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Schumacher 18th Century Jean Avisse Signed Hand-Carved Bergère French Armchair
By Jean Avisse
Located in New York, NY
Hand-carved bergère armchair by Jean Avisse. A type of French armchair having a wide deep seat and upholstered sides and back. Signed by Jean Avisse. Jean Avisse produced chairs, so...
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Antique 1740s French Baroque Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

French Louis XVI Period Late 18th Century Painted and Carved Wooden Fauteuil
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XVI period painted and carved wooden fauteuil from the late 18th century, with oval back, floral fabric and distressed finish. Born in France during the reign of King ...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Wood

Pair of 18th Century Walnut Arm Chairs from Rhone Valley
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of 18th century walnut Louis XV armchairs from Rhone Valley, France. Please note These items are antiques and are two of a kind.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Armchairs

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Walnut

Beautiful Pair of 18th Century French Armchairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful pair of 18th century French armchairs.
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Walnut

Pair of 18th Century French Armchairs
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of French armchairs with original stamp and upholstered seat, circa 19th century. Please note of wear consistent with age including a gap in one top rail.
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Antique 19th Century French French Provincial Armchairs

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Wood, Cane

  • Pair of 18th Century French Armchairs
  • Pair of 18th Century French Armchairs
  • Pair of 18th Century French Armchairs
  • Pair of 18th Century French Armchairs
H 38.00 in. W 26.00 in. D 24.00 in.
18th Century French Armchair Leather and Walnut
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A 18th century Louis XV walnut armchair with 19th century leather upholstery. This chair has the typical Rococo design of the Louis XV era. A period when designers where inspired by ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Rococo Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

  • 18th Century French Armchair Leather and Walnut
  • 18th Century French Armchair Leather and Walnut
  • 18th Century French Armchair Leather and Walnut
  • 18th Century French Armchair Leather and Walnut
H 39.77 in. W 26.38 in. D 21.66 in.
Set of 4 18th Century French Armchairs Made of Bleached Walnut
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful set of 4 hand carved bleached walnut armchairs. The chairs are upholstered in taupe linen. Each chair has different face carved at the top of chair. These are truly unique ...
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Antique 18th Century French Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century French Rococo Armchair
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An 18th century French rococo armchair the darker aged patina. Hand carved open arm fauteil with hand woven fabric. Please note that this armchair is located in Halmstad Sweden. EUR...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Rococo Armchairs

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Wood, Fabric

  • 18th Century French Rococo Armchair
  • 18th Century French Rococo Armchair
  • 18th Century French Rococo Armchair
  • 18th Century French Rococo Armchair
H 34.65 in. W 24.81 in. D 20.08 in.
Pair of French 18th Century Armchairs
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
An exceptional model of French 18th century armchairs with wonderful, highly decorative carved detail. Each chair stands on tapered, carved legs. Directly above the legs, the pegged ...
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Antique 18th Century French Armchairs

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Wood, Upholstery

  • Pair of French 18th Century Armchairs
  • Pair of French 18th Century Armchairs
  • Pair of French 18th Century Armchairs
  • Pair of French 18th Century Armchairs
H 36.23 in. W 25.2 in. D 25.2 in.
18th Century French Walnut Regence Armchair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Single 18th century French carved walnut Regence armchair with gilt details. Newly upholstered in Old World Weavers material.
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Antique 18th Century French Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century French Original Chinoiserie Tapestry Upholstered Armchair
Located in Malaga, ES
18th century French armchair upholstered with the original chinoiserie tapestry.
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Armchairs

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Wood

French Upholstered 18th Century High Back Armchair
Located in Napa, CA
18th century French walnut high back armchair. Turned and dowelled legs and gently curved arms with a deep antique patina. New upholstery and with nailhead trim.
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Antique 18th Century French Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair Of French 18th Century Painted Armchairs
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Pair of French late 18th century painted armchairs in newly upholstered fabric.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

Materials

Wood

18th Century French Regence Single Walnut Armchair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
18th century French Regence single finely carved walnut armchair with stretcher. The chair has been newly upholstered in silk fabric.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Armchairs

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Silk, Walnut

18th-19th Century French Needlepoint Armchair
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th-19th century French needlepoint armchair Measures: 27.5" W x 21.5" D x 46" T, Seat: 17" T, Arm: 24.75" T.
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Antique Early 19th Century French Armchairs

