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Pair of French, 1940s Armchairs
Located in London, GB
Generously proportioned with deep, very comfortable seats, this pair of armchairs rests on wood bun feet and has been re-upholstered in textured yellow Fabrice.
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

  • Pair of French, 1940s Armchairs
  • Pair of French, 1940s Armchairs
  • Pair of French, 1940s Armchairs
  • Pair of French, 1940s Armchairs
H 26.78 in. W 33.86 in. D 36.62 in.
Modern Pair of French 1940 Directoire Armchairs
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Pair Curved Bent Open Arm Chairs From The Forties. Created From Bleached Beech, Chairs Have A Clean, Simple And Pleasing Look. Large Seats That Are Very Comfortable, Recently Reuphol...
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Vintage 1940s French Directoire Armchairs

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Upholstery, Beech

Pair of French 1940s Armchairs, Attributed to Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Buchanan, NY
Stunning pair of large and comfortable armchairs with loose seat cushion. The frames are a soft, creamy white color. The chairs are upholstered in a teal blue green velvet. SALE PRI...
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

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Fabric

Pair of French Armchairs, 1940s
Located in Buchanan, NY
Pair of French, 1940s armchairs with ebonized arms and legs. These pieces have been newly upholstered in Belgian linen. SALE PRICE IS VALID UNTIL 01/15/2022. ( SALE PRICE IS FINAL ...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Beech, Fabric

  • Pair of French Armchairs, 1940s
  • Pair of French Armchairs, 1940s
  • Pair of French Armchairs, 1940s
  • Pair of French Armchairs, 1940s
H 31.5 in. W 25.75 in. D 31 in.
Pair of French 1940s Mahogany and Leather Armchairs
Located in Buchanan, NY
Pair of French 1940s armchairs in blue leather with mahogany wood frames and brass nailing. Good vintage condition. Ref #: ST0913-02 Dimensions: 37.5"H x 22.5"W x 22"D
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Chic French 1940s Armchair in the Style of Andre Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chic French 40's Armchair in the style of Andre Arbus. Brass sabots. White washed frame, natural linen upholstery.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Side Chairs

Chic French 1940s Armchair in the Style of Andre Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chic French 40's armchair in the style of Andre Arbus. Brass sabots. White washed frame, natural linen upholstery.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Side Chairs

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Bentwood

1940s, French Modernist Armchair
Located in Chicago, IL
A chic early 20th century French cerused oak armchair with a strong modernist design including simple square arms and upright supports, turned and tapered front feet, and a low seat ...
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Vintage 1940s French Modern Armchairs

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Oak

  • 1940s, French Modernist Armchair
  • 1940s, French Modernist Armchair
  • 1940s, French Modernist Armchair
  • 1940s, French Modernist Armchair
H 31 in. W 27 in. D 32.5 in.
Maurice Hirsch Armchair, France, 1940s
By Maurice Hirsch
Located in Greding, DE
Ebonized armchair by Maurice Hirsch with x-shaped braced back with disc-shaped brass inlay. The armchair has been reupholstered in a high-quality cream fabric and hand polished.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Wood

  • Maurice Hirsch Armchair, France, 1940s
  • Maurice Hirsch Armchair, France, 1940s
  • Maurice Hirsch Armchair, France, 1940s
  • Maurice Hirsch Armchair, France, 1940s
H 30.71 in. W 25.2 in. D 28.75 in.
Modernist Armchair in Oak Wood, France, 1940s
By (after) Jean Michel Frank
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Modernist armchair in solid oak and upholstery. Made in France in the 1940s. Swivel/tilt back. In the style of Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux Newly reupholstered with a "Eva" Pierre F...
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

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Oak

  • Modernist Armchair in Oak Wood, France, 1940s
  • Modernist Armchair in Oak Wood, France, 1940s
  • Modernist Armchair in Oak Wood, France, 1940s
  • Modernist Armchair in Oak Wood, France, 1940s
H 28.35 in. W 26.38 in. D 25.6 in.
Pair of Art Deco Armchairs, France, 1940s
Located in London, GB
Pair of wingback French lounges armchairs, newly upholstered.   
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Fabric

