Antique and Vintage French Dining Chairs Product Details
43H x 17.50W x 15.75D
Perfect for your rustic French decor dining room or kitchen, these delightful antique French chairs are very nicely carved to suggest the abundance of the natural world! The set of 6 antique dining chairs dates to 1880 France and the beautifully aged dark wood is carved in the French Hunting style. The Hunting Style is a legacy of King Francis I, who liked to decorate his royal hunting lodges with furniture evoking country life. These chairs feature flourishes of leaves, flowers, and berries. Stately barley twists form the chair posts and the chair legs also boast barley twists and floral designs. While this set offers the lavish carving typical of the French Hunting style, the spindles and open carving work on the chair backs creates a more delicate and airier look than we often see. The set of six antique French chairs will make a charming addition to your dining room dcor and remind everyone to enjoy their harvest feast! The rattan seat is 18.5 inches high and the chair stands 43 inches tall overall, measuring 17.5 inches wide and 15.75 inches deep.
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
Cane is damaged on 2 chairs and sags on another chair. Professional restoration to the trim on one chair. Shows normal wear to the finish and miscellaneous nicks, dings, and scratches due to age and use.
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