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Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

LOUIS XV STYLE

The style of 18th-century French furniture was guided by the court. When Louis XV, who reigned from 1715–74, focused royal life on the smaller salons of Versailles rather than its grand chambers, it transformed the aesthetics away from the imposing and angular furniture that characterized the style of Louis XIV. A broader focus on comfort and more delicate forms define antique Louis XV furniture, with nature-inspired carvings, wood inlays, curved cabriole legs, asymmetrical shapes and rounded oval seat backs. The furnishings changed throughout the king’s life, as he ascended to the throne as a child and then grew to establish his own tastes.

Pieces like the bergère, an upholstered armchair with a wide cushion that fit the flowing dresses in fashion at the time, reflected this more informal court. Introduced at the start of Louis XV’s reign, bergère chairs in this style were deeper and broader than other chairs of the period.

Louis XV tapestries and carpets tended to be floral and colorful, and design elements were borrowed from Asia. Dutch-born cabinetmaker Bernard van Risenburgh brought lacquer techniques influenced by Japan and China into his luxuriously made furniture. Along with its fine details, the furniture of the era also featured new innovations including mechanical devices. Jean François Oeben, a royal cabinetmaker, created such intricate pieces as a mechanical table for Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s mistress. It involved a sliding top and a writing surface that extended from its marquetry panels.

During the later years of Louis XV’s reign, there was a shift from the ostentatious rocaille style, part of the exuberantly decorative Rococo movement in Europe for which designers such as Nicolas Pineau and Juste-Aurèle Meissonier are known. The style under Louis XVI would return to boxier forms, but with a neoclassical touch inspired by the ancient world.

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Style: Louis XV
Two Louis XV Provincial Country Style Caned Seat Dining Chairs
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Two antique French country carved pine caned back and seat chairs on cabriole legs, with chair front and crest rail carved with flower and scroll design. The one armchair and one sid...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Pine

Late 19th-Early 20th C. Set of 14 French Leather Upholstered Dining Chairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
An elegant and fine set with two arm and twelve side chairs. Finely carved walnut Louis XV style with deep Saddle tome leather upholstery and nailhead trim. With floral scrolled cres...
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Early 20th Century Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Early 20th Century French Louis XV Carved Walnut and Cane Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a study or office with this elegant pair of antique armchairs. Crafted in Provence, France, circa 1920, each chair stands on cabriole legs decorated with leaf motifs at the ...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Cane, Walnut

Louis XV Style Desk Chair in Beech, circa 1900s
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis XV style caned desk armchair in beech standing on four cabriole legs ending by scrolls and linked with a X-shaped-spacer. Arm supports slightly behind the leg line and adorned ...
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20th Century European Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Beech

19th Century French Louis XV Cane Five-Leg Desk Armchair
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a study or office with this elegant antique desk armchair. Crafted in Provence, France, circa 1880, the corner chair has an arched cane back decorated with a shell motif at ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Cane, Walnut

Antique Cane Corner Chair
Located in Denton, TX
Hand carved curved beechwood French corner chair with blind hole cane and removable cushion. Please see pictures of the fire breathing salamander with crown stamped on the bottom.
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Cane, Beech

French Louis XV Style Armchair
Located in Doylestown, PA
A fine Louis XV style Fauteuil in light walnut, nicely carved with acanthus leaves and flowers, with caned seat and back, on cabriole legs. The tailored cushion is recently upholster...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Walnut

Early 20th Century French Louis XV Cane Desk Armchair with Leather Armrests
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a study or office with this elegant antique armchair. Crafted in Provence, France, circa 1920, the corner desk chair stands on carved cabriole legs decorated with acanthus l...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Cane, Walnut

French Louis XV Style Walnut Fauteuil de Bureau Desk Chair, Late 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Traditional Louis XV style fauteuil de bureau desk chair for a study. Carved walnut frame with carved floral decoration standing on five elegant cabriolet legs. This timeless armcha...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Cane, Walnut

Rare Louis XV Style Giltwood Fauteuil by François Linke
Located in London, GB
A Rare Louis XV Style Giltwood Fauteuil By François Linke, Paris. The scroll and channelled frame beautifully carved with rocaille shells and trailing flowers. Reupholstered in ac...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Giltwood

Pair of Antique Louis XV Style Armchairs in Painted Distressed Frames
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of antique Louis XV style armchairs in painted distressed frames. Each having a wonderful antique frame that has been washed with new burlap upholstery. Lxx.
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

French Black Leather Armchair/ Desk Chair
Located in Stamford, CT
Louis XV style walnut and black leather armchair or desk chair. Arm height is 27 inches.
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1940s French Vintage Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Louis XV Fauteuil De Bureau, Mid-18th Century
Located in Spencertown, NY
The floral carved walnut desk chair with caned back and seat, upholstered with zebra pattern dyed calfskin, with floral carving. small opening in the caning which is visible in the p...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood, Walnut

Italian Parcel Gilt Vanity Chair
Located in Atlanta, GA
Early 20th century Italian vanity or petite side chair finely carved in the Louis XV style. The chair is painted in cream with gilded details that have beautifully worn over time. Th...
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Early 20th Century Italian Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood, Silk, Paint

Italian Venetian Carved Louis XV Armchair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Exceptional carved Venetian style chair made in Italy. Perfect size for a desk. Carved details along the back and chunky curved grip on hand-rest. Black leather upholstery has hea...
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18th Century Italian Antique Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Antique Louis XV Style Armchairs in Painted Distressed Frames
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of antique Louis XV style armchairs in painted distressed frames. Each having a wonderful antique frame that has been washed with new burlap upholstery. Lxx.
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

French Chair Leather-Covered tulip veneer Louis Quinze, circa 1890
Located in Berlin, DE
tulipwood veneered on solid wood. Appropriately curly and elegant shape. Seat and backrest are finished with a historical, classic upholstery. (C-149).
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Rosewood

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