  • Pair of Art Deco Armchairs, France, 1940s
  • Pair of Art Deco Armchairs, France, 1940s
  • Pair of Art Deco Armchairs, France, 1940s
  • Pair of Art Deco Armchairs, France, 1940s
H 37.41 in. W 22.05 in. D 29.14 in.
Modernist Solid Oak and Leather Armchair, France, 1940s
By Charles Dudouyt, Victor Courtray
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Modernist armchair in solid oak and webbed leather Made in southern France (Pays Basque) in the 1940s Outstanding grain and patina.
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

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Oak

1940s Mid-Century French Armchairs, a Pair
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of upholstered armchairs from France, produced circa 1940. Swooping lines of teak frame heather grey seats in this sharp mid-century set. Angled legs give this set a dynamism ...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Hardwood, Teak

  • 1940s Mid-Century French Armchairs, a Pair
  • 1940s Mid-Century French Armchairs, a Pair
  • 1940s Mid-Century French Armchairs, a Pair
  • 1940s Mid-Century French Armchairs, a Pair
H 30.7 in. W 22.6 in. D 29.9 in.
René Gabriel Armchairs, France 1940s, Set of Two
By Rene Gabriel
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Set of two armchairs in French Oak by René Gabriel (1890 - 1950). Very rare (higher than usual) model with all the typical 'Gabriel' details such as the characteristic sharp angles w...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Linen, Oak

  • René Gabriel Armchairs, France 1940s, Set of Two
  • René Gabriel Armchairs, France 1940s, Set of Two
  • René Gabriel Armchairs, France 1940s, Set of Two
  • René Gabriel Armchairs, France 1940s, Set of Two
H 34.65 in. W 27.17 in. D 33.47 in.
Set of Three Mid-Century Armchairs, France, 1940s
Located in Greding, DE
Set of three armchairs on slightly flared legs with H-shaped bracing and upholstered seats with elegant armrests. The chairs have been reupholstered and covered in a white fabric wit...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

  • Set of Three Mid-Century Armchairs, France, 1940s
  • Set of Three Mid-Century Armchairs, France, 1940s
  • Set of Three Mid-Century Armchairs, France, 1940s
  • Set of Three Mid-Century Armchairs, France, 1940s
H 32.88 in. W 26.78 in. D 24.41 in.
Decoene Freres , 1940s French Art Deco Armchair
By André Arbus
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Decoene Freres , 1940s French Art Deco Armchair "Pascal" model walnut.   
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

  • Decoene Freres , 1940s French Art Deco Armchair
  • Decoene Freres , 1940s French Art Deco Armchair
  • Decoene Freres , 1940s French Art Deco Armchair
  • Decoene Freres , 1940s French Art Deco Armchair
H 40.56 in. W 24.81 in. D 24.41 in.
Pair of French Cerused Oak Armchairs, Circa 1940s
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pair of French armchairs, circa 1940s. Faux Cerused Oak finish and suede upholstery.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Oak

French, 1940s, Modernist Velvet Club Armchair
By Jacques Adnet
Located in London, GB
A beautifully proportioned modernist Art Deco club chair with arched, sprung armrests and simple block feet, in the manner of Jacques Adnet or Jean-Michel Frank. Restored and newly r...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Velvet

  • French, 1940s, Modernist Velvet Club Armchair
  • French, 1940s, Modernist Velvet Club Armchair
  • French, 1940s, Modernist Velvet Club Armchair
  • French, 1940s, Modernist Velvet Club Armchair
H 28.75 in. W 31.5 in. D 36.23 in.
Louis XVI Style Swag Back Tufted Armchairs, France, 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Fun, elegant and glamorous pair of round-backed armchairs with elaborately carved drapery motif backs. Outwardly scrolling rounded armrests. Carved front legs. Painted in original of...
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

