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Pair of French Louis XVI Style 19th Century Painted Armchairs with Carved Decor
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of French Louis XVI style painted wood armchairs from the late 19th century, with carved motifs and new upholstery. Created in France during the 19th century, each of this pai...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Wood

Pair of Louis XVI Style Giltwood Armchairs, 19th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
Pair of Louis XVI style giltwood armchairs, 19th century. Upholstered in off-white muslin.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of Louis XVI Style Giltwood Armchairs, Medallion Shape Backrest, circa 1880
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of Louis XVI style giltwood armchairs with a flat backrest in a medallion shape. They rest on four legs with fluted shafts. The giltwood is carved with decoration of ribbons, ga...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Giltwood

Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
Located in Arles, FR
A fine pair of original and elegant 19th century French Louis XVI armchairs or fauteuils with beautiful quality upholstery. Hand carved, hand painted. Each on classic Louis XVI flute...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Beech

  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
H 39 in. W 24 in. D 22 in.
Pair of Antique French Louis XVI Armchairs
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair of antique French Louis XVI armchairs.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

  • Pair of Antique French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of Antique French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of Antique French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of Antique French Louis XVI Armchairs
H 39 in. W 24.25 in. D 21 in.
Pair of French Armchair, Louis XVI Period
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Pair of French "Chaise a la Reine." Louis XVI period. Original grey paint finish. Silk upholstered, with fabric design in the style of that period by legendary "Tassinari et Chate...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

  • Pair of French Armchair, Louis XVI Period
  • Pair of French Armchair, Louis XVI Period
  • Pair of French Armchair, Louis XVI Period
  • Pair of French Armchair, Louis XVI Period
H 36.5 in. W 23 in. D 20 in.
Pair of French Louis XVI Period Armchairs
Located in Charleston, SC
A Delightful pair of Period Louis XVI Armchairs with an incredibly elegant silhouette and variegated ornamentation on their backrest, posts, armrests and legs. Square backed and dec...
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Antique 1790s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

  • Pair of French Louis XVI Period Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Period Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Period Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Period Armchairs
H 38 in. W 21.5 in. D 19 in.
Armchairs Pair French Louis XVI France
Located in New York, NY
Armchairs Pair French Louis XVI France. A pair of neoclassical armchairs made during the Louis XVI period in France. Frame in a white washed finish. Oval back splat, semi upholstered...
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Antique 1790s French Neoclassical Armchairs

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Wood

  • Armchairs Pair French Louis XVI France
  • Armchairs Pair French Louis XVI France
  • Armchairs Pair French Louis XVI France
  • Armchairs Pair French Louis XVI France
H 38 in. W 23 in. D 19.5 in.
Early French Louis XVI Painted Antique Armchairs, a Pair
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A fine pair of neoclassical beechwood fauteuils in early gray paint, they feature a trapezoidal chair back with an arched crest with double-pegged Tenon-mortised corners, open arms b...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Beech, Paint

Early French Louis XVI Painted Antique Armchairs, a Pair
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A fine pair of neoclassical beechwood fauteuils in early gray paint, they feature a trapezoidal chair back with an arched crest with double-pegged tenon-mortised corners, open arms b...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Beech, Paint

Pair of French Louis XVI Gray Linen Armchairs
Located in Austin, TX
Pair of French Louis XVI armchairs in grey painted beechwood, recently reupholstered in gray linen with double cord welting. Additional pairs are also available. Seat height is 18.25...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Beech

  • Pair of French Louis XVI Gray Linen Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Gray Linen Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Gray Linen Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Gray Linen Armchairs
H 38.625 in. W 23.375 in. D 22.125 in.
Pair of French Louis XVI Period Fauteuils Armchairs
Located in Charleston, SC
A very unique and highly-decorative pair of Louis XVI period armchairs or Fauteuils, in natural fruitwood with lovely 18th century tapestry upholstery. One chair is stamped "J.Mercie...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Tapestry, Beech, Wool

