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Unique & Stylish Pair of Japonisme Armchairs W. Fish / Dragon Armrest Sculptures
Located in Lisse, NL
Impressive and highly stylish set of handcrafted chairs from the late 1800s. This rare pair of chairs is as stable as the day it was made and the striking wood is in good condition...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Japonisme Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of English Carved Armchairs in Green Velvet
Located in Locust Valley, NY
A pair of English carved mahogany armchairs in green velvet with nailhead trim.
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Antique Late 19th Century Armchairs

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Velvet, Mahogany

Pair of Bergere Armchairs in Velvet from House of Hackney
Located in Culver City, CA
Newly upholstered in velvet from House of Hackney, original paint remnants on carved wooden legs. Measures: 23.75" W x 22.5” D x 29.75” H x 13” seat.  
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Early 20th Century French Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Neo-Gothic White Carved Armchairs, Pair
Located in Austin, TX
Neo-Gothic or Victorian Gothic styling on painted white, high-backed armchairs. Seat and back are newly upholstered in a rust velvet with brass nailheads, while the patinated white f...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Gothic Revival Armchairs

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Wood, Velvet

  • Neo-Gothic White Carved Armchairs, Pair
  • Neo-Gothic White Carved Armchairs, Pair
  • Neo-Gothic White Carved Armchairs, Pair
  • Neo-Gothic White Carved Armchairs, Pair
H 41 in. W 26 in. D 20.5 in.
Pair of Carved Walnut Burgundy Velvet Louis XVI Fauteuil Armchairs, circa 1920
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a gorgeous pair of French Louis XVI armchairs that are in very good condition with nice burgundy or wine hued velvet in good condition. The frames are beautifully carved and ...
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Vintage 1920s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

Pair of 19th Century French Carved Giltwood Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of fine 19th century French carved giltwood armchairs with newly upholstered cut velvet floral fabric.
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Antique 19th Century French Armchairs

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Giltwood, Velvet

Willy Rizzo Workshop Pair of Armchairs, Green Velvet and Black Lacquered Wood
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Valladolid, ES
Amazing couple of armchairs by Willy Rizzo workshop, 70s, reupholstered in a beautiful olive green velvet. Black laquered wood with golden brass, very refined pieces suitable for an...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of Jansen Style Fauteuils or Armchairs, Louis XVI Form with Velvet Fabric
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Jansen style Fauteuils or armchairs each having the Louis XVI form with sculptured velvet fabric The pair finely upholstered in gold velvet having a foliate damask pattern, w...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of French Louis XV style Giltwood Carved Rococo Fauteuils, Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of French Louis XV style giltwood carved Rococo fauteuils (armchairs). The intricately carved wood frames with open scrolled and padded armrests and cabriolet legs. Upholstere...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Velvet, Giltwood

Pair of Louis XV Style Gilt & Painted Carved Armchairs, Attributed Maison Jansen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fine pair of French Louis XV style gilt and green-cream painted carved Fauteuils armchairs, attributed to Maison Jansen. The arched back frame crowned with carvings of flowers with...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Wood, Giltwood, Velvet

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XIII Carved Walnut Barley Twist Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
These elegant antique fruitwood armchairs were created in the Perigord region of France, circa 1870. Each chair has a rectangular back, carved barley twist legs with matching stretch...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XIII Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs with Blue/Green Animal Print Velvet
Located in South Hamilton, MA
These lovely Louis XVI grey/green painted armchairs are original to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, circa 1930-1940. They have been lovingly restored and reupholstered with a blue/green a...
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Early 20th Century American Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of Italian 19th Century Renaissance Style Carved Figural Throne Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fine and palatial pair of Italian 19th century renaissance style carved walnut figural throne armchairs. The intricately carved Baroque frames with the backrests depicting a pair o...
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Antique Late 19th Century Baroque Revival Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Large Louis XIII Carved Beech Armchairs, French, 17th Century
Located in London, GB
Pair of Louis XIII carved beech high backed armchairs, French 17th century. With elegant scrolling arms leading to turned supports. The turned supports repeated on the front bar and ...
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Antique 17th Century French Louis XIII Armchairs