Four Directoire Style Armchairs with Tapestry, France, circa 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
This set of armchairs is typical of the French pared-down and chic take on the Directoire style in the 1940s. They have a light-colored wood structure and feature wide and comfor...
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

Art Deco Upholstered Iron Armchair with Crown Detail, France, 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Superb Art Deco iron armchair, newly re-upholstered in vintage, exotic chintz fabric. The structure has its original off-white paint with silver primer visible beneath. Curule base, ...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

Oak and Rush Armchair by Rene Gabriel, France, Late 1940s
By Rene Gabriel
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Armchair by french designer René Gabriel. Solid oak and rush seat. Made in France during the Reconstruction period, late 1940s. Signed. Outstanding wood grain, great original c...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Oak

A Fine French 1940's Beech Armchair and Ottoman
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fine French Art Deco beech-wood arm chair and ottoman / stool.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Beech

French Louis XVI Paint Decorated Cane Boudoir Armchair, Circa 1940s
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a beautifully painted cane chair designed in the Louis XVI taste. It just needs a cushion and your imagination. Measures 34 tall x 22 wide x 22 deep and seat height is 14 inc...
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Vintage 1940s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

1940s Style Gilbert Rohde French Art Deco Sculptural Rosewood Barrel Armchairs
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in National City, CA
Pair of Chairs Exquisite Pair of French ART DECO Rosewood Barrel Armchairs Design after Gilbert Rohde. Art Deco. No label present. Preowned original vintage condition. See dealer for...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Rosewood, Fabric

Unique 1940s Armchair
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Amazing neo-baroque hand-crafted armchair. Hollow metal structure with original black finish, and adorned with scrolling metal lace-like detail and crown crests. Newly reupholstered ...
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20th Century French Armchairs

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Metal

  • Unique 1940s Armchair
  • Unique 1940s Armchair
  • Unique 1940s Armchair
  • Unique 1940s Armchair
H 47.64 in. W 23.23 in. D 17.72 in.
French Louis XV Brown Needlepoint Armchair Circa 1940
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a charming armchair in the Louis XV taste and is French with a beautifully done brown multi colored needlepoint. The chair measures 38 tall x 25 wide x 27 deep and the seat h...
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Vintage 1940s French Louis XV Armchairs

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Walnut

Pair of 1940s French Mahogany and Leather Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handsome pair of French 1940s mahogany armchairs. Newly upholstered in cream color embossed leather. Clean lines, great profile. The seat height is 13 inches and the seat depth is 1...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Mahogany

1940s French Art Deco Armchair in the Style of André Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1940s French Art Deco armchair in the style of André Arbus.   
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Velvet, Mahogany

1940s French Art Deco Armchair in the Style of André Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1940s French Art Deco armchair in the style of André Arbus.  
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Faux Leather, Beech

1940s French Art Deco Armchair in the Style of André Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1940s French Art Deco armchair in the style of André Arbus. mahogany and leather the leather is not holed, but it is worn.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Leather, Mahogany

1940s French Art Deco Armchair in the Style of André Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1940s French Art Deco armchair in the style of André Arbus.  
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Faux Leather, Mahogany

2 1940s French Art Deco Armchair in the Style of André Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
2 1940s French Art Deco armchair in the style of André Arbus. Rather in good condition, unfortunately there is a small hole on the seat of an armchair.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Faux Leather, Beech

French 1940s Style Rope and Tassel Design Gilt Metal Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Three French 1940s style rope and tassel design gilt metal armchairs with oval mesh seat and back (priced each).
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20th Century French Armchairs

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Metal

1940s French Art Deco Armchair in the Style of André Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1940s French Art Deco armchair in the style of André Arbus.   
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Faux Leather, Beech

Pair of Empire Style Armchairs Made for the Theatre, France circa 1930s-1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Whimsical pair of armchairs in the Empire style, that were made for the theatre in the 1930s - 1940s. As theatre props go, these are very sturdily built. Painted in an off-white c...
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