19th Century Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Good pair of French Louis XVI silk upholstered carved armchairs.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Silk

Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs
Located in Belmont, MA
Pair of Louis XVI fauteuils, giltwood with beautifully carved details. Exquisite original gobelin fabric, the gimp has been replaced. In good condition.
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Antique 1860s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Giltwood

  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs
H 37 in. W 24 in. D 24 in.
Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs
By Georges Jacob
Located in PARIS, FR
Beautiful pair of carved and gilded wood Louis XVI style armchairs. The « à la reine » backrest and the curved crosspiece are adorned with a frieze of interlacing enriched with flowe...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Giltwood

  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Armchairs
H 40.56 in. W 28.35 in. D 21.66 in.
Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of French Louis XVI Directoire style armchairs, painted grey and upholstered in Pierre Frey fabric, circa 19th century pair of French Louis XVI Directoire style armchairs, paint...
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Antique 19th Century French Directoire Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
H 33.00 in. W 24.00 in. D 19.00 in.
Pair of French Louis XVI Walnut Armchairs, Circa 1770
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of French Louis XVI walnut arm chairs with carved floral motif, original floral petit point, and terminating on stylized cabriole legs. Late 18th Century.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XVI Armchairs

Pair of French Louis XVI Style Mahogany Bergère Armchairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Exquisite pair of French bergère armchairs or lounge chairs made in the grand Louis XVI taste. Featuring large carved mahogany frames in the style and scale of a marquise bergère wit...
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20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

Pair of Antique French Louis XVI Carved Giltwood Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of antique French Louis XVI style carved giltwood armchairs.
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20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Giltwood

Important pair of Louis XVI Armchairs
By Henri Jacob
Located in New York, NY
An Important pair of Louis XVI giltwood armchairs. Designed by Henri Jacob. Frame of the chair stamped: H. Jacob.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Giltwood

  • Important pair of Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Important pair of Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Important pair of Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Important pair of Louis XVI Armchairs
H 39 in. W 25.5 in. D 23 in.
Pair of French Louis XVI Period Fauteuils or Armchairs
Located in Charleston, SC
A stunning pair of French Louis XVI style painted armchairs or fauteuils with "caps de gendarmes" detailing, tapered fluted legs, and having lovely French black and white re-editione...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fruitwood, Upholstery

19th Century Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Fine pair of 19th century French open armchairs or fauteuils with superb damask upholstery. Hand-carved giltwood with bead border and flute twist arms. Each on Classic Louis XVI flut...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Damask, Upholstery, Wood, Wood

Authentic Pair of French Armchair, Louis XVI Period, 1775-1790
Located in Paris, France
These Louis XVI period armchairs, original and authentic, seduced me by their modernity. Very rare with their original cream lacquer, flat and square back "à la Reine", with their st...
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Antique 1770s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut, Wood

Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs, 19th Century
Located in Arles, FR
Pair of 19th century French Louis XVI armchairs or fauteuils. Very well constructed hand carved beechwood frames with their original patinated paint finish, velvet upholstery. ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Beech

  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs, 19th Century
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs, 19th Century
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs, 19th Century
  • Pair of French Louis XVI Armchairs, 19th Century
H 36.03 in. W 23.63 in. D 23.63 in.
Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Fruitwood Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of 19th century French Louis XVI fruitwood armchairs feature the oval seatbacks and seats that were in vogue during the waning years of the monarchy. Stately Greco-Romanesque ar...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fruitwood

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Fruitwood Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of 19th century French Louis XVI fruitwood armchairs feature the oval seatbacks and seats that were in vogue during the waning years of the monarchy. Stately Greco-Romanesque ar...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fruitwood

Louis XVI Style French Pair of Carved Walnut Armchairs, 1900s
Located in Miami, FL
Louis XVI style pair of carved armchairs, Spain, 1900s Good antique condition with some minor marks from used and age. Re-upholstered from last owner with high quality fabric, 20/2...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