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Velvet, Beech

Pair of Faux Bois and Velvet Louis XV Style Fauteuils
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Louis XV inspired faux bois armchairs upholstered in new dark chocolate suede-like velvet. Hand-carved wood frames are finished in an ivory glaze. Cabriole front and back legs.
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Vintage 1980s American Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of 19th Century, "Hotel Chairs" in Silk Velvet
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Beautifully carved, Italian, walnut chairs featuring serpentine arms terminating in lion's heads with flowing manes. Each atop turned legs and stretchers. Finished in a contemporary,...
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Antique 1880s Italian Armchairs

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Walnut, Silk, Velvet

Pair of Armchairs Green Late 19th Century Louis XV Style in Gilded Carved Wood
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant pair of armchairs of the end of the 19th century in carved gilded wood, in Louis XV style. The armchairs have been upholstered in a beautiful green velvet. The wood of the ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Louis XV Armchairs

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Velvet, 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

Pair Red Crushed Velvet & Mahogany Queen Anne Style Fireside Chairs, 20thC
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique pair of fireside wingback chairs offers shaped backs and scroll form arms with red crused velvet upholstery raised on Queen Anne style mahogany legs, 20th century Measu...
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20th Century American Queen Anne Armchairs

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Wood, Mahogany, Upholstery, Velvet

Pair of 1930s Italian Neoclassical Painted Armchairs with Urns
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of 1930s Italian neoclassical painted armchairs. The armchairs are beautifully detailed with handled urns filled with foliage. Newly upholstered seats in a platinum colored velv...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

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Velvet, Paint, Wood

Louis XV Style Pair of Cabriolet Armachair with Pink Velvet, 19th Century
Located in Beuzevillette, FR
Charming pair of Louis XV style cabriolet armchair covered with pink velvet. The backrest is decorated with flowers typical of the Louis XV style. The seat rests on four arched legs ...
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Antique 1870s French Louis XV Armchairs

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Wood, Velvet

Pair of Hand Carved French Fauteils Arm Chairs
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A Pair of French carved Fauteils chairs with Italian cut velvet damask upholstery. The sage green velvet with soft gold damask with aged brass nailhead trim. The wood frame with a na...
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Vintage 1920s French Louis XV Armchairs

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Velvet, Hardwood

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XIII Style Throne Armchairs
Located in Arles, FR
Pair of French 19th century Revival Louis XIII style throne armchairs with hand carved figures on the raised arm rests and top of the chair backs.  These quality throne armchairs fe...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XIII Armchairs

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Velvet, Oak

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XIII Style Throne Style Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Exceptional pair of antique French Louis XIII style armchairs, or sometimes referred to as a throne chairs. Typically, you might see these in oak or beech wood, but rarely would you ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XIII Armchairs

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Walnut, Velvet

Pair of French Belle Époque Louis XV Style Fauteuil à la Reine Armchair Frames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of French Belle Époque Louis XV Style Fauteuil à la Reine (Armchairs) Frames. The upholstered backrest with a giltwood carved ribbon, open and padded armrests and cabriolet le...
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XV Armchairs

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Giltwood, Velvet

Pair of French Louis XVI Style Gilt, Cream /Green Painted Fauteuils Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fine pair of French 19th-20th century Louis XVI style two-tone cream and green painted with parcel-giltwood carved fauteuils armchairs. The intricately carved wood frames with a pa...
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood, Velvet, Wood, Wood

Pair of 19th Century Louis XVI Carved and Painted Ear Shape Fauteuils
Located in Dallas, TX
Dress a living room with this elegant pair of antique armchairs. Crafted in France circa 1870, each "Fauteuil a Oreilles" (aka ear shape), sits on fluted and tapered and feet with me...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fabric, Velvet, Walnut