Swedish Armchair, 1940s, New Upholstered with a French Vintage Fabric
Located in Torino, Piemonte
Swedish armchair, 1940s, completely restored and re-upholstered with a French vintage fabric, legs in oak wood.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wool, Oak

Audoux & Minet Rope Armchair for Vibo Vesoul, France, circa 1940
By Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet, Vibo
Located in London, GB
French designers Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet were committed to a design ethos based on accessible materials as a means of serving modern life. In reaction to the Paris Exposition d...
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Vintage 1940s French Modern Armchairs

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Seagrass, Rope, Bentwood

French Art Deco Design 1940s Green Forest Faux Leather and Wood Armchair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
French Art Deco armchair in faux leather, comfortable, typical, in very good condition for his great age.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

1940s French Art Deco bergere Armchair in the Style of André Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1940s French Art Deco bergere armchair in the style of André Arbus.   
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Walnut

French Reconstruction Armchair, 1940, in Style of Pierre Jeanneret
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
One of a kind French Reconstruction Armchair, 1940, post-war modernist design. Structure in solid mahogany and seat and backrest in original caning. The originality of this chair l...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Cane, Mahogany

1940´s Art Deco Style Armchair, High Back, Leather, Wood, France
Located in Girona, ES
Elegant Art Deco style armchair with high back, French polished wood and beige-grey leather upholstery. France, c. 1940.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Reconstruction Armchairs in Oak, France, 1940s
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional pair of armchairs in oak from the reconstruction period, of note, is the bowtie design of the arms, a very bold gesture in a genre known for its restraint. Shown in muslin,
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Oak

1940s Pair of French Art Deco Armchairs in the Style of André Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1940s pair of French Art Deco armchairs in the style of André Arbus Painted wood, Upholstery redone, slightly dirty fabric A series of 6 model chairs are also available.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Pair of French, 1940s Bridge Chairs
Located in Buchanan, NY
Pair of 1940s, French bridge chairs with lightly polished blonde wood frames.
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

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Upholstery

  • Pair of French, 1940s Bridge Chairs
  • Pair of French, 1940s Bridge Chairs
  • Pair of French, 1940s Bridge Chairs
  • Pair of French, 1940s Bridge Chairs
H 32 in. W 23 in. D 22 in.
Minimalist Solid Oak Armchair Creme Pierre Frey Mohair, France 1940's
By André Arbus
Located in New York, NY
Elegant minimalist solid oak armchair in the style of André Arbus. Elegantly carved details on armrests and legs. In good vintage condition (one water stain on left armrest) minor s...
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

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Mohair, Oak

André Arbus Pair of Ash Wood Neoclassical Armchairs, 1940s
By André Arbus
Located in Paris, FR
These elegant André Arbus armchairs are sure to add an element of French neoclassicism chic to any room in your home. They were designed and produced by André Arbus for the headquart...
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Vintage 1940s French Neoclassical Armchairs

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Brass

Rare Armchair in the Style of André Arbus, France 1940's
By André Arbus
Located in New York, NY
Solid oak high back armchair. Newly re-upholstered with Pierre Frey "Teddy" mohair fabric. Minor structural damage on chair's left armrest has been restored (please see details pict...
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

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Mohair, Upholstery, Oak

André Arbus Pair of Ash Wood Neoclassical Armchairs, 1940s
By André Arbus
Located in Paris, FR
These elegant André Arbus armchairs are sure to add an element of French neoclassicism chic to any room in your home. They were designed and produced by André Arbus for the headquart...
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Vintage 1940s French Neoclassical Armchairs

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Brass

Fine French Louis XVI Carved Walnut Needlepoint Armchair Circa 1940
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a beautiful chair that's perfect for a desk or vanity. The chair is in good condition and has a beautiful needlepoint upholstery. The chair measures 36 tall x 22 wide x 21 de...
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Vintage 1940s Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

French Country Armchair
Located in Asheville, NC
French country armchair with straw seat.
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

