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18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Group of Four 18th Century Italian Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Group of four 18th century Italian Finely Carved Armchairs with Silver Leaf
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Armchairs

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Silver

  • Group of Four 18th Century Italian Armchairs
  • Group of Four 18th Century Italian Armchairs
  • Group of Four 18th Century Italian Armchairs
  • Group of Four 18th Century Italian Armchairs
H 34.25 in. W 17 in. D 20.25 in.
Pair of 18th Century Italian Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Low, deep, and wide, this pair of armchairs is exceptionally comfortable, and the gold and black color scheme is very dramatic. What’s most distinctive about them from a design point...
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Antique 1790s Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

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Wool, Wood

  • Pair of 18th Century Italian Armchairs
  • Pair of 18th Century Italian Armchairs
  • Pair of 18th Century Italian Armchairs
  • Pair of 18th Century Italian Armchairs
H 34.5 in. W 25.5 in. D 24 in.
Italian Venetian Armchair, 18th Century
Located in Stamford, CT
18th century Italian Venetian carved walnut armchair.
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs

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Wood

  • Italian Venetian Armchair, 18th Century
  • Italian Venetian Armchair, 18th Century
  • Italian Venetian Armchair, 18th Century
  • Italian Venetian Armchair, 18th Century
H 43 in. W 25 in. D 21 in.
18th Century Italian Giltwood Armchairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th century Italian giltwood armchairs.
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Baroque Armchairs

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Giltwood

  • 18th Century Italian Giltwood Armchairs
  • 18th Century Italian Giltwood Armchairs
  • 18th Century Italian Giltwood Armchairs
  • 18th Century Italian Giltwood Armchairs
H 35.5 in. W 24 in. D 20 in.
18th Century, Italian Venetian Armchair
Located in San Francisco, CA
Beautifully carved wood and hand-painted armchair, retaining most of its original painted finish. This chair is a good size with a generous seat. Recently reupholstered in a silk fab...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

  • 18th Century, Italian Venetian Armchair
  • 18th Century, Italian Venetian Armchair
  • 18th Century, Italian Venetian Armchair
  • 18th Century, Italian Venetian Armchair
H 40 in. W 27 in. D 22 in.
18th Century Italian Walnut Armchair
Located in Rochester, NY
Antique curved back carved walnut armchair with a very unusual form. Early construction / beautifully aged rich color / great old surface. Have yet to see anything quite like it. Bes...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Baroque Armchairs

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Walnut

  •  18th Century Italian Walnut Armchair
  •  18th Century Italian Walnut Armchair
  •  18th Century Italian Walnut Armchair
  •  18th Century Italian Walnut Armchair
H 27 in. W 24.50 in. D 18 in.
Pair of Italian 18th Century Walnut Armchairs
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of late 18th century italian armchairs. Each with a pierced shaped tablet back with vertical splat, above a padded seat covered in black material, with outs played arms on down ...
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Antique Early 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Walnut

  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Walnut Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Walnut Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Walnut Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Walnut Armchairs
H 39.38 in. W 23.63 in. D 18.51 in.
Single 18th Century Italian Giltwood Armchair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Single 18th century Italian giltwood and painted armchair.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Giltwood

Walnut Fauteuil Armchair, Italian, 18th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
A large-scale carved walnut armchair with 19th century loomed tapestry upholstery. Chair is in very good condition, the upholstery is worn in areas, Italy, early to mid-18th century.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Country Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Late 18th Century Italian Giltwood Armchair
Located in London, GB
A late 18th century Italian giltwood armchair, the moulded frame carved with husks and flowerhead, and with arched stuffed back, stuffed seat and fluted tapering legs  
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

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Upholstery, Giltwood

Armchair Italian Baroque Period Oak, 18th Century, Italy
Located in New York, NY
Armchair Italian Baroque period oak, 18th century, Italy. An armchair made during the Baroque, period 1630-1730. Frame made in oak. Reupholstered in a boucle fabric.  
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Antique 18th Century Italian Baroque Armchairs