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Thread, Wood

  • 18th-19th Century French Needlepoint Armchair
  • 18th-19th Century French Needlepoint Armchair
  • 18th-19th Century French Needlepoint Armchair
  • 18th-19th Century French Needlepoint Armchair
H 46 in. W 27.5 in. D 21.5 in.
Important Early 18th Century French Régence Carved Armchair
Located in Arles, FR
Large and impressive early 18th century French Régence carved armchair. The Régence was the period in French history between 1715 and 1723, when King Louis XV was a minor and the lan...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Oak

Pair of 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 18th century French Louis XV walnut open armchairs, each with floral carving on its back and front seat rail with Fortuny upholstered seats and backs.  
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Walnut, Upholstery

  • Pair of 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs
  • Pair of 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs
  • Pair of 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs
  • Pair of 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs
H 40.25 in. W 26.5 in. D 30.5 in.
18th-19th Century French Regence Walnut Armchair with Needlepoint
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th-19th century French Regence walnut armchair with needlepoint Measures: 27.5" W x 29" D x 39.5" T, arm 23.25" T, seat 17.5" T.
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Antique 18th Century French Regency Armchairs

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Thread, Wood, Walnut

18th Century Armchair France Massive Mahogany Chaise Curule, 1795
Located in Epfach, DE
Very charming armchair which was made, circa 1795 in France out of very beautiful grained massive mahogany. The lion heads are worked out very fine. It is very confident to sit in th...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Armchairs

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Mahogany

Early 18th Century Regence Northern French / Flemish Oversized Armchair
Located in Troy, NY
Very Comfortable and Rare Armchair of Generous Proportions and stately appearance, exuberantly carved Beech Wood frame, with scrolling floral motives, wavy open arms, cabriole legs j...
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Antique Early 18th Century French Baroque Armchairs

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Beech, Upholstery

Pair of French 18th Century Louis XV Walnut Armchairs
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of French Louis XV walnut armchairs with foliate carved back and seat covered in grey horsehair fabric, with padded cushion. Mid-18th century.
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century Regence period armchair
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful 18th Regence arm chair. Carved from oak with deep incising and well defined carving
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Armchairs

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Wood

  • 18th Century Regence period armchair
  • 18th Century Regence period armchair
  • 18th Century Regence period armchair
  • 18th Century Regence period armchair
H 42 in. W 27 in. D 22 in.
18th Century Armchair with Tapestry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An 18th century high back armchair with tapestry upholstery and turned wood legs. This piece is exceptional for its beautiful aging and unique tapestry upholstery. Its turned wood le...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Armchairs

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Upholstery

  • 18th Century Armchair with Tapestry
  • 18th Century Armchair with Tapestry
  • 18th Century Armchair with Tapestry
  • 18th Century Armchair with Tapestry
H 24 in. W 48 in. D 30 in.
Large French Louis XIII Wingback Armchair, with Headrests, 18th-Century
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Large French Louis XIII wingback armchair, with headrests, 18th-century. A fine example of French craftsmanship. Rare find with bronze carrying mounted handles on both on sides of...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XIII Armchairs

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Wood

18th Century Louis XV Armchair
Located in Carmel, CA
Lovely proportioned Regence ladies armchair with grey wash finish. The chair has cabriole legs and upholstered back and seat in neutral silk stripe.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XV Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

  • 18th Century Louis XV Armchair
  • 18th Century Louis XV Armchair
  • 18th Century Louis XV Armchair
  • 18th Century Louis XV Armchair
H 32 in. W 22 in. D 19 in.
18th Century Régence Fauteuil, Antique French Beechwood, Brass Armchair
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique French armchair from Bourgogne, France. A hand carved Beechwood frame and brass detailing in good condition. Centered blue and black striped hemp fabric and matching small...
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Antique 18th Century French Régence Armchairs

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Fabric, Hemp, Beech

French 18th Century Louis XVI Period Walnut Armchair, circa 1760
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A very attractive French 18th century Louis XVI period walnut armchair, circa 1760. The low seating armchair is raised by elegant circular tapered fluted legs with finely carved bloc...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century Pair of French Louis XV Carved Walnut Armchairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
18th century pair of French Louis XV carved walnut armchairs The chairs currently have a lightly distressed green linen fabric. Easily replaced. Measures: 26" wide x 21" deep x...
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Antique Late 18th Century French French Provincial Armchairs

