Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A duchesse or a bergère ?


Two of my favorite seats are the French duchesse and the French bergère.

They are both wonderful pieces of furniture and stand just beautiful in every home.


The duchesse is a French type of daybed, originated in the French 18th century (from LXV on).

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And a duchesse brisée is a duchesse that is composed of either two pieces (a chair and a chaise) or three pieces (two chairs and an ottoman) that fit together as puzzle pieces to farm a large chair. It is a variation of a daybed.

A couple can sit facing each other in a duchesse brisée.

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If you are interested in this 18th century walnut duchesse brisée, click HERE.



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10 image source : Axel Vervoordt via Trouvais


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This duchesse brisée is for sale at Brigitte & Alain Garnier Antiques. If you are interested in it, click HERE.



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This is a duchesse composed of  three pieces.


A bergère chair is a large arm chair usually associated with the French country style of decorating. It usually has un upholstered seat, possibly with a loose cushion, an upholstered back, uphostered arms and exposed wooden frame. And it is often displayed with a matching ottoman or stool.

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5 image source : Art & Décoration Mai 2011 – Photo credit : Olivier Hallot


7 image source : Inspiring Interiors  Photo credit : Anthony Lanneretonne


11image source : Lefèvre Interiors  Photo Credit : Jo Pauwels


Which one do you prefer, the duchesse or the bergère?