Thursday, April 21, 2011

When Not to Resist Temptation

It happens to the best of us, usually when we least expect it.

On buying trips for our online emporium we’re often forced to resist the temptation to pick up a thing or two for ourselves, but seeing the thrice-slashed clearance ticket on these French Regence style chairs with leather upholstery on just the right side of “broken in”, there seemed no point in resisting.

We really loved the fine hand carved details along the cabriole legs, especially when accented with those handsome lines of old brass nail heads. In early eighteenth century France the Regence was a transition style between the heavy classically influenced baroque styling of Louis XIV and the lighter curvilinear lines of Louis XV.

The pair make a charming vignette flaking this eccentric old birdcage mixed with classically designed candlesticks and a distressed antique marble bust. The potted orchid lends some life and color, as do the stacks of books that make a convenient perch for a framed Mid-Century print and replica of Michelangelo’s David.

Photos and staging by KS&D.
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