I'm wondering if you can help me with a peculiar armchair question. I've been looking for a picture or the name of a certain French/ Parisian upholstered armchair that is quite iconic. It is quite similar in design to this chair shown here (at least, the arm rests are). I've always seen the chair upholstered in white with black detailing. It's very elegant, and I'm pretty sure it's originally French. I hope my description isn't too obscure! Thank you!
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The chair (I think) you're referring to is called a "bergère," which translates to "sheperdess." It is an enclosed, upholstered French armchair with an upholstered back and sides, often sloping armrests, and a loose, but tailored, seat cushion. In its traditional form, the wood framing is exposed and has fine carving and painted detailing, and sometimes padded elbowrests. What classifies a chair as a bergère is the closed area between the arms and the seat, which make it ideal for lounging in comfort. If it has a concave back, rather than a flat back, it is known as a "bergère en cabriolet." The chair first appeared between 1715 and 1723 in Paris, and was made for Marie Antoinette in the late 1700s.
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