Let me start by warning you: I took a lot of pictures of this thing. I’m in love with it! And it is hard for me to not photograph every part of what I love. So. That’s all. 🙂
On to the beauty that is this french chair!
In case you missed the first 3 installments…
And as a refresher, here is the before:
The fabric used is a grain-sack inspired fabric that I purchased from DecorSteals. Whenever they offer this fabric (1 deal a day) I stock up! If you can’t wait for that and are willing to wait a little longer, you can find the same fabric at FarmhouseWares.com.
I went to three different stores that were all out of pure white gimp trim. And Hancock Fabric saved me. They had 12 yards and I bought it all. I did not use it all, however (I attached it using hot glue).
Also. We were given a new DSLR camera for Christmas. I’m learning a lot and will be learning a lot more in the coming months/years. But already I love how much crisper these pictures are. Almost all are SOOC shots.
So back to the chair… you will notice how much curved and carved details it has… almost no straight lines! It was definitely different than other french chairs I had worked on and seen, a lot more ‘gawdy’ but no less pretty! I was curious what was the difference between them all.
So, it was good timing that I was introduced recently to a section of the website, One King’s Lane, where they give you INFORMATION & HISTORY about furniture. They call it their Home Decor Resource Site.
I found it to be quite interesting and helpful!
Turns out, this style of french chair was actually designed to mimic the Rococo period. That made sense, since I remember from taking Art History, the over-the-top wavy details and curves typified art in that period. This chair is exactly that.
And more specifically, the site told me that this style was a Louis XV Rococo French Chair from the 1700-1800 time period. Not that it was actually made 300 years ago, but the style was copied from that time period. I also learned that this chair is called a fauteuil or a covered arm chair.
They gave examples of all sorts of different french chairs, but the Rococo Louis XV was the most similar, and the description confirmed it: serpentine curves,
…and ornate feet.
They even gave information on how they were typically finished, with plenty of gawdy gold gilding. Except this chair didn’t want to be gilded in gold. She wanted to be this:
Here’s a peak at the back!
Like my cabinet? Still need to paint it, but I don’t get tired off seeing all that Ironstone!
And those little boxwood wreaths are from real fresh boxwood stems I got from Home Depot before Christmas.
Even though they are completely dried out and a little crispy feeling, they are still totally green, which I love!
Her best angle, in my opinion:
Okay, friends! No more furniture reveals for a little bit! I’m moving next week into a bigger house and I won’t be doing a lot of painting (of furniture at least) until things get unpacked a bit (a couple weeks). But don’t worry, I’ll give some updates along the way and then I’ll be painting like crazy for the next few months getting ready for the next Vintage Market Days: Springtime Treasures!
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