French Pair of Louis XVI Style Marquise Bergere Giltwood Armchairs
Located in Montreal, Quebec
French pair of Louis XVI style marquise bergère armchairs, gilt wood, 19th century. In the clean and classic Louis XVI style, the name Marquise is attributed due to their exceptiona...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood, Velvet

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair 19th century French Louis XVI Painted Armchairs are an excellent example of the neoclassical style, and feature carved accents enhanced by the patinaed painted finish. Upholster...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
This pair of 19th century French neoclassical painted armchairs is perfect for adding a Classic touch with a light, airy look. Rectilinear architecture is easy to blend with most any...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of Louis XVI Oval Back Armchairs
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair of period Louis XVI oval backed armchairs with pegged construction and parcel gilt finish.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

  • Pair of Louis XVI Oval Back Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XVI Oval Back Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XVI Oval Back Armchairs
  • Pair of Louis XVI Oval Back Armchairs
H 36 in. W 24 in. D 21 in.
Pair of French Louis XVI Style Aubusson-Upholstered Giltwood Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 20th century French Louis XVI style square back open arm chairs with carved giltwood frames, aubusson upholstery, and fluted legs.
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20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Giltwood, Upholstery

Pair of French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Giltwood Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most elegant and extremely high-quality pair of French 19th century Louis XVI St. giltwood "Bergères À Oreilles" armchairs. Each chair is raised by fine circular tapered fluted leg...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Giltwood

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Giltwood Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of 19th century French Louis XVI giltwood armchairs represents the epitome of the craftsmanship from the Belle Époque period in France, when artisans from all-over the world flo...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Giltwood, Silk

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Giltwood Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of 19th century French Louis XVI giltwood armchairs represents the epitome of the craftsmanship from the belle époque period in France, when artisans from all-over the world flo...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Silk, Giltwood

Pair of French Louis XVI Style Mahogany Bergère Armchairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Impressive pair of mahogany bergère armchairs made in the grand French Louis XVI taste. The bespoke pair of chairs feature a large, generous mahogany frame with a long seat. The back...
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20th Century American Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fabric, Down, Mahogany

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of 19th century French Louis XVI painted armchairs represent the understated elegance of the style that has its roots in ancient Greek and Roman architecture, truly standing the...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut, Mohair

Pair of Painted Louis XVI Style Armchairs
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is a charming pair of Louis XVI style armchairs, painted overall in a putty color and upholstered in a cheery floral chintz. The chairs are 19th century and later painted.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Beech

Pair of Louis XVI Style French Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Louis XVI style armchairs France, circa 1950s.
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Late 20th Century French Armchairs

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Mahogany

Pair Circa 1900 Louis XVI Style Armchairs
Located in Troy, MI
Turn of the century French armchairs with class Louis XVI styled frames featuring decorative carved details on legs, arms and seat backs. New upholstery in pale apricot with subtle r...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

  • Pair Circa 1900 Louis XVI Style Armchairs
  • Pair Circa 1900 Louis XVI Style Armchairs
  • Pair Circa 1900 Louis XVI Style Armchairs
  • Pair Circa 1900 Louis XVI Style Armchairs
H 35.25 in. W 24 in. D 22 in.
Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Mahogany Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of 19th century French Louis XVI mahogany sofa with silk damask features Classical styling inspired by ancient Greek and Roman architecture, with meticulously hand carved detail...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Silk, Mahogany

Pair of French Louis XVI Style Silver Leaf Metallic Armchairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Dazzling pair of French armchairs featuring carved Louis XVI style frames that have been painstakingly silver leaf finished by hand. The frames have been upholstered with a matching ...
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20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Silver Leaf, Brass

Vintage French Provincial Louis XVI Cream Painted Fauteuil Armchairs, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage French Provincial Louis XVI style cream painted Fauteuil armchairs - a pair. Item features solid wood frame, upholstered arm rests, distressed finish, nicely carved details, ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Louis XVI Style Provencal Rush Seat Armchairs, France, 1940s
Located in Austin, TX
A pair of Louis XVI style beechwood and rush armchairs, circa 1940s. In typical Provençal style, the armrests are set back on the seat and the backs are fairly open, with simply shap...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fabric, Rush, Beech

