Armchair (Louis XVI style), 1770-1790
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It has a shield-shaped upholstered back that curves to conform to the sitter's back, horseshoe shaped upholstered seat, and padded armrests. Painted and gilded framework surrounds the padded areas of back and seat completely; it is carved overall with running ornament, and painted a color that is now stone gray. The moulded curved crest rail terminals are in the form of upright clusters of feathers; the armrests are padded, and terminate in carved and painted scrolls. The painted arm supports are ornamented by a rising column of stylized laurel leaves. The front and rear legs are square in section, tapered and fluted, with low-relief cascading bands of leaves that mimic stop-fluting. The current striped satin upholstery fabric is not original.
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