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Oak

18th Century Italian Carved Walnut Armchair
Located in Hudson, NY
This lovely large single chair made in Italy perhaps the Tuscan region in the late 18th cnetury is crafted from fine walnut with a deep rich color and patina. The large deeply carved...
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Renaissance Armchairs

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Bronze

  • 18th Century Italian Carved Walnut Armchair
  • 18th Century Italian Carved Walnut Armchair
  • 18th Century Italian Carved Walnut Armchair
  • 18th Century Italian Carved Walnut Armchair
H 47.5 in. W 30 in. D 27.5 in.
Pair of Italian 18th Century Wooden Armchairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of 18th century Italian wooden armchairs with cane seats and backs, tapered legs, scrolled arms and cushions.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of Italian 18th Century Painted Armchairs
Located in Rome, IT
A pair of Italian, 18th century parcel-gilt and pale-grey painted armchairs with a shaped back decorated with shell-carved crest, scrolling armrests on a serpentine seat on cabriole ...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Armchairs

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Wood

  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Painted Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Painted Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Painted Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Painted Armchairs
H 34.26 in. W 22.84 in. D 22.84 in.
Pair of Italian 18th Century Painted Armchairs
Located in Rome, IT
A pair of Italian, 18th century parcel-gilt and pale-grey painted armchairs with a shaped back decorated with shell-carved crest, scrolling armrests on a serpentine seat on cabriole ...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Armchairs

  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Painted Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Painted Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Painted Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian 18th Century Painted Armchairs
H 34.26 in. W 22.84 in. D 22.84 in.
Single 18th Century Italian Silver Leaf Armchair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Single carved 18th century Italian silver leaf armchair upholstered in leather. Purchased at the famed store Therian.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Silver Leaf

18th Century Couple of Italian Giltwood Armchairs
Located in IT
18th century couple of Italian giltwood armchairs This refined and important pair of armchairs was made around the middle of the 18th century in Venice, Italy, in carved giltwood ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs

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Giltwood

  • 18th Century Couple of Italian Giltwood Armchairs
  • 18th Century Couple of Italian Giltwood Armchairs
  • 18th Century Couple of Italian Giltwood Armchairs
  • 18th Century Couple of Italian Giltwood Armchairs
H 43.31 in. W 26.38 in. D 19.69 in.
18th Century Pair of Italian Wood Armchairs
Located in IT
18th century pair of Italian wood armchairs This important pair of armchairs was made in Veneto in the 18th century, Louis XIV-Regency. The armchairs have a remarkable quality of...
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Regency Armchairs

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Wood

  • 18th Century Pair of Italian Wood Armchairs
  • 18th Century Pair of Italian Wood Armchairs
  • 18th Century Pair of Italian Wood Armchairs
  • 18th Century Pair of Italian Wood Armchairs
H 55.12 in. W 24.41 in. D 18.51 in.
18th Century Italian Carved Walnut Crowned Armchair
Located in Cypress, CA
Impressive 18th century Italian hand carved walnut armchair with crown. The armchair is with a shaped and arched padded back, beautifully scrolled arms, the scrolling crest rail i...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs

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Wood, Upholstery

Pair 18th. c. Italian Armchairs
Located in New Orleans, LA
Beautiful carved and painted arm chairs
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Armchairs

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Wood

  • Pair 18th. c. Italian Armchairs
  • Pair 18th. c. Italian Armchairs
  • Pair 18th. c. Italian Armchairs
  • Pair 18th. c. Italian Armchairs
H 33.5 in. W 26 in. D 18 in.
Pair of Italian 18th Century Carved Walnut Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most handsome and impressive pair of Italian 18th century carved walnut armchairs. The four cabriole legs are joined by an ‘H’ stretcher. At the center of the scalloped frieze is a...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Walnut