Pair of Walnut Louis XVI Armchairs or Fauteuils
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Beautiful pair of Louis XVI armchairs or fauteuils having their original pale gold upholstery in great condition! A great size for accent chairs, armchairs or end accent dining chair...
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Lovely and elegant pair of 19th century French Louis XVI style tapestry upholstered open armchairs or fauteuils with a shaped crest-rail having small urn finials. Carved with acanthu...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XV Armchairs

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Tapestry, Upholstery, Wood

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Style Walnut Armchairs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of French 19th century Louis XVI style walnut armchairs with original needlepoint upholstery. Chairs feature padded arms, channel backs, bow carvings, fluted legs. Each chair ha...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Gilded Armchairs, Fauteuils
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of 19th century French Louis XVI Gilded armchairs ~ fauteuils are a rare find because of their size! Typical chairs from the era are smaller, so these were obviously custom orde...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Giltwood

Pair French Louis XVI Gilded Gold Leaf Aubusson Upholstered Armchairs C1920
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a spectacular pair of genuine gold leaf oval back Louis XVI armchairs. The chairs are in good original condition with their original aubusson upholstery featuring roses and d...
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Beech

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

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Walnut

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Armchairs, Fauteuils
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of 19th century French Louis XVI painted armchairs ~ Fauteuils are perfect for adding an opulent touch to your decor, while simultaneously providing a soft visual accent, thanks...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood, Wood

20th Century Pair of French Armchairs in Louis XVI Style
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Elegant pair of French armchairs of the 20th century. Furniture made by ornately carved and painted wood in Louis XVI style of fabulous line and amazing decor. Seatings of excellent ...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

20th Century Pair of French Armchairs in Louis XVI Style
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Elegant pair of French armchairs of the 20th century. Furniture made by ornately carved and painted wood in Louis XVI style of fabulous line and amazing decor. Seatings of excellent ...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

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

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Walnut

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Walnut Armchairs, Fauteuils
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of 19th century French Louis XVI walnut armchairs ~ Fauteuils are representative of the finest traditions of premium furniture craftsmanship produced during the waning years of ...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Mohair, Walnut

Pair of 1950s French Louis XVI Armchairs
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Pair of 1950s French Louis XVI armchairs.
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Vintage 1950s Armchairs

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Wood

  • Pair of 1950s French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of 1950s French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of 1950s French Louis XVI Armchairs
  • Pair of 1950s French Louis XVI Armchairs
H 34.5 in. W 25 in. D 21 in.
19th Century Pair of French Louis XVI Style Walnut Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Gorgeous pair of 19th century French walnut Lounge armchairs in a Louis XVI style. Provincial, circa 1860. Beautifully carved with laurel crown, sheaf and flame pelmet and two carve...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Armchairs, Fauteuils
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair 19th century French Louis XVI painted armchairs, fauteuils is the perfect expression of the breed, with architecture inspired by the masters of ancient Greece and Rome! Four tap...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood, Wood

French Louis XVI Giltwood Chairs, a Pair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Exquisite, French 1920s pair of Louis XVI-style gilt wood bèrgeres with medallion shaped backrests and an intricately carved, delicate ribbon and floral motif. The original gilt fini...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Linen, Giltwood

  • French Louis XVI Giltwood Chairs, a Pair
  • French Louis XVI Giltwood Chairs, a Pair
  • French Louis XVI Giltwood Chairs, a Pair
  • French Louis XVI Giltwood Chairs, a Pair
H 41.5 in. W 28 in. D 28.5 in.
19th Century Pair of French Louis XVI Style Painted Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Gorgeous pair of painted 19th century French lounge armchairs in a Louis XVI style. French country or Provincial from circa 1880. Beautifully carved with indented back splat ed...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

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French Pair Louis Xvi Armchair For Sale on 1stDibs

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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.