Favorite French Country
Chairs - chairs - chairs! We have them in every room of our homes. We have our favorites that we tend to relax in every evening with others being strictly for a purpose. Are you like so many who have never paid attention to the style of your favorite chairs? Don't worry - there's millions of people who do this!
I've found my most favorite chair that's what else but French. It's referred to as being called a bergère chair and wait till you read about the history of it.
Appearing first in Paris during the Regence (1715–23), the form reaches its full development in the unifying curves of the rococo style, then continues in a more architectural rectilinear style in the Louis XVI.
The fanciful name, "shepherdess chair", was coined in mid-eighteenth century Paris, where the model developed without a notable break from the late-seventeenth century chaise de commodité, a version of the wing chair, whose upholstered "wings" shielding the face from fireplace heat or from draughts were retained in the bergère à oreilles ("with ears"), or, fancifully, bergère confessionale, as if the occupant were hidden from view, as in a confessional. A bergère may have a flat, raked back, in which case it is à la reine, or, more usually in Louis XV furnishings, it has a coved back, en cabriolet.
It is made with an upholstered back and armrests on upholstered frames. The seat frame is over-upholstered, but the rest of the wooden framing is exposed: it may be moulded or carved of beech, painted or gilded, or of fruitwood, walnut or mahogany with a waxed finish. Padded elbowrests may stand upon the armrests. A bergère is fitted with a loose, but tailored, seat cushion. It is designed for lounging in comfort, with a deeper, wider seat than that of a regular fauteuil (armchair) chair.
I love the history of this chair. The functionality of it and how it's changed over time.
As I'm going to show you, it's functionality is the same as it was in the 18th century. Being used throughout your home in different rooms for different purposes.
Like seen here in a small dining area. These chairs are gorgeous with a round dining table. They could also be used as the head chairs at a rectangular table with added upholstered chairs for the remaining seating.
How beautiful would this chair be as a reading chair in a nook and oh - so comfortable.
Notice how the shape of the backs change and also some with an added cushion on the seat, again - dating back to it's beginning.
Use as an accent chair in your living room, or bedroom. Placing a small side table next to it is all it needs to feel right at home.
Even today, this chair is just as gorgeous as it was when first introduced through being used in the highest elite residents of France beginning in the 1700's.
Sprinkle these throughout your home for a very French Country piece of the past. Put your feet up and nestle into a corner to finish reading your favorite book. You'll soon discover what you've been missing.
These are new chairs found at Wayfair ranging in price from $400.00 - $300.00, a remarkable price for something reminding us of the past.
Think about which rooms you could use a few of these gorgeous chairs, then shop for one's coordinating with your decor.
The wheatsheaf has long been a symbol of the harvest and abundance in the home. It’s a timeless French motif found on fabrics and country furnishings.
This chair, now reproduced in various styles including an all wood chair, a wood chair with rush seating, or an upholstered chair - all perfect compliments to your dining table.
Ladder Back Chair
A signature bistro style chair found in cafés across Europe. Known for it’s French elegance paired with tailored details—it’s the perfect chair to add Parisian style to your dining room. It features a distinctive cross back design that originates from bentwood chairs of the 19th century.
The Country French Ladderback Chair is a hallmark of country French interiors in the regions of Provence, Normandy, and Bordeaux. It’s beloved for its relaxed French style made popular in country cottages, farmhouses, and chateaus throughout Europe.
Lathe Back Chair
The Lath Back Chair is classic, very popular French Country chair known as a “farmhouse Windsor.” The chair’s classic style appealed to country cottage homeowners throughout Europe who were seeking strength and durability from a Windsor chair.
Fan Back Windsor Chair
Fan Back Windsor Chairs have long been revered as the beacon of high-style, and taste. There popularity has been for over 300 years. It’s a true classic, built on melding sturdy construction with delicate design, comfort and style.
With all of these gorgeous chairs available today, it's no wonder why people are able to create gorgeous dining rooms.
Each of these chairs are available in different styles and colors, making them a perfect addition to your dining table.
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