Italian 18th Century Walnut Armchair with Scrolled Arms
Located in Atlanta, GA
Italian 18th century walnut armchair with scrolled arms.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Walnut

Pair of Italian Early 18th Century Painted Armchairs
Located in Rome, IT
A pair of Italian 18th century parcel-gilt and pale green painted armchairs with a shaped back, scrolling armrests on a baluster legs. Covered with white silk upholstery.
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Antique Early 18th Century Italian Louis XIV Armchairs

Pair of Neoclassical Walnut Armchairs, Italy, 18th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of neoclassical carved walnut fauteuils with carved lyre shape backsplat, sitting on carved and fluted legs. Recently re-upholstered, Northern Italy, 18th century.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

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Walnut

Set of Four 18th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of four 18th century carved walnut Italian Rococo armchairs.
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of 18th Century Italian Carved Giltwood Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of very fine 18th century Italian carved giltwood armchairs with shell motif. The chairs are upholstered in a botanical themed woven linen fabric. The price listed is for one pa...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Linen, Giltwood

Pair of Italian Early 18th Century Painted Armchairs
Located in Rome, IT
A pair of Italian 18th century parcel-gilt and pale green painted armchairs with a shaped back, scrolling armrests on a baluster legs. Covered with white silk upholstery.
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Antique Early 18th Century Italian Louis XIV Armchairs

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Wood

Handsome 18th Century Italian Reclining Armchair with New Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian reclining armchair with new upholstery from the 18th century. This antique lounging chair from Italy has a rectangular-shaped back with subtle arched top rail, straight an...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of 18th-19th Century Italian Armchairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of 18th-19th century Italian armchairs Measures: 28" W x 26" D x 33.5" T, Seat: 17.75" T, Arm: 24.75" T.
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of Mid-18th Century Italian, Piemontese, Walnut Armchairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
Each chair with a shaped backrest and a removable upholstered section, the carved arms and arm supports flank generous fitted seats with carved aprons, raised on shaped cabriole legs.
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs

Early 18th Century Louis XIV Period Walnut Armchair, Italy
Located in Atlanta, GA
The early 18th century Louis XIV period walnut armchair with scroll arms carved mutton bone cross stretchers.
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Antique Early 18th Century Italian Louis XIV Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century Italian Carved-Wood Camel-Back Armchair with New Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian carved wood armchair from the 18th century with new upholstery. This antique chair from Italy has a large camel-back which is set at a comfortably reclined position, with ...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Wood

18th Century Louis XVI Walnut Italian Armchair
Located in Roma, RM
Fantastic Italian armchair, 1760-1770, northern Italy, made of walnut and carved in an exceptional way. Perfect.
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Antique 1770s Italian Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

  • 18th Century Louis XVI Walnut Italian Armchair
  • 18th Century Louis XVI Walnut Italian Armchair
  • 18th Century Louis XVI Walnut Italian Armchair
  • 18th Century Louis XVI Walnut Italian Armchair
H 48.82 in. W 24.81 in. D 20.87 in.
18th century Venetian Rococo Armchair
Located in Troy, NY
A delicate armchair of typical form, with beautiful lines and proportions and delicately carved details. Ex Metropolitan Museum of Art. For an almost identical chair see: “Il Mobile ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs

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Walnut

  • 18th century Venetian Rococo Armchair
  • 18th century Venetian Rococo Armchair
  • 18th century Venetian Rococo Armchair
  • 18th century Venetian Rococo Armchair
H 35 in. W 23.5 in. D 25 in.
Set of Four Italian 18th Century Transitional Period Giltwood Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A striking and most unique complete set of four Italian 18th century Transitional Period giltwood armchairs. Each armchair is raised by superb cabriole legs at the front and elegant ...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Giltwood

18th Century Italian Carved Walnut Armchair with Embossed Leather
Located in Dallas, TX
Place this large antique fruitwood armchair in your study or library; crafted in Italy, circa 1760, the elegant chair with an arched back features exquisite carvings including a pair...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Baroque Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

