A pair of circa 1870/80, giltwood framed, Bergere chairs in Louis XVI style; bergère à oreilles (with ears), or bergère confessionale, as if the occupant were hidden from view, as in a confessional. In the English speaking world Wingback Chairs. Canted entrants to wings carved with scrolling Acanthus, continuous husk and bead along the flats and sides of arms; the uprights augmented by palmetto leaf; the corners with carved rosettes.
The frames carved with Acanthus scroll and leaf to knees and hand rest; a central Rococo scroll, deeply carved and standing proud of the flat top rail.
Showing lovely patina and age appropriate wear with just the right amount of bole visible where hands have rested and on corners. With turned, tapering bulb and peg to lower and Acanthus lappets to upper legs separated by spiral flutes. The Aubusson inspired needlework upholstery “close nailed”; the padded elbow rests and fitted, loose squab all with appropriate age consistent wear but still very liveable and, we think, probably original to the chairs.