Pair of 19th Century Louis XV Style Walnut Fauteuils
Located in Woodbury, CT
Deeply carved crest on top rail. Cartouche shaped back, padded arms, fully upholstered seat with carved knees and rail. Cabriole legs ending in original brass casters. Upholstered in...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of French Louis XVI Style Round Back Open Arm Chairs
Located in Austin, TX
Dating to circa 1900, and carved in the Louis XVI style, this pair of charming armchairs feature the traditional medallion shaped back, giving way to graceful and sweeping open arms,...
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fabric, Oak, Tapestry, Velvet

19th Century Pair of Painted and Upholstered Louis XVI Style Open Arm Fauteuils
Located in Brea, CA
19th century pair of painted and upholstered open arm fauteuils in the Louis XVI style. Beautiful original painted finish in a creamy white finish, with grey patina, and antique bro...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Velvet, Paint, Wood

20th Century French Pair of Steiner, Beechwood Fauteuils by Etienne-Henri Martin
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage French Art Deco pair of Etienne-Henri Martin armchairs designed for Maison Steiner, Model SK40. The frame is made of hand carved Beechwood, composed of pale velvet upholste...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Armchairs

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Fabric, Velvet, Beech

Original Pair of Bedroom Armchairs with Footstool, Damask Velvet Upholstered
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Art Nouveau age, original pair of bedroom armchairs with footstool upholstered in original damask velvet in good condition wax-polished and sanitized Measures chairs cm: H 75/45, W 5...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Side Chairs

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Walnut, Damask

Pair of Armchairs by Gio Ponti for Casa e Giardino
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of 1930s Mid Century Modern Gio Ponti for Casa e Giardino Lounge Chairs has been completely restored and is in great condition. The armchairs have been professionally uphol...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Foam, Velvet, Wood, Walnut, Fabric, Upholstery, Velvet

Super Comfortable and Top Quality Made Pair of Louis XV Style Wingback Armchairs
Located in Lisse, NL
Magnificent design with classical green velvet upholstery wing back chairs. This vintage and pastel green painted pair of wingback chairs is beautiful in design, they are in superb ...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XV Wingback Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of French Rococo Style Carved Giltwood Velvet Upholstered Armchairs
Located in Big Flats, NY
Pair of French Rococo style giltwood armchairs feature pierced foliate and scroll carved crests, scroll form arms and legs, velvet upholstered seats, and one with open ribbon back an...
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Antique 19th Century French Rococo Armchairs

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Giltwood, Upholstery, Velvet

Pair of Velvet Modern Armchairs
Located in Culver City, CA
Carved wood frame, with original velvet upholstery fitted with brass nails.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Armchairs

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Brass

  • Pair of Velvet Modern Armchairs
  • Pair of Velvet Modern Armchairs
  • Pair of Velvet Modern Armchairs
  • Pair of Velvet Modern Armchairs
H 30 in. W 23 in. D 30 in.
Large Pair of 18th Century French Carved Walnut Regence Armchairs with Velvet
Located in Dallas, TX
Complete your formal living or dining room with this elegant pair of antique fauteuils from France, circa 1780. The chairs are beautifully carved with expressive cabriole legs and ho...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Louis XVI Style Armchairs Finely Carved Pair Covered in Seafoam Velvet
Located in South Hamilton, MA
Pair of finely carved Louis XVI style armchairs covered in seafoam velvet, straight backs with laurel wreaths, and foliate decoration centered on top. Nicely carved arms and legs wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XV Carved Walnut Armchairs with Red Velvet
Located in Dallas, TX
Make a statement of beauty and luxury with this pair of antique fruitwood armchairs. Crated in France circa 1870, these armchairs are a standout with a comfortable, long seat, carved...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of George III Style Hand Carved Mahogany Blue Velvet Upholstery Armchairs
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning pair George III style hand carved mahogany open armchairs with Royal blue velvet upholstery A very good looking and well made pai...
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20th Century English George III Armchairs

