At the turn in the path, a sweet baroque music caresses your ear. Welcome to La Maison du Roy, where every weekend, Pascal and Louis Lemoine take you on a journey through the Grand Siècle and more… This week, they share with us their crush for a large Venetian ceremonial armchair from the beginning of the 18th century ...
We are currently presenting this rare Venetian ceremonial armchair from the beginning of the 18th century. It has very beautiful sculptures on the armrests and on the backrest. Its very worn original lacquer gives it a superb patina. It has a spacer topped with a spinning top and very wide armrests, making it one of the first Venetian armchairs to resemble the French Louis XIV style.
This armchair has never been restored, it still has its old red lacquer and traces of gilding. Originally, it must have been painted red, then cream. The red was supposed to be a kind of primer and that's what remains today. The former owners had it upholstered with a very beautiful very Venetian fabric, quite neutral, so as to leave it as close as possible to its original condition.
It is exceptionally comfortable because the seat is higher than average. Once installed, the tips of the feet barely touch the ground, the back is perfectly wedged and the arms well rested. You really have to try it to understand!
How to recognize the Venetian style?
We find the Venetian style in the general look and its large arm curls. It is also lacquered and gilded whereas in Rome it would surely have been completely gilded. In Tuscany, in natural wood. The finesse and elegance of the armrests, the spacer which goes up with its spinning top are also elements found in the Venetian style.
A worthy representative of the baroque style
This armchair reflects the lines of the baroque. Originally, this style was created by the Popes, with the aim of bringing the faithful back to churches after the austerity of the Middle Ages. Artists from all over Europe came to adorn the sacred places. This incredible artistic wealth then spread to furniture and civil art. After the stiffness of the 17th century style, we arrive at curved shapes extremely free and well thought out in proportions.
For our booth, we are looking for very beautiful or incredible pieces. This armchair is the result of the talent of a creator who has succeeded in creating curves and proportions that still make you dream today.