Pair of Italian 18th Century Venetian Patinated and Mecca Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sensational pair of Italian 18th century Venetian patinated and Mecca arm chairs. Each arm chair is raised by beautiful cabriole legs with scrolled Mecca acanthus leaf feet and fin...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Giltwood

Four 18th Century Genoese Armchairs
Located in London, GB
Four 18th century Genoese armchairs in moulded walnut with floral decorations.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Louis XV Armchairs

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Walnut

  • Four 18th Century Genoese Armchairs
  • Four 18th Century Genoese Armchairs
  • Four 18th Century Genoese Armchairs
  • Four 18th Century Genoese Armchairs
H 40.95 in. W 24.81 in. D 22.45 in.
Pair of Italian 18th Century Louis XVI Period Walnut Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most attractive pair of Italian 18th century Louis XVI period walnut armchairs. Each chair is raised by circular tapered fluted legs below the mottled frieze. The arms display char...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

A Fine Pair of Italian Painted and Lacquered Armchairs, 18th Century
Located in Sheffield, MA
A Fine Pair of Italian Painted and Lacquered Armchairs Piedmontese Circa 1750 Each with a cartouche shaped padded back and seat, within a molded frame carved with acanthus leaves...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Armchairs

Set of Nine Italian 18th Century Shield Back Dining Armchairs
Located in New Orleans, LA
Set of Nine Italian Shield back Walnut Armchairs with contemporary upholstery
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Armchairs

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Upholstery

18th Century, Pair of Italian Louis XV Wood Armchairs
Located in IT
18th century, pair of Italian Louis XV wood armchairs. The delightful pair of armchairs is made in Italy (Venice) in the first half of the 18th century. They are of solid walnut w...
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Antique Mid-18th Century European Louis XV Armchairs

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Wood

Set of Six Italian 18th Century Polychrome and Giltwood Venetian Armchair
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A beautiful and complete set of six Italian 18th century polychrome and giltwood Venetian armchairs. Each dark apricot colored polychrome armchair is raised by elegant cabriole legs ...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Giltwood

18th Century Black Italian Pair of Antique Giltwood Armchairs Chairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Late 18th Century, an antique pair of Italian gilded fauteuils with ornate armrests, the back rests are adorned with centered medallions, in good condition. The chairs have been newl...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood, Wood

18th Century Italian Gothic Renaissance Square Chair Walnut Side Armchair
Located in Vigonza, Padua
18th century Italian Gothic Renaissance square chair in turned and hand-carved walnut. Polished to wax Measures cm: H77/40, W 52, D 46.
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Gothic Armchairs

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Walnut, Walnut

Pair of Italian 18th Century Louis XV/xvi Giltwood Throne Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most elegant pair of Italian 18th century Louis XV/XVI giltwood throne armchairs. Each armchair is raised by circular fluted tapered legs with top acanthus leaves. The scalloped ap...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Louis XV Armchairs

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Giltwood

Italian Renaissance Style '17th-18th Century' Cross Leg Armchair
Located in New York, NY
Italian Renaissance style (17th-18th century) walnut cross leg armchair with square back and red velvet upholstery.  
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20th Century Italian Renaissance Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Italian 18th Century Louis XV Style Throne Giltwood Armchairs À Chassis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sensational and very high-quality pair of Italian 18th century high back throne giltwood armchairs à Chassis, which signifies that the upholstery is easily removed and changed for ...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Giltwood

Pair of Italian 18th Century Neoclassical Painted and Parcel-Gilt Armchairs
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A pair of Italian neoclassical period painted and parcel-gilt armchairs from the late 18th century, with padded backs, out-curved arms, gilt medallions, fluted tapering legs and upho...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

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Wood, Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Italian 18th Century Louis XV Period Roman Giltwood Throne Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of magnificent and high quality Italian 18th century Louis XV period Roman giltwood throne armchairs. Each finely carved chair is raised on cabriole legs accented with large a...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Louis XV Armchairs

