This is a high-quality and extremely comfortable Edwardian bergere armchair from around 1910.
It has been traditionally restored by our master craftspeople, and completely re-webbed, re-sprung and reupholstered. The frame is very well-constructed with a subtle sweep of the arms, gently widening to the front.
Great care has been taken to re-polish the wood in order to maintain its original patina of age.
The chair has been re-covered in a luxuriously thick velvet by Pierre Frey and hand-finished with an elegant woven trim by Houlès, Paris; one of the finest passementerie creators in France.
The house of Pierre Frey, which remains family-owned, was founded in 1935 and is still headquartered at the same building, near the Palais Royale.
Throughout the years, Pierre Frey has expanded to include Boussac, Le Manach, Fadini Borghi and Braquenie. In addition to exquisite fabrics, their range spans carpets, furniture and wallpaper.
Houlès designs and creates the finest of trimmings and fabrics. Still family-owned, the company was established in Paris, by father and son Félix and André Houlès, in 1928. Beginning with one store at 18 rue Saint-Nicolas, the company is now established in over 160 countries worldwide.
Presidential residences and castles, such as le Château de Versailles, often select Houlès’ passements for their restoration projects.
The Edwardian period extended from 1901 to 1910 and was an era of new beginnings. A new, lighter and more cheerful style of interior design, and the crowning of a new King, swept away the dark and heavy designs of the Victorian period.
Influenced by Art Nouveau, the Arts & Crafts movement and Georgian designs, a more delicate and refined style was evident; with bamboo and wicker often being the materials of choice for many designers.
The look was informal and fresh, with florals and soft pastel shades dominating the palette in informal rooms. For sitting rooms and libraries, the colours were predominantly dark green and deep rose, complemented by cream walls.