Armchair (bergère en cabriolet) (one of a pair)

Maker: Claude-Louis Burgat (1717–before 1782, master 1744)

Date: ca. 1760–70

Culture: French

Medium: Carved and gilded beechwood, upholstered in modern red strié faille

Dimensions: 34 1/2 x 23 x 22 in. (87.6 x 58.4 x 55.9cm)

Classification: Woodwork-Furniture

Credit Line: The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.60.89

Description

This transitional armchair combines the curvilinear design of the Rococo style with motifs that were widely used during the Neoclassical period, such as the continuous border of overlapping medallions on the arm supports and the guilloche pattern on the seat rails. The closed area between the arms and the seat, together with the concave back, classify it as a bergère en cabriolet, one of the new types of chair introduced during the eighteenth century that expressed the increasing interest in comfort and informality.

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