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Giltwood

Italian Orange Linen, Walnut Frame Pair of High Back Armchairs, 18th Century
Located in New York, NY
18th century Italian pair of classic designed walnut wood frame 18th century Italian arm chairs. The orange Belgian linen upholstery gives the classically designed frame a unique lo...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Linen, Walnut

Pair of Italian 18th Century Louis XV Style Silvered Leaf Venetian Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most elegant pair of Italian 18th century Louis XV st. silvered leaf Venetian armchairs. Each chair is raised by fine cabriole legs with an outstanding carved mottled design. The a...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Louis XV Armchairs

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Silver Leaf

Pair of 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Gilt Carved and Painted Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian neoclassic (Roman 18th century) blue painted and gilt trimmed arm chairs with roundels carved with masks on each back and front seat rail. The chairs feature upholst...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Wood, Wood

Pair of 18th Century Venetian Walnut Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of 18th century Venetian carved walnut armchairs with vintage Luigi Belavaqua silk velvet fabric in gold and maroon.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Mid-18th Century Italian Pair of Armchairs in “Petit Point” Embroidery, Turin
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of carved walnut armchairs covered in “petit point” embroidery Turin, circa 1750 They measure 33.8 in (86 cm) in height; 17.32 in (44 cm) in height to the seat; 25.98 in (66 cm...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs

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Wool, Walnut

Italy 18th Century Country Rustic Armchair, Chestnut Wood Hand Cut and Restored
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Italian 18th century country rustic robust armchair in chestnut wood hand cut, restored and polished with shellac and wax. Straw seat in excellent condition Measures cm: H 102\48 x ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rustic Armchairs

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Straw, Chestnut

A Fine Venetian Rococo Polychrome Open Armchair, 18th Century
Located in Sheffield, MA
A Fine Venetian Rococo Polychrome Open Armchair 18th Century With upholstered back and seat on cabriole legs ending in scrolled toes Height 41 ½ in. width 29 in. Depth 21 in. C...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Rococo Armchairs

Pair of 18th Century Italian Walnut Chairs
Located in Houston, TX
Outstanding large pair of antique Italian walnut armchairs or fauteuils from Tuscany taken down to frame and professionally upholstered in striated white velvet. These stunning grand...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

  • Pair of 18th Century Italian Walnut Chairs
  • Pair of 18th Century Italian Walnut Chairs
  • Pair of 18th Century Italian Walnut Chairs
  • Pair of 18th Century Italian Walnut Chairs
H 41.25 in. W 25.75 in. D 21.5 in.
18th Century North Italian Giltwood Throne Chair
Located in London, by appointment only
Northern Italy, circa 1780 A substantial North Italian 18th century giltwood Throne Chair in original condition. The overscale frame richly carved with neoclassical and exaggerate...
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Baroque Armchairs

  • 18th Century North Italian Giltwood Throne Chair
  • 18th Century North Italian Giltwood Throne Chair
  • 18th Century North Italian Giltwood Throne Chair
  • 18th Century North Italian Giltwood Throne Chair
H 44.89 in. W 27.96 in. D 42.13 in.
Pair of 18th Century Italian High Back Hand Carved Walnut side Armchairs Antique
Located in West Hollywood, CA
A very good pair of 18th century Hand carved walnut high back armchairs. Classic designed walnut wood frame 18th century Italian side chairs. Scroll arm and spool / turned legs. This...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut, Fabric

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18th Century Italian Armchairs For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of 18th century Italian armchairs available on 1stDibs. The range of distinct 18th century Italian armchairs — often made from wood, walnut and fabric — can elevate any home. 18th century Italian armchairs have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Neoclassical, Rococo and Baroque 18th century Italian armchairs are consistently popular styles.

How Much are 18th Century Italian Armchairs?

Prices for 18th century Italian armchairs start at $750 and top out at $78,000 with the average selling for $7,037.

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.