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Walnut

Pair of French 18th Century Louis XV Period Patinated Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stunning pair of French 18th century Louis XV Period patinated armchairs. The golden-hued-patinated chairs have a light green border throughout and are raised on cabriole legs. The...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Wood

18th Century French Fauteuil
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An exquisite period chair. Covered in fine silk. Hand carved and beautifully detailed.
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Antique 18th Century French Armchairs

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Textile, Wood

  • 18th Century French Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Fauteuil
H 36 in. W 24 in. D 20 in.
Set of Four 18th Century French Louis XVI Period Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A charming set of four 18th century French Louis XVI period patinated arm chairs. Each with a rectangular upholstered backrest, the top rail is fluted and flanked by circular capital...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

18th Century Antique French Louis XV Period Gray Painted Armchair
Located in Shippensburg, PA
French Louis XV period worn gray painted fauteuil circa late 18th-early 19th century; with parcel gold highlights Item # 008EXP26I-3 A gorgeous painted fauteuil of the Louis XV peri...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

French Louis XVI Walnut Upholstered Armchair Fauteuil, Late 18th Century
Located in Dallas, TX
A French Louis XVI painted wood and upholstered fauteuil, late 18th century. Good condition. AVANTIQUES is dedicated to providing an exclusive curated collection of Fine Arts, Pain...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century French Louis XV Antique Gray Painted Fauteuil Armchair
Located in Shippensburg, PA
French Louis XV worn dark-gray painted fauteuil circa late 18th-early 19th century; with parcel gold highlights Item # 008EXP26I-2 A gorgeous painted fauteuil of the Louis XV period...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

18th Century Pair of French Louis XVI Fauteuils or Armchairs
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of armchairs or fauteuils, Luis XVI, late 18th century, in walnut wood with back sculpted in guilloche, on fluted tapering legs, the interior has been reinforced and restored, u...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century Pair of French Louis XVI Fauteuils or Armchairs
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of armchairs or fauteuils, Luis XVI, late 18th century, in walnut wood with back sculpted in guilloche, on fluted tapering legs, the interior has been reinforced and restored, u...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Walnut

Pair of 18th Century Louis XVI French Provincial Walnut Upholstered Armchairs
Located in Middleburg, VA
A lovely pair of 18th century Louis XVI French provincial armchairs with remarkable Italian influence. Made of Circassian walnut with intricate carved decoration over straight taperi...
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Antique 18th Century French French Provincial Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of 18th Century French Os Du Mouton Walnut Armchairs
Located in Milford, NH
A fine pair of 18th century French walnut armchairs with chapeau de gendarme form backs, H-shaped os du mouton carved stretchers, and recent tan leather upholstery with nailwork bord...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XIV Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

Pair of French 18th Century Louis XV Armchairs with Aubusson Tapestry
Located in Stockholm, SE
A pair of French very decorative 18th century Louis XV armchairs with Aubusson tapestry. Made in stained red beechwood. These chairs are quite large in size.  
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Beech

18th Century French Fauteuil Cabriolet
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Description. Pair of Fauteuil "CABRIOLET". Louis XVI period. Painted wood. Rudente legs. Silk lamp as upholstered, 18th century. Measures: 25" x 23" x 37" H. Price: $ 1...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

  • 18th Century French Fauteuil Cabriolet
  • 18th Century French Fauteuil Cabriolet
  • 18th Century French Fauteuil Cabriolet
  • 18th Century French Fauteuil Cabriolet
H 36 in. W 23 in. D 18 in.
18th Century Louis XV Period French Antique Armchair with Modern Upholstery
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A gorgeous painted fauteuil of the Louis XV period, this delightful chair has a historical surface of many layers, having been painted and touched up numerous times over the years. T...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

French Louis XV Style Armchair on Cabriole Legs, Late 18th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
Late 18th century French Louis XV-style armchair, the shaped crest over the later leather back and removable seat cushion framed by foliate carved arms, shell carving at the skirt, a...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XV Armchairs