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Velvet, Mahogany

Pair of Carved Silver Leaf Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of carved Italian silver leaf armchairs standing on four straight legs and upholstered in brown leopard velvet with loose down cushion. Self cord detail.
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

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Silver Leaf

  • Pair of Carved Silver Leaf Armchairs
  • Pair of Carved Silver Leaf Armchairs
  • Pair of Carved Silver Leaf Armchairs
  • Pair of Carved Silver Leaf Armchairs
H 44.5 in. W 29 in. D 29 in.
Monumental Carved Venetian Painted Armchairs, Pair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of 18th century carved painted Venetian throne style armchairs. There are wonderful details carved into almost every inch of these remarkable pair of chairs. Notice the pair of ...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of French Carved Louis XV-Style Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of 1910's French Louis XV-style open armchairs features delicate floral motif carvings on the arms and legs. The chairs have been recently upholstered in a sand velvet fabr...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of French Rosewood and Pink Velvet Upholstered Tub Armchairs, circa 1890
Located in Bedford, Bedfordshire
The attractively shaped pair of French tub armchairs being coil sprung and horsehair stuffed, both with good rosewood dwarf cabriole legs, each with scrolled arms and curved backs, i...
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Antique 1890s French Late Victorian Armchairs

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Velvet, Rosewood

Pair of Antique Carolean Carved Walnut Upholstered Armchairs
Located in London, GB
Very impressive large pair of antique Swedish Carolean style upholstered armchairs in good condition and dating from around the 1890s period. They have high backs and the upholstery ...
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Antique 1890s Swedish Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of English Queen Anne Style Sapphire Blue Velvet and Mahogany Armchairs
Located in Big Flats, NY
A vintage pair of English Queen Anne style armchairs offer sapphire blue velvet upholstered backs and seats with carve mahogany fraes having cabriole legs with stylized shell carved ...
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Mid-20th Century English Queen Anne Armchairs

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Wood, Mahogany, Upholstery, Velvet

Pair of Louis XIII Hand Carved Walnut Armchairs
Located in Austin, TX
Beautiful antique pair of French Louis XIII style armchairs in hand carved solid walnut with original stamped velvet upholstery and brass nail heads.
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Early 20th Century French Armchairs

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Brass

  • Pair of Louis XIII Hand Carved Walnut Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XIII Hand Carved Walnut Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XIII Hand Carved Walnut Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XIII Hand Carved Walnut Armchairs
H 46.25 in. W 25.25 in. D 29.75 in.
Pair of Armchairs Carved Lacquered Walnut, Mid-1800s
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of armchairs. Carved, lacquered and gilded walnut. Typical shape of the early Baroque period. Manufactured in the second half of the 19th century. Decorated with carved leaves, ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Other Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

  • Pair of Armchairs Carved Lacquered Walnut, Mid-1800s
  • Pair of Armchairs Carved Lacquered Walnut, Mid-1800s
  • Pair of Armchairs Carved Lacquered Walnut, Mid-1800s
  • Pair of Armchairs Carved Lacquered Walnut, Mid-1800s
H 42.92 in. W 28.15 in. D 29.34 in.
Pair of French Directoire Period Hand-Carved Walnut Armchairs, circa 1800
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This elegant pair of French walnut armchairs from the Directoire period features detailed hand carvings of rosettes and stylized scalloped shells on the armrests, and an elongated ce...
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Antique Early 1800s French Directoire Armchairs

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Walnut, Upholstery, Velvet

Pair of Carved Beech Louis XV Style Armchairs, 20th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of Louis XV style armchairs "A la Reine" model, with a flat back. In natural carved beech with a crossbow apron decorated in centre with a vegetal pattern and a flower. Four cur...
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Late 20th Century Louis XV Armchairs

