Thursday, October 23, 2014

Antique Inspiration: Bergere Chairs

Antique chairs often contain the key characteristics of various styles and periods of furniture manufacture. The particular style of Bergere chairs are one that I love! The definition of a Bergere: a type of upholstered armchair with closed sides; the sides are usually upholstered, but can also be made of cane; built for comfort, it has a long, wide cushioned seat; the back can be high or low, and in shape square, round, curved or conical (flowing without a break into the arms); developed in France ca. 1725, at the end of the Régence period, it flourished throughout the 18th century; characteristic of Louis XV, Louis XVI and other Rococo styles. It is also known as a "wing chair."

I have seen many of our customers find old bergeres and rescue them using the Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint®. It is inspiring to see such creativity.

A French Empire bergère by Pierre-Antoine Bellange, c. 1815, of gessoed and gilded beech, in the Blue Room of the White House.

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