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Chairs from the transitional era between Louis XV and Louis XVI

Although it is easy to distinguish pure chair styles, it is very difficult to identify transitional forms, because late models and entirely new models existed simultaneously. In 1775, Louis XV forms were still being produced; and, circa 1760, Louis XVI forms were already being made. The best way to identify these transitional chairs is via their composition and by classifying them into two categories: those that retain the Louis XV form, while adopting several new ornamental motifs; and others, whose construction foreshadows the Louis XVI style, while still employing certain earlier forms. The arm supports with sinuous curves, carved with rocaille on the seat rail, are reminiscent of the earlier styles, making it possible to identify transitional chairs.