1880s French Renaissance Dining Chairs Set 6 Carved Oak Hunting Style
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Antique and Vintage French Dining Chairs Product Details
42.25H x 17.50W x 16D
Here's a marvelous set of six French antique Renaissance dining chairs, all very nicely carved in the French Hunting style. Dating to 1880, the six oak Renaissance chairs boast attractive crest rails, carved with large entwined leaves. Floral carved blocks and spindle finials top the chair posts to create an elegant silhouette. The caned back splat is surrounded by carved leaves around center panel. These antique Renaissance dining chairs will look terrific in your rustic cabin or country cottage and they are perfect for a Renaissance dining room. The caning or rattan on the seats of the Renaissance dining chairs looks great against the aged oak wood, although as you might expect of genuine French antique dining chairs crafted more than a century ago, the cane is damaged on several chairs. Still, the charmingly carved set of six Renaissance dining chairs will surely entice you and your guests to settle in for your evening feast!
Hunting <div>RENAISSANCE REVIVAL: HENRY II AND HUNTING STYLES </div><div>As the middle class rose in status and wealth with the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, more people were able to afford furniture. This flattening of society in combination with technological advancements created a surge of furniture production. Improved transportation meant a greater variety of wood was available at lower costs. For the first time, furniture became accessible and affordable to the common man. From the 1830s to the end of the 19th century, furniture makers reached back to earlier historical styles, and reinterpreted them with a great deal of creativity and experimentation. Although machines were used to increase speed and productivity, most of the carvings were still done by hand. Consumers were hungry for large, ornate and heavily carved furniture that would impress their friends and family and show off their newly found wealth. The Renaissance Revival style is marked by massive proportions and heavy, ornate carvings. Most furniture was produced in dark oak and walnut. There are actually several sub-styles that fall under the broader Renaissance Revival style and include the Henry II (Henri II) style, Hunting style, Mechelen style, and Louis XIII style.</div><div>In France, the Renaissance style is often referred to as Henry II (Henri II) style, based on the reign of Henry II (1547 1559), although it is surprising that the style was not named for his father, Francis I. Considered to be the great French Renaissance monarch, Francis I (1515 1547), a contemporary of Henry VIII in England, was a great supporter of the Arts and the Humanities. Enamored with Italian Renaissance art and architecture, he convinced Leonardo da Vinci and other great Italian artists to move to France and work at his court, decorating his many palaces and chateaux (palaces out in the country rather than in Paris) in the lush Loire Valley. He actively collected artistic works by Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian, which were the beginning of the magnificent art collection of the French kings on display today in the Louvre in Paris. Decorative hallmarks of the Henry II style include arches, pediments, columns, finials, carved flowers, fruit, scrolls and often references to Greek and Roman mythology, including male and female heads, faces or figures.</div><div>The Hunting style developed as an exotic way to decorate the royal and aristocratic hunting lodges (the chateaux of the Loire Valley). Furniture makers specialized in detailed carvings of winged griffins, lions heads, and trophies of the hunt, including deer, fish, eels, rabbits, birds, and dogs. Lush foliage in the form of leaves and berries were often carved along edges of buffets and on the backs of chairs, while the bases of tables were often carved to represent the beasts of the hunt: dogs, boars, deer, and foxes. 19th century consumers of the Renaissance Revival style were crazy for the massive, heavily carved and ornate Hunting style and many pieces also included intricate stained glass doors in the upper cabinets.</div>
Condition of this Antique and Vintage Dining Chairs
Used - Good
Shows wear to the finish and color variation in the color of the cane on the chairs due to age and use. There has been professional restoration to three spindles. The back of one chair has three holes in the caning that could be repaired. The caning in another chair sags and may need to be replaced or reupholstered.
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