A Late 19thC French Walnut Louis XV Style Duchesse En Bateau Chaise Longue c.1870

Origin: French
Period: 3rd Republic
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1870
Height: 39” at back or 18” at seat
Width: 60”
Depth: 26.5” (all at extremities)

The Louis XV Style chaise longue, elegantly drawn, having an adjustable high back to a show-wood frame with well carved floral adornments, in a cream chequered upholstery with single piping throughout, the whole on well-turned legs and scrolled peg feet surviving from the third quarter of nineteenth century France.

In sound overall condition, the show wood is all in super order all round with no losses and no signs of worm. The frame is sturdy and tight and adjusts accordingly via the mechanisms and looped chains. The good quality upholstery is mid-century and could be professionally cleaned as there are no damages but a handful of stains commensurate with use as photographed.

The chaise longue enjoys a long history spanning many cultures. It has been a symbol of luxury and comfort from the days of Cleopatra to today. The chaise lounge did not make its way into French living rooms until the 16th century. During its transition from Egypt to France the chaise lounge had evolved a great deal, and had gained a backrest for reclining rather than just single arm rest. The chaise lounge made its way into Britain and America during the 18th century. It became a fashion statement of the rich and famous and was a must-have item in wealthy homes. The popularity of the chaise lounge has snow-balled since this time and is seen in homes throughout the world.

A very elegant example at a very reasonable price point.