These four chairs made in beautiful walnut correspond perfectly to the so-called Henri IV model.
The elongated backrest, in the extension of the rear legs, of square section, is low.
This is indeed one of the characteristics of chairs from this period. The front legs are turned into ringed columns topped with a canopy and a rosary bead in blackened wood. They are joined by a straight crosspiece on the facade, and connected by a spacer.
These old-fashioned upholstered chairs are covered in a beautiful linen fabric.
Most of these “backed” chairs came not from carpenters’ workshops, but from turners, an independent corporation whose statutes date from the end of the 16th century. Turned woodwork, a new technique at the time, was appreciated until the end of the 17th century, as shown in the engravings of Abraham Bosse.