  • French Country Armchair
  • French Country Armchair
  • French Country Armchair
  • French Country Armchair
H 39 in. W 22 in. D 19 in.
Pair of Armchairs in the Style of André Arbus, France, 1940's
By André Arbus
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Pair of French lounge chairs, Bissson Bruneel fabric, France 1940's. Shape of the backrest in the style of Andre Arbus and two lacquered oak legs.
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Lacquer, Fabric

Pair Charles Dudouyt "Ladder Back" Armchairs in Oak and Rush Seat, France, 1940s
By Charles Dudouyt
Located in Almelo, NL
Charles Dudouyt "Ladder Back" armchairs In oak and rush seat, France 1940s This very comfortable ladder back chairs with armrests were crafted in Normandy, France circa 1940. Buil...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Rush, Beech, Oak

Set of Four Very Chic 1940s Armchairs
Located in Bronx, NY
Set of four very chic 1940s armchairs. These have been fully restored and upholstered in a deep mahogany toned faux Ostrich with a matched finish on the asymmetrical wood arms.
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Vintage 1940s French Armchairs

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Ostrich Leather

  • Set of Four Very Chic 1940s Armchairs
  • Set of Four Very Chic 1940s Armchairs
  • Set of Four Very Chic 1940s Armchairs
  • Set of Four Very Chic 1940s Armchairs
H 32 in. W 21.5 in. D 26 in.
Pair of Art Deco 1940s Roll Back Lounge Armchairs Restored
Located in North York, ON
Pair of Art Deco 1940s roll back lounge armchairs restored. The chic design of these chairs offers an air of sophistication to a space with refined clean lines and curves. The chair ...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

1940's French Cane Chairs
By Francis Jourdain
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Pair of 1940's French Art Deco style chairs with curved oak frames and cane seat and backs. Great Sculptural shape and patina.
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Vintage 1940s Armchairs

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Cane, Oak

  • 1940's French Cane Chairs
  • 1940's French Cane Chairs
  • 1940's French Cane Chairs
  • 1940's French Cane Chairs
H 27 in. W 23.63 in. D 26 in.
Pair of Wood and Leather Armchairs, Art Deco Period, France, circa 1940
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Pair of wood and leather armchairs. Art Deco period, France, circa 1940.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Wood, Leather

Ligna Bentwood Armchair B9 / 209, Circa 1940
By Ligna
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Chair designed by Ligna in the style of Thonet, circa 1940. Manufactured in Czechoslovakia. This piece has an attribution mark such as a manufacturer’s label. The design of this...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Rattan, Bentwood

  • Ligna Bentwood Armchair B9 / 209, Circa 1940
  • Ligna Bentwood Armchair B9 / 209, Circa 1940
  • Ligna Bentwood Armchair B9 / 209, Circa 1940
  • Ligna Bentwood Armchair B9 / 209, Circa 1940
H 30.71 in. W 22.05 in. D 22.84 in.
Pair of Oakwood and Fabric Armchairs, Art Deco Period, France, circa 1940
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Pair of oakwood and fabric armchairs. Art Deco period, France, circa 1940.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Fabric, Oak

Pair of Wood and Fabric Armchairs, Art Deco Period, France, circa 1940
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Pair of wood and fabric armchairs. Art Deco Period. France, circa 1940.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

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French 1940s Armchair For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal French 1940s armchair for your home. Each French 1940s armchair for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, fabric and animal skin. Your living room may not be complete without a French 1940s armchair — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right French 1940s armchair, those designed in Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and Louis XVI styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made French 1940s armchair over the years, but those crafted by Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet, Jules Leleu and Maison Jansen are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a French 1940s Armchair?

The average selling price for a French 1940s armchair at 1stDibs is $4,200, while they’re typically $1 on the low end and $125,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Armchairs for You

Armchairs have run the gamut from prestige to ease and everything in between, and everyone has a specific antique, new or vintage armchair or two that they love.

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 provocative 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.