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Walnut

French Louis XVI Period 18th Century Armchair with Floral Tapestry Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XVI period carved wood armchair from the late 18th century with oval back and tapestry upholstery. Born during the second half of the 18th century, this exquisite sing...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery, Tapestry, Wood

Pair of Louis XIII Fauteuils Armchairs of the 18th Century French
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of walnut carved Louis XIII Armchair Fauteuils with deeply racked back and curvaceous sweeping arms sitting on scrolling legs and stretcher. French, 18th. Century. Recently up...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XIII Armchairs

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Damask, Walnut

18th-19th Century French Provincial Walnut Regence Armchair with Stretcher
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th-19th century French Provincial walnut Regence armchair with stretcher Measures: 26.75" W x 26" D x 44.25" T, seat 16" T, arm 21.75" T.
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Antique Early 19th Century French French Provincial Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

Pair 18th Century Louis XV Painted Armchairs
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair of painted and carved 18th century armchairs.
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

Pair of Early 18th Century French Régence Walnut Armchairs with New Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of French Régence period walnut armchairs from the early 18th century, with carved crest, scrolling arms, cabriole legs and upholstery. Born in France during the transition of...
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Antique 18th Century French Régence Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

18th Century Walnut Leather Armchair
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A great example of a Régence armchair (1715-1730). Made in France during the 18th century from walnut, this armchair is beautifully proportioned with elegant curves and fine sculptin...
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Antique 1720s French Regency Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

  • 18th Century Walnut Leather Armchair
  • 18th Century Walnut Leather Armchair
  • 18th Century Walnut Leather Armchair
  • 18th Century Walnut Leather Armchair
H 42.52 in. W 27.56 in. D 27.56 in.
Pair of 18th Century French Carved Walnut, Leather and Needlepoint Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
These antique fruitwood armchairs were crafted in France, circa 1760, and would make an elegant addition to a living room, study or library. The chairs stands on four cabriole legs w...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Leather, Tapestry, Walnut

Pair of French 18th Century Armchairs in 19th Century Hand Died Linen
Located in London, GB
A pair of French 18th century painted armchairs. In their original condition, newly upholstered in 19th century hand died French linen.
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Antique 1780s French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Fruitwood

Pair of 18th Century French Fauteuil
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Faux pair of Period Louis XVI armchairs newly upholstered in velvet with ribbed silk backs.
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Antique 18th Century French Armchairs

  • Pair of 18th Century French Fauteuil
  • Pair of 18th Century French Fauteuil
  • Pair of 18th Century French Fauteuil
  • Pair of 18th Century French Fauteuil
H 35.5 in. W 23 in. D 19 in.
18th Century French Walnut Reclining Chair
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a fine and unusual 18th century French walnut reclining chair, or "malade" chair. Having a large shaped and upholstered back, the chair reclines and has four separate set...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French French Provincial Armchairs

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Fabric, Walnut

  • 18th Century French Walnut Reclining Chair
  • 18th Century French Walnut Reclining Chair
  • 18th Century French Walnut Reclining Chair
  • 18th Century French Walnut Reclining Chair
H 50 in. W 28.5 in. D 24 in.
Pair of French Fauteuil, 18th Century
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Pair of fauteuil "cabriolet," Louis XVI period. Painted wood. Rudente legs. Textured velvet upholstered, 18th century.               
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

  • Pair of French Fauteuil, 18th Century
  • Pair of French Fauteuil, 18th Century
  • Pair of French Fauteuil, 18th Century
  • Pair of French Fauteuil, 18th Century
H 37 in. W 24 in. D 18 in.
18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuil
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful 18th century French Louis XVI period fauteuil armchair with a large oval back, a generous wide seat, and tapered fluted legs. Chair retains traces of its original gray pa...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Wood

  • 18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuil
  • 18th Century French Louis XVI Fauteuil
H 35 in. W 23 in. D 25 in.
Late 18th Century Louis XV Period Cabriolet Armchair
Located in LEGNY, FR
Beautiful late 18th century Louis XV period "Cabriolet" armchair entirely upholstered. The back is canned with black cotton thread and the seating cushion has been upholstered and it...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Fabric