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Velvet, Beech

Pair of Louis XVI Gold Leafed & Hand Carved Armchairs
Located in Austin, TX
French Louis XVI medallion armchairs in hand carved and gold leafed fruitwood, reupholstered in a terra cotta red velvet blend. Great crisp carving throughout. We loved the deep red ...
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Early 20th Century French Armchairs

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Gold Leaf

Pair of Louis XV Period Carved Fauteuils Armchairs, Late 18th Century
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Heavily worn with rough beautifully patinated surfaces throughout, this pair of period fauteuils exhibit a skilled hand in the execution of the floral displays along the aprons and a...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of 19th Century French Giltwood and Black Velvet Armchairs
By François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter
Located in London, GB
A Pair of French Empire Period Gold Giltwood and Black Velvet Fauteuils. Firmly Attributed to François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter. Constructed in carved gilt wood, rising from...
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Armchairs

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Giltwood, Upholstery

Pair of Anglo-Celanese Regency Style Carved Ebony Armchairs, circa 1860
Located in London, GB
A fine pair of Anglo-Celanese Regency style carved ebony armchairs c.1860. Elegantly reeded overall with baluster turned arm supports and legs, covered in rich red velvet upholstery.
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Antique 19th Century Sri Lankan Armchairs

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Ebony, Velvet

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XV Walnut Armchairs / Fauteuils in Silk Velvet
Located in Dallas, TX
Possessing an extraordinarily rare proportion, this pair of 19th century French walnut armchairs or fauteuils in France, were designed with a very wide seat and generous seatback mak...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XV Armchairs

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Brocade, Walnut

Louis XVI Style Pair of Armchairs
Located in Austin, TX
French Louis XVI style pair of armchairs in patinated fruitwood, professionally reupholstered in a velvet blend. Seat height is 18.75 in. Large and extremely comfortable.
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Chenille, Fruitwood, Upholstery, Velvet, Wood

  • Louis XVI Style Pair of Armchairs
  • Louis XVI Style Pair of Armchairs
  • Louis XVI Style Pair of Armchairs
  • Louis XVI Style Pair of Armchairs
H 38 in. W 25.25 in. D 27 in.
French Restauration Pair of Armchairs "a l'Etrusque"
Located in Austin, TX
Antique French Restauration period pair of armchairs of solid walnut with vintage stamped velvet upholstery and brass upholstery tacks. Hand-carved decor "a l'Etrusque " of foliages ...
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Antique 19th Century French Restauration Armchairs

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Upholstery, Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Elegant Hollywood Regency Grosfeld Armchairs
By Grosfeld House
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of elegant Hollywood Regency bergeres attributed to Grosfeld House. The mahogany frames are intricately carved with pierced drapery and reeding, and the elevated tablet is shape...
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Vintage 1940s American Hollywood Regency Armchairs

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Mahogany, Velvet

Pair of Paolo Buffa Armchairs, Italy, circa 1960
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Culver City, CA
Pair of Paolo Buffa armchairs, Italy, circa 1960. Designed by Paolo Buffa and manufactured by Framar. Carved wooden frame with original velvet upholstery fitted with brass nails. ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of 19th Century French Giltwood Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of 19th century French carved giltwood armchairs with original Aubusson backs. The seats and arms have been newly upholstered in silk velvet. They were purchased from Newel Gall...
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Antique 19th Century French Armchairs

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Silk, Velvet, Giltwood

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Carved Velvet Armchair Pair For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the carved velvet armchair pair you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A carved velvet armchair pair — often made from wood, fabric and velvet — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer carved velvet armchair pair, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A carved velvet armchair pair made by Louis XV designers — as well as those associated with Louis XVI — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one carved velvet armchair pair that is appealing in its simplicity, but Paolo Buffa, Maspero Galdino and William Westenhaver produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Carved Velvet Armchair Pair?

Prices for a carved velvet armchair pair can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $960 and can go as high as $49,547, while the average can fetch as much as $3,820.

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.