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A "broken duchess" is a chaise longue that became fashionable in France during the reign of King Louis XV and was used as a daybed, especially by women. It is divided into two or three distinct and separable parts. The seat itself is an armchair of the "bergère" type, extended either by a large pouf, or by a pouf and a smaller armchair.
This one dates from around 1900 and has been reupholstered in a beautiful emerald green velvet from the Designers Guild and a chinoiserie pattern fabric.

Style

Louis XV

Period

Circa 1900

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Style: Louis XV


Louis XV, known as the "Beloved" reigned over the kingdom of France from 1715 to 1774, he was the only king of France to be born and die at the Palace of Versailles.

The Louis XV style is characterized by its elegance and lightness. It is recognizable by the grace of the curved legs of the furniture with "pied de biche"(deer foot).

The wood is natural, gilded or painted. The "rococo" style ornamentation is inspired by nature and exoticism.


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