  • Late 18th Century Louis XV Period Cabriolet Armchair
  • Late 18th Century Louis XV Period Cabriolet Armchair
  • Late 18th Century Louis XV Period Cabriolet Armchair
  • Late 18th Century Louis XV Period Cabriolet Armchair
H 38.19 in. W 24.81 in. D 19.69 in.
Original French Louis XIV walnut throne wing armchair, 18th century
Located in London, GB
Rich patina and warm walnut tones, with wingback headrest and beautifully scrolled arms, the lower frame comprises an H-form cross stretcher with intricate turned legs. Newly upholst...
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Antique Late 17th Century French Louis XIV Armchairs

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Walnut

18th Century White Upholstered French Fauteuil
Located in Houston, TX
18th century French fauteuil with beautifully carved scroll arms and shell detail. Newly upholstered in crisp white.
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Antique Early 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Wood

18th Century Louis XIV Armchair with Reclining Back
Located in Hixson, TN
A newly acquired armchair from a local estate. 18th Century french walnut Louis XIV style. This chair has been re-upholstered but maintained with the horsehair but padded over the to...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XIV Armchairs

18th Century Louis XV Period Painted Fauteuil Armchair
Located in London, GB
A mid-18th century Louis XV Period painted fauteuil or open armchair, the cartouche back and seat with caning, having scrolling arms and raised upon cabriole legs.  
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Cane, Wood

18th Century Pair of Fine French Louis XVI Shield Giltwood and Leather Armchairs
By Jean-Baptiste Claude Séné
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
18th century antique fine pair of French Louis XVI Jean Baptiste Claude Sene style, shield back hand carved gilt wood and woven leather upholstered armchairs. Finely crafted chair fr...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Paint, Giltwood, Leather, Fabric

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18th Century French Armchair For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the 18th century French armchair you’re looking for. Frequently made of wood, fabric and walnut, every 18th century French armchair was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a 18th century French armchair, we have 675 options in-stock, while there are 1 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect 18th century French armchair — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A 18th century French armchair is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Louis XVI, Louis XV and Rococo styles are sought with frequency. You’ll likely find more than one 18th century French armchair that is appealing in its simplicity, but Georges Jacob, I. B. Sene and Nicolas Blanchard produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a 18th Century French Armchair?

A 18th century French armchair can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $5,582, while the lowest priced sells for $500 and the highest can go for as much as $125,000.

Finding the Right Armchairs for You

Armchairs have run the gamut from prestige to ease and everything in between. 

Long before industrial mass production democratized seating, armchairs conveyed status and power. In ancient Egypt, the commoners took stools, while in early Greece, ceremonial chairs of carved marble were designated for nobility. But the high-backed early thrones of yore, elevated and ornate, were merely grandiose iterations of today’s armchairs. 

Modern-day armchairs, built with functionality and comfort in mind, are now central to tasks throughout your home. Formal dining armchairs support your guests at a table for a cheery feast, a good drafting chair with a deep seat is parked in front of an easel where you create art and, elsewhere, an ergonomic wonder of sorts positions you at the desk for your 9 to 5.

When placed under just the right lamp where you can lounge comfortably, both elbows resting on the padded supports on each side of you, an upholstered armchair — or a rattan armchair for your light-suffused sunroom — can be the sanctuary where you’ll read for hours. If you’re in the mood for company, your velvet chesterfield armchair is a place to relax and be part of the conversation that swirls around you. Maybe the dialogue is about the beloved Papa Bear chair, a mid-century modern masterpiece from Danish carpenter and furniture maker Hans Wegner, and the wingback’s strong association with the concept of cozying up by the fireplace, which we can trace back to its origins in 1600s-era England, when the seat’s distinctive arm protrusions protected the sitter from the heat of the period’s large fireplaces. 

If the fireside armchair chat involves spirited comparisons, your companions will likely probe the merits of antique and vintage armchairs such as Queen Anne armchairs, Victorian armchairs or even Louis XVI armchairs, as well as the pros and cons of restoration versus conservation.

Everyone seems to have a favorite armchair and most people will be all too willing to talk about their beloved design. Whether that’s the unique Favela chair by Brazilian sibling furniture designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, who repurpose everyday objects to artful effect; or Marcel Breuer’s futuristic tubular metal Wassily lounge chair; the functionality-first LC series from Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret; or the Eames lounge chair of the mid-1950s created by Charles and Ray Eames, there is an iconic armchair for everyone and every purpose. Find yours on 1stDibs right now.