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Wood

18th Century French Louis XVI Lyre Back Dinning Chairs
Located in Ongar, GB
A nice set of 6 x 18th century French Louis XVI Lyre back dinning chairs. They are in good useable and original condition with nice aged look to the wood.. With small losses and wear...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Pair 18th Century French Louis XV Fauteuils Open Arm Chairs 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

Late 18th Century French Directoire Canape Settee Marquis
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful French Directoire marquise with besides the directoire also some Louis XVI style influences visible. Very rare period piece. France, late 18th century. Weathered, small l...
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Antique 18th Century French Directoire Chairs

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Wood

18th Century French Louis XVI Pair of Armchairs
Located in South Hamilton, MA
18th century French Period Louis XVI pair of finely carved rectangular armchairs with rosette decoration on the die joint and reeded legs. Dark gold patina to the frames covered in a...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Wood

Pair of C18th French Painted Empire Chairs
Located in London, GB
Pair of French painted Empire chairs in their original faded paint with wonderful sabre legs, fully reupholstered in a vibrant green linen with feather cushions.
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Antique 18th Century French Chairs

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Wood, Linen

  • Pair of C18th French Painted Empire Chairs
  • Pair of C18th French Painted Empire Chairs
  • Pair of C18th French Painted Empire Chairs
  • Pair of C18th French Painted Empire Chairs
H 35.44 in. W 22.05 in. D 23.63 in.
Set of Original Jacob Model Chairs Lyre of Louis XVI, Late 18th Century, France
Located in Paris, France
Exceptional series of Louis XVI lyre chairs in lacquered wood, a prized model and symbol of refinement in the 18th century. While these chairs are unstamped, their details are strong...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Wood, Silk, Lacquer

Set of Original Jacob Model Chairs Lyre of Louis XVI, Late 18th Century France
Located in Paris, France
Exceptional series of Louis XVI lyre chairs in lacquered wood, a prized model and symbol of refinement in the 18th century. While these chairs are unstamped, their details are strong...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Silk, Lacquer, Wood

Pair of French 18th Century Louis XV Giltwood Side Chairs Upholstered
Located in Basingstoke, Hampshire
A pair of early 18th century Louis XV chairs. Displaying carved walnut giltwood frames that have worn beautifully over the years - featuring shaped padded backs and seats within foli...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Side Chairs

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Giltwood

18th/ 19th Century French Bergère de Bureau or Corner Chair
Located in Stamford, CT
Louis XV 18th/ 19th Century French Bergère de Bureau or Corner Chair in a fine green leather.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Bergere Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Period Louis XV Beechwood Salon Chairs 'Mid 18th Century'
Located in London, GB
A Pair of Period Louis XV Beechwood Salon Chairs (Mid 18th Century).
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Antique Mid-18th Century French French Provincial Chairs

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Beech

18th Century French Caned Bergère de Bureau
Located in Stamford, CT
18th century French caned bergère de Bureau. A Louie XV beechwood bergère de Bureau with leather squab cushion, circa 1740. Magnificently carved. One of two presently available. P...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Bergere Chairs

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Wood

  • 18th Century French Caned Bergère de Bureau
  • 18th Century French Caned Bergère de Bureau
  • 18th Century French Caned Bergère de Bureau
  • 18th Century French Caned Bergère de Bureau
H 34 in. W 26.50 in. D 23.50 in.
18th Century French Caned Bergère de Bureau
Located in Stamford, CT
18th century French caned bergère de Bureau. A Louie XV beechwood bergère de Bureau with leather squab cushion, circa 1740. Magnificently carved. One of two presently available. P...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Bergere Chairs

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Wood

Set of four Neoclassical 18th Century Upholstered dining Chairs in Pink France
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Directoire-style dining chairs illustrate the minimally adorned style that became favorable after the French Revolution. Neoclassical carved wood dining chair set of 4 circa 19th Cen...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Set of Four 18th Century Chairs, France, Cherry, Painted, Directoire, circa 1800
Located in Greven, DE
Set of very unusual 18th century chairs It's a set of four chairs, all with different paintings of the Greek mythology. Bourgogne (France) cherrywood, oil colors Directoire,...
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Antique 1790s French Directoire Chairs

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Cherry

A Pair of Louis XV Painted and Gilded Salon Chairs 'Mid 18th Century'
Located in London, GB
A Pair of Louis XV painted and gilded salon chairs (Mid 18th Century). Upholstered in plum-velvet and painted with floral motifs set on a gilded channelled frame with carved acanthus...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French French Provincial Chairs

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Wood

18th Century Invalide Chair in Working Condition
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Hand carved beechwood, reclining, wing-back invalide chair in wonderful working condition. The frame fit with hand-forged, wrought iron handles and toothed arc to specify chair back ...
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Antique 1790s French Chairs

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Iron

18th Century Louis XV Period Walnut Side Chair with Upholstered Seat
Located in New Orleans, LA
A Louis XV walnut side chair with upholstered seat.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Chairs

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Walnut

18th Century Vintage Louis XIV Style Dining Chairs with Leather & Toile
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Set of 6 Louis XIV style dining chairs with square seat backs upholstered in Scalamandre toile and seats upholstered in weathered leather, trimmed with nail heads to accentuate their...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XIV Chairs

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Walnut, Leather

18th Century French Louis XVI Bergere in Walnut
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th century French Louis XVI bergere in walnut.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Bergere Chairs

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Walnut

Vintage Child's Chair Upholstered with an 18th Century French Silk Textile
By antique textiles galleries
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage child's chair upholstered with an 18th century French silk textile. Wood hand carved chair with a dark mahogany stained color. Chair frame is from the 1940s, Textile is an ...
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Vintage 1940s American Chippendale Chairs

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Silk, Wood

18th Century French Fruitwood Fauteuil À Oreills in Fortuny
Located in Charleston, SC
18th Century French Fruitwood Fauteuil À Oreills in Fortuny Fabric with pillow. Rich honey colored fruitwood with scrolled arms and carved patera on knees paired with elegant Fortuny...
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Antique 18th Century French Wingback Chairs

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Upholstery, Fruitwood

French 18th Century Louis XVI Painted Armchairs with Velvet Upholstery Stamped
By Nicolas Blanchard
Located in Houston, TX
French 18th century Louis XVI painted armchairs with velvet upholstery stamped by N Blanchard.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

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Wood

Pair of 18th Century French Bergère with Fortuny Fabric
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Stunning pair of painted bergère with original paint and newly upholstered in Fortuny fabric.
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Antique 18th Century French Bergere Chairs

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Wood

Louis XV Canape in Carved Walnut Wood French work of the 18th Century
By Europa Antiques
Located in Madrid, ES
Louis XV Canape in carved walnut wood. French work of the 18th century. Measurements: 88 x 63 x 195 cm Good condition
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Antique 18th Century French Baroque Chairs

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Wood

18th Century Directoire Painted Ladies' Chair
Located in Carmel, CA
Directoire upholstered ladies' bergère with down cushion and sold scroll back. The chair has upholstered arms resting on balustrade columns and scabbard legs with block with rosette ...
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Antique 1790s French Directoire Bergere Chairs

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Paint

Set of Four French 18th Century Painted Side Chairs with Liberal Arts Allegory
Located in Atlanta, GA
A set of four French painted wood side chairs from the 18th century, with carved Liberal Arts allegory. Created in France during the 18th century, each of this set of four side chair...
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Antique 18th Century French Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Wood

Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Cane Armchair, 1870s
Located in LEGNY, FR
Very nice 18th century French Louis XVI cane armchair Bergere from 1870s. Has been painted in grey. Nice quality.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Bergere Chairs

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Cane, Wood

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18th Century French Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of 18th century French chairs is available at 1stDibs. Each of these unique 18th century French chairs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, fabric and walnut. We have 546 antique and vintage 18th century French chairs in-stock, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. There are all kinds of 18th century French chairs available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. 18th century French chairs are generally popular furniture pieces, but Louis XVI, Louis XV and Rococo styles are often sought at 1stDibs. antique textiles galleries, Antoine Gailliard and Jean Nadal L'aine each produced beautiful 18th century French chairs that are worth considering.

How Much are 18th Century French Chairs?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $5,015, while they’re typically $500 on the low end and $124,500 highest priced.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.

Questions About 18th Century French Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A French berère chair is a style of chair with an upholstered back and armrests. These French-style chairs are crafted to be wider than standard chairs with comfort in mind. You’ll find a variety of French berère chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    French chairs are called bergère. Bergères have an upholstered back and armrests with wooden exposed framing. Bergère continues to be a popular style that adds an elegant touch to any room. You’ll find a selection of antique chairs on 1stDibs.

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Design Icon Ilse Crawford on Her Colorful New Hans Wegner Chairs

Design Icon Ilse Crawford on Her Colorful New Hans Wegner Chairs

If anyone is brave, humble and adept enough to recolor these mid-century masterpieces, it’s Ilse Crawford. Here, she gives us the details on her five earthy paint choices and tells us how she feels about design collaborations.

How to Reupholster a Chair

How to Reupholster a Chair

Want to update an old chair that still has good bones? We spoke to experts to find out how they approach